Computer company reaps praise

Birdstep Technologies of Norway has been awarded a prestigious prize for innovation by the European Commission.

The commission's research and development section awarded its Information Society Technology 2000 prize to Birdstep for the company's ultralight Birdstep Database Engine, which is designed to improve mobile Internet services. Birdstep was one of 20 winners from around Europe selected from more than 200 nominees. In addition to its technological value, the Birdstep Database Engine was said to have significant social and market potential.