N.H. companies vie for top tech product

Computer networks, night-vision scopes and a method that uses lasers to kill cellulite are all in the running for the annual Product of the Year award from the New Hampshire High-Tech Council.

The winner, half chosen by votes from an expert panel and half by audience votes at the Nov. 18 annual event, gets a display in a high-traffic area of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

The seven semifinalists are:

• Bradford Networks of Concord for its “NAC Director Guest/Contractor Services,” a system for divvying up network access on a short-term basis.

• Cellular Specialties of Manchester for its “DSP85 Digital Repeater,” software-defined repeater for two-way transmissions.

• Dell EqualLogic of Nashua for its Dell EqualLogic PS5500E, a virtual storage area network system.

• Elemé Medical Inc. of Merrimack for its “Smooth Shapes Systems,” a system that battles cellulite using light waves and massage to break down fatty cells.

• Ensconce Data Technology of Portsmouth for its Digital Shredder, a system for “sanitizing hard drives.”

• Insight Technology of Londonderry for its MTMV2-LCD, a night-vision surveillance system.

• Russound of Newmarket for its E-Series System, digital audio system.

• SphereOptics of Concord for its Vacuum Compatible Uniform Radiance Source, components for photometric and radiometric applications.

The semifinalists were chosen by seven state technology business owners or investors.

This is the third year for the award. Last year’s winner was UltraVision Security Systems of Salem, for its covert intruder detection system, while the 2006 winner was Concord’s Nanocomp, which makes yarns and fabrics out of carbon nanotubes.

The Product of the Year event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Radisson Hotel-Center of New Hampshire in Manchester with a cocktail networking reception. Each of the Product of the Year finalists will also be displaying their products at this time. – DAVID BROOKS/THE TELEGRAPH