Appear Provisioning Server Wins IT Product of the Year Award

1/30/2004 - Appear Networks, a Swedish leader specialising in context aware services for Wi-Fi networks, announces that its software platform APS (Appear Provisioning Server) has just won the prestigious “Guldmusen IT Product of the Year” Award. In the same week, the Swedish Trade Council has recognised Appear Networks’ outstanding achievements in exporting Swedish Technology, by awarding the company the Swedish Trade Council’s Marketing Prize.

The Guldmusen Award was devised in order to promote Swedish product development and to acknowledge Swedish companies and individuals who advance the IT industry in Sweden.

Known as “the IT equivalent of the Nobel Prize”, Guldmusen is said to “navigate the fluctuating development of the Swedish IT industry.”

The Panel this year was comprised of representatives from various Swedish IT publications and IT company managers. This year the judges were:

Last years’ winner was MySQL from MySQL AB.

Ann-Louise Palm, CEO of Appear Networks says, “We are highly honoured that Appear Provisioning Server has won this prestigious award. This prize is firm recognition that our product has proven its strength in live worldwide deployments. Our international client references including the Stockholm subway, Paris subway, French railway and France Télécom, to name but a few, demonstrate that we are continuing to build on our reputation as a worldwide leader in context aware services for wireless networks.”

These two prizes follow the recent release of Appears’ latest version of APS 4.1, Appear’s software platform, which:

Appear’s “Click & RunTM” technology allows users to discover and download context-aware Wi-Fi services within a private or public hotspot. Context-aware services are applications that spontaneously “appear”, depending on varying criteria:

Speaking on behalf of the Swedish Trade Council, Director IT & Telecoms, Anita Jonsson says “Appear Networks has done everything right and has not only succeeded in inventing a new technology but they know how to sell it. The Swedish Trade Council is proud to recognise these major achievements by awarding Appear Networks this year’s prize for the Best IT Exporting Company. We wish Appear Networks good luck and continuing international success.”

The nominees for this year’s Guldmusen Prize were:

About Appear Networks
Appear Networks is a Franco-Swedish company specializing in innovative software platforms for wireless networks, with a particular emphasis on WLAN (Wi-Fi) applications and human-machine interfaces. Appear Provisioning Server is a software platform currently used in wireless “workspot” networks, such as European airports, subway stations, or conference venues, to deploy contextual wireless services. The “Click & RunTM” software technology enables any communicating mobile device to discover, load and run applications available locally in one simple click. Appear Networks’ technology is ideal for local mobile workers as well as for visitors to public hotspots. Appear Networks has successfully partnered with leading IT companies such as Cisco, Intel and Fujitsu-Siemens Computers. Its current customers are large corporations such as RATP (French Subway), SNCF (French Railway), SL (Stockholm Public Transportation Authority), CGEA-Connex (Veolia Environment group), FMV (Swedish Defence), Sagem Defence & Security and European WLAN operators.

About the Guldmusen Award
Guldmusen started in 1996 and their mission is to stimulate Swedish product development and promote indivuals and companies who advance IT in Sweden. Since last year, the competition is led by Ekonomi & Teknik Förlag together with IDG. This means that Guldmusen is held by the magazines; Affärsvärlden and Computer Sweden to give both technical and economical dimensions to the competition. Co-sponsors are IT-Företagen, (national IT organisation), Comdex Scandinavia, Swedish Trade Council and SIF (Swedish White Collar Workers’ Union).

About the Swedish Trade Council's Marketing Prize
For the first time the Swedish Trade Council awards the Marketing Award to one of the Guldmusen nominees for excellent progress on one or several export/international markets. Appear Networks was selected for the international deployments of their technology for automatic distribution of applications over wireless networks. The prize is an international market introduction in any chosen country.

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