Press Release for Friday, April 1, 2005

UNF Spin-off Company Wins Governor's Award

Contact: Sharon Ashton


Department of Media Relations and Events


(904) 620-2115



GeoAge, the first and only spin-off company from the University of North Florida, will receive the 2005 Governor's New Product Award in the Small Company Category for its patented Mobile Emergency Response System (MERS).


The MERS technology has proved to be an outstanding success. During 2004, The Florida Department of Health used the GeoAge MERS in more than 4,500 assessments responding to three hurricanes. MERS is a fully integrated suite of applications that facilitate the collection and analysis of field data. The underlying technology within MERS covers a process of collecting data from a hand-held device or mounted sensors, stamping it with a time and location, recording the information in a database, and allowing clients to access the data using the Internet. The ability to rapidly and accurately collect information linked to location and time, synchronize and display the information in a spatial context is what makes MERS so powerful.


The Governor's New Product Award program was created to honor Florida inventors in the design and development of new products, machines, processes or materials. Administered by the Florida Professional Engineers in Industry, winners are selected based upon:


-Level of sales and the actual or anticipated economic impact on the state


-Innovative use of engineering principles, in creativity, technology and quality


-Improved function with respect to savings, productivity, energy and safety



The GeoAge team will accept the 2005 Governor's New Product Award on April 6, 2005 at the Legislative Forum in Tallahassee. As the winner of this prestigious award, the GeoAge MERS has automatically been entered in the national competition administered by the National Society of Professional Engineers, which will be announced later this year.



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