SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 26, 2013) - Nextivity Inc. today announced that its Cel-Fi Smart Signal Booster has been selected as a finalist in the Hardware & General Technology category for the 2013 Most Innovative New Product Awards, sponsored by CONNECT. CONNECT is a regional program that catalyzes the creation of innovative technology and life sciences products in San Diego County. For twenty-six years, CONNECT has been honoring San Diego's leaders of innovation and groundbreaking new products with the annual award.
"Cel-Fi represents the very best of the next generation of smart signal boosters," says Werner Sievers, CEO of Nextivity. "Being named a finalist in this year's Most Innovative New Product Awards is testament to Cel-Fi's superior design and the world-class engineering behind our innovative product."
Cel-Fi is the first of a new generation of carrier-grade, consumer-friendly signal boosters that maximize a user's indoor wireless experience by eliminating in-building dead zones. It has more than 1,000 times the gain of traditional signal boosters. Cel-Fi can more than quadruple wireless data speeds and eliminate dropped calls for wireless subscribers in their homes or offices by boosting signal strength from one bar to five bars. Cel-Fi relies on intelligent, self-organizing algorithms to maximize the area of coverage for users and ensure it does not compromise or interfere with mobile operator networks or impede other subscribers' signals. Cel-Fi is the only consumer cell phone signal booster authorized by AT&T, T-Mobile, and 133 other leading global mobile operators around the world, together with the communications commissions in Australia and the United Kingdom.
The CONNECT Most Innovative New Product Awards ceremony, to be held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines on Dec. 6, will honor product innovation in the following categories: Aerospace & Security Technologies, Communications & IT, Hardware & General Technology, Life Sciences - Diagnostics & Research Tools, Life Sciences - Medical Products, Mobile Apps, Software, Sport & Active Lifestyle Technologies and Sustainability.
"This year's finalists are among the strongest we've seen," said Tyler Orion, interim president, CONNECT. "In the 26 years we've produced the MIP Awards, we've seen San Diego County continue to produce impressive technology innovation across a broad range of industries, and selecting winners from among this year's group of finalists will be an exciting challenge."
The 2013 Most Innovative New Product Awards receive generous support from lead sponsors Life Technologies and Qualcomm, as well as supporting sponsors including AmericanWest Bank, Barney & Barney, Cox, Cymer, D&K Engineering, Hughes Marino, Kaiser Permanente, Knobbe Martens, Merck and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
For the complete list of winners and other information please visit the Most Innovative New Product Awards website.
About Nextivity Inc.
Founded in 2006 in California, Nextivity Inc. develops the Cel-Fi Smart Signal Booster, the only booster authorized by AT&T, T-Mobile and 120 leading global mobile operators for use on their networks. Nextivity's veteran engineering team has leveraged advanced signal processing and intelligent antenna design to develop the world's only self-configuring, environmentally aware indoor coverage systems. Additional information is available at Cel-Fi.com, on Twitter @5bars, and on Facebook (facebook.com/5bars).
CONNECT is a regional program that catalyzes the creation of innovative technology and life sciences products in San Diego County by creating an environment in which inventors and entrepreneurs have access to the resources they need for success. Since 1985, CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies and is now widely regarded as one of the world's most successful organizations linking inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for commercialization of innovative products. As a result, the program has been modeled in more than 50 regions around the world - most recently in New York City, Bogotá, Colombia and Saudi Arabia. To learn more about CONNECT, please visit www.connect.org or call 858.964.1300.