It’s an app which, according to the judges of the MTN Business App of the Year 2014 Awards, may not be impressive in terms of traditional metrics like numbers of downloads and unique users, but it does make hundreds of people’s lives easier every day.

That’s Live Inspect, from South Africa’s Lightstone Auto, which just scooped the prestigious top gong and an R200 000 prize in this year’s awards. Available here and here, it’s designed to help insurance underwriters perform fast an accurate vehicle inspections from the comfort of their smartphone. Details can be logged quickly in the straightforward interface and details like tax disc bar codes, drivers’ licences and photos of car damage can be captured using the phone’s camera.

Not showy, but definitely needed, it won over the judges in both the overall category, and the Best Android Enterprise App. Lest we forget that there was other competition, the complete list of other winners is below.

Best iOS Enterprise AppSync Mobile (Runner-up = Lexus Mobile)
Best iOS Consumer AppSuperSport (Runner-up = Property24)
Best Android Consumer AppMyBelongings (Runner-up = Flickpay)Best use of the cloudViggo (Runner-up = Creative Cape Town)
Garage DesignRea Vaya for Windows (Runner-up = Wildlife Tracker)
Best app for MicrosoftZapper (Runner-up = Investec)
Most InnovativeWildlife Tracker (Runner-up = POPI)
Consumer ChoiceZapper

While there’s no real stand out app that’s going to change the world with its originality, the important thing is that they’re tried and tested and have active users already. There’s a slight lack of diversity, best shown by the fact that two different mobile payment apps – both similar to last year’s winner SnapScan – appeared near the top of several categories. As one awards audience member quipped, a coffee receipt will soon have to be several reams long just to accommodate all the different types of QR code people can scan and pay by.

Hopefully next year we’ll see more entries from small unknown guys who can show big budget developers what disruption really is. But obviously you have to enter first… Are you listening?

[Image – Live Inspect via Twitter]
Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar, Wired.co.uk, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.