Winners 2014

Announcing the Winners

Category 1: The Connected Life Awards

Best Mobile Health Product or Service

Energize the Chain for Econet Wireless Vaccine Project in Zimbabwe

Best Mobile Education Product or Service

Enable Mobile Technologies for Magic Pencil

Best Mobile Product or Service for Automotive

Nuance Communications for Dragon Drive

Best NFC /Mobile Money Product or Service

Telenor Pakistan & Tameer Micro Finance Bank for Easypaisa

Best Mobile Publishing Product or Service

Wibbitz for Text-To-Video Technology

Best Mobile Innovation for ‘Smart Cities’

Accenture plc & RCS MediaGroup S.p.A. for City1Tap

Best Mobile Enabled Consumer Electronics Device

AT&T & Filip Technologies Inc. for FiLIP

Category 2: Best Mobile Services

Best Enterprise Mobile Service

AirWatch for AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management, Version 7.0

Best Consumer Mobile Service

AT&T for AT&T Digital Life

Best Advertising or Marketing on Mobile

Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Lowe and Partners for Kan Khajura Tesan

Best Network Based Solution for Serving Customers

GMCR Inc for Globe Prepaid GoSakto: Create Your Own Promo

Category 3: Social & Economic Development

Best Mobile Product, Initiative or Service in Emerging Markets

Vodafone Foundation in India, the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (CBFW) for RUDI Sandesha Vyavhar (RSV) project.

Best Mobile Product or Service for Women in Emerging Markets

Telenor Pakistan & Tameer Micro Finance Bank for Easypaisa

Best Use of Mobile in Emergency or Humanitarian Situations

Smart Communications for Smart’s SafePh: Yolanda Response

Best Mobile Product, Service or App for Accessibility or Ease-of-Use

Turkcell for Turkcell My Dream Partner

The Green Mobile Award

Grameenphone Ltd. for Climate Change Program

Category 4: Apps of the Year

Best Entertainment App (Gaming, Music, Sports, Video)*

Device 6k

Judges Choice – Best Overall Mobile App *

CityMapper

Most Innovative Mobile App

PointGrab for CamMe

Smartphone App Challenge

Akbank T.A.S. for Akbank Direkt Mobile App

Category 5: Best Mobile Handsets & Devices

Best Smartphone

HTC One

Best Low Cost Smartphone *

Nokia Lumia 520

Best Entry Level or Featurephone *

Nokia 105

Most Innovative Device Manufacturer of the Year *

LG

Best Mobile Tablet

Apple iPad Air

Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2014

Samsung Gear Fit

Category 6: Best Mobile Technology

Best Mobile Infrastructure

Nokia Solutions and Networks with Telefonica O2 UK Limited for iSON Automation for Operations

Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough

Sensory Inc. for TrulyHandsfree™ 3.0

Best Cloud Based Technology for Mobile

Xively for Xively Cloud Services

Best Mobile Identity, Safeguard & Security Products/Solutions

SecureAuth IdP – 2 Factor Access Control for the Mobile Enterprise

Best Solution for Growing Smaller or Independent Networks

Reach-U for Demograft

Outstanding LTE Contribution

SK Telecom for Commercial LTE-Advanced Network

KT Corporation for Wideband LTE-A Commercial Service

Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology – The CTO’s choice

SK Telecom for Commercial LTE-Advanced Network

KT Corporation for Wideband LTE-A Commercial Service

Category 7: The Government Mobile Excellence Awards

Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award

The Government of the United Arab Emirates

The Economic Policy for Sustainable Mobile Growth Award

The Government of Spain

The Connected Government Award

The Government of Lebanon

Government Leadership Award

The Government of Botswana

Category 8: Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Chairman’s Award 2014

Dr Paul Jacobs, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Qualcomm Inc.

GSMA Lifetime Achievement Award 2014

Rob Conway, Former CEO of the GSMA (Posthumous)

Best Mobile Health Product or Service

Energize the Chain for Econet Wireless Vaccine Project in Zimbabwe

Every year vaccine-preventable diseases result in over two million deaths of children under the age of 5 years, many due to the disruption of the cold chain that renders temperature-sensitive vaccines ineffective. Energize the Chain’s (EtC) aspiration is to eradicate vaccine-preventable deaths worldwide by preserving and extending the vaccination cold chain to ensure delivery of effective vaccines. In partnership with Econet Wireless in Zimbabwe we have already successfully used the power at mobile phone base stations as the energy source to power vaccine refrigeration units in remote locations that currently lack the energy infrastructure needed to preserve the cold chain.

Judges’comments

Simple, extraordinarily clever and truly innovative. Using the power available from mobile base stations to power the vital refrigeration needed to keep vaccines cool is part of the fight to save two million children around the world from vaccine preventable deaths.

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Best Mobile Education or Learning Product or Service

Enable Mobile Technologies for Magic Pencil

Magic Pencil is a tablet-first distance education platform addressing the $70 billion global M-learning market. It empowers first time users and students across remote locations in emerging markets combining available wireless data connectivity with tablets and bringing global content, services and employability opportunities at a fraction of a cost.
Be it the empowerment of teachers in South America and Africa or the enhancement of employability skills to students in Western India or bringing global education to emerging markets like Thailand & Indonesia or deploying school curriculum in Hindi in rural India, Magic Pencil is catering to a connected learning environment across geographies.

Judges’comments

A unique mobile education service that empowers first time users across remote locations in emerging markets and an excellent example of a native mobile learning solution from the ground up with exciting rich content.

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Best Mobile Product or Service for Automotive

Nuance Communications for Dragon Drive

Dragon Drive is Nuance’s connected car platform that was recently updated to combine content and application services with Nuance’s voice, natural language understanding (NLU) and personal assistant capabilities to create a content delivery platform for automakers – and ultimately a safer, smarter connected car experience for consumers. Automakers are empowered with a customizable platform that integrates voice recognition for access to and control of all content and services.

Judges’comments

Smartphone meets smart car, this is the future of connected cars and infotainment.

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Best NFC /Mobile Money Product or Service

Telenor Pakistan & Tameer Micro Finance Bank for Easypaisa

Easypaisa is a joint venture between Telenor Pakistan, and Tameer Micro Finance Bank, one of the largest MFIs operating in Pakistan and the first bank to acquire a branchless banking license issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (the central regulatory bank) in 2008.

For this award, this is a joint entry between Easypaisa and Benazir Income Support (BISP) Program, a government led program as well as Care International Pakistan, an international NGO.

Judges’comments

An outstanding mWallet service that can be used anytime, anywhere on any mobile offering customers more innovative areas of micro finance and savings, with demonstrable evidence of genuine social impact.

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Best Mobile Publishing Product or Service

Wibbitz for Text-To-Video Technology

Wibbitz is a technology company aiming to change the way we consume information on mobile devices. Wibbitz cleverly re-packages long text content into rich and informative video summaries that can be watched conveniently on mobile screens.

The process is 100% automatic and it takes just 10 seconds to convert a text article into a video. Wibbitz enables the production of short video summaries at large scales creating more than 10,000 videos on a daily basis.

The Wibbitz technology makes content much more accessible on devices where reading long text isn’t easy such as mobile, smart TV’s and wearable devices.

Website: http://www.wibbitz.com
Download app: http://bit.ly/1cygRgt

Judges’comments

A great idea, well executed. The Wibbitz technology can automatically turn long text articles into short video summaries in just a few
seconds. This service has successfully read and met the needs of today’s time-poor consumer.

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Best Mobile Innovation for ‘Smart Cities’

Accenture plc & RCS MediaGroup S.p.A. for City1Tap

RCS MediaGroup and Accenture launched City1Tap—an innovative digital mobile app in Milan. It’s an interactive city guide that aggregates real-time information on city services, news, shopping and entertainment with deals and loyalty programs. Its interface allows users to search for services and alerts them to interesting developments. The app’s hi-end behavioral engine uses a proprietary algorithm to anonymously analyze user’s activities and deliver targeted, personalized content. Named “Best App for Travel” by SMAU, future services will include traffic updates, car sharing, city tours and more. RCS plans to offer the app in other cities, thus broadening its presence across the world.

Judges’comments

For the lucky people of Milan, making lives easier, more fun and entertaining, in quick, local and social ways, is now just 1 tap away. This is a great example of how the Connected City works for people.

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Best Mobile Enabled Consumer Electronics Device

AT&T & Filip Technologies Inc. for FiLIP

FiLIP is a wearable locator and voice watch for kids, that keeps parents and kids in touch at the push of a button. Unlike other devices, FiLIP combines GPS, Wi-Fi and cell tower location and cellular voice capability to provide reliable communication – indoors and out.

The device is a new breed of wearable device that was designed as a simple way for kids to reach their parents, and for parents to find their children quickly and easily. AT&T is the exclusive wireless network provider for FiLIP in the U.S. www.myfilip.com

Judges’comments

The FiLIP is a new breed of self-reliant wearable device that is a simple way for kids to reach their parents, and for parents to find their children quickly and easily. FiLIP affords parents peace of mind with the ability to quickly call and locate their children. This is a really well designed product fulfilling a clear market need and making a complex solution very simple for the user.

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Best Enterprise Mobile Service

AirWatch for AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management, Version 7.0

AirWatch is the world’s leading mobile security and enterprise mobility management provider with more than 1,600 employees across nine global offices. More than 10,000 organizations in 150 countries leverage the AirWatch® Enterprise Mobility Management Platform, which includes industry-leading mobile device, email, application, content, laptop and browser management solutions. Organizations can implement these solutions stand-alone for unique bring your own device requirements, in AirWatch® Workspace containerized solution or as a comprehensive, highly scalable, enterprise-grade mobility platform. With the largest research and development team in the industry, AirWatch ensures the broadest mobile platform support.

Judges’comments

This was a great submission with a strong business case that demonstrates tangible and non-tangible benefits to enterprises – including strong financial results. The cross platform solution is adaptable to an ever-changing environment, which is critical in enterprise mobile deployments.

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Best Consumer Mobile Service

AT&T for AT&T Digital Life

AT&T Digital Life is an all-digital home security and automation service that offers on-the-go access to your home from virtually anywhere using your smartphone, tablet or PC. Monitor and manage your home using a downloadable app or access the Digital Life website on your mobile device. Adjust the thermostat, lock/unlock a door or shut off the water main if you’re alerted there’s a leak—and do it all remotely. att.com/digitallife

Judges’comments

This is a clever and comprehensive all-digital home security and automation service that offers on-the-go access to your home from virtually anywhere using your smartphone or tablet. With a simple interface that has driven adoption, the App can be used to remotely adjust the thermostat, lock/unlock a door or shut off the water main from half-a-world away.

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Best Advertising or Marketing on Mobile

Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Lowe and Partners for Kan Khajura Tesan

Kan Khajura Tesan is the first fully advertiser funded mobile based entertainment-on-demand initiative in India. The driving force behind this campaign is the fact that a large percentage of the target group for HUL FMCG brands are in media darkness and cannot be reached via traditional media like TV, radio & print. In these rural, semi-rural areas, electricity is limited to only 20% of the population, limiting access to TV and radio.
The solution for this was to use a device whose reach was spread far wider than traditional mass media combined- mobile phones.

Judges’comments

Kan Khajura Tesan (Pronounced: Kaan Kha-joo-rah Tey-son) is an innovative and positive way around a media challenge using mobile, this pull push service presses all the right buttons.

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Best Network Product or Solution for Serving Customers

GMCR Inc for Globe Prepaid GoSakto: Create Your Own Promo

GoSakto allows customers to create their own promo bundles by making a simple series of choices – which service component/s (voice, SMS, data) they want in their bundle, how much of voice, SMS and data they need, and for how long they want it valid – via an easy-to-use menu on USSD. GoSakto added to the value of USSD by improving its revenue-generating potential, providing the user interface through which customers can create thousands of promo bundles via a step-by-step creation process, guiding them through a decision tree, resulting to one of the many possible resulting promo bundle combinations.

Judges’comments

What really impressed the judges about this submission was that it delivers the innovative pricing features to the prepaid market that have previously been confined to the postpaid market – giving many more customers the ability to personalise their services and tailor them to their needs.

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Best Mobile Product, Initiative or Service in Emerging Markets

Vodafone Foundation in India, the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (CBFW) for RUDI Sandesha Vyavhar (RSV) project.

RUDI Sandesha Vyavhaar (RSV) is an ERP tool that works on simple mobile feature phones. It allows the Rural Distribution (RUDI) network (an agricultural cooperative operated by a group of rural women in Gujarat) to place orders, track inventory and manage their businesses efficiently, using their mobile phones. The tool was developed jointly by the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and Vodafone Foundation in India. Since being introduced in January 2013, RSV has eliminated inefficiencies in the RUDI channel, increasing sales by as much as 300% for the women and boosting their incomes and livelihoods.

Judges’comments

Helping the users to help themselves is often the best method of uplifting rural communities. Using this mobile service has reduced operational inefficiencies in their supply chain and increased efficiencies in the supply chain by 300-400% revolutionising the life of working women using this service.

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Best Mobile Product or Service for Women in Emerging Markets

Telenor Pakistan & Tameer Micro Finance Bank for Easypaisa

Easypaisa is a joint venture between Telenor Pakistan, and Tameer Micro Finance Bank, one of the largest MFIs operating in Pakistan and the first bank to acquire a branchless banking license issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (the central regulatory bank) in 2008.

For this award, this is a joint entry between Easypaisa and Benazir Income Support (BISP) Program, a government led program as well as Care International Pakistan, an international NGO.

Judges’comments

This award recognises the Benazir Income Support (BISP) Program which combines financial inclusion with broader financial literacy and business training, this empowers women and delivers something that many people in the developed world take for granted – the ability to take get paid in a safe way.

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Best Use of Mobile in Emergency or Humanitarian Situations

Smart Communications for Smart’s SafePh: Yolanda Response

SafePh is a year-round emergency preparedness and disaster response campaign that aims to raise public awareness and strengthen internal capabilities. The Philippines was already hit by 25 typhoons as of early December. Just a month before Super Typhoon Yolanda, the Philippines was hit by several disasters – two strong typhoons in Luzon (Typhoon Santi and Typhoon Vinta) and a strong earthquake in Bohol Islands. For Super Typhoon Yolanda, mobile services play a crucial role in providing communications as relief and in longer term rehabilitation for the whole Central Philippines.

Judges’comments

A response commended on many levels: preparedness, partnerships, and the rolling out of a whole portfolio of services aimed at improving communications access for the affected community in a rapid response fashion.

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Best Mobile Product, Service or App for Accessibility or Ease-of-Use

Turkcell for Turkcell My Dream Partner

Population of Turkey is 80 million and 800.000 are visually impaired. %5 of blind population is educated because it is really difficult for blind people to reach needed information quickly and independently. Turkcell My Dream Partner is an IVR and mobile application service that enables blind people to access information in a fast and independent manner, free of charge. Through the use of speech to text technology it brings services, news, educational materials and navigation systems to blind people as well as enabling them to take notes on these subjects more easily.

Judges’comments

Turkcell My Dream Partner is a service that gives visually impaired people mobile access to versatile information in a fast and independent manner. Speech recognition and text to speech technology makes news, books, entertainment, educational materials and location-based services easily available. This gives visually impaired people independence, and commendably, My Dream Partner is free of charge!

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The Green Mobile Award

Grameenphone Ltd. for Climate Change Program

The Climate Change Program strives to reduce CO2 emissions, fossil fuel consumption and the environment & climate impact of GP’s operations. The program focuses on six areas- reduce carbon emission, create employee awareness, adopt green practices, create green momentum in society and provide green services for its customers.

Judges’comments

This program has set clear targets for the adoption of renewable power sources, including water conservation, and displays commitment to long term pursuit of the project aims.

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Best Entertainment App (Gaming, Music, Sports, Video)*

Device 6

DEVICE 6 plays with the conventions of games and literature, entwines story with geography and blends puzzle and novella, to draw players into an intriguing mystery of technology and neuroscience.

Judges’comments

Innovative game design with fantastic synthesis that recognises the physicality of a mobile device

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Judges Choice – Best Overall Mobile App *

CityMapper

Citymapper is reinventing the everyday urban transport app and making the large complicated city simple and usable.

A to B journey planning, real-time departure info on all modes of transport where available, weather, alerts, disruptions and everything you need and may not even realise that you need to manage your life in the city.
Our mission: Make cities easier to use.

Judges’comments

The travel app with every possible route, timings and cost. We’d be lost without it

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Most Innovative Mobile App

PointGrab for CamMe

CamMe is a gesture based camera app that changes the way people take pictures, allowing you to take pictures from distance without touching the device. Just raise your hand, close it to activate the camera, CamMe will count 3, 2, 1 and you can pose and smile, a great new selfie will be taken. CamMe is powered by PointGrab, a leader in gesture recognition software solutions offering a natural way of interacting with devices. Over 20 million CE devices are already enabled with hand gesture control powered by PointGrab on world’s top brands including Samsung, TCL, Skyworth, Lenovo, Acer, Fujitsu.

Judges’comments

An App that changes the way we take pictures forever. Utilizing clever hand gestures, this cool and ingenious app is for the new age of the Selfie!

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Smartphone App Challenge

Akbank T.A.S. for Akbank Direkt Mobile App

“Akbank Direkt Mobile” is formed of iOS, Android and Windows 8 apps which were all developed in-house by Akbank Direkt IT Mobile Team. The apps are built upon a user- oriented design supported with a great level of resource efficiency. Each app is developed according to the platform based design guidelines which allow them to response faster. Network payload is balanced by best use of JSON and GZIP data compression methods which also provides minimum response time of transactions. “Login with Single Password” feature enables users to log in with only one step, a unique banking experience in other words.

Judges’comments

This is a really well thought through piece of app design which is both device and network friendly and thus greatly enhances the users experience.

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Best Smartphone

HTC One

The HTC One redefines the smartphone experience, packing in a host of already acclaimed features. HTC BlinkFeed provides you with the latest news and social content direct to your home screen, a photo gallery that comes to life through HTC Zoe technology, and dual frontal stereo speakers. Its sophisticated design and precision detailing sets it apart from the rest of the smartphones available today. The HTC One combines stunning award-winning design with beautiful, intuitive and simple-to-use software. The processor is powerful, the screen is sharp and the speakers loud, crisp, and clear, thanks to HTC BoomSound. Complemented by an innovative UltraPixel camera that defies megapixel mythology, the HTC One was assuredly the best smartphone of 2013.

Judges’comments

The HTC One remained one of the most advanced smartphones throughout 2013. Its great design and excellent user interface continue to provide a differentiated user experience, standing out from the competition

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Best Low Cost Smartphone

Nokia Lumia 520

The Nokia Lumia 520 is one of Nokia’s most affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphones, delivering experiences normally only found in high-end smartphones.

Judges’comments

A smartphone that hasn’t compromised on quality – a trailblazer for Nokia’s low-cost efforts

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Best Entry Level or Featurephone *

Nokia 105

The Nokia 105 is the ideal device for the first-time phone buyer, featuring a bright color screen with clear menus and essentials like FM radio; multiple alarm clocks; speaking clock; a dust and splash-proof, pillowed key pad; and a flashlight. Its durability and up to 35-day battery life also make it ideal for people seeking a back-up device

Judges’comments

Outstanding value for money, with impressive durability and battery life, this is driving mobile penetration into further markets

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Most Innovative Device Manufacturer of the Year *

LG

Judges’comments

Impressive across the board with ground-breaking innovation – LG is flexing its technological muscle

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Best Mobile Tablet

Apple iPad Air

Precision-engineered to weigh just one pound, iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad, and with a 43 percent narrower bezel the borders of iPad Air are dramatically thinner. iPad Air’s Retina display makes web pages, text, images and video look incredibly sharp and realistic, and the new power-efficient A7 chip allows the battery to be even smaller, helping reduce the overall volume by 24 percent from the previous generation while doubling its performance and maintaining its up to 10-hour battery life.

Judges’comments

The iPad Air packs class-leading performance in an attractive and svelte frame, while its ecosystem has an undisputed advantage in the number of format-optimized apps

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Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2014

Samsung Gear Fit

Judges’comments

The Samsung Gear Fit is the first wearable device that is innovative, creates value and has a great and differentiated design, three essential ingredients to make this category relevant and attractive to consumers.

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Best Mobile Infrastructure

Nokia Solutions and Networks with Telefonica O2 UK Limited for iSON Automation for Operations

Nokia Solutions and Networks’ iSON automation for operations helps to rapidly resolve network outages and assure operator revenues. Telefonica o2 UK realized the following:
• Automated over 10,000 repetitive manual actions a month
• 70% alarm reduction
• 40% reduction in site visits
• Up to 10% savings in energy (estimate)
• Up to 2 million Euro OPEX savings a year
iSON automation for operations enables operational transformation: by reducing time-consuming manual interventions, operations personnel are freed to engage in more proactive maintenance tasks. This helps to improve network availability and service quality, which in turn increases subscriber satisfaction.

Judges’comments

Removing complexity through clever automation is at the heart of this interesting example of how best to implement SON (self Organising Networks) to help improve the speed and cost of network deployment.

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Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough

Sensory Inc. for TrulyHandsfree™ 3.0

Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree™ Voice Control 3.0 builds upon the success of our unmatched performance TrulyHandsfree™ voice trigger, adding multiple phrase recognition that responds to dozens of keywords, user-defined triggers/passphrases with biometric speaker verification and identification, “trigger-to-search” capability for a query to immediately follow a trigger, and ultra low-power “deeply embedded” implementations enabling true “always-listening” devices. Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree™ 3.0 is widely deployed in over 40 industry leading mobile handsets and tablets such as Samsung’s Galaxy S4, Note 3, and LG’s G2 as well as in mobile-targeted DSP cores and chips from leading providers. Hundreds of million devices have shipped with Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree™. http://www.sensoryinc.com/products/trulyhandsfreevoicecontrol.html

Judges’comments

A big advance for the wearables market, this offers many benefits for consumers, increasing uptake and usage of many mobile apps, driving revenue for operators and content providers.

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Best Cloud Based Technology for Mobile

Xively for Xively Cloud Services

LogMeIn provides solutions that transform businesses (and lives) through the Internet of Things. By leveraging Xively, LogMeIn’s award-winning cloud-based IoT Platform as a Service, plus world-class consulting and a broad partner ecosystem, companies can quickly optimize internal processes and operations, or build connected commercial products. Xively helps organizations simplify and secure the connection of mobile applications with devices, creating connected experiences that revolutionize how we understand, discover and interact with our environment. Through powerful analytics, data from these objects create insights that optimize the business while driving new revenue opportunities. www.xively.com

Judges’comments

This is a great example of a public cloud platform purpose-built for developing and managing commercial products and solutions on the Internet of Things. It helps create connected experiences that transform how we understand, discover and interact with our environment.

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Best Mobile Identity, Safeguard & Security Products/Solutions

SecureAuth IdP – 2 Factor Access Control for the Mobile Enterprise

SecureAuth IdP is the only solution that cost-effectively combines single-sign-on, native multi-factor authentication and device fingerprinting in one platform for cloud and web applications. This groundbreaking unified approach to identity workflow is a radical departure from deploying separate products– an approach that simply doesn’t work for the cloud.

SecureAuth IdP enables a simple process for establishing the same level of security and control set up for on-premise applications to cloud and mobile applications—and uses already-established Active Directory or other directory roles and permissions. SecureAuth makes multi-product deployments obsolete while minimizing risk, increasing productivity, and reducing management costs.
www.secureauth.com

Judges’comments

An excellent, successful approach to enterprise user authentication, and a solution to problems that enterprises are desperate to solve.

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Best Solution for Growing Smaller or Independent Networks

Reach-U for Demograft

Demograft converts mostly unexploited subscribers’ passive location data into a valuable asset.
What operators will get is actionable analytics for their most typical business priorities:
- Investing into mobile broadband profitably in the context of inflated customer expectations and stiff competition
- targeting promotions precisely to maximize advertising return, especially of mobile broadband

With Demograft mobile operators add up to 3 EUR per subscriber to the operator’s ARPU and EBITDA – the equivalent of 11% of its annual network investments and marketing budget.

Demograft’s approach to combine customer data, OSS data and massive amount of passive data brings down silos in every organization.

Judges’comments

Compelling argument and good use cases. Notable example of big data used to provide quick, targeted, actionable insight for operators in smaller markets.

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Outstanding LTE Contribution

SK Telecom for Commercial LTE-Advanced Network

As Korea’s top mobile carrier, SK Telecom launched the nation’s first LTE in July 2011 and the first LTE-Advanced network through smartphones in June 2013. Currently, it offers 150Mbps Wideband LTE using 20MHz bandwidth(1.8GHz band), while providing 150Mbps LTE-Advanced through “10MHz(800MHz)+10MHz(1.8GHz)” Carrier Aggregation(CA). As of 2013-end, SK Telecom’s LTE and LTE-Advanced subscribers take up over 50 percent of its total mobile subscriber base. Moreover, it was the world’s first to demonstrate 225Mbps LTE-Advanced via “20MHz + 10MHz” CA in November 2013 and 300Mbps LTE-Advanced via tri-band (“10MHz+20MHz+10MHz”) CA in January 2014. At MWC, it will demonstrate 450Mbps LTE-Advanced tri-band CA (“20MHz+20MHz+20MHz”).

KT Corporation for Wideband LTE-A Commercial Service

Wideband LTE-A is a brand name of the KT’s total commercial LTE solution that consists of systems and services based on wideband technology. Those are wideband LTE with 20MHz bandwidth (commercialized in Sep 2013), LTE-A with Carrier aggregation (commercialized in Aug 2013), Wideband LTE Home femto cells (commercialized in Nov 2013), LTE Public femto cells (commercialized in Dec 2012), and eMBMS services (pilot for commercialization in Nov 2013).

Judges’comments

The judges could not separate these two powerful entries. SK Telecom have been solving difficult problems melding 1800 and 800 bands with carrier aggregation to provide LTE-A and KT Corporation have driving early innovation with stand-out LTE-A small cell deployment.

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Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology – The CTO’s choice

SK Telecom for Commercial LTE-Advanced Network

As Korea’s top mobile carrier, SK Telecom launched the nation’s first LTE in July 2011 and the first LTE-Advanced network through smartphones in June 2013. Currently, it offers 150Mbps Wideband LTE using 20MHz bandwidth(1.8GHz band), while providing 150Mbps LTE-Advanced through “10MHz(800MHz)+10MHz(1.8GHz)” Carrier Aggregation(CA). As of 2013-end, SK Telecom’s LTE and LTE-Advanced subscribers take up over 50 percent of its total mobile subscriber base. Moreover, it was the world’s first to demonstrate 225Mbps LTE-Advanced via “20MHz + 10MHz” CA in November 2013 and 300Mbps LTE-Advanced via tri-band (“10MHz+20MHz+10MHz”) CA in January 2014. At MWC, it will demonstrate 450Mbps LTE-Advanced tri-band CA (“20MHz+20MHz+20MHz”).

KT Corporation for Wideband LTE-A Commercial Service

Wideband LTE-A is a brand name of the KT’s total commercial LTE solution that consists of systems and services based on wideband technology. Those are wideband LTE with 20MHz bandwidth (commercialized in Sep 2013), LTE-A with Carrier aggregation (commercialized in Aug 2013), Wideband LTE Home femto cells (commercialized in Nov 2013), LTE Public femto cells (commercialized in Dec 2012), and eMBMS services (pilot for commercialization in Nov 2013).

Judges’comments

The judges recognised that these two operators have set the global standard for LTE-A services and user adoption and shown the rest of the world what amazing results can be achieved in the market place, placing Korea firmly at the head of world mobile high speed mobile data innovation.

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