Mobile Business Expo Award Winners Announced

MBX Ultimate Mobility Awards Recognize Best Uses of Mobile Technology in Extreme Circumstances

Nov 2, 2006

Mobile Business Expo, produced by CMP Technology, today announced the winners of the first annual MBX Ultimate Mobility Awards, sponsored by InformationWeek. The MBX Ultimate Mobility Awards highlighted case studies featuring mobile and wireless deployments in extreme conditions or unique circumstances, and submissions were open to industry vendors. During a presentation today at Mobile Business Expo, first place was awarded to TTL Network, using technology developed by Extricom; second place went to SurgiCount Medical for a device created by Hand Held Products; and Trican Well Service took third place for their use of NetMotion Wireless technology. Mobile Business Expo ( will continue to take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago through Friday, November 3.

"As mobile and wireless technologies continue to improve, enterprises are finding creative new ways to generate ROI and increase business productivity from their enterprise deployments," said Rob Preston, Editor-in-chief, InformationWeek. "We recognize these winners of the MBX Ultimate Mobility Awards for showcasing prime examples of how companies are utilizing mobile technologies to improve business productivity and increase ROI."

  Additional details on the winners of the MBX Ultimate Mobility Awards are

  First Place: TTL Network, using technology developed by Extricom

TTL Network, an innovative systems integrator based in Germany, has conceived and implemented a truly unique application of wireless LAN, to wirelessly control the braking system of a new breed of rollercoaster. TTL selected the Extricom WLAN system, as they found it to be the only solution that can enable the seamless mobility needed to guarantee that the car maintains uninterrupted communications with the track, even as the coaster travels at an unprecedented 125 km per hour. With the Extricom technology, the car (i.e. the Wi-Fi client) remains on the same channel throughout the entire ride, and communicates with a series of access points mounted along the length of the track.

Second Place: SurgiCount Medical, using technology developed by Hand Held Products

Gossypiboma is the medical term associated with leaving a surgical sponge inside the human body after surgery, estimated to occur 3,000 - 5,000 times every year, costing Americans about $750 million to $1 billion annually. Dr. Atul Gawande, a medical researcher at Harvard Medical School's Brigham and Women's Hospital, uncovered some startling statistics through an isolated study of medical injury in 28 Utah and Colorado area hospitals:

  - Two-thirds of adverse events resulting in death, disability or a
    prolonged hospital stay were due to surgery
  - 3% of surgical patients experienced a medical injury
  - These injuries contributed to 12.2% of all hospital deaths

Further research revealed that a simple step in improving surgical safety would ensure that surgical sponges used during surgery were properly recorded and discarded post-operation. Dr. Gawande's team and Hand Held Products partner SurgiCount Medical devised a way to attach surgery-grade 2D bar codes onto the surgical sponges used in the operating room as a way to keep track of all materials used during surgery. In March 2006, the FDA approved the first computer-assisted program to count surgical sponges, called the Safety-Sponge System, developed by SurgiCount Medical, using mobile computers from Hand Held Products.

Third Place: Trican Well Service, using technology developed by NetMotion Wireless

Trican Well Service provides equipment and services for the drilling, completion and reworking of oil and gas wells. Its field service technicians deliver cementing and fracturing, deep-coiled tubing and nitrogen services to wells spread across hundreds of miles of the most remote areas of western Canada. Trican's technicians needed a way to access it and other applications from the field, and a new mobile infrastructure with satellite, 1X and EVDO was created and 300 rugged laptops were deployed with Mobility XE, a mobile VPN software solution from NetMotion Wireless. Inter-network roaming in the VPN lets techs securely traverse wireless networks throughout the day without multiple logins, and even in areas without network coverage, persistence maintains their application sessions without data loss or repeated network and application logins. Aside from improvements in workforce efficiencies and field communications, Trican was able to dramatically reduce their work completion time to payment cycle with Mobility XE.

Mobile Business Expo will feature the business mobility market's leading vendors and industry experts, providing attendees with the latest technology solutions to build a mobile workforce and wirelessly extend existing asset management systems. The event has received support from industry influencers, and the lineup of sponsors and exhibitors includes:

  Diamond Sponsor:
  - Symbol Technologies

  Platinum Sponsors:
  - AT&T
  - Siemens HiPath Wireless LAN

  Gold Sponsors:
  - Sybase iAnywhere
  - Trapeze Networks

  Mobile Business Expo Exhibitors:
  - Aruba Networks
  - Diagonal Consulting
  - Extricom
  - FieldWorker
  - LANDesk
  - Meru Networks
  - Microvision
  - Mission Critical Wireless
  - NetMotion Wireless
  - Opticon
  - PARAT Solutions
  - rangeRoamer
  - Sage Software
  - SalesNOW
  - SmartSynQ
  - Smith Micro Software
  - Symantec
  - Xirrus, Inc.

Mobile Business Expo also features a 3-day conference that provides the most thorough investigation of the relevant technologies, applications and platforms enabling the mobile enterprise. Through demonstrations and quality education, attendees at Mobile Business Expo will take away the information they need to implement a secure, end-to-end mobile business plan -- one that delivers value throughout the organization -- including remote worker communication, field force data collection, internal asset management and tracking, customer service applications and sales support.

About Mobile Business Expo

Mobile Business Expo integrates the business strategies, technologies, tools and corporate issues necessary to build an end-to-end mobile strategy and manage a mobile workforce. Mobile Business Expo is targeted towards IT professionals, business managers and channel professionals who are focused on leveraging wireless technologies and looking to integrate the disciplines, technologies and vendors involved in the enterprise mobility equation. Mobile Business Expo will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, October 31 to November 3, 2006. For more information about the event, please visit

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