Pitney Bowes Innovators Honored as Winners of TechAmerica 2009 Innovator Award
STAMFORD, Conn., October 07, 2009 - Pitney Bowes, Inc. (NYSE:PBI) today announced that two of the Company’s technology innovators have been selected as winners of the TechAmerica 2009 Innovator Award for the Internet category. Arthur R. Berrill, vice president, Advanced Concepts and Technology, and Sherif Ahmed, software architect, Advanced Concepts and Technology at Pitney Bowes, were honored last evening at the 50th TechAmerica Innovator Awards and Benefit. The annual event celebrates technology innovators for their contribution to industry and society, and is hosted by TechAmerica, a leading U.S. technology industry association, representing approximately 1,500 member companies driving innovation worldwide.
Berrill is the visionary, and Ahmed the architect and co-creator, of Pitney Bowes FireLocator, a free, public service Web site that disseminates data and information regarding wildfires to residents, government agencies, and media outlets – helping users to make rapid, well-informed decisions regarding wildfire threats.
“Pitney Bowes has a long history of innovation and corporate citizenship,” said Berrill. “We are deeply honored to receive this award for providing the general public with a tool that can potentially help save lives and property,” he concluded.
Wildfires and bushfires all too frequently flare up and menace parts of California and Australia respectively, forcing some residents to flee their homes. Pitney Bowes FireLocator provides users with dynamic, current information on the situation of wildfires as well as information on previous instances.
“Pitney Bowes FireLocator innovatively leverages Pitney Bowes Business Insight’s expertise in location intelligence and its understanding of rich Internet technologies -- such as Microsoft Silverlight technology and Microsoft Bing Maps -- to deliver the functionality demanded by the Web-based solutions of the future,” explained Ahmed. “FireLocator provides a high level of interactivity, integration and ease-of-use, for a compelling user experience.”
About Pitney Bowes FireLocator
First made available as a public service in December 2008 in response to the California wildfires, Pitney Bowes FireLocator allows individuals and government agencies to enter a location -- such as a street address, neighborhood, or even an area of interest -- and helps users to visually see that location in relation to a wildfire, and to make rapid, well-informed decisions regarding wildfire threats. Detailed fire information, community generated imagery, fire-related news and multimedia content are all featured on these Web sites, found at www.firelocator.net and www.firelocator.net/aus
About Pitney Bowes
Pitney Bowes is a $6.3 billion global technology leader whose products, services and solutions deliver value within the mailstream and beyond. Founded in 1920, our company's 35,000 employees deliver technology, service and innovation to more than two million customers worldwide. For more information about Pitney Bowes, its products, services and solutions, visit www.pb.com.