Acision & SPH Search Win 2009 Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award



    
    - Nationwide Mobile Location-Based Directory Search Solution is Awarded
      "Best Consumer Innovation" Award
    

    READING, England, June 17 /CNW/ - Acision, the world's leading messaging
company, is pleased to announce it has won the Best Consumer Innovation Award
at last night's Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards, in conjunction
with SPH Search, the company behind rednano.sg, Singapore's local search and
directory engine. The prestigious award was presented to Acision and SPH
Search, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Singapore Press Holdings Limited
(SPH), Southeast Asia's leading media organization, in recognition of the part
the partnership played in the deployment of Rednano Locate, Singapore's first
cross-telco mobile, location-based search application offered by Rednano
Mobile, the mobile touchpoint of rednano.sg.
    With Rednano Locate, users can obtain localised keyword search results at
their fingertips anytime, anywhere. Beyond just getting directory information
from more than 120,000 businesses, users can do more: they can view a map of
the location they are looking for, or directly dial the given contact number
of the retailer. SPH Search conceptualised the free service utilising its
comprehensive content repository while Acision designed and implemented the
backend infrastructure as well as the client user interface on the handsets,
in collaboration with Seeker Wireless for its leading-edge location-based
technology.
    Judges of the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards 2009 recognised
Rednano Locate as a truly innovative consumer-focused mobile marketing
solution. Editor of Global Telecoms Business, Alan Burkitt-Gray, said: "We
were impressed by the quality and number of nominations this year - the most
we have ever had - so it was a special triumph for Acision and SPH to be one
of the winners this year. This was an outstanding project and well deserves
its award. This project stood out, even though the competition was strong, and
it just had to be one of the winners. Well done to all involved. The industry
is seeing a wave of innovation which is making a huge difference - to the
companies working in the industry and to all of us in business and as
consumers. Congratulations to all the award winners."
    Rory Buckley, Chief Executive of Acision, commented "We are thrilled at
the recognition that winning this award brings. Working with SPH Search,
Acision has successfully delivered the first innovative search solution to the
mobile handset. This award further endorses that we are at the forefront of
service innovation, delivering superior quality value and the best mobile
experience to consumers."
    Paul Jansen, Chief Executive at SPH Search, said: "This is a major
achievement for us. Thanks to the help of our partners Acision and Seeker
Wireless, we were able to launch Rednano Locate quickly, to meet Singaporeans'
demand for information about products and services in their immediate
vicinity. We are working to make it an integral part of the daily lifestyle of
Singaporeans, helping them make convenient choices whether at work or for
play. With our combined expertise, we are proud to deliver an innovative
service that aims to bring location-based search to the mass market."

    NOTES TO EDITORS

    About Acision

    Acision is the world's leading messaging company, providing communication
solutions for over 300 network operators and service providers globally.
http://www.acision.com

    About SPH Search

    SPH Search was born of collaboration between two media powerhouses:
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) and Schibsted ASA. The two companies,
listed and headquartered in Singapore and Norway respectively, have long been
in the business of giving people information, and significantly, in the
context which makes the information more useful.
    Both companies have also established reputations as trusted sources, each
over more than a century, with their continuous delivery of accurate
information speedily. The platforms on which they do this have changed over
the years and have, since the 90s, included the World Wide Web.
    Their joint venture, SPH Search, aims to provide the premier online tool
for anyone seeking information about Singapore; its people and its businesses.
It intends to respond to queries speedily. Most importantly, it plans to make
relevance the hallmark of its answers.
    Visit http://www.sphsearch.sg or http://www.rednano.sg/mobile/ for more
information.





For further information:

For further information: Press Contacts: Jennifer Ballard, Marketing
Communications Manager, Acision, Tel: +44(0)118-965-9407, Email:
jennifer.ballard@acision.com; Annette Leach, Hotwire PR, Tel:
+44(0)207-608-2500, Email: acision@hotwirepr.com

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