ieComputerSystems in association with RTÉ has scooped an
award in the major IT competition, the BT Inspired IT Awards
2007. The Business Services Award was won for the comprehensive
coverage of the 2007 General Election, in which our Election
Software System played a major part.
The competition was set up to recognise and reward
organisations whose IT teams bring strong competitive business
advantage to IT projects. The awards attract entries across the
board from Irish business and the public sector, from financial
services and pharmaceuticals to health and education. The range
and quality of entries reflects the diversity of IT applications
and the huge part played by technology in today's organisations.
The election coverage planning began in 2006 with the
establishment of an Election Steering Group, chaired by the
Director-General of RTÉ. Successful delivery entailed the
acquisition of an election results system (developed and managed
by ieComputerSystems), a new on-line system, graphics software
and a revamped phone system.
ieComputerSystem's Election System sent real-time feeds to
RTÉ on-line (www.rte.ie), RTÉ Aertel, INews, graphics (for
broadcasting) and provided web based results enquiry access
within RTÉ for presenters and their guests.
There was zero tolerance for error or downtime in the live
marathon broadcasts across Television, Radio and On-line. The
election consumed significant resources across RTÉ both in terms
of personnel and facilities. Over 200 staff were deployed over
the election weekend with resources allocated to count centres,
key constituencies and the RTÉ campus. The RTÉ IT project
manager was Charles Stewart, Programme Manager, Infrastructure
Pictured at the awards: (left to right, back row): Ciaran
McCabe, Triangle, sponsor of category; Peter Shields, Momentum
NI, adjudicator; Joe Zefran, RTÉ Publishing; Robert
O'Shaughnessy, RTÉ Publishing; Gerry O'Leary, RTÉ Central IT;
Steve McNamee, ieComputerSystems; Richard Smith, RTÉ Central
IT, (front row) Kevin Moore, Eurotek; Carol Coffey, RTÉ
Graphics; Charles Stewart, RTÉ Central IT; Michael Ahern, T.D.,
Minister for Innovation Policy; Mark O'Herlihy, RTÉ Central IT
and Denis Foley, RTÉ Central IT.