Today the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) announced the Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. These companies were selected based on their innovations. Each of the Top 10 will make a three-minute presentation regarding their innovations at the 2012 Georgia Technology Summit (GTS) on March 28, 2012 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The theme of the 2012 GTS is Innovation: The Path to a Bright Future. All of the TAG Summits have focused on innovation, and many people view the annual Top 40/Top 10 competition, with its focus on innovative technology companies, as the highlight of the Summit.
The competition for Top 10 recognition was particularly fierce this year. This year’s Top 10 companies demonstrate the depth and breadth of Georgia’s technology community. Based on information provided by each company, I have summarized what makes them innovative.
The 2012 Top 10 Innovative Companies are:
AirWatch is a global leader and innovator in mobile security and mobile device management and mobile application management solutions. AirWatch offers scalable and flexible deployment options with Software as a Service (SaaS), appliance or on premise solutions. It offers the an innovative HTML 5 console, self-service portal and app catalog and has advanced branding options for end customers and white label offerings. www.air-watch.com
BrightWhistle is an online customer and patient acquisition management platform provider. By integrating PPC Ad Management, a digital matrix of branded websites and quality content, BrightWhistle’s online customer and patient acquisition management platform increases new customer count while decreasing acquisition costs. Its innovations include its focus on helping to automate the process of actually generating leads themselves. www.brightwhistle.com
FirstData First Data is a global industry leader in facilitating payment transactions, whether the choice of payment is by debit or credit card, gift card, check or mobile phone, online or at the checkout counter. This year First Data is recognized for its OfferWise solution, which allows offer publishers to electronically attach offers such as deals, eCoupons and loyalty programs to one or more of a consumer’s payment cards or mobile wallet to enable streamlined and automatic redemption of the offer at the point of sale (POS). First Data is currently piloting its OfferWise solution with dozens of merchants and it will be made available to its more than four million U.S. merchant locations. www.firstdata.com
Innovolt bridges the gap between power protection and asset service markets. Innovolt’s proprietary and patented electronics protection technology, is cost-effective, highly scalable and integratable, and is proven to significantly increase product reliability and lifespan. Innovolt’s comprehensive technology platform is proven to help electronic equipment last longer and with fewer service interruptions. www.innovolt.com
NexTraq provides an easy-to use, cost-effective GPS fleet tracking solution that helps automate manual business processes, saving time and money. The cloud-based NexTraq solution provides the necessary information to efficiently manage a fleet and maximize revenue. Its GPS fleet management solution drives benefits. It provides the industry’s first skype integration to GPS fleet tracking solutions. www.nextraq.com
PodPonics offers a distributed approach to growing fresh produce year-round at or near the point of consumption. PodPonics founder and CEO, Matt Liotta, has taken traditional methods of indoor growing and has added technology to reduce the overall energy usage, while increasing yield. PodPonics’ system reduces cost, improves quality, and creates local jobs while answering the strong and growing demand for locally-produced natural whole foods. www.podponics.com
Proximus Mobility is a location-based proximity marketing firm that serves relevant content to phones, allowing brands to grow sales and secure data. The software solution not only increases brand recall and propensity to buy among consumers but also anonymously captures customer data and campaign analytics. The anonymous customer profiles allow brands to personalize the customer shopping experience based on the customer’s previous shopping behavior, traffic patterns and dwell times. www.proximusmobility.com
RedBag utilizes Ozone Sterilization and Maceration (OSM) to provide a safe, community-friendly alternative for processing biohazardous waste. OSM represents a leap forward in sustainable waste management because it is more environmentally friendly and less costly than other alternatives. OSM processing eliminates the potential risks associated with spills and mishandling during transport while producing material that is guaranteed to be sterile, safe and unrecognizable before it leaves the premises. www.redbag.com
SalesLoft is a sales intelligence software company. SalesLoft delivers valuable data intelligence software with the specific objective of assisting B2B sales representatives. It provides technology aimed at easing the ability to research and identify sales prospects and rank them according to their likelihood to buy. SalesLoft speeds up sales cycles and closes more deals for sales reps by leveraging big data to reduce expensive time on research. www.salesloft.com
Velocity Medical is a medical imagining informatics software company that helps physicians better manage, plan, and assess a cancer patient’s therapy. It is the first image management system designed to met the specific needs of oncology. The software reduces the time involved in planning and evaluating cancer patient treatments, ultimately resulting in cost saving and quality improvement. www.velocitymedical.com
Based on their auditions, I am really looking forward to hearing their presentations. I hope to see you at the Cobb Galleria on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.