Bell Atlantic Mobile Honored by the Smithsonian Institution Your Information is Sound...Anywhere

Bell Atlantic Mobile Honored by the Smithsonian Institution

Your Information is Sound...Anywhere

April 6, 1998

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Mark Bailey or Simone Ross

Computerworld Smithsonian Awards


WASHINGTON, -- Bell Atlantic Mobile's AirBridge® Internet Access will
become part of the Smithsonian Institution's Permanent Research
Collection on Information Technology Innovation at the National Museum
of American History on Monday morning, April 6th at 9:30 a.m. on the
National Mall, when the 1998 Information Technology Innovation
Collection is formally presented to the Institution.

"Bell Atlantic Mobile is using information technology to make
great strides toward remarkable social achievement in Business," said
Dr. David Allison, Chairman of the National Museum of American
History's Division of Information Technology and Society.

Nominated by Mr. Kenneth Katzif, National Director of Systems
Development & Integration Practice of Ernst & Young LLP, Bell Atlantic
Mobile's work is part of a collection that includes over 442 of the
year's most innovative applications of technology from 40 states and
19 countries.

Bell Atlantic Mobile's AirBridge Cellular Digital Packet Data
(CDPD) wireless data service provides Internet service to travelers,
database lookup to police officers on patrol, and even credit-card
processing to souvenir stands along parade routes.

Each year, the Computerworld Smithsonian Chairmen's Committee
nominates individuals who use information technology to improve
society for inclusion in the Smithsonian's National IT Innovation
Collection. Founded in 1989, the Computerworld Smithsonian Program
searches for and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated vision
and leadership as they strive to use information technology in
innovative ways across ten categories: Business and Related
Services; Education and Academia; Environment, Energy and Agriculture;
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; Government and Non-Profit
Organizations; Manufacturing; Media, Arts and Entertainment; Medicine;
Science; and Transportation.

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution is dedicated to the
increase and diffusion of knowledge. According to Dan Morrow,
Executive Director of the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Program,
"the materials submitted on behalf of Bell Atlantic Mobile will enrich
the Smithsonian's growing permanent collection on the Information Age,
and help the Institution build an accurate historic record of the
truly outstanding achievements being made in these remarkable times."

Case Studies from the 1998 Collection will be made available to the
public June 8th, on the Innovation Network web site at:
http://innovate.si.edu, where the entire ten year collection is
available to citizens, scholars and researchers worldwide. The
Innovation Network web site also offers visitors an opportunity to
record their impressions of the information technology
revolution in the national record.