Judges choose product finalists

Security products are drawing increased attention in this year's GCN Best New Technology Awards at FOSE, a 5-year-old awards program that showcases innovative and unique services and products at the annual trade show.

GCN received nearly 125 entries this year, about the same as last, with software categories more contested than in previous years, judges said.

Companies nominate their products and judges consider their value, innovation, features and relevance or applicability in the federal government. Up to four finalists are selected in each of 14 categories.

'This year we saw a lot of incremental development, not a lot of new 'killer' products,' said Thomas R. Temin, executive editor of Government Computer News.

Product pricing also appeared to be more stable this year, Temin said.

Five judges'editors and writers at Government Computer News and Washington Technology who have expertise in product areas'reviewed the nominations.

Companies entering products must be exhibitors at FOSE, which runs April 8 to April 10 at the new Convention Center in Washington.

The winners will be announced at the trade show on April 8.

FOSE, now in its 27th year, is produced by Post Newsweek Tech Media, which is the parent of GCN and Washington Technology.

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