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The winner is...
The judges were stunned by the usability and speed of this search technology, and the way it was put at the service of the user experience, using it to refine searches and show how many vehicles fit the user's criteria in real time.
In 2006 it was identified that the current Auto Trader search engine was nearing its end of life. Consequently Auto Trader partnered with Endeca to implement a solution to satisfy Auto Trader's position as ‘the no. 1 market place for motorists'. The combined Auto Trader and Endeca project team optimized the system which resulted in a 280% increase in performance and a response time of 100 milliseconds. The search engine delivered almost 60 million searches and 100 million vehicle adverts in January 2008. In addition the search engine significantly improved the users' ability to navigate and evaluate available vehicles.
Sub-region: Cheshire and Warrington
The Best Application of Technology is a new category for Big Chip Ten.
- The Big Chip Innovation Award was won in 2007 by 3BView
- The Best Use of Homeworking award was won in 2007 by Yuuguu
Submissions should demonstrate how the application of original, new, or advanced digital technology has enabled the execution of a project, product or service, or has been used to increase its effectiveness in delivering business or other tangible objectives.