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Winners of ID People Awards announced

ID World : 17 November, 2009  (Company News)
Award ceremony at the ID World Congress in Italy saw recognition for the people at the forefront of this year's Auto ID industry
The winners of this year's ID People Awards - the Oscars of the Auto ID industry - were revealed on November 3rd during the eighth ID World International Congress, held in Milan. At the annual ceremony hosted by Sophie de la Giroday, President of Wise Media, awards were presented in recognition of the contribution made by thought leaders, innovators and pioneering adopters who distinguished themselves by their achievements during the past year. Finnish Minister of Communications, Suvi Lindén, was among the presenters.

Five awards were handed out following nomination and voting by the members of the ID Community, who have supported the initiative with enthusiasm during the last few months. The categories and winners are:

* ID Community Award: Paul McKeown, Leader of IBM's Customs, Ports and Border Management Group, for his unfailing work with the government, travel and banking industries to help introduce new technologies to their business and increase the auto ID industry's visibility in these sectors. This year's ID Community Award was presented by Rik Verhaegen, Port Security Officer at Antwerp Port Authority, in memory of his colleague, Ernie Scheerlinck.

* ID Leadership Award: Akio Miyaji, Quality Service Coordinator at Universal Postal Union (UPU), for introducing the GMS for the UPU's intergovernmental network of national postal services and specialized agency of the United Nations. This year's ID Leadership Award was presented by by Brigadier Saleem Ahmed Moeen, CEO of SecureTech Consultancy and winner of the ID People Outstanding Achievement Award in 2005.

* ID Limelight Award: Marc Stern, Senior Director of Approach Belgium, for leading the EU's Stork security group to establish a European eID Interoperability Platform that will allow citizens to establish new e-relations across borders. The award was presented by Dr Detlef Houdeau, Senior Director of Business Development at Infineon Technologies, who won the ID People Community Award in 2007.

* ID Trail Blazer Award: David Birch, Director of Consult Hyperion, for his advice and visions for private and public sector organizations on auto ID, smart card and NFC business models and strategy. This year's ID Trail Blazer Award was presented by Bernard Didier, Technology and Business Development Director, Identity and Security Systems, Sagem Sécurité, winner of the ID Trailblazer Award 2006.

* ID Outstanding Achievement Award: Tariq Malik, Deputy Chairman of the National Database Registration Authority, Pakistan for providing and launching an ambitious program of Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs), duplicate CNICs and verification of personal data. This year's ID Outstanding Achievement Award was presented by Peter Collins President of A2B tracking solutions who won the ID Leadership Award in 2008.

ID Hall of Fame

During the ceremony, tribute was paid to a person whose lifelong achievements gave an outstanding contribution to fostering the market penetration of advanced auto ID based solutions. The ID Hall of Fame Award was presented to Dr Ali Al-Khouri, Acting General Director of the Emirates Identity Authority. The ID Hall of Fame recognizes the lifetime achievements of outstanding individuals in the ID Community.

Wise Media's Managing Director, Federico Faleschini, presented Honourable Mention awards to three distinguished leaders in the ID Community:

* Honourable Mention Citizen ID Forum: Bob Carter, Director of Identity and Passport Service at the UK Home Office, for his successful efforts, which ensured European harmonization of the 2nd Generation Passport (EAC) specification for providing, to member states, a firm platform that ensured interoperability could be achieved.

* Honourable Mention Asset Tracking Forum: Robert Leibrandt, Deputy for UID Policy Office of the US Department of Defence. His role in the UID policy office supports both the International Standards and Industrial partner communities for Unique Item Identification. He also leads policy formulation for Program Management, Engineering and Logistics Implementation of UID and is the procurement lead for Information Assurance.

* Honourable Mention Transportation Security Forum: Roy Braganza, Director of Airport Services with American Airlines, received the Honourable Mention in the Transportation Security Forum in recognition of the program he helped to develop and introduce, which broadens the horizon of check-in choices for the airline traveller and significantly reduces airport queues.

The new NFC Academy Award, created to give voice and visibility to the leaders spearheading adoption of NFC based solutions for innovation in the public and private sector, was won by Gerald Madlmayr, Research Associate at the Research Center Hagenberg, for his work on NFC based applications as well as security and privacy in such systems. Since 2005, has been a notable and important influencer regarding the adoption of NFC Technology.

The Sustainability Summit Award, created to give voice and visibility to the leaders spearheading adoption of sustainable technology, was won by Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and executive director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP and the Climate Neutral Network, for his motivations for a global networking platform, UNEP, to help make the best knowledge on sustainability and climate neutrality available to all.

This year's Innovation Italy Award went to to Carlo Maria Medaglia is the Coordinator of the RFID Lab of "Sapienza", University of Rome for his work in the RFID/Wireless Group of the CNIPA (National Centre for Informatics in the Public Administration) in Rome and his valuable contribution as a source of influence and knowledge for our community both here in Italy and abroad.
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