Small Businesses Awarded for Innovative Use of Wireless Technology

Two Dallas/Fort Worth-based companies have been named the winners of Verizon Wireless’ Wireless Technology Innovation Awards for Central Texas, an annual program that recognizes small- to mid-sized organizations. Darwood Technology, the grand prize winner, and GCATS Telecom & Critical Power Services, the runner-up, received $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, for their innovative use of mobile technology.

Darwood Technology, a political consulting firm, uses tablets and wireless services to help political campaigns run their field operations. The field staff and volunteers digitally record voter contact results from their interactions with the public. Through the program, they are able to reduce their expenses related to manual data entry and printing. Moreover, the GPS feature allows Darwood to track field staff and ensure they are performing their duties. This has helped them to improve the accuracy in the data collected and prevent falsified data entry.

GCATS Telecom & Critical Power Services, which specializes in electrical, telecom and critical power services, uses Verizon Wireless’ mobile devices to streamline its payroll process. The program has helped the company reduce its processing time by 10 hours a week and helped generate $16,000 in annual savings. In addition to the creation of operational efficiencies, GCATS uses wireless technology to raise safety awareness at work by increasing visibility of the company’s fleet operations. 

Verizon Wireless received more than 100 entries from small businesses in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The entries were evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of Verizon executives and leaders in the local business community. Winners were then selected and recognized at the award luncheon in Dallas on Oct. 4.