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Winners announced for CeBIT Innovation Award 2015

The winners of the CeBIT Innovation Award 2015 have been selected. Three different research teams succeeded in impressing the jury with the outstanding user-friendliness of their IT applications.

04 Feb. 2015
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Developers of several dozen projects completed for this year’s competition, several of them focusing on the year’s special category of “Usable Security and Privacy”. The key selection criteria consisted of the degree of innovativeness, design quality, feasibility for everyday practice and presentability within the context of a tradeshow.

Winners announced for CeBIT Innovation Award 2015

The jury’s verdict is in: The winners of the CeBIT Innovation Award 2015 have been selected. Three different research teams succeeded in impressing the jury with the outstanding user-friendliness of their IT applications.

The award winners will display their projects at CeBIT 2015 at the stand of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in hall 9, where the jury will announce who took first, second and third place.

digisign

One of the three award recipients is Markus Weber, Director of Research and Development at digipen technologies GmbH. In cooperation with the German Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), he developed a biometric signature known as digisign, which can decode signatures based on the signing time, pressure data at all the various points and writing speed.

This makes use of normal, handwritten signatures to produce forgery-proof and legally valid digital signatures. It is produced using “digipen technology” – something which field service members, for example, can use to transfer handwritten information from a mobile end device.

FOVEA

Another winner of the CeBIT Innovation Award consists of the team of Manfred Ide, Nadine Weiberg and Christopher Herborn, who developed an app for photo-optic wood measuring via smartphone.

FOVEA can be used by forestry and wood industry workers to immediately determine the exact number and size of tree trunks, even for very large quantities. Based on several individual photos, the app crates a panoramic photo of the various “log piles” which allows the user to read all the relevant wood measurement findings.

M

Equally impressive was the work of researchers Dr. Roman Priebe, Lukas Neumann and Dr. Marco Schreiber of Mynigma, who developed the M app for iPhone and iPad.

By means of specially integrated functionality, this app encrypts its users’ messages automatically. M automatically performs all of the tedious steps involved in generating, distributing and managing keys – a task which was previously easy only for IT specialists. M also coordinates the encryption system between the user’s stationary and mobile devices, thus ensuring the security of encrypted e-mails in the office as well as on the go.

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