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Facial recognition reigns as IBTM World unveils 2018 Tech Watch Awards winners

Zenus and Fielddrive have been named as joint winners of IBTM World’s Tech Watch Award – with Kubify picking up the People’s Choice Award.

A panel of industry experts judged Zenus and Fielddrive as the overall winners from a shortlist of nine finalists for their pioneering work in bringing facial recognition software to the events industry.

Corbin Ball, chair of the IBTM World Tech Watch Award, said: “This year’s award certainly points out significant event technology trends for our industry. Zenus and Fielddrive are among the first companies to bring this technology to events. Zenus is the creator of the software, and Fielddrive has been a significant implementor of the product by exploring and measuring the onsite best cases for use.

“Together, they make a strong team, developing facial recognition for the events industry. They exemplify the goal of the IBTM World Tech Watch Award – to showcase important innovation to advance this industry.”

Danny Stevens, founder and CEO of Fielddrive said, “We’re thrilled that Fielddrive are joint winners of the IBTM World Tech Watch Award. Our efforts with Zenus on full integration of facial recognition technology, together with Fielddrive’s kiosks, full colour badge-printing and global deployment, has set a new standard in the meetings industry.”

Zenus and Fielddrive were separate entries, however because of the interlinked nature of the two companies they were judged as one entry.

Zenus offers high-end security facial recognition for event registrations, enabling a fast and easy check-in and Fielddrive provides on-site technology services for conferences, tradeshows and events.

The new Tech Watch People’s Choice Award has been introduced to recognise the finalist with the highest number of online votes in the run up to the event.

The award went to Kubify, an interactive e-poster system that offers a simple and creative way to improve the standard poster session. Attendees use an app to search posters by subject/keyword, interact with the poster, post comments, ask questions and rate/cast a vote for the best poster.

Tamsin Treasure-Jones, co-founder of Kubify, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won the Tech Watch People’s Choice award. We’d like to thank the users of our platform and IBTM attendees for voting for us, and IBTM for giving us the opportunity to exhibit.”