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BUSINESS & RELATED SERVICES

• ActivCard Inc. - A single multiapplication smart card implements highly secure authentication using techniques originally developed for the military, consolidating multiple building and computer-system access technologies into a system as simple as an ATM.

• Apeejay Surrendra Group - A well-established Calcutta bookshop has expanded to gain a national presence by using a strategy that combines local store and Internet purchases and dramatically improves efficiency in a country where retailing isn't well developed.

• Center of Excellence LLC - Nine suppliers to a Fortune 500 fast-food restaurant chain collaborated in the development of a common IT strategy, assuring a smooth fit with the existing information infrastructure.

• Fast Search & Transfer ASA - One of the world's top 20 e-commerce sites accelerates user access to searchable information, responding to 150,000 search queries a day and making it easier for customers to make efficient and informed purchasing decisions on more than 14,000 products.

• Hewlett-Packard Co. - A unique partner registration, authentication and authorization infrastructure dramatically lowers the cost of keeping close ties to thousands of trusted partners, multiplying the benefits of collaboration for the parties involved.

• Wireless & Satellite Networks - Zamora, Spain, became the first city to provide wireless public Internet access not just at selected hot spots, but anywhere in the metropolitan area, demonstrating that wireless can compete successfully with dial-up and cable.

EDUCATION & ACADEMIA

• China Education and Research Network - China's first national Internet backbone is fast becoming the world's largest nationwide academic network. It provides a testbed for next-generation designs, keeping China's computer scientists on the cutting edge.

• KnowledgeNet.com Inc. - Next-generation interactive e-learning software replaces a passive, Web-based e-reading format, driving knowledge transfer and reducing the time needed to create high-quality learning content.

• Michigan State University - A distributed, open-source learning content management and assessment system provides instructors with a common, scalable platform to assist in all aspects of teaching.

• New York University - A digital library designed to accommodate all forms of knowledge, not just text and still images, addresses the unique technical, legal and cultural issues of audio/visual and complex hypermedia, ensuring a more balanced collection.

• Ohio State University - Informed by their own learning styles and the testimony of previous learners, college students are offered a choice of content delivery strategies designed to match their individual strengths through an online form that generates individualized Web content and assessments.

• Second Story Inc. and the Theban Mapping Project - An interactive Web site using 3-D models, maps and images from Egypt's Valley of the Kings sets a new standard for archaeological publications, allowing researchers and amateurs alike flexible access to detailed information never before published.

• University of Michigan - Dearborn - An advanced software environment facilitates the creation of online course materials and supports the Internet delivery of nearly 200 courses to thousands of students in an efficient way.

ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY & AGRICULTURE

• Cornell University - Digitization of the world's largest collection of animal recordings ensures their long-term integrity and facilitates their dissemination via CD-ROMs and Web sites, enabling animal-behavior studies and conservation efforts.

• Earth Simulator Center - A dramatically more powerful supercomputer sustains five times the computation rates of the previous record holder, enabling the accurate prediction of natural phenomena such as typhoons and El Nino for the first time.

• Olam International Ltd. - A central server in Singapore communicates in an off-line/online mode with numerous locations in Africa, Asia and South America where sustained Internet connectivity isn't available, thereby helping to automate the supply chain for agricultural raw materials.

• PolyFuel Inc. - Breakthroughs in the miniaturization and manufacture of direct methanol fuel cells are paving the way for laptop computers and a host of other small wireless devices that run all day on a single charge.

• TXU Energy - Administration of a statewide program in Texas to assist clients who are unable to pay their energy bills is expedited by an integrated system that increases case workers' productivity.

• U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Initial installation of one of the world's largest Linux cluster supercomputers demonstrates the power of open-source software in solving some of the planet's most pressing environmental analysis challenges.

FINANCE, INSURANCE & REAL ESTATE

• China Merchants Bank - The first bank in China to offer Internet banking products has established technological excellence as a key competitive advantage, reducing costs, changing traditional concepts of banking services and fostering rapid capital growth by 32% per year.

• Health Management Corp. - An advanced predictive model identifies respiratory, diabetes and heart disease patients who would benefit most from focused nurse interventions, proactively addressing the reality that a large percentage of total health care costs are incurred by a small percentage of patients.

• IntesaBci SpA - Virtual classrooms and virtual meeting facilities enable distance learners and instructors to communicate via the Web, reducing costs by 20%.

• RBC Royal Bank Financial Group - An innovative application allows instant reconstruction of bank statements for any of 12 million bank customers for up to six years, saving millions of dollars.

• Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. - An unobtrusive, secure and cost-effective Web-based monitoring system automatically cross-references prospective and current customers against all governmental lists of "blocked persons" and automatically flags suspicious behavior, expediting compliance with money-laundering laws.

GOVERNMENT & NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

• Church World Service - A state-of-the art donation and financial management system assures smooth processing of the peak donation flows at holidays and after disasters, helping to assure that a $70 million budget quickly gets to where it's needed.

• CyberSoft - Turkey's first e-government initiative allows taxpayers to transfer their returns and check balances online, streamlining a system that requires more than 30 returns and declarations a year for the typical taxpayer.

• NASA Ames Research Center - A thousand parallel processors share a single memory image, reducing the complexity of programming scientific tasks that require enormous amounts of computer power, such as space shuttle design simulations.

• Network for Good - A single Web portal aggregates content and resources covering hundreds of thousands of charitable organizations, making them available in one comprehensive, easy-to-use Internet destination, increasing donations and volunteerism.

• South Australia Department of Human Services - Australia's largest multihospital clinical information system allows real-time access to patient information in more than 70 clinical units across eight hospitals, improving health care and encouraging collaboration.

• U.S. Agency for International Development - The nonprofit global trade network facilitates sustainable economic growth in developing countries by building trade linkages, identifying trade opportunities and accessing technologies.

MANUFACTURING

• DaimlerChrysler AG - A collaborative system encourages and then manages the flow of suggestions for ways to reduce automobile manufacturing costs.

• Ford Motor Co. Scientific Research Lab - A multidisciplinary design optimization methodology allows the auto manufacturer to successfully integrate and balance conflicting design goals in parallel, creating better cars sooner while reducing the cost of individual computer runs a thousandfold.

• GE Silicones - It was one of the first major industrial firms to truly run its entire global business from a single instance of an ERP system, enabling a new corporate culture of global dialogue where plans for the future are firmly based on a shared knowledge of current reality.

• Hardinge Inc. - A complex but highly price-competitive machine tool with 5,000 individual parts was designed and brought to market in just five months using advanced 3-D design tools, buttressing the company's competitiveness in an increasingly international market.

• Kawasaki Steel Corp. - An integrated production-control system makes it possible to satisfy both customers' desire for quick delivery of their specific order and the factory's need to run many similar orders at the same time, lowering costs and increasing customer satisfaction.

• The Boeing Co. - Simplification of aircraft design and manufacturing business processes was supported by the successful integration of multiple off-the-shelf applications into a single system with a single data set, reducing costs and defects and improving time to market.

MEDIA, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

• E! Networks - A powerful digital asset management system allows users to search and view low-resolution versions of more than 400,000 videotapes, reducing duplication of effort and speeding the creation of new programs for more than 80 million subscribers.

• FastWeb - The first European service provider to offer video-on-demand service to residential customers opens up new opportunities for distance learning, tele-assistance and other services that connect individuals who have disabilities.

• France Televisions Publicite - A complete central repository of 35,000 TV advertisements, ranging from 10 seconds to four minutes, allows them to be sent electronically to remote broadcast locations, lowering costs, reducing errors and allowing changes to be made up to the last minute.

• JungleSoftNet Ltd. - Compression algorithms allow storage of a highly detailed map of Hong Kong, including access to complete listings of restaurants and other attractions, on handheld devices, providing paperless navigation throughout the city.

• Ohio State University - A collaborative effort creates six Web-based digital media collections containing almost 1 million media assets used in more than 100 university courses, enriching the student experience.

• Starz Encore Group LLC - Complete updating of the company's enterprise portal has greatly improved the productivity of its IT staffers, allowing them to respond to user requests in hours rather than days.

MEDICINE

• Brigham and Women's Hospital, Surgical Planning Laboratory - Intense processing of two-dimensional medical scan images yields a more valuable 3-D volumetric image of the brain that highlights changes over time and provides an ideal environment for presurgical planning.

• France Telecom/Equant NV - The first instantaneous (less than 200 millisecond) trans-Atlantic communication enables a surgeon in New York to operate successfully on a patient in Strasbourg, France, viewing high-definition images and sending robot commands with no perceptible time lag, opening up a future where surgeons will be able to practice globally.

• Lexicon Genetics Inc. - The biopharmaceutical company uses "gene knockout" technology to systematically define the physiological functions and pharmaceutical utility of genes and to fuel therapeutic development programs.

• Manchester Visualization Centre - Three-dimensional volumetric renderings of patient-specific data are delivered in real time to the medical "sharp end," projected on the operating room wall to ensure that the surgeon has the best available information during surgery.

• Rita Medical Systems Inc. - Radio frequency energy is used to heat tissues to kill cancer cells, providing an alternative for patients with conditions such as liver cancer who, for a range of reasons, can't undergo surgery.

• TeraMedica Inc. - Images from 40 medical scanners are fed directly to a central image warehouse where they are combined with legacy images on a robotic tape library to provide doctors with secure, rapid access to a patient's full image file, improving patient care.

SCIENCE

• Institute of Atmospheric Physics - Large-scale climate modeling, with particular emphasis on El Nino cycles and Asian monsoons, helps the Chinese Academy of Sciences plan for and mitigate annual economic losses resulting from natural disasters.

• Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center - Massive computing power accelerates the search for inexpensive polymers that would function the same way as simple but difficult-to-manufacture peptides. These are known to be powerful antibacterials that can reduce the incidence of hospital infection.

• Russian Academy of Sciences - Implementation of distributed supercomputing access over high-speed telecommunications links accelerates innovation within the Russian scientific community and facilitates participation in international consortia.

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