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13 local companies honoured for infocomm innovation

08-Oct-2010 (Fri) Singapore News, The Business Times

By Victoria Ho

THE Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) honoured 13 local companies at its biennial National Infocomm Awards (NIA) ceremony last night.

The winners were selected from a pool of nominated companies from different sectors. The awards are handed out in two categories: one to companies that have produced innovative infocomm products and services, and the other for the use of such services to benefit business.

Among the winners were Resorts World at Sentosa (RWS) and a joint project by National University Hospital (NUH) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) for most innovative use of information and communication technologies (ICT).

Resorts World at Sentosa won for a customer relationship management system built for its integrated resort facility.

In the public sector category, NUH and TTSH won for a medication management system that automates the dispensing of medication to patients, thus lowering manpower cost and human error.

Some start-ups were also honoured for their use of new technology to compete. GTW Holdings, creator of F&B portal HungryGoWhere, also won the award for most innovative use of ICT, for its implementation of cloud computing technology to improve service provision.

Two-year old Ephone International won the most innovative infocomm product and service award for its EPI Life product. The EPI Life device combines a mobile phone with a portable electrocardiogram (ECG) that allows users to capture their heart rhythm measurements on the go.

The device is able to relay the readings via the cellular network to a health concierge service, where trained personnel are able to alert users in the event of an irregular reading.

Ephone International’s medical director, Dr Chow U-Jin, said the need for a mobile ECG has been around for “many years” but technical advancements in microprocessor technology have allowed these to be placed in mobile devices today.

IDA CEO Ronnie Tay said: “The panel of judges were very impressed with the quality of this year’s nominations and the spirit of innovation was evident in the projects that were shortlisted.

“We hope that winning the NIA will encourage these organisations to be even more competitive in the global marketplace.”

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