PalmSource Announces Winners of Powered Up Awards
PalmSource today announced the winners of the Fall 2005 U.S. Powered Up Awards. The Fall 2005 U.S. Powered Up Awards recognize Palm OS developers who have created innovative software applications representing the best of breed in the Palm Powered Economy and take advantage of the advanced features of Palm Powered phones and mobile devices.
Fall 2005 U.S. Powered Up Awards have been awarded in five categories: Enterprise/Productivity; Wireless/Over-the-Air; Multimedia; Games/Entertainment and In-House/Custom (generally not commercially available). In addition, for the first time, the Powered Up Awards feature a monetary prize for the Best-In-Class grand prize and all category winners.
Selected from over 4,000 nominations submitted over a four-week period, the five Fall 2005 U.S. Powered Up Award winners were chosen by a panel of judges representing the award's sponsoring companies. Nominated applications were evaluated using the following criteria:
- Innovation - Solutions that are truly unique and run on the latest Palm Powered devices;
- Popularity - Solutions that lead the industry in sales and downloads;
- Benefits - Solutions that enhance quality of life;
- Ease-of-Use - Solutions that are simple, elegant and useful;
- Support - Solutions that are regularly updated with readily available product support.
Winners of the Fall 2005 U.S. Powered Up Awards
SonicAdmin 4.1 from Avocent Corporation
SonicAdmin enables IT professionals to securely manage computer systems and network equipment from the palm of their hand, anytime, anywhere. Users can interface remotely with enterprise applications such as Microsoft Exchange, NetIQ's AppManager and Calamp's TelAlert. SonicAdmin also enables users to perform critical IT functions such as resetting passwords, rebooting systems, stopping and restarting services, killing processes, reprogramming routers and firewalls and more.
As winner in the Best-In-Class category, Avocent receives USD $10,000; a smartphone or handheld of their choice from Palm; a Palm® Treo 650 from Cingular, and a co-marketing package valued at approximately USD $20,000.
Two applications tied for first place in this category:
FieldRanger wGPS from BlueTech LLC and GoodAccess from Good Technology, Inc.
FieldRanger wGPS from BlueTech LLC, saves time and money, simplifies dispatching, and helps manage field-based employees and work orders. Customers remain connected to their mobile workforce without visiting job sites. While service technicians receive work orders, track time and capture signatures in the field, office-based employees and dispatchers can easily track field worker locations using the assisted Global Positioning System (GPS) integrated into mobile phones and cellular networks. FieldRanger shares data seamlessly with Intuit QuickBooks, the nation's number one selling accounting software package, reducing errors and time spent on data entry. FieldRanger allows customers to spend less time managing their jobs and employees and more time growing their businesses.
GoodAccess from Good Technology, Inc., securely mobilizes critical information kept in enterprise systems, improving the productivity and effectiveness of mobile professionals and extending the value of investments in enterprise applications.
As winners of the Enterprise/Productivity category, both BlueTech LLC and Good Technology will each receive two Palm Treo 650 smartphones from Palm and Cingular; USD $1,000, and a co-marketing package valued at approximately $20,000.
Pocket Express from Handmark
Handmark Pocket Express delivers news, weather, sports, stocks, directories, movies, maps and more to wireless handsets. The personalized Pocket Express experience is faster than mobile web surfing by orders of magnitude, and the intuitive PageOne interface serves up content with a fraction of the clicks required by mobile web browsing.
Handmark receives a Palm TX, from Palm; a Palm Treo 650 smartphone from Cingular; USD $1,000 and a co-marketing package valued at approximately $20,000.
Pocket Tunes from NormSoft, Inc.
Pocket Tunes turns Palm Powered devices into portable audio players. Pocket Tunes Deluxe, plays Internet radio, WMA and MP3 files, and supports online subscription music services, providing users access to millions of sounds.
NormSoft receives a Palm LifeDrive mobile manager, from Palm; a Palm Treo 650 smartphone from Cingular; USD $1,000 and a co-marketing package valued at approximately $20,000.
EDGE-Extreme Dungeon Game Experience from zanegames
Set in a dark medieval world of demons and dragons, elves and dwarves, rogues and wizards, good and evil…EDGE (Extreme Dungeon Game Experience) is an exciting "real-time" Role-Playing Game (RPG) with console-quality graphics and a deep storyline. Vibrant isometric imagery, rich sound, and smooth animation take handheld gaming to a new level.
As winner of this category, zanegames receives a Palm Tungsten E2 handheld from Palm; a Palm Treo 650 smartphone from Cingular; USD $1,000 and a co-marketing package valued at approximately $20,000.
In-House/Custom (not commercially available)
Palm Field Inventory by Medtronic, Inc.
Developed specifically for its field sales force, Medtronic's Palm Field Inventory is a Palm OS application designed to enable the Medtronic field sales force to view field inventory locally on a Palm Powered device. In addition to viewing the inventory, the application also enables the user to perform a number of tasks including search for a product throughout a region; record sales and create purchase orders; request product replenishment with specific delivery dates and times; transfer products and send questions directly to customer service.
"We believe these awards, the caliber of the applications nominated and the fact that a record 4,000 nominations were submitted, further demonstrate the continued strength, creativity and vibrancy of the PalmSource developer community," said Albert Chu, vice president of business development for PalmSource. "Palm OS developers continue to innovate at a rapid pace with increased diversity, making smart mobile device and phone applications more valuable by providing users with what is right for their needs, whether for business, communications, learning or entertainment. We, along with our co-sponsors are delighted to recognize the contributions of these developers and celebrate the value Palm OS developers offer the entire Palm Powered™ Economy."