Just five months after it picked up first prize for its MHP stack at the Mediacast show in London, ADB has collected another prize, this time for its MHP-compatible i-CAN™ set-top box.
November 5, 2003, Zielona Gora, Poland: Leading set-top box designer and developer Advanced Digital Broadcast (www.adbglobal.com) recently collected first prize for its trademarked i-CAN interactive digital TV decoder with MHP middleware supplied by Osmosys (www.osmosys.tv ).
The German-Polish Innovation 2003: Spree-Neisse-Bober Euroregion Award, presented by the Centre for Innovation and Technology GmbH (CIT) in Guben, Germany, was handed over to ADB Polska's president Janusz Szajna in October 2003, at the 6th Annual German-Polish Day of Innovation and Technology Conference.
The award comes just five months after another - the top prize in the Best Interactive TV Technology or Application category for its industry-best MHP receiver middleware stack - was picked up by ADB at the annual Cable and Satellite International/Mediacast Product of the Year Awards ceremony held in London on May 20.
ADB's trademarked i-CAN™ set-top box made history in 2002 when it became the first from any company in the world to go into retail sales in Finland. This launch was followed by its selection by some 12 well-known companies for demonstrations during the September 2002 IBC show in Amsterdam.
"This award acknowledges the best practical application of MHP currently in the market," says Janusz Szajna. "It honors the work of two entities - ADB, for the set-top, and Osmosys, from which ADB licenses its MHP - both of whom excel in providing the best. "Coming as it does within only five months of the May award, it is a very substantive acknowledgement of the superior quality of ADB's products. We are proud indeed because it is a hearty endorsement of our skills and of our talents, " Szajna adds.
"The high quality ADB engineering and the superior Osmosys software development has given the MHP market the most significant industry recognized MHP Products to date," says Anthony Smith-Chaigneau, VP Business Development and Marketing at Osmosys. "This double whammy of awards is something to be very, very proud of."
The Spree-Neisse-Bober Euroregion incorporates portions of the eastern German province of Brandenburg and western Poland's Lubuskie province, where Zielona Gora, home to ADB Polska, ADB's principal digital iTV software engineering facility, is located. The CIT describes the award's principal aim as: " ... to highly commend products ... and services that represent the innovative capacities of east German and west Polish border regions, and also will contribute in placing new, innovation-oriented enterprises ..."
Recipients of the award are chosen for their work on technologies, or on services, or on organization structures, for work on German-Polish economic cooperation, or for their work on innovative products. ADB's trademarked i-CAN interactive digital TV decoder was selected from out of the last category based - from among other criteria - on its high level of innovation, and on its proven ability to penetrate markets.
Nominations have included small and medium-sized enterprises, science institutes, scientific or economic research teams, and individual scientists.
"ADB has come a long way since it was founded just seven years ago. This award," Janusz Szajna notes, "shines a very bright light on all our achievements of those years, and points the way to even more substantial achievements in the future."
Osmosys S.A. was created in July 2003 to focus on providing the latest generation of Open Standard Middleware solutions and services for the fast growing Interactive TV market. Osmosys has a full portfolio of products from Middleware to Software Development Tools and End-to-End interactive TV solutions. Amongst the product mix are MHEG5 , MHP and OCAP , which bring a commonality to today's interactive services that will allow for the growth of new and exciting content and applications. These technologies will allow businesses to move creatively and expand their revenue, generating opportunities into the digital broadcasting era.