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  1. 1. ID WORLD International Congress 2006: Winners of the ID People Awards announced The year’s most influential individuals in the auto ID Community crowned at a prestigious ceremony in Milan. Milan, December 4, 2006 The winners of this year’s ID People Awards - the Oscars of the auto ID industry – were revealed on the evening of November 28th, during the fifth ID WORLD International Congress in Milan. At the annual ceremony, awards were presented in recognition of the contribution made by thought leaders, innovators and pioneering adopters who distinguished themselves by their achievements during the past 12 months. The Big Five Five awards were handed out following the nomination and voting by the ID Community, who have supported the initiative with enthusiasm during the last months. More than 2,500 votes were collected in the three week election phase. The categories and winners are: • ID Community Award: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Posch, Chief Information Officer of the Austrian Federal Government, for driving the issues surrounding eID security to the forefront of the EU community and encouraging other Member States to begin discussions on eID interoperability. • ID Leadership Award: Roberto Tavano, Vice President of the European Security Programme at Unisys, for playing a key role in strategic ventures aimed at expanding the knowledge and awareness of security related issues and opportunities, both at industry and at public sector levels in Europe. • ID Limelight Award: Vic Verma, for focusing the attention of the media on his achievements both as a leader in technology development – he has been granted eight patents – and as the President and CEO of Savi Technology, one of the most successful RFID companies worldwide. • ID Outstanding Achievement Award: Ali Al-Khouri, Deputy Director General of the Emirates Identity Authority, for playing a pivotal role in the establishment of a G2C eGovernment national ID program in the UAE that has helped improve public services in the country. • ID Trail Blazer Award: Bernard Didier, Senior Vice President of Business Development in the Security Division of Sagem Défense Sécurité, for his groundbreaking work as the leader of a pioneering company developing automated fingerprint authentication processes that established its world-class reputation throughout the years and gaining prestigious references from the FBI and Interpol. ID WORLD International Congress organized by Wise Media S.p.A. Via R. Lepetit, 4 - 20124 Milano – Italy Tel: +39 02 89034112 Fax: +39 02 6738 8322
  2. 2. ID WORLD International Congress organized by Wise Media S.p.A. Via R. Lepetit, 4 - 20124 Milano – Italy Tel: +39 02 89034112 Fax: +39 02 6738 8322
  3. 3. Two new awards Two additional awards were created in 2006 to accompany the traditional Big Five elected by the community: • ID Talent Award: created in memory of teenage pioneer Derek Jacobs, who tragically died in a motorcycle accident this year aged 18. The inaugural award, sponsored by VeriChip, was presented to his parents Leslie and Jeffrey. Derek became the youngest known Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer at the age of 12 and the first civilian to have an RFID microchip implanted into his body two years later. • ID Hall of Fame: Dr. Walter Mosher Jr, Chairman & CIO of Precision Dynamics Corporation, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in recognition of his pioneering work introducing auto ID into healthcare through his patient identification wristband solutions. The ID Hall of Fame recognizes the lifetime achievements of outstanding individuals in the ID Community. Three Honorable Mentions The organizers of the ID WORLD International Congress also presented an Honorable Mention to three distinguished leaders in the ID Community: • Honorable Mention Global Security Forum: Sertac Özinal, the CEO of BKM Interbank Card Center of Turkey, for his highly successful work introducing chip & pin technology to the entire Turkish credit card population. • Honorable Mention Smart Supply Chain Forum: Fred Schramm, Administrator of the Independent Research and Development Program at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, for his 25 year career at NASA, which saw him inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2001 for his accomplishments in identification technologies and recognized as Marshall Space Flight Centers 2005 Inventor of the Year for the Data Matrix Family of Solutions. • Honorable Mention Electronic Passport Forum: Raymond Wong, Assistant Director, Immigration Dept. of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, for his work as commander of an ambitious US$296 million Information Systems Strategy (ISS) project. The multiapplication smart card project for population, combined with biometric technologies (face & fingerprint) serves seven million Hong Kong residents. ******* ID WORLD International Congress organized by Wise Media S.p.A. Via R. Lepetit, 4 - 20124 Milano – Italy Tel: +39 02 89034112 Fax: +39 02 6738 8322
  4. 4. About ID People Awards The ID People Awards are assigned each year to outstanding members of the ID Revolution community who have distinguished themselves in terms of commitment, leadership, creativity and innovation. The ID People Awards, sponsored by the publication ID People, are awarded in the following categories: ID Community Award, ID Leadership Award, ID Limelight Award, ID Trail Blazer Award and ID Outstanding Achievement Award. For further information visit About ID WORLD International Congress The ID WORLD International Congress, organized by Wise Media, is the annual world summit on automatic identification. It is the most comprehensive showcase of RFID, biometrics and smart card technologies, and is the only international forum that looks at the advanced auto ID industry as a whole, rather than focusing on a specific technology or vertical sector. In 2007 the event takes place in Milan on November 26th to 28th. For further information visit For further information, please contact: Media Contact: Event Director: Pier Costa Federico Faleschini ID WORLD International Congress organized by Wise Media S.p.A. Via R. Lepetit, 4 - 20124 Milano – Italy Tel: +39 02 89034112 Fax: +39 02 6738 8322