BlackBerry World: Wireless Achievement Awards Finalists

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Wireless Achievement Awards

A few months ago, we let you know about the Wireless Achievement Awards (formerly known as the Wireless Leadership Awards). Today we are very excited to present the finalists to you, with the Winners being announced next week at the 2011 BlackBerry® World™ conference.

The Wireless Achievement Awards are presented to customers who are doing business in new and better ways with game-changing BlackBerry® deployments. These high achievers are in a category of their own for their vision, efforts and most of all, their awe-inspiring achievements. They partner with app development partners to mobilize corporate systems that were once only available by sitting at a desk. They increase performance, make a difference to the bottom line and simplify life for their employees.

So with no further ado – for your reading enjoyment, here is a brief summary of information and results provided by each finalist. As always, these results are specific to each organization:

FINALISTS FOR: ATTENDEE CHOICE AWARDS

New this year at BlackBerry World, as part of the Wireless Achievement Awards, is the Attendee Choice Award. This award lets BlackBerry World attendees vote for one of the three finalists who have developed applications for their customers in order to help increase business. Whose app do you think demonstrates the most innovative use of BlackBerry solution technology? Check out the descriptions below and make sure to submit your vote by Tuesday, May 3rd at 5:00pm ET.

CIBC – CIBC created the CIBC Home Advisor™ app for any house hunter in Canada looking to make their home purchase easier. With a few clicks, this app is designed to allow users to access mortgage advice from CIBC wherever they are, whether they’re exploring neighborhoods, visiting properties or simply doing research. Home buyers can track and compare properties visited by taking and storing photos and completing a homebuyer’s checklist for each home. The app is also designed to let buyers view neighbourhood maps, average property valuations and trends. To make the house hunting process even easier, four different calculators are built-in to help determine what is affordable, rent vs. buy, the equity in a current home, or mortgage payment options. Additionaly, buyers can get free advice from a CIBC Mortgage Advisor and request a pre-approval financing certificate right from the app.

Delta – The Delta mobile app has been designed to provide Delta air line travelers with a faster, more informed travel experience. Designed to make flying with Delta Air Lines even more convenient, travelers can see their SkyMiles balance and status, look-up flight schedules, complete mobile check-in, save and use e-boarding passes, track flights and view upcoming trips. With BlackBerry® Push Service customers get near real-time notifications, such as flight schedule and gate changes along with the capability to re-book a cancelled or delayed flight – all from within the app. The app also cleverly uses the BlackBerry camera to setup a parking reminder to help when returning from a trip. The Delta app was built in partnership with Kony Solutions.

Sherwin-Williams – The ColorSnap® app by Sherwin-Williams is designed to let users capture real world colors and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors. The app makes it easy for users to take color inspiration from a photo on their BlackBerry photo library or one that has just been snapped and match it to one of 1500 Sherwin-Williams paint colors, create a custom palette or ask Sherwin-Williams for coordinating colors. Additionally, users can fine tune colors using lightness and saturation features, and then share palette libraries with friends and family for input. Lastly, the app has a built in find feature, designed to allow users to input their zip code to find a local Sherwin-Williams store nearby.

FINALISTS FOR: BUSINESS IMPACT

Finalists for the Business Impact have deployed a wireless solution that has made a significant impact on their business.

Carmedic – Carmedic is an auto body paintless dent removal company with 86 technician partners across 25 states. Each Carmedic technician uses a BlackBerry® smartphone, a digital pen and pre-printed, digital forms from ExpeData® to fill out invoices. The handwritten information is recorded on a chip in the digital pen and automatically transferred via Bluetooth® to the BlackBerry smartphone and into the enterprise accounting system.

Chiesi Farmaceutici – Chiesi Farmaceutici S.P.A. is an Italian pharmaceutical company. To demonstrate the efficacy of a specific drug for the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Chiesi began a clinical trial involving 2,000 patients in 19 countries. Working with TechMobile, a BlackBerry® Alliance Program member, and other partners, Chiesi developed a BlackBerry application that is designed to let patients securely submit a daily questionnaire about their symptoms. Data is collected automatically by a central system. Chiesi chose the BlackBerry solution because of its security features to help met pharmaceutical legislation. The trial is achieving a 94% patient compliance rate and saved Chiesi €5 million versus the traditional paper process.

USG People – USG People provides general and specialized staffing solutions, human resources, education and training in several countries across Europe. To improve the efficiency of its mobile sales force, USG People Spain tasked NTS, a member of the BlackBerry Alliance Program, with developing a Customer Relationship Management application for BlackBerry smartphones. 235 USG People sales reps now use it to manage calendars, access customer information and track sales objectives. The application has helped each sales rep save over two hours per week, which has added up to 11,000 additional sales call annually and a net increase in annual revenue of €3 million.

FINALISTS FOR: INNOVATION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR

Finalists for the Innovation in the Public Sector use wireless solutions in innovative ways in healthcare, public safety and government.

Emirates Group – Comprising Emirates Airline, Dnata and subsidiary companies, the Emirates Group is a major player in the global aviation, travel, tourism and leisure industries. Emirates Group Information Technology (EG-IT) provides the IT business technology solutions and systems required to support the group’s operations. Using social networking tools, employees and in-house developers work together to identify usage needs and develop suitable mobile applications. Users download BlackBerry® applications from the group’s private app portal. Applications range from one that enables finance managers to approve purchase orders, to those used for checking flight capacity and booking tickets. By mobilizing business information, these solutions help to enable staff to operate more effectively and efficiently. The group now has a mobile application ecosystem that has been adapted to the support the needs of its business.

LILA Asturias – LILA Asturias is a Spanish laboratory that analyzes dairy production. It works with dairy farmers from all over Asturias region, providing daily microbiological, chemical and physical analysis. LILA developed a BlackBerry solution designed to deliver lab results quickly and meet regulatory standards. They gave 1,800 dairy farmers BlackBerry smartphones so they can receive the latest lab reports directly, within 24 hours after the completion of the tests. This has resulted in higher quality and increased revenues. Preliminary studies show that dairy farmers have been able to increase yields by up to 50% thanks to the BlackBerry solution.

UPMC -UPMC is a global health enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with approximately 50,000 employees and 400 outpatient sites. UPMC deployed BlackBerry smartphones with SmartRoom technology to nurses, transporters and clinicians at UPMC Mercy, one of its 20 hospitals. The SmartRoom pulls data from the electronic medical record (EMR) to display patient room assignments, tasks and vital patient information on screens at the nurses’ station and now on the BlackBerry smartphone. In the hospital unit where the pilot took place, health care providers have improved call-response time (from 73.1 to 83.8 on the Press Ganey Score), reduced time looking for people or information (from 6,205 to 2,077 steps in one shift), reduced the noise levels in and around patient rooms and increased the number of trips transporters make each shift (by an average of 10%).

FINALISTS FOR: INNOVATION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Finalists for the Innovation in the Private Sector have deployed new, innovative wireless solutions to drive business productivity.

Chatham-Kent Police Service – Chatham-Kent Police Service (CKPS) is responsible for an area spanning 2,400 sq km – one of the largest municipalities in southwestern Ontario, Canada. They use a two-factor authentication system, with a BlackBerry® Smart Card Reader and SafeNet® Smart Card technology. The solution passed extensive threat and risk assessments before receiving approval from the Ontario Police Technology Information Cooperative (OPTIC). Confident they had a secure solution, BlackBerry smartphones were rolled out with a suite of applications including Niche-RMS (access to criminal record and transportation databases), MPATracking (dispatch monitoring of officers’ locations), MPABeatBlog (daily briefing tool), and MPADictation (for officers to capture notes and data while on site).

Mississippi Department of Transportation – Mississippi Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Facility and Records Management (FRM) Division must maintain and repair building mechanical systems without disrupting daily operations. MDOT has deployed TRANE Alert Mobile System (TAMS), an application to alert maintenance personnel to mechanical or equipment failures. Other applications include MDOT Room Temperatures to monitor/ control room temperatures, Parking Decals – vehicle information, MDOT Directory Search – employee contacts, MDOT Assets to track valuable inventory and MS Traffic Mobile for streaming traffic cameras and alerts. Utilizing their BlackBerry solution TAMS, MDOT has improved safety for employees, and saved approximately $1.53 million annually in salaries and utility costs.

University Hospitals Birmingham – University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) is a leading university teaching hospital in the United Kingdom. Working with Webalo, a member of the BlackBerry Alliance Program, UHB quickly connected BlackBerry smartphones to put enterprise data in the hands of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and administrators. A series of apps were deployed including a Neurological On-Call Referral System (NORSE), a Pharmacy On-Call System (POCS), Accident & Emergency Live Reports for Administrators and an IT Reporting & Analytics app. Today, hundreds of UHB’s mobile employees use the BlackBerry solution, and many more are expected to benefit as usage expands.

For those of you going to BlackBerry World 2011, be sure to check out the General Session on
Wednesday May 4th to find out who the lucky winners are – and don’t forget to submit your vote for the Attendee Choice Awards before May 3rd at 5pm ET.

And if you aren’t going to BlackBerry World, stay tuned for the latest news!

About Roger B.

Joining Research In Motion® (RIM) in 2001, Roger has worked in BlackBerry® Alliance Marketing, vertical segment marketing and product marketing. By leveraging this diverse background, for the past few years Roger has been involved with market research, analyst relations, and other research initiatives. A graduate of the Ivey Business School and MIT’s Executive program in Strategy & Innovation, Roger has been involved in technology marketing for the past 15 years working in Asia, Europe, and North America. Passionate about the impact technology has on people and processes, he brings this vast array of experiences together as a lead contributor to the “BlackBerry For Business” social media presence.

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