Winners At TUANZ Awards
Winners At Tuanz Awards
3 August 2001
For Immediate Release
VIDEO CONFERENCING PROJECT, BANKDIRECT, TELECOM MULTIPLE WINNERS AT TUANZ AWARDS
Asnet Technologies' Video Conferencing network project took out two top awards at last night's glittering TUANZ annual presentation. The company won both the Education Award and the Project of the Year Award with BankDirect winning the awards for Innovator of the Year, and telecommunications enabled financial services.
Telecom featured in three Awards taking the Internet Service Provider of the year through Xtra, the Healthcare Award through the Health Intranet, and tying for Carrier of the Year with Vodafone.
Telstra Saturn's submarine cable along the New Zealand coast was named Innovation of the Year.
Asnet Technologies' spanning of 23 schools from Kaitaia to Invercargill in a WWWAN (a wide wide area network) by which expert teachers of Maori can 'visit' all of them in real time was held by the judges to be "absolutely marvellous", and an exceptional use for this catalyst technology.
For the second year running Auckland City was judged the best Call Centre of the Year despite a very tight tussle with runner up North Shore City's Actionline. The judges noted that call centres are subjected to intense measurements across a huge range of performance indicators to monitor quality and caller satisfaction. The metrics provided can virtually determine the prize winner.
Other big successes were Owldocuments, a Web-enabled template system for constructing legal documents, EMS Global's ECIS high level security system, Telecom's Advanced Solutions for its Health Intranet operating through the country's hospital boards, Media Design School for its eCommerce course, Paul Brislen of Computer World who was judged Telecommunications Journalist of the Year, and Andrew Gulliver of HortResearch selected as the LAN or WAN Manager of the Year.
TUANZ Chief Executive Ernie Newman said the awards again demonstrated the depth of innovation under development amongst New Zealand businesses.
"All the finalists showed extraordinary invention, and all were highly impressive," he said.
"The quality of entries keeps getting better and better. The judges had over 100 entries to contend with. Our thanks go particularly to our specialist judges - we called in experts for each category requiring some element of technical knowledge."
The complete list of finalists and winners in each category is as follows:
1) The TUANZ
Education Award for Telecommunications
Sponsored by Tyco Electronics
Winner: Asnet Technologies
Other finalists were:
Te Ao Hurihuri
2) The TUANZ
Tertiary Education Award
Sponsored by TelstraSaturn
Winner: Media Design School
Finalist: ‘Cecil, The Computer Supported
Learning System’ from the University of Auckland
3) The TUANZ Healthcare
Sponsored by Compaq
Winner: Telecom’s Health Intranet
Healthline by the Ministry of Health
PLATO's breast screening Intranet
TUANZ Telecommunications Journalist of the Year
Sponsored by Ericsson
Winner: Paul Brislen, ComputerWorld
Chris Barton, New Zealand Herald
Richard Braddell, New Zealand Herald
Keith Newman, freelance correspondent
5) The TUANZ Call Centre of the
Sponsored by Adecco Personnal
Winner: Auckland City
North Shore’s Actionline
Auckland District Health Board Call Centre
Ministry of Health’s Healthline.
6) The TUANZ
LAN or WAN Manager of the Year
Sponsored by Candle IT&T Recruitment
Winner: Andrew Gulliver of Hort Research
Ken Gillies, ANZ Bank
Walter Chieng, St Kentigern’s College in Auckland
The TUANZ Telecommunications Innovator of the
Sponsored by Alcatel
Owl Central Ltd,
8) The TUANZ e-Business
Sponsored by AJ Park
Winner: EMS Global
Axon’s Supply Net, e-Distribution/Private Marketplace Solution,
Owl Central’s ‘Docdolittle’ template system.
9) The TUANZ
e-Business New Zealand Innovation Award
Sponsored by Simpson Grierson Law, for the best
e-Business product or service developed in New
Net for Business,N4B.com, Client Website Administration System,
BankDirect’s Virtual Cheque,
PavTech’s ‘Economic Insights’ software.
10) The TUANZ
Telecommunications Project of the Year
Sponsored by NZ InfoTech
Winner: Asnet Technologies
TelstraSaturn’s Submarine Cable Project.
11) The TUANZ Financial Services
Sponsored by Net for Business (N4B.com)
National Bank’s website.
12) The TUANZ Telecommunications Innovation
Sponsored by Advantage
Walker Wireless’ Hot Spots
13) The TUANZ Technology
Sponsored by Vodafone
for the New Zealand telecommunications publication, regular newspaper
feature section, or broadcast programme.
Winner: NZ InfoTech
14) The TUANZ Internet Service Provider
of the Year
Sponsored by Open Telecommunications
for the top-performing ISP in 2001.
15) The TUANZ Telecommunications
of the Year
Sponsored by Simpl
for the top-performing telecommunications carrier in 2001.
Joint winners: Telecom NZ and Vodafone