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10/31/2003 - Catalyst Awards Touch Triangle

Two Terabyte Triangle organizations and three Terabyte Triangle individuals were finalists for this year's Technet Catalyst Awards. Originated in 1997, Technet's Catalyst Awards recognize companies, organizations, and individuals who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to the growth of technology and innovation in the greater Inland Northwest. The awards were presented at Technet's gala and reception at the Davenport Hotel October 16.

The finalists for the Ken Grunzweig Innovator of the Year Award were serial entrepreneur Fred Brown whose new company, Next IT, is in the Holley Mason Building, Avista Senior Vice President and Terabyte Triangle Board Member, Kim Pearman-Gillman, and EWU professor and Terabyte Triangle Board Chair, Steve Simmons.

Simmons received the award. "I especially appreciate this award because it is a peer-juried award, coming from the professional community of high technology companies and organizations throughout the region -- the same people I have worked with on projects like the Terabyte Triangle over the past several years," says Simmons. Simmons chairs the graduate studies program in computer science at EWU and was the innovator of a plan to create the Inland Northwest Digital University (INDU) which Avista Corp later expanded into VPnet. He created the concept of the Terabyte Triangle to promote downtown Spokane's high-speed fiber connectivity as a tenant amenity. The Terabyte Triangle is now in its sixth year.

The finalists for the organization category were Inland Northwest Health Services --- also in the Holley Mason Building, Gonzaga Unversity's Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories in Richland, WA.

The Triangle's Inland Northwest Health Services was the winner. INHS began in 1994 as collaboration between Empire Health Services and Providence Services of Eastern Washington to more efficiently provide better patient care at a better price for the entire four-state Inland Northwest region. INHS operates a private, unified regional network using Internet Protocols (IP). This is a private network specifically for health care and is the basis for their Information Resource Management Division. Their Wide Area Network (WAN) in Washington serves rural areas and hospitals from Newport to Aberdeen and from Republic to Goldendale. To read more about INHS, go to:

Finalists for the company category were Advanced Input Devices, Coeur d'Alene, ID, Vivato, Spokane, Isothermal Systems Research, Liberty Lake, and Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories, Spokane.

The winner was Advanced Input Devices (AID) which is a leading designer and manufacturer of custom-designed products for specific customer applications utilizing any user-input technology and any display technology. Their design-through-production cycle ability provides OEMs with an enormous time-to-market advantage and complex product range. An example of AID's product line is the LightKey Projection Keyboard. The LightKey keyboard enables the user to input data from a full-sized keyboard image ---a projected or printed image --- displayed on most any flat surface. The device can perceive a user's finger movements, then react to them in real time utilizing low-cost, high-performance, embedded sensors and software. To learn more about AID, go to:

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