ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - More than 500 visitors got a peek at the latest in information technology and office innovations during the 2013 Spring Technology Expo at the APG North (Aberdeen) recreation center, April 17.

The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center/Corporate Information Office and Federal Direct Access co-host the bi-annual events commonly referred to as 'Tech Expos' in the spring and fall. The Fall Technology Expo is set for Wednesday, Oct. 23. Check the APG New and APG social media outlets for updates.

The expo consisted of 70 vendor displays in the center ballroom and complimentary refreshments and entertainment. For the first time, the Tech Expo offered technical training sessions for guests. Held in the center's classrooms, the sessions, supported by five IT businesses and taught by their subject-matter experts, offered APG employees technical solutions relevant to challenges they might face while supporting their missions.

Donna Flemister of FDAE said the training sessions were designed to make the show a more complete package.

"The APG community supports the expos year after year," she said. "We're always looking at ways to add more to the show and we'll continue to look at other ways to give back to this community."

The Training Sessions included "Test Management and Collaboration using SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010;" "Datacenter Consolidation and WAN Optimization;" "Cyber Defense: Innovative Solutions for the Future;" and "Next Generation Data Center Backup Strategies."

An array of eye-catching displays greeted visitors in the ballroom. Several first-time vendors said they were encouraged by the level of interest shown by attendees.

"People are very interested when they see something new," said Darryl Motley, president of GoMeasure3D, an Amherst, Va. company offering scanning solutions and applications.

At the Monster Government Solutions display, Strategic Account Manager Jim Rose said the company, a branch of Monster.com, drew heavy interest.

"We're not a high-tech company but we specialize in adding people to the workforce of federal and government agencies, and we work closely with veterans," he said. "The biggest advantage is we have the largest database of resources, data and software specifically for government applications.

Stephen Yosh, director of sales for NCS Technologies, a computer manufacturer based in Gainesville, Va., said several people stopped to ask about the company's multi-client station -- one computer with three separate network connections.

"We've drawn a lot of looks, and answered a lot of questions," Yosh said. "And that's all positive; we're here to be seen."

APG employees Donna Orlando and Sue Schoch of PEOC3T said they attend the expos every year out of curiosity.

"We just like to look at the new products they have out," Orlando said.

"And we got business cards and references for the future," added Schoch, "So next year we have a place to start.

Participating organizations in the 2013 Spring Technology Expo included:

Agilent Technologies; Allied Electronics; Autodesk; Avocent Emerson Network Power; AVS Installations; Blind Industries & Services of MD; Bottom Line Technologies; Brandywine Communications; Control Cable Inc.; Curtis Industries Naudain South/Cover 2 Sales; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks; Dell Inc.; Delmarva Engineering; Dow-Key Microwave; Eagle Sales; Eastern Instrumentation of Philadelphia' Easton Wright Line; ECS Case; EMC; EPS Corp; Fiber Instrument Sales; Getac Inc.; GoMeasure3D; Graybar; HCGI; HP Enterprise Group; Inmarsat Government; Iron Bow Technologies; IW Microwave Products Div.; JFW Industries; Johnson Controls Federal Systems; Lexmark; Liebert Marylard; Maxcell; MegaPhase; MHZ Marketing; Monster Government Solutions; Motorola Solutions; National Instruments; NCS Technologies; Nelson White Systems; Newark; Palo Alto Networks; Panasonic; Panduit; Plantronics; Plug-in Storage Systems; Raytheon; RGB Spectrum; R.L. Engineering; Rohde Schwarz; Schneider Electric; SMS; Spectracom; Spirent Federal; Spirent Federal; SRC Inc; STG Inc.; St. John Properties; SwishData; System Source; Techni-Tool; Tektronix; Tequipment/Fluke Corporation; Test Equity; VMware; Wolfvisison; Xerox.