-- Organizational Impact -- Blockbuster, Inc.
With MapInfo, Blockbuster developed the Blockbuster Ultimate Location Intelligence Tool (BULIT), a premier application that supports numerous departments, including development, marketing, operations, finance, diversity, human resources, strategic planning and alternate brands and products. For instance, with BULIT, employees are able to view and analyze information on both brick-and-mortar and online consumers and analyze the impact of adding, closing or relocating a Blockbuster within a market. The application is so useful that it is now used in many of Blockbuster's international divisions including Canada, UK, Mexico, Australia and Taiwan.
Runner Up -- Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc.
-- Changing the World -- State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health
A 2003 MapInfo eGovernment Grant Winner, the State of Louisiana's Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health uses MapInfo solutions to better evaluate transportation issues, engage in strategic planning projects and develop better visual information. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Bureau used MapInfo solutions to assess the status of the department's employees, health care facilities and providers. It mapped where employees had moved from, moved to, and how far away. The Bureau is now working with FEMA to evaluate the relationship between potential housing sites and health services.
Runner Up -- Massachusetts Department of Social Services
-- Technical Achievement -- Deutsche Bahn Netz AG
GSM-R is a new standard for wireless rail telecommunications and with MapInfo technology, German-based Deutsche Bahn Netz AG is the first company in the world to implement a fully operating digital, mobile communication system for traffic control and other communications to reach engine drivers, maintenance crews and other personnel working on the railway network--on the track or at stations. Called GSM-R, the services are set up through a single and easy-to-use geographical application interface, delivering huge savings in time, resources and costs. It is able to analyze the geographical relationship between train locations, dispatcher responsibilities and network coverage, offering a visual control over which network cells can be configured for specific call types and locations.
Runner Up -- Citywide Service Solutions of Australia
-- Unique & Unusual -- Suquamish Tribe
The Suquamish Tribe relies on MapInfo software alongside digital nautical charts to provide geographic coordination for the native tribe's annual canoe journey along the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Daily guide maps made with MapInfo software enable the tribe to navigate safely by indicating each day's proposed route and distance, any possible hazards, stops, emergency access points and aerial photos of the destination.
Runner Up -- Interacademy Institute of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Academy of Fine Arts Warsaw
-- People's Choice -- HomeGain, Inc.
With more than four million unique visitors per month, HomeGain is the second largest real estate site in the world. Consumers can browse real estate listings, recently sold homes and resumes of 80,000 realtors across the country. HomeGain turned to MapInfo to develop an application that allows home buyers to search for homes by neighborhood, not just ZIP Codes. With MapInfo Professional(R), it identified and mapped more than 200 cities and 11,000 individual neighborhood boundaries. As a result, HomeGain has developed several contracts with mapping companies, newspapers, other real estate firms and search engines to leverage this information.
Presentation of the awards occurred yesterday at MapWorld 2006, MapInfo's 13th annual global user conference. The judges were made up of a cross-section of MapInfo executives and industry experts, including Mark Smith, CEO and senior vice president of Research and Advisory Services, Ventana Research.
"The annual MapWorld conference is a forum for location intelligent people to network, learn and share new strategies for maximizing their work resources. The Meridian Awards are a natural extension of this, honoring the many unique ways in which our customers use MapInfo location intelligence solutions to help their organizations make smarter business decisions, increase productivity and create new solutions for existing problems," said Mark Cattini, president and CEO, MapInfo. "We thank all the organizations that participated in this year's awards program. We intend to make the Meridian Awards an annual tradition, and continue to recognize the outstanding enterprises that are driving organizational change through the innovative use of location intelligence and helping all of us become more location intelligent."
For more information about this year's Meridian Award winners, please visit www.mapinfo.com/meridianawardwinners.
About MapInfo Corporation
MapInfo is a global company and the leading provider of location intelligence solutions, integrating software, data and services to provide greater value from location-based information and drive more insightful decisions for businesses and government organizations around the world. MapInfo solutions are available in 20 languages through a network of strategic partners and distribution channels in 60 countries. Headquartered in Troy, N.Y., MapInfo is on the World Wide Web at www.mapinfo.com.
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