Gemalto has won the prestigious BearingPoint innovation management award (“Agile Innovation Award”) for its think tank initiative “BIG” (Business Innovation Garage). BIG provides Gemalto’s 10,000 employees company-wide with a structured process to submit and manage any innovative ideas they have. Ideas covering wide-ranging fields of application – from communication, payment, transport, Internet access, and machine-to-machine application – are systematically challenged, audited, developed and eventually selectively turned into incubation cells.
BearingPoint is an independent consulting company which core business is Business Consulting. With operations in 15 countries, it provides the combined expertise of its consultants both in the management and the technology domains. The “Innovation Management Trophies” are organized by BearingPoint, by the editorial board of L’Expansion(1), the research firm Harris Interactive and the Ecole des Ponts (the prestigious French school of engineering). The jury ranked Gemalto first amongst a number of nominated global industry leaders.

The award specifically recognized eGo, a revolutionary new technology that uses intra-body communication properties to convey digital credentials onto devices such as a person’s car, phone or door-lock. It is exemplary of how Gemalto fosters innovation and structures individuals’ dreams into development of incubation cells.

We recognize Gemalto’s ability to deliver and test prototypes very quickly, and set clear milestones for either developing the project or discarding the idea,” commented Isabelle Denervaud, Associate Director Innovation and R&D, BearingPoint. “The BIG process is remarkable in that it ensures the same level of employee buy-in, for both “go” and “no-go” decisions.

The cultural diversity of our highly talented workforce worldwide is empowered by the BIG process to express ideas and new business opportunities that will potentially become our commercial successes of tomorrow,” added Tan Teck-Lee, Gemalto’s Chief Innovation & Technology Officer. “BIG is an efficient innovation process, tailored to identify the best projects and develop them in a start-up mode. Gemalto is honored to be distinguished by BearingPoint, who shares the same ambition of always delivering best value to their clients.”

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