The SESAMES Awards are fast approaching, and organizer Cartes Secure Connexions has seen a wealth of innovation in this year’s entrants. The awards will be handed out, as usual, at this year’s Cartes Secure Connexions conference in November.
This will be the 20th anniversary of the SESAMES Awards, and Cartes has seen a number of entries from 15 countries. New to the awards this year are the categories of Best Joint Initiative and Best Connected Objects Applications, which could prove popular as the Internet of Things continues to grow. Meanwhile, most entries for this year were in the category of Best Banking & Payment Applications, which saw almost 50 competitors.
Many of the entries this year are also concerned with the increasing security needs associated with the rise of e- and m-commerce. In a statement, panelist Olivier Trebucq, INRIA‘s Directorate General for Data Transfer, noted, “Many projects in the ‘Best IT Security Solution’ and ‘Best Identification Application’ categories also meet growing requirements for security and ID verification in online exchanges and commerce,” adding that many of the entries in general “meet the expectations of network operators and service providers who need to take account of mobile use.”
Recent SESAMES winners have also tended to cater to e- and m-commerce solutions, reflecting the rise of such platforms over the last couple of years. With their potential for good press and industry acclaim, the awards are helping to promote innovation in these crucial areas, which is a boon to interested companies and users alike.