BEDFORD — While celebrating New Hampshire innovators and shining a light on the state’s entrepreneurial spirit, a Granite State company was honored Thursday for developing this year’s top product.
The SpotOn Virtual Smart Fence from OnPoint Systems was named the 2019 NH Tech Alliance’s Product of the Year during an event including about 200 tech leaders at the Manchester Country Club.
Five New Hampshire companies were chosen by a panel of judges, and representatives from each business competed for the coveted award, with audience members playing a role in who won.
The top finalists for the 2019 NH Tech Alliance’s Product of the Year award included OnPoint Systems, LDI Solutions, Waypoint Robotics, C Squared Systems and Radianse.
“I was completely blown away by the innovation that exists in this state” said Julie Demers, executive director of the NH Tech Alliance.
Demers said the tech industry in New Hampshire is a great driver for the economy and future development. The Product of the Year event celebrates the great innovators and entrepreneurs in the Granite State, she said.
The winner, OnPoint Systems, will be featured in a display at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, showcasing the product to travelers throughout 2020.
A Bedford engineer launched the new tech product for dogs, which is designed to make life easier for pet owners and their pooches. Ken Solinsky, one of the founders of the SpotOn dog collar, helped develop the first virtual smart fence system without a buried electrical wire.
Using GPS technology and navigation, the SpotOn dog collar allows pet owners to remotely create a perimeter that will contain a dog, including backyards, local parks, campgrounds or vacation homes, at a cost of about $1,500.
Solinsky launched his new company in 2015. The SpotOn dog collar was introduced to the market this past January with help from Scott Sterling and Sung Vivathana.
“SpotOn brings a wireless fence up to today’s technology,” Vivathana said on Thursday before being presented with the Product of the Year award.
The Bedford-based business is hoping to capture five to 10 percent of the estimated 40 million homeowners in America that have dogs. And it hopes to do it in the next five to 10 years.
Lisa King of the NH Tech Alliance’s board of directors said there were an overwhelming number of applicants before the judges narrowed the list to the final five products.
Qualified products had to be technology-based, new or significantly upgraded within the last 12 months, and developed in New Hampshire or have a major connection to the state, said King.
The five finalists were:
The winner, SpotOn Virtual Smart Fence from OnPoint Systems, a dog safety system that integrates perimeter containment capabilities and tracking systems without the need for buried wires or base stations and professional installation.
Enviro-WallCover from LDI Solutions, a low-cost, abrasion-resistant PVC-free wallcovering that helps contribute to LEED points with bio-based renewable and recycled content.
MAV3K, an autonomous mobile robot for manufacturing developed by Waypoint Robotics, is designed to increase efficiency and strengthen a company’s workforce.
SitePortal Remote Monitoring from C Squared Systems, software that provides the insight and information to manage the full scope of a communications infrastructure that includes DAS, WiFi and public safety in one platform.
The Radianse platform, a complete system designed to automatically integrate various sources of data into real-time, actionable intelligence using timing location.