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News  16, Feb 2011

Indonesian traffic monitoring startup LewatMana gets some love from France

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SparxUp winner and Google partner LewatMana.com was awarded the 2011 Netextplorateur of the year award in Paris earlier this month.

The award is given out by Netextplorateur, an organization under the appointment of the French Sénat and the Prime Minister of France, and is handed to the top 10 out of 100 global finalists chosen by the organization.

LewatMana is a crowd-sourced CCTV traffic monitoring system with dozens of cameras located in the greater Jakarta region. Anyone with a permanently attached public camera is welcomed to contribute to the service by registering to the website. Those without a camera are welcomed to report traffic conditions to the service’s Twitter and Facebook accounts

The award recognizes web innovations and uses that may shape consumer behaviors and communications in the years to come, overseen by scientists, journalists, and academics. This year is the fourth time the awards have been handed out, having first held in 2008. Each year the organization picks out 100 of the most interesting uses of internet technologies and the top 10 gets flown to Paris to receive the award.

Hendry Soelistyo, founder of lewatmana explained in an interview with DailySocial that the selection criteria covers originality of idea, impact to the society, and how the service is seen s a role model.

This international recognition is another boost to the Indonesian technology entrepreneurship community after Enterprise Ireland invited the four StartupLokal initiators to visit Ireland in March to meet with leading Irish tech/web entrepreneurs and present a selection of Indonesian startups before the Irish government and investors.

The Netexplorateur winner’s list can be found on the website along with the rest of the finalists.

[photo from lewatmana]

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