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Digital Rochester presents technology achievement awards

By TROY L. SMITH
 - 9/12/2012 3:38:11 PM

Digital Rochester has announced the winners for its second annual GREAT Awards, which stands for Greater Rochester Excellence and Achievement in Technology.

Digital Rochester said, in a statement, it received 46 nominations for the awards, which recognize organizations and individuals pushing the boundaries of technological innovation. A panel of judges narrowed the nominations down to 21 finalists in seven categories.

The Center for Governmental Research Inc. was recognized in the Communication Technology category for its local government data-driven website Govistics.com. OptiCool Technologies, manufacturer of energy efficient data center cooling solution, won the Going Green Award.

The Quality of Life Award went to William Wendlandt, technical project manager for Carestream Health Inc. for his work on the DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray System. Arista Power Inc. was given the Technology Services Award for its On Demand System, which reduces peak hour energy charges by storing energy during non-peak energy hours.

Vnomics was given the Rising Star Award for its mobile workforce management tool for the transportation industry, FleetKnowSys Intelligent Telematics. Paul Griswold, president and CEO of Finger Lakes Technologies Group Inc. received the Visionary Leadership Award for his work in pursuing voice and data innovation in the telecommunications industry.

Finally, Rochester Institute of Technology students Sean Petterson and Justin Hillery received the Student Achievement Award for the development of their company Strong Arm Technologies Inc., which created a safety device that makes lifting materials easier and safer.

The awards were announced during a dinner at the Rochester Plaza Hotel Tuesday.

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