Webtech Wireless attendees included (from left to right) Ben Ospino, Kathleen Lagunsad, Shelina Poonja, Larry Juba, Amee Unadkat, David Greer, and Akber Mohamed.
From Burnaby to Buffalo and back again, our innovations have come home to win a local award. On November 14, we took home the 2013 Business Innovation award at the 14th Annual Burnaby Business Excellence Awards Gala held November 14th, 2013 at the Hilton Vancouver (Metrotown).
Burnaby, Vancouver’s next-door neighbour, is home to a large percentage of the region’s thriving high tech sector. With 27 businesses announced as finalists in one or more award categories, we were among the companies recognized for “outstanding business success over many years and having had a positive and significant impact on the community”. Over a third of Webtech Wireless’ West Coast employees live in Burnaby and Burnaby is the birthplace of many of our firmware, software and business innovations.
It was entirely appropriate for Larry Juba, Chief Operating Officer of Operations, to accept the excellence award under the category of Business Innovation. A long-time resident of Burnaby, Larry told me “It’s great to be recognized in our local community”.
Webtech Wireless was invited to submit an application for the awards and was a finalist in two categories in the 2013 Burnaby Chamber of Commerce Awards:
With the Mayor of Burnaby, Derek Corrigan, in attendance Larry accepted the award with a dramatic flourish as he proudly thrust his mobile phone aloft announcing that the mayor of Buffalo uses our Webtech 511 phone app on his phone to keep him and his constituents up to date about the city’s services. Webtech 511 (known in Buffalo and on iTunes as Buffalo Roads) combines weather forecasts, City 511 information (such as traffic cameras), and other road data with InterFleet snow plow location data.
The gala award ceremony was as elegant as it was lively. As the evening finished up, Person of the Year award winner, Corinne Kessel of Greenscape Design & Décor, ended the evening on a high note with a lively cheer—Corinne: “Burnaby!”, Everyone: “Rocks!” times three.
You can be a global leader in technology, such as GPS/AVL, and yet few in your home town, province, state, or country know about your success. And the people who make that possible. Scott Edmonds, President & CEO of Webtech Wireless is a tireless promoter of technology in BC. Not only does he serve on the board of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association, he attends events and engages with people in the community to talk about these amazing facts:
We recently hosted a visit by Adrian Dix, Leader of the New Democratic Party of British Columbia, along with several Members of the BC Legislature. Our goal was to showcase a BC technology success story that has been part of the overall growth of the technology sector in BC. We shared our success stories such as how Dement Construction Improves Productivity, Canadian Pacific Drives Efficiencies with Quadrant, and Award Winning Solutions Win the Day…and the Night! The last is the story of how we jointly won the BCTIA Adoption of Technology 2013 Award by helping Troyer Ventures stay competitive in the oil and gas sector.
All this growth and success is only possible because of the people that work in the technology sector, including here at Webtech Wireless. We thank Bill Tam, President & CEO of the BCTIA for letting us showcase our facilities and successes as part of the amazing BC technology growth story.
And the award goes to…
Scott Edmonds (centre) shares the stage with Steve Troyer (podium) and Chris Maddocks (right)
On June 14, 2012, Webtech Wireless celebrated its win of the Adoption of Technology award at the 2012 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs). The British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) hosted the awards night held at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. BCTIA President and CEO, Bill Tam said, “The Adoption of Technology award recognizes a company whose technology has proven to make a positive difference for customers”.
By definition, this award is collaborative and we were thrilled to share the stage with our client, Troyer Ventures, and technology partner, TMW Systems. Webtech Wireless President and CEO, Scott Edmonds, Troyer Ventures’ owner, Steve Troyer, and TMW Director of Development, Chris Maddocks jointly accepted the award. We were chosen over many applicants by a panel of eight judges representing technology, innovation, and business for our Quadrant implementation to Troyer Ventures, a service provider based in northeastern British Columbia, and in partnership with TMW Systems.
Other 2012 Technology Impact Award Winners
|Company of the Year||Avigilon|
|Person of the Year||Ryan Holmes, HootSuite|
|Emerging Company of the Year||Tasktop Technologies|
|Excellence in Product Innovation||Recon Instruments|
|Most Promising Pre-Commercial Technology||Lungpacer Medical Inc.|
|Most Promising Start-up||Kashoo|
|Team of the Year||CounterPath|
Joined by hundreds of British Columbia’s technology glitterati, this was a gala night to recognize and celebrate outstanding British Columbia companies in our sector.
Yesterday (May 2, 2012), our Quadrant solution received some overdue recognition at this year’s BCTIA (British Columbia Technology Industry Association) finalist announcement. Held at the popular TechBrew event where it was just announced that, in collaboration with our client, Troyer Ventures, we have been nominated for the 2012 Adoption of Technology award.
According to our CEO, Scott Edmonds, “we’ve been working hard to create award winning products, but with this nomination, we can now call ourselves an award winning company”. Although being a finalist doesn’t normally guarantee a win, the adjudication process is structured to eliminate any applicants that panel judges don’t qualify, and as all the judges unanimously selected the Quadrant/Troyer application, that leaves us as the only contender in this category.
Wendy Turnbull, Marketing & Communications Specialist at BCTIA, indicated that each category had many applicants, but to be fair the panel decided to put forward just one nominee for this particular award because the panel felt it “most captured the intent of the award”.
The nominees for the 2012 Technology Impact Awards were announced at a sold out TechBrew event, a popular networking event where technology companies meet and greet. This year it was held at the packed Mahony & Sons Public House, Burrard Landing, Canada Place (Vancouver’s Trade and Convention Centre).
“Experience BC’s cutting edge technology, enjoy a pint or two, meet some cool people AND be there as we announce the 2012 Technology Impact Award Finalists!”
The Technology Impact Awards is an annual event held to celebrate the achievements of the BC technology industry. On June 14, 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, over 800 members of the technology community will gather to view the province’s largest and most prestigious technology awards’ night.
We are thrilled to report that Ville de Québec (Quebec City) is among seven finalists for the municipally coveted 2012 Intelligent Community award.
Since 2001, Ville de Québec has been actively developing its broadband infrastructure and, in 2009 as part of its commitment to bettering itself as an intelligent community, implemented our InterFleet solution to its winter fleet operations.
Each year, the Intelligent Community Forum presents this award to intelligent communities that “have come to understand the enormous challenges of the broadband economy, and have taken conscious steps to create an economy capable of prospering in it”. The awards program has two goals: to salute the accomplishments of communities in developing inclusive prosperity on a foundation of information and communications technology, and to gather data for ICF’s research programs.
As part of Ville de Québec’s commitment to promoting web-based solutions, the city launched an interactive Web map to provide high-quality cartographic and zoning data. Among other capabilities, the map displays real-time locations of the city’s snow plows. “Through smarter deployment of plows, the city has been able to reduce the number of vehicles and operating expenses per vehicle while providing better results.”
In 2009, Ville de Québec chose Webtech Wireless’ InterFleet solution for their snow plows and winter fleet operational information, because it offered real-time information (five-second reporting and automatic map updates), support for multiple spreader controllers, and great road salt management capabilities.
The seven finalists for the Award (in alphabetical order):
For the fifth year in a row, WebTech Wireless has made Deloitte’s Fast 500, a ranking of North America’s fastest growing technology companies.
Deloitte’s 2010 North American Technology Fast 500:
WebTech Wireless – #466 website
WebTech Wireless has been named again to M2M Magazine’s top 100 high-tech machine to machine companies for 2010. The full announcement, including the list of 100 companies can be found on M2M Magazine’s website. Here is an excerpt of their release:
M2M Magazine Names the M2M 100 for 2010
Carol Stream, Ill. – Dec. 1, 2009 – M2M magazine has announced the M2M 100 list for 2010. This prestigious list of the most influential companies in the machine-to-machine space is published in conjunction with the 2010 M2M Sourcebook, which also features unique custom research on the market by the editors of M2M magazine.
The M2M 100 is a directory of the most important and influential machine-to-machine technology providers as determined by the editors of M2M magazine and its editorial advisory board. It is designed to provide a snapshot of the market as it exists today and the companies with the greatest impact on its direction.
This past year, the M2M industry did see noteworthy market consolidation, but also found itself continuing the pattern of stability that has been prominent in recent years. Only eight new companies were added to the M2M 100 list in 2010. Among the new additions for 2010 were big names like Google and Cisco Systems, among others—companies that, while large and well-established overall, are just beginning to make M2M a strategic initiative.
“The M2M 100 represents the leaders in a rapidly changing marketplace, especially as machine-to-machine extends its reach into B2B, and now B2C,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, M2M magazine. “Right now, we are witnessing the evolution of this industry, and the 100 companies named are the face of the market today as well as what we see in the future.”
Companies are chosen for the M2M 100 based on a number of criteria, including strength and number of customer references; establishment in the market; growth potential; and active involvement in and support for the M2M community.
“The machine-to-machine industry is providing solutions that streamline processes and generate additional opportunities for those who are deploying them. Because of this, M2M has continued to broaden its reach, even in these struggling economic times,” says Mike Carrozzo, chief editor, M2M magazine.
About M2M Magazine
Connecting people, devices, and systems, M2M magazine is dedicated to helping vertical industry thought leaders realize the value of machine-to-machine communications through remote monitoring, RFID, sensor networking, smart services, telematics, and telemetry: the Six Pillars of M2M.
WebTech Wireless and Grey Island Systems have once again made Deloitte’s ranking of fastest growing technology companies in North America. The 2009 rankings are:
Deloitte’s 2009 Canadian Technology Fast 50 (website)
Deloitte’s 2009 North American Technology Fast 500 (website)