ZDNet Australia held the inaugural Emerging Technology Innovation Awards last night in conjunction with CeBIT. Taking top honours was a product from Consulvest Australia called the Dead on Demand Digital Shredder.
The "shredder" is a portable, easy-to-operate device that securely erases hard drives in decommissioned computers at many times the rate of existing disk wiping technologies. According to Consulvest executive director, Jorge Silveira, "It's how James Bond would wipe his hard drive."
Taking Honourable Mentions were CaptureMail from MailGuard, AppExchange from salesforce.com and M3 from E-Novation. Editors from ZDNet Australia sifted through the many Award entries to come up with a "short" list of 20 products and services. Entries were scored on how they measured up in several different categories, including innovation, productivity, ROI, and ease of management.
The Emerging Technology Innovation Awards ceremony was held towards the end of the second day of the CeBIT event in Sydney. The full list of finalists can be found below.
- Attache Software Australia (Attache)
- Consulvest Australia (Dead on Demand Digital Shredder)
- Eaton Power Quality (Powerware BladeUPS)
- E-Novation (M3)
- FileSphere (FileSphere Enterprise)
- Fortune Tec (S21T Super Home Theatre PC Case)
- Hitachi DZ-HS303SW)
- MailGuard (CaptureMail)
- mHITs (Person-to-Person Payments by SMS)
- Mobbiexpress International (MobbieBanker)
- NetComm (NB9W)
- Netgear (DG834GV Integrated ADSL2+ Modem and Wireless Router with Voice)
- Nuance (PDF Converter Professional 4)
- Plantronics (Plantronics M15D)
- Raritan (CommandCenter NOC)
- salesforce.com (AppExchange)
- Softwin (BitDefender Internet Security v10)
- Strix Systems (Access/One Outdoor Wireless System)
- Tumbleweed Communications (MailGate 5600 Appliance)
- Viocorp International (Viostream)