Make your mind up time

The Network Middle East Innovation Awards 2007 public vote is now open - read on to vet the entries, and cast your vote for some of the hottest networking projects in the region.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  March 19, 2007

|~||~||~|Network Middle East is proud to reveal the entries for our two reader-voted implementation categories, as well as the entries for Best Networking Vendor and Best Networking Integrator in the Middle East. In the links below, you will find submissions for the best wireless networking implementation and most innovative use of new technology awards. It is now up to you, the readers of NME, to decide which of these nominations is the most impressive – you can cast your vote on the NME Awards website. For the wireless networking category, there are three nominations, covering hospitality (Dubai’s famous Burj Al Arab Hotel), transport (Qatar’s Mowasalat) and oil and gas (a Bechtel gas plant in Abu Dhabi). Between them, they represent three of the most important and challenging industries in the Middle East, and where technologies such as wireless networking can have the biggest impact. On the new technology side, there are four submissions, three of which focus on new converged network implementations. These include two from Kuwait (Gulf University of Science and Technology, and National Bank of Kuwait), and one from Dubai (the emirate’s Department of Health and Medical Services). The fourth is a different proposition altogether – the development of a high-speed EVDO data card in Jordan. While being more on the product development side of the IT equation, it is a very regional project, and so merits a place in this category. As far as possible, the nominations that follow are the original text of the submissions; the NME editorial staff have edited the submissions for length, and also for clarity and style, but we have made no substantial changes to the entries. In addition to the two categories here, voting is also open for the ‘Best Networking Integrator in the Middle East’, and ‘Best Networking Vendor in the Middle East’ categories – entries will be visible on the awards website, along with details of how to vote for all these categories. It is now up to you – the readers of Network Middle East – to have your say on what and who the most impressive projects and players in the regional networking market are. We have tried to present the entries as evenly as possible, in order to make things as fair as possible. The entries that follow are all in alphabetical order, by the end user organisation being nominated. We would encourage you to focus on the quality of the project itself rather than the glamour-factor of the nominee – when we have the Burj Al Arab as one of the finalists (for the second year in a row), this is an important factor to state. So read up, get voting, and we’ll reveal the winners at the NME Innovation Awards gala dinner on 2 April, held alongside the annual BICSI conference in Dubai. Eliot Beer Editor, Network Middle East Best Wireless Network Implementation Most Innovative Use of New Technology NME Awards 2007.||**||

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