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ICIDO launches the Virtual Reality Excellence Award

Award for innovative efforts in the area of virtual product development

(PresseBox) (Stuttgart, ) This year, the ICIDO is bestowing the first Virtual Reality Excellence Award. This prize is intended to recognise outstanding practically-oriented applications in the area of virtual product development. The competition rules were presented on 22 February 2008 during the ICIDO Education Days, an event that is meant to promote and intensify the cooperation between industry and research. The award shall be granted on an annual basis in the future.

New incentives for the use of virtual reality (VR) in product development – this is the idea behind ICIDO’s creation of the award. The search focuses on par-ticularly innovative VR applications in companies, institutes and research es-tablishments throughout Europe, where these applications have been developed in the last two years and where utility is clearly in the forefront. The competition especially favours candidates who break away from prevalent thought patterns to break new ground, for example with new processes, new industries and new technologies. Those who are interested may submit their application documents up to 15 August 2008.

The jury is composed of representatives from science, the media and industry, including Christoph Runde (Virtual Dimension Center, Fellbach), Andreas Rössler (Esslingen University of Applied Sciences), Anton Fuhrmann (Centre for Virtual Reality and Visualisation, Vienna), Tom Sperlich (specialised journalist, Zurich), Dr. Axel Zweck (VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH) and Ralf Breining (ICIDO, Stuttgart). The jury’s selection criteria include the application’s uniqueness and degree of innovation, its significance for the VR market, and its measurable utility and commercialisation potential. The winner will be announced and the VR Excellence Award will be conferred on 25 September 2008 in the context of a celebratory gala at the ICIDO Summit in Stuttgart.

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The ICIDO Group (ICIDO GmbH, fleXilution GmbH, with branches in Japan and the USA) is a leading provider of interactive, visual decision-making systems. ICIDO solutions are simple and standardised and can be integrated in existing structures and processes with ease. When using the Visual Decision Platform (VDP) technology, customers derive benefits from an improved possibility of assessing and evaluating three-dimensional computer data in product development and in the simplification and acceleration of coordination processes in interdisci-plinary teams. Errors can be detected early on, optimum solutions can be determined better and the creation of physical prototypes can be reduced. This results in considerable cost savings, reduced development times and quality enhancements. Areas of application range across the entire product creation process from design/styling, engineering design, assembly and production planning to marketing and sales. Customers receive a complete solution from ICIDO consisting of software and services and also the necessary hardware, for example a power wall system. ICIDO customers are to be found in the automotive industry (Daimler-Chrysler, BMW, Ford, Bosch, Faurecia), in the transportation sector (Siemens Transportation Systems, MTU, Rheinmetall, Airbus), machine and system construction (Trumpf, Festo, IWKA and Siemens Power Generation) and in research and teaching (FH Esslingen, FH Pforzheim, TU Chemnitz, TU Munich, BA Mosbach), for example