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ATEME, a provider of video compression solutions for the broadcast and broadband markets, announced today that it has received the 2011 Red Herring Top 100 Global Award. After making it in the Red Herring Top 100 Europe shortlist in May of this year, the Global award comes as further recognition for the company’s world class innovation and global market reach.

Red Herring Global is the culmination of a year’s work of scoring thousands of privately held companies from around the world. The pool of candidates for the Award includes the top contenders from the Regional competitions in Europe, North America, and Asia. Finalists were evaluated on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, execution of strategy, and penetration into their respective industries. Former Red Herring winners include Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube and Ebay.

“We are 100% committed to innovation for the benefit of our clients, irrespective of global market conditions. This Award is received with pride, as an invitation to bring more disruptive technology to our multi-screen video processing market in 2012. ” said Andy Lovit, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Americas for ATEME at the Red Herring Awards ceremony in Los Angeles this week.

About Red Herring

Red Herring is a global media company uniting the world’s best high-technology innovators, venture investors, and business decision-makers in a variety of forums: a leading innovation magazine, an online daily technology news service, technology newsletters, and major events for technology leaders around the globe. Red Herring provides an insider’s view of the global innovation ecosystem, featuring unparalleled insights on the emerging technologies driving the economy.

About ATEME

ATEME is a world leading provider of MPEG-4 / H.264 and MPEG-2 bandwidth efficient compression technology. ATEME encoding solutions are deployed widely for broadcast contribution links, distribution, multi-screen live streaming, OTT and VOD applications.

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Firdaouss KOUCHTAF, 24, has been working for ATEME since October 2010 as a Pre-sales Engineer. She shares with us her story of a young woman in a Man’s world.

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Q: When did your interest in engineering start?

I was born in Morocco into a family where many women were already engineers, that is why this position was not something unknown or new to me. Equally important in my family was the need to succeed in your chosen career. From a young age I was taught that a professional status was essential and education the key to professional success. If you are a woman you ought to be independent and be able to make your own choices. When I realized I had good results in Science and Technologies, I did not hesitate in my decision to become an engineer just as my cousins before me and to whom I looked up to with pride and admiration. It was really my first choice.

After my high school, I attended preparatory classes for entry into Engineering Universities. 30% of my classmates were girls and we were more or less treated in the same way as the boys.
Once I graduated (19), I came to study in France at the ESME Sudria, Electronics & Telecoms Engineering School. At first, I thought, there would be more women enrolled in the course than I was used to seeing in my country but I was mistaken as there was around 10% of women in my school year. At the end of my schooling, I came to the conclusion that no matter where you are in the world, engineering still remains a subject associated principally with men and one which remains difficult for women to access.

Q: How do you think this could change?

Right from early schooling, women should be encouraged to study technical subjects. I am not sure this is the case today. Engineering should be made more attractive, adopt a different approach. Concerning French society, I am afraid that in today’s world, being a women engineer is not associated with being “glamorous”. Common positions today held mainly by women are moreover in marketing, human resources, communication and unfortunately not in civil engineering or other technical positions. This stereotype has to change.

Q: Do you have any advice for women wanting to become engineers?

Determination, strength of character, self-confidence. In order to succeed, you must work twice as hard as your male colleagues but on the contrary, due to all the facts I stated above, we are unique and this turns into an advantage. We have the opportunity to give different points of view, add the feminine touch, which is appreciated.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

Contact with clients, independence and responsibility. I like finding solutions and helping to implement different systems corresponding to clients’ needs. ATEME is a French company with clients all over the world and therefore employs many international profiles. This gives me the opportunity to work in an international environment; my closest colleagues come from Korea and Colombia. I have five team members out of which two are women. This is quite exceptional. I also enjoy travelling which is very much associated with my job. Working for ATEME is a great challenge and I gain new experiences every day.

ATEME has 96 employees as of 2011, 70 of which engineers including 4 women.

Posted by Monika Ceskova Fourneaux

Short article resuming ATEME and Techex technical cooperation during Olympic games in London.

Any ATEME customer broadcasting from London before and during the Olympic games will be able to receive full back up, including telephone support and rapid delivery of spare parts for video transmission.

Read more at TVB Europe Newsletter

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