UK prime minister Tony Blair today presented 18 hi-tech companies with a 'Millennium Product' award, which aims to recognise the most innovative companies in the UK.
Blair handed out 235 awards today at a ceremony in the Skyscape concert arena, next to the Millennium Dome in Greenwich.
A total of 1012 products have achieved millennium product status since the nationwide initiative on innovation was launched by Blair in 1997. So far, 97 of these are from IT companies.
Among the winners were the MT Digit fingerprint reader from Datawise, developed using biometric technology, online travel site Lastminute.com and Widget Software's Writing with Symbols 2000, a software application with word and symbol processing capabilities aimed at people with learning disabilities.
The products were all showcased this morning in front of an audience comprising Millennium company representatives.
Blair commented: "Each of you knows that creativity and innovation are at the heart of a successful business. They are also the foundations upon which our future economic success depends."
The names of all the products have been emblazoned on the Spiral of Innovation, a landmark structure built next to the Dome by the Design Council.
- Other IT companies and products that achieved 'Millennium' status:
Videoroute by Survey & Development Services
Sirocco by Videologic
Simul8 Software by Visual Thinking
The Power VR Three Dimensional Graphics System by Videologic
Plasma 42 by Ferrograph
The Pic Logicator by Economatics Education
Hypercapture by Hypervision
Legion by Legion Crowd
The Millennium Map by Millennium Mapping Company
Open by Open Interactive
Pace Digital Cable set-top box by Pace Micro
PC Bodyguard by Calluna Technology
Francais Actuel by CD Live limited
Design Tools 2D Design by Technsoft
Barcode Mill by Barcode Mill
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