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Fiber Optic Sensing Association Presents 2018 Champion of Innovation Award to Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)

Dr. Alex Philp (2nd from right), Founder of Adelos Inc., presented Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) (center) with the Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) 2018 Champion of Innovation Award. Accompanying Dr. Philp were Mike Hines, FOSA Chairman (far left); Joy Molony, FOSA Membership Director (2nd from left); and JJ Williams, FOSA Vice-Chairman (far right).

WASHINGTON DC – December 6, 2018 – The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) today recognized Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) with FOSA’s Champion of Innovation Award for 2018. The selection, based on the extraordinary leadership demonstrated by Tester in the 115th Congress to make U.S. security programs more effective through advanced technology, was made at FOSA’s annual conference in Washington, DC.

As the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee, Senator Tester has encouraged the federal government to adopt the use of advanced technology, like fiber optic sensing, to solve border security and other security challenges. He has used his leadership role to provide funding to government agencies focused on solving issues of critical national security.

“Senator Tester is tireless in his work to provide the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security with innovative solutions to meet their mission’s needs,” said Scott Colton, CEO of Adelos, Inc., a member of FOSA. “He understands inherently the value of advanced technology, as those agencies work to ensure the safety and security of the United States.”

“Sen. Tester’s recognition of the value of advanced technologies like fiber optic sensing is a real benefit to the nation,” said Mark Uncapher, FOSA Director. “He has worked non-stop to ensure that our national and homeland security efforts are as effective as they can be.”

“I’m honored to receive the FOSA Champion of Innovation Award,” said Sen. Jon Tester. “Advanced technology like fiber optic sensors represent the type of cutting-edge measures that will help us solve some of our toughest security challenges. Fiber optics and other innovative solutions like it will help keep our borders safe and ensure our nation’s homeland security efforts are effective.”

FOSA is a non-profit organization created in Washington DC in 2017 with the mission of educating industry, government and the public on the benefits of fiber optic sensing. Through webinars, videos, white papers, public presentations, and public policy advocacy, the organization provides information on the use of fiber optic sensing to secure critical facilities, enhance public safety and protect the environment.

FOSA Members include Adelos Inc., AFL, AP Sensing, Asymmetric Technologies, Corning, Ditch Witch, Dura-Line, Emerson Electric, Fotech Solutions, Frauscher Sensor Technology USA, Hifi Engineering, Network Integrity Systems, NKT Photonics, OFS, Omnisens, OptaSense, OZ Optics, Prysmian Group, and Smartpipe Technologies®. For further information, please visit the FOSA website.

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