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Arab GoldenChip Awards
19/11/2008


The Arab Golden Chip Awards recognize excellence in ICT applications and services to cutting-edge companies around the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. The Awards, awarded annually, have been developed by the Professional Computer Association of Lebanon (PCA) in association with the Arab ICT Organization (IJMA3). The Awards are made annually at the MENA ICT Week event, which was held this year from November 21-23 in Beirut, Lebanon. The 2009 Golden Chip Awards will be held in Bahrain.
 
The Awards recognize the premier organizations in the region in a variety of categories. MENA ICT Week was attended by leading regional and international ICT stakeholders, including Ministers, CEOs, and community leaders. Awards were made by Miss Lebanon 2007 Nadine Njem. The recipient of an Arab Golden Chip Award derives tremendous opportunity through enhanced exposure, publicity, and business development opportunities.
 
This year’s Awards were made in six categories:
1. Best On-Line Application for Commerce
2. Best On-Line Application for Banking
3. Best On-Line Application for Government
4. Best Software Product for Export
5. Best Hardware Product
6. Best Arabic Content Project
 
2008 Arab Golden Chip Award Recipients:
 
1. Best On-Line Application for Commerce
 
Nominees:
• Bisan Systems (Palestine)
• Hightech Payment Systems (Morocco)
• Travel-Systems (Lebanon)
 
Winner:
The 2008 Golden Chip Award for Best On-Line Application for Commerce was awarded to Bisan Systems for its Enterprise Financial Management Online Edition. Bisan’s Financial Management Information System (FMIS) is a fully integrated system incorporating various modules, segmented accounts, multi-lingual, multi-currency systems, and unlimited number of users, designed according to international accounting standards. Its key features include data filtering capabilities, comprehensive search functionality, complete security systems, and full audit trail. Its fully integrated modules include sales purchase & inventory management, workflow & electronic transaction approval, payroll systems, and multi-branch management. Its support functionalities include help desk access, client visits, and online upgrades and maintenance. Over 1000 users are currently using the system, drawn from the trade, industrial, manufacturing, and non-profit organizations, and governmental institutions. The system was launched in 2005 as an online application, and was the first Online Financial System in the Arab world. Bisan’s system, providing maximum security and data integrity, allows businesses to access their secure financial data from any internet connection. The Award was accepted by Samia Totah on behalf of Bisan.
 
 
2. Best On-Line Application for Banking
 
Nominees:
• Hightech Payment Systems (Morocco)
• Faisal Islamic Bank (Sudan)
• Al Tariq Systems and Projects (Palestine)
 
Winner:
The 2008 Golden Chip Award for Best On-Line Application for Banking was awarded to Hightech Payment Systems from Morocco for its PowerCARD suite of solutions. Since 1995, Hightech has designed modular and comprehensive multi-channel solutions for credit card management and electronic payment, and provides them to more than 300 public and private institutions in more than 50 countries worldwide. Based on Oracle architecture with high security levels, PowerCARD offers multi-channel, multi-institution, multi-country, multi-language, and multi-currency capabilities. PowerCARD’s comprehensive, modular and evolving software solutions enable customers to reduce transaction costs, eliminate fraud and master operating risks, thus maximizing their profitability and their effectiveness. PowerCARD administers multi-institution and multi-country inter-bank solutions throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Its prepaid card solutions have been innovative in providing payroll, pension and taxy payment services to the underbanked and unbanked populations. Hightech was elected Best Exporter in Morocco in 2000, and was the recipient of the 2006 Innovation Trophy from The World Intellectual Property Organization. The Award was accepted by Nacer Amraoui on behalf of Hightech.
 
3. Best On-Line Application for Government
 
Nominees:
• Bahrain e-Government Authority (Bahrain)
• Consulting Compnay for Computer and Communication (Syria)
• Dubai Naturalization and Residency Department (UAE)
 
Winner:
The 2008 Golden Chip Award for Best On-Line Application for Government was awarded to the Bahrain e-Government Authority. This innovative and cutting edge branch of the Bahrain government developed an e-Government Portal (www.egov.bh) that enables e-services across the Bahrain government ministries & authorities in addition to the sharing of critical information between the various sectors active in Bahrain’s economy, including individuals, businesses, tourism and the government. The Portal is based on IBM websphere portal v 6.01, and uses XML and web services to communicate with the various ministries databases and applications. The Portal supports Arabic and English, and provides a highly secure environment with SSL. The Portal aims to serve the entire community in Bahrain including individuals, businesses, tourists and government. The Portal averages 25,000 page views per day, and with a maximum daily usage of 100,000 hits. Payments to date over the system are in excess of 5 million USD. The Portal eemploys six full-time developers, and adds continuously expanded content and added value services daily. The Award was received by Isa AbdulRahman, Director Marketing and Awareness, on behalf of the e-Government Authority.
 
4. Best Software Product for Export
 
Nominees:
• Pan Solution (Saudi Arabia)
• Egyptian Software Development Co. (Egypt)
• Bluering (Lebanon)
 
Winner:
The 2008 Golden Chip Award for Best Software Product for Export was awarded to Bluering for its credit management services. In to context of today’s ongoing financial crises, now more than ever there is an urgent need from banks to improve and optimize their credit decisions and their credit portfolio. Bluering’s credit management services provides the tools, in both the corporate and retail banking sectors, to make sound judgments based on reliable data. Bluering enables sound credit decisions by making available software applications to banks for automation and management of their corporate and commercial credit accounts by providing the full automation of credit decisions, and following-up with credit accounts, in a multi-currency, multi-lingual, multi-bank environment. Credit management has become the hottest issue in the global economy. Bluering has understood the importance of sound credit information well before the current wave of financial crises, and is thus in a strong position to be able to expand into diverse markets. The Award was received by Fares Kobeissy on behalf of Bluering.
 
5. Best Hardware Product
 
Nominees:
• Micro Automation Industries (UAE)
• BITASOFT (Lebanon)
 
Winner:
The 2008 Golden Chip Award for Best Hardware Product was awarded to Micro Automation Industries for its Powermatic power protection device. Powermatic acts as an interface between the mains electrical supply and electrical equipment. It is adapted to control the power and automatically to switch of the circuit due to a multitude of power problems, over-under voltage, over-under frequency and loose connection arcing, back power surge and one-cycle interruption. When it detects voltage or frequency disturbances of the mains supply beyond the preset limits, an output unit will activate a switching element designed to disconnect the equipment. It reconnects the mains supply to the equipment after a time delay calculated by smart algorithm. Powermatic, by eliminating electric disturbances, is estimated to provide electrical equipment an additional 35% to 40% longer life span. As Powermatic products eliminate not only transient and surges, but also six other power disturbances, the benefits will be even greater. Powermatic received strong reviews at CeBIT 2007 in Hannover, Germany, and received Windows Editor’s Choice Award in 2006 and 2008. As one reviewer has written, “with its ability to protect multiple devices from a multitude of power problems, the Powermatic extension cord is perhaps the most invaluable piece of kit you can buy. Don’t hook up high-priced kit to the mains without it.” The Award was accepted by Hazim Al Hajjaj on behalf of Micro Automation Industries.
 
6. Best Arabic Content Project
 
Nominees:
• Yooyaland (Palestine)
• World Links Arab Region (Jordan)
• BITASOFT (Lebanon)
 
Winner:
The 2008 Golden Chip Award for Best Arabic Content Project is BITASOFT for its Next Life product. Next Life is a 3D Virtual Life Simulation based on real life experience. BITASOFT is an innovative company whose area of expertise covers games development, 3D Modeling, virtual reality services, web services and software solutions. BITASOFT provides a wide range of solutions and services to niche vertical markets, including health, nutrition, urban architecture, and interior design. The Next Life project aims to create an online high quality and unexperienced Real Virtual Universe based on real life experience. The user chooses a real life based virtual identity. The user will develop a virtual body according to pre-filled information like sex, age, race, and can even use a digital photo. Some standard costumes will be provided. The user will be able to contribute to the virtual universe by adding objects to the universe. A parental control will be applied by default to censor unsuitable activities. All the objects in the universe are interactive. Some tools are offered for sale to aid the user’s navigation around the virtual universe, like the magic hand. The Award was accepted by Hassan Ayoub on behalf of BITASOFT.