A local company commercializing an Air Force-bred technology for civilian first responders has won the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s top award for business innovation.
Riverside-based GlobalFlyte is the 2019 winner of the Soin Award for Innovation.
“We were very pleased to select GlobalFlyte as our 2019 Soin Award for Innovation recipient,” said Phil Parker, president and chief executive of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.
“As we watched GlobalFlyte mature over the past year, their enthusiasm, passion and commitment to innovation and to saving lives and property really resonated with our panel of judges,” Parker said.
Tim Shaw, GlobalFlyte’s president and chief operating officer, welcomed the award in a chamber statement.
“GlobalFlyte is very proud of its innovative cloud-hosted and easily deployable solution for first responders,” Shaw said. “We help clear the fog of chaos by giving the incident commander tools to make enhanced decisions to protect life and property.”
Shaw pledged to use the monetary award to “offer grants to area public safety departments to help offset the cost of procuring the GlobalFlyte solution.”
The technology originated with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, which is based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio’s largest single-site employer and the heart of Air Force research and logistics work.
It employs commercially developed mapping, imaging and smart phone technologies to help first responders stay on top of developments and stay in touch with each other.
GlobalFlyte has been an investment of Chantilly, Va.-based SP Global. GlobalFlyte launched in 2015 and offers a suite of situational awareness tools and apps to keep police and first responders connected.
The chamber offers the Soin Award to technology-focused start-ups and and new businesses.
“The ideal applicant demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit through a unique recently- or soon-to-be introduced product or service that will have the ability to sustain long-term growth for the company, increase local employment and assist in the creation of economic prosperity within the region,” the chamber said in its award announcement.
With the support of chamber members, including Soin LLC and the Rajesh K. Soin family, the chamber’s Education and Public Improvement Foundation presents the award at its annual meeting each spring.
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