ComputerworldROI Recognizes Most Innovative Uses of Wireless Technology

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 24, 2001 — ComputerworldROI, a bimonthly supplement to IDG’s Computerworld, today announced the Wireless 25 Innovators for 2001. These organizations, including Ford Motor Company, NASA and Fidelity, are clear frontrunners in successfully employing emerging and rapidly evolving wireless technologies to accomplish strategic business goals in a new and innovative way.


Organizations selected as Wireless 25 Innovators are those with wireless deployments and pilot programs that have demonstrated a measurable return on investment (ROI) and documented a positive impact on customers and/or employees. Taking significant steps beyond the experimental stage, the Wireless 25 have developed winning wireless solutions that address real business challenges. The ROI achieved through many of these organizations’ initiatives includes increased productivity, improved service at a lower cost, reduced time to market, and improved job performance.

"The Wireless 25 Innovators for 2001 are early and aggressive fine-tuners of a rapidly evolving technology," said Julia King, executive editor of ComputerworldROI. "They're also visionary risk-takers whose investments in wireless technologies are delivering solid business returns, including significantly higher customer acquisition rates and greatly reduced operating costs. We honor their ingenuity and their ability to apply it to critical business issues in their respective industries."

The following organizations were named to the ComputerworldROI list of Wireless 25 Innovators:

Avecra Oy Miami-Dade Building Dept.

Bass Hotels & Resorts NASA — Goddard Space Flight Center

Boston College Oakwood Healthcare, Inc.

Celanese Chemicals PRI Automation

City of Fairfax, Va. Packaged Ice Company

City of Painesville Police Department, Ohio Pfizer, Inc.

City of Richmond, British Columbia Producers Lloyds Insurance Co.

E*TRADE Group, Inc. Thrifty Car Rental

Fidelity Investments United Networks/UAL Corp.

Ford Motor Company/WhereNet United Parcel Service

Harris Bank United States Army, Europe

ITC WESCO Distribution, Inc.

Mesa Energy Systems, Inc.

To select the Wireless 25 Innovators, a panel of Computerworld and ComputerworldROI editors reviewed wireless project nominations, representing business, education and government organizations. Of those nominations, a final list of 25 innovators was chosen based on the strategic nature of the wireless project, the risks associated with the project, and the degree to which the wireless project has yielded a positive return on investment measured in both financial and non-financial terms.

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