Pitney Bowes Business Insight Announces Winners of the 2011 Meridian Awards

Las Vegas, Nevada @ Insights 2011 User Conference, June 9, 2011Pitney Bowes Business Insight, a global leader in customer data, analytics and communication software and services, today announced the 2011 Meridian Award winners from the company’s Insights 2011 User Conference. Each year, Pitney Bowes Business Insight recognizes its customers who are contributing to the success of their organization either by helping their own customers with business challenges or driving innovation within their organization through the use of PBBI software and solutions.
“Congratulations to the 2011 Meridian Award winners,” said John O’Hara, president, Pitney Bowes Business Insight. “Our clients are using technology to creatively build better relationships, improve customer loyalty and grow revenues ”  
Recognized during a formal ceremony at the Insights 2011 User Conference at the M Resort in Las Vegas on June 9, 2011, the winners are:
Bank J. Van Breda & Co, category Organizational Impact
Bank J. Van Breda & Co is a Belgian bank with a specific focus on small- and medium-sized enterprises and liberal professionals. They used Pitney Bowes Business Insight’s DOC1® Designer, Generator+PCE, e-messaging technology and DCS solutions to improve the efficiency of the business processes that were previously paper driven, error-prone and time consuming. To go completely paperless, Bank J. Van Breda & Co uses Pitney Bowes Business Insight products to manage a new, Service based client application to directly handle all front office transactions and the remote signing of documents. With Pitney Bowes Business Insight, Bank J. Van Breda & Co’s experienced a radical change in the way employees worked and improved efficiency across the bank. Today, 70% of the documents generated by the new application are electronically signed and by the end of the summer, 90% of all commercial transactions will be supported by the new application. As a result, bank customers are able access and complete transactions faster and more accurately.
Runner up – American Automobile Association South, United States
US Bank, category Technical Achievement
US Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the U.S., has over 3,000 banking offices, over 5,300 ATMs in 25 states and provides several banking and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. The company utilizes MapInfo Professional® and Portrait Uplift solutions in order to create list generation, model development and campaign management services to achieve their goal of producing organic household growth through campaigning their core products. By utilizing solutions from Pitney Bowes Business Insight, US Bank has greatly enhanced efficiencies for prospecting efforts and experienced a reduction in the number of vendors needed for data appends, freed up the internal modeling analysts and increased campaign profitability. Customers are receiving relevant communications for services that they are likely to purchase, which as increased their trust and loyalty to the bank.
Runner up – CB Richard Ellis, Canada
Axiom Business Systems, category Unique and Unusual Implementation
Melbourne-based information technology company, Axiom Business Systems has been in operation since 1983 and provides fully-integrated cemetery management solutions to clients across Australia and North America. Aware of Axiom’s speciality product offering, particularly in spatial information  management, Ferncliff Cemetery Association from New York contracted with Axiom to perform the most comprehensive overhaul of its record keeping system since its inception in the early 1900’s In order to convert Ferncliff’s  nearly 400,000 records to an integrated, digital solution, Axiom performed an audit of the cemetery using Pitney Bowes Business Insight MapInfo Professional product to build a GIS map encompassing all aspects of the cemetery’s property, right down to the individual grave level. After then performing a highly detailed data cleansing and migration project, which included converting all of Ferncliff’s manual records into digitized format, Axiom was  able to integrate the information with MapInfo Professional data for a complete view of the business in real time. As a result of the audit, Ferncliff Cemetery has seen a significant return on investment, and approximately $200,000 of unsold inventory has been returned to the cemetery. These sites, previously believed sold, many of which in prime cemetery locations, were quickly converted into cash revenue from new sales. Equally important, the project has enabled Ferncliff to increase its level of  exceptional service to its client families, , thus setting a new benchmark in cemetery best practice in the United States.
Runner up – Bromley PCT, United Kingdom                          
People’s Choice – Toronto Police Service category People’s Choice
The Toronto Police Service (TPS) is the largest municipal police agency in Canada with over 5,700 officers and 2,500 civilian personnel. To help with investigations, the TPS wanted to compile a list of privately-operated video surveillance cameras from local businesses and residential complexes so that investigators could be provided with a reference list of cameras within the division.  Officers could then canvas the owners of the cameras in order to determine if images of the offender(s) or even the crime itself may have been captured. Having already experienced success using Pitney Bowes Business Insight’s MapInfo Professional and MapXtreme, TPS extended their previous mapping work to add the camera data layer, including contact information, location address, and the description of areas visible from the camera's vantage point. By using Pitney Bowes Business Insight products, TPS was able to go from idea to implementation in a matter of days, further protecting citizens from crime, and extend existing technology investments.
Runner up – Town of Cary North Carolina, United States

Judges for the awards in customer innovation were made up of a cross-section of Pitney Bowes Business Insight executives and industry experts.
About Pitney Bowes Business Insight
Pitney Bowes Business Insight is a software and services company that provides solutions to help organizations acquire, serve and grow relationships with customers and citizens.  These solutions enable lifetime customer relationships by integrating data management, location intelligence, sophisticated predictive analytics, rules-based decision making and cross-channel customer interaction management to increase the value of every customer communication while also delivering operational efficiencies.
Pitney Bowes Business Insight is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI), a customer communications management technology leader.  For more information, please visit www.pbinsight.com and www.pb.com.