Auckland, New Zealand – Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today that its Virtual AIS Beacon for Aids to Navigation has been awarded Special Commendation at the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards 2012 in the State Government of Victoria, Australia Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product category. Recognized with this year’s Professional Mariner Samuel Plimsoll Award for Innovation earlier this Spring, Vesper Marine’s Virtual AIS Beacon was honored with the New Zealand Hi-Tech Award for effectively introducing an exciting new hardware product to market that is clearly differentiated from the competition, and for its demonstration of sustainable future growth and business success for the company. Judged by an international panel that included original Facebook investor and Paypal founder Peter Thiel; the director of engineering for Google in New York, Craig Nevill-Manning; and Cisco's senior vice president, Howard Charney, the awards seek to provide the premier showcase and networking opportunities for the producers of New Zealand's high technology.

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