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NME Innovation Awards: The results

Top implementations and vendors honoured at glittering ceremony

The annual awards ceremony aimed to celebrate the best and brightest organisations on the regional IT scene
The annual awards ceremony aimed to celebrate the best and brightest organisations on the regional IT scene

The most impressive technology implementations and vendors were honoured last night at the Network Middle East Innovation Awards 2014, held at a glittering ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel, The Palm Dubai.

As is the case every year, the annual awards ceremony aimed to celebrate the best and brightest organisations on the regional IT scene. Awards were given to the best implementations and projects of the past 12 months, while vendors that have contributed most to the development of IT in the Middle East were also honoured.

Abu Dhabi Police picked up the accolade of wireless implementation of the year for its newly built police radar system. Implemented by Al Rowad IT Solutions, the project saw speed cameras being integrated with the federal traffic and licensing system using an array of wireless technologies. The judges were impressed with the careful planning involved in the implementation, as well as its successful execution.

Meanwhile, the fixed networking implementation of the year award went to Khimji Ramdas, which benefitted greatly from implementing ManageEngine IT360 Enterprise Edition. The company required great control over its network, and the ability to monitor various siloes at different locations. The solution allowed the firm's network to run far more efficiently and makes it much easier for IT admins to address network problems.

The Roads and Transport Authority picked up the storage implementation of the year award, thanks to the impressive build-out of its Umm Ramoul Enterprise Data Centre. And the security implementation of the year accolade went to the General Civil Aviation Authority, which implemented a multi-layered enterprise security architecture, achieving ISO 27,001 and ISO 20,000 certification.

The data centre project of the year award was highly contested, but eventually went to Emirates Integrated Telecom Company, thanks to the build-out of its Tier IV-certified Datamena data centre. The judges did, however, highly commend Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz City of Science & Technology on the completion of a new Tier III-certified data centre.

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Finally, Freightworks picked up the unified communications project of the year award, thanks to the upgrade of its existing PABX and telephony systems and switch to IP phones. The General Directorate of Central Police was highly commended in this category, with the judges being impressed by its video conferencing implementation for communicating with official translators.

The big vendor award - networking vendor of the year - was granted to Huawei, with Aruba Networks and Cisco getting special mentions. The storage vendor of the year was Symantec, while Nexans Cabling Solutions picked up the cabling vendor of the year accolade. Fortinet was named the security vendor of the year, despite stiff competition from McAfee and Symantec, and Riverbed Technology was the network management vendor of the year.

Help AG was named systems integrator of the year, with Al Rowad IT Solutions coming in a close second, and Brocade Communications was given the award for SDN solution vendor of the year, with Huawei being highly commended in this category. The unified communications vendor of the year was Avaya, and Col. Anwar Almulla, from Al Rowad IT Solutions, was named networking professional of the year.

The winners were decided by a panel of independent judges. The panel this year included Joseph Aninias, manager of IT and telecommunication services at the University of Wollongong in Dubai; Megha Kumar, research manager at IDC Middle East and Africa; Haritha Ramachandran, industry manager, ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan; and Biswajeet Mahapatra, research director at Gartner.