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[FYI] Womit befasst sich die technologische Elite?

CORDIS RTD-NEWS/c European Communities, 1998 

 Record Control Number : 11699 
                             Date : 1998-12-02 

Category : Miscellaneous

General Information : 

The three winners of this year's European Information Technology
Prizes are a Swedish firm which has developed a system for the
large-scale production of digital keys, a Greek company with a unique
anti-copying system for CDs and a Spanish collaboration between a
university and a TV manufacturer which has invented a new type of
antenna for cellular phone operators. 

The three Grand Prize winners were awarded ECU 200 000 and trophies on
Monday at ITS 98, the Information Societies Technologies Conference in
Vienna. The Austrian Chancellor, Viktor Klima, presented the prizes to
iD2 Technologies of Stockholm, MLS Laserlock International Inc. of
Greece, and the Spanish partnership between the Universitat
Politecnica de Catalunya and Sistemas Radiantes F. Moyano S.A.. 

iD2 Technologies, who produce a range of software for conducting
electronic transactions over the Internet, were rewarded for their
"iD2 certificate manager", a system for the large-scale production of
highly secure RSA-keys and digital certificates for identification
with potential for use by the public on the internet. 

MLS LaserLock International Inc. won their prize with the "LaserLock",
the first copy protection system to be designed for CD-ROMs to prevent
pirating of software applications. The LaserLock, consists of
sophisticated code encryption software, a physical signature on the
CD, and "debug prevention" engineering embedded in the software code. 

The third of the joint winners, the Universitat Politècnica de
Catalunya and Sistemas Radiantes F. Moyano, won with the Fractus
Antenna, an antenna for base stations in European cellular phone
systems which is based on fractal shape technology. The antennas have
the advantage of operating simultaneously on both GSM and DCS bands.
Their research has been partially funded by the European Commission. 

The European Information Technology Prize is intended to reward
excellence and to stimulate innovation in the information technology
industry. An independent executive jury, appointed by Euro-CASE (the
European Council of Applied Sciences and Engineering), selected the
winners from a short list of 25 companies who, in turn, were each
awarded ECU 5000. Next year the prize will be renamed "The European
IST Prize". 

ITS 98 in Vienna was organised by the European Commission and the
Austrian Ministry of Science and Transport. It is one of the largest
meetings held during the year for experts from the Information
Technology and Communications sector, and attracts over 3000 delegates
from around the world. 

Data Source Provider : IST Conference Press Office.

Document Reference : IST Press Release of 1.12.98

Subject Index Codes : Information Processing, Information Systems

Contact Person : 

Further information may be obtained on the following Web site: 

URL: http://www.it-prize.org