By Rachel Ponder, U.S. Army Garrison Public Affairs OfficeNovember 8, 2010
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The 2010 Fall Technology Expo, held at the Aberdeen Area Recreation Center Oct. 20 was popular with both Aberdeen Proving Ground employees and technology vendors, bringing more than 600 attendees and 55 exhibitors, making it the largest Tech Expo held at Aberdeen Proving Ground to date.
The free bi-annual expo is hosted by the The US Army Signal Network Enterprise Center-APG.
Mark Flemister, and his wife Donna from Federal Direct Acess, organized the event.
Flemister said that having the Technology Expo at APG creates a "win-win" situation.
"APG employees have a high level of interest learning about new technology, so that they can perform their jobs better," Flemister said. "Having a free tech expo on post at a central location lets employees have a chance to learn about new technologies and gives information technology
representatives a chance to interact with customers."
"I also think that the high turnout is due to an increase of BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) personnel," he added.
James Cassidy, an account manager for Blue River Information Technology, said this was the first year his organization attended the expo. Cassidy said that Blue River offers efficient data storage
technologies called virtualization services. These services are used to lower overall data center costs and maximize storage utilization.
"We figure out how to make the storage of information more efficient," he said. "The net result is that you use less energy, so it saves money and you reduce your carbon footprint."
To find out more about Blue River Information Technology call Cassidy, 571-312-4905.
Jim Dedrick, from Jupiter Systems said that it was the company's first time to the APG Tech Expo. Jupiter Systems produces display wall processors. Designed for use in mobile command posts housed in tent environments, the system delivers the same information display format to the commanders and staff brigade and battalion-level command posts.
"Even though our product serves a specific group of people, many people were interested in what our product had to offer Soldiers," Dedrick said. For more information, visit www.jupiter. com.
Kasey Beaver, a purchaser, and Joan Myer, assistant manager for Office Eagle, said that they had a chance to interact with new APG employees.
"The new BRAC employees commented that they needed office supplies, Beaver said. "They were happy to find out that there was an office supply store located on post."
"The Tech Expo also gives us a chance to interact with customers that have already done business with Office Eagle," Myer said.
Tom Brady, a major account manager from Dell computers, said he enjoys coming to the expo to get "face time" with APG employees.
"I have been coming to this Tech Expo for two years and I think it is very valuable," Brady said. "At this show a variety of people attend from civilian employees to military leaders. It gives us a chance to answer any questions that they might have with their Dell product."
Maj. Ryan Ferrell, from the 20th Support Command, said that it was his first time attending APG's Tech Expo.
"I wanted to come because it is located on post and I am always trying to learn about new technology, looking for components to tie into our existing infrastructure," he said. "I am specifically interested in video technology."
"I like seeing what businesses are marketing. I especially like to see what the start up businesses are doing," said Louis Mazziotta, who was visiting APG from Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey. Margaret Freeman, from Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Contamination Avoidance, who accompanied
Mazziota, said that she liked seeing the alternate interface on the technology marketed to government employees.
"It is interesting to see how they change technology to comply with government security requirements."
The Spring Technology Expo will be held April 28 in the Aberdeen Area Recreation Center. For more information about the Tech Expo, call 410-531-8559.
Vendors included: Adobe Systems, AFL Telecommunications, Agilent Technologies, Alutiiq LLC, Avocent a Division of Emerson Network Power, AVS Installations, Black Box, Calient Technologies, CCS Presentation Systems, CDW-G, Control Cable Inc., CSC, David Clark Company, Dell Software,
Dell Inc., EmTec Federal, EPS Corporation, F.A. O'Toole Office Systems, FedTek, Fiber Instrument Sales, General Dynamics C4 Systems, Gov- Connection, Graybar& Fluke Networks, Hartford Computer Group, HP, IMC Networks, Information Technology Solutions, Inc., Iron Bow Technologies, Jupiter Systems, Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc., Lexmark International, Link Solutions, Napatech, Nelson White Systems, Newark, Office Eagle, Plantronics, Praxis Engineering, Quantum/StorageHawk, Quest Software, Raritan, Red Hat, RGB Spectrum, Ricoh Business Solutions, Sony Electronics, Spirent Federal Systems, SRC, Inc. STG Inc., Swish Data Corp, Systems Source, Tactical Weapon Solutions, Techni-Tool, Inc. Transition Networks,
Winchester Systems, Wright Line, Xerox.