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Minister To Present Technology Awards

The Minister of Science, Research and Technology, Hon Pete Hodgson will, present two Auckland based companies with the prestigious Technology Commendations on Thursday 21 June.

The awards which are sponsored by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology are designed to recognise and celebrate the contribution made by individuals and companies towards growing their business and improving the New Zealand economy through the use of new technology.

CamSensor Technologies, based in Albany, on Auckland’s North Shore has developed a high tech inspection camera that sits alongside conveyor lines and scans products in a matter of milliseconds for imperfections. If it detects a problem, the product is automatically diverted off the production line. The equipment is enclosed in fully sealed stainless steel housing making it particularly appealing to the meat and dairy industries. The company has also developed inspection systems for a number of other industries including forestry and automotive assembly.

Southfresh Limited, based in Parnell began as a seafood wholesaler in 1981 but in the early 1990’s started developing a unique software package that now enables it to trade perishable goods on the internet. It was the first company in New Zealand to do this. Southfresh does not own any warehouse facilities, yet through the e-commerce package that it has developed, can link producers and sellers of produce to key markets, including supermarkets. Its software application allows Southfresh and others to trade a wide range of other products.

The Communications Manager of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, Peter Burke says the two Auckland companies, together with the other winner, Pulse Data International of Christchurch, had developed incredibly innovative technologies that were the key drivers in the development of these exciting new products. The winners, he says had also demonstrated an ability to secure quite diverse and highly successful market niches for their products.

The Hon Pete Hodgson will present the awards to Southfresh at their offices at level 2, 27 Bath St Parnell at 2.30pm and at CamSensor at 6 William Pickering Drive, Albany at 3.30pm. Media are most welcome to attend and there will be excellent photo opportunities

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