Two private companies and two public sector operations received the top honors in the third annual “Excalibur Awards” from the Technology Association of Georgia on Thursday.

The awards are given to organizations that “conquer the competition.”

Winners were:

• Small Organizations – Sequoyah Regional Library System
• Medium Organizations – Solid Source Realty
• Large Organizations – Southern Company
• Creativity – Georgia Aquarium

"We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of these four companies," said Tino Mantella, president of TAG, in a statement. "Their technological achievements equate to a unique competitive advantage that separates them from other companies in their respective markets.”

The descriptions of the winners as provided by TAG:

• “Sequoyah Regional Library System provides clean, comfortable and safe places for library patrons to read, conduct research, study, write and attend programs and meetings. It is supported by the taxes of the people of Cherokee, Gilmer and Pickens counties in Ga. Sequoyah Regional Library System was chosen for its state-of-the-art RFID system, which provides better tracking of books and there locations, as well as providing library patrons with faster access to research and materials.

• “Solid Source Realty provides standard real estate services to the public, who wish to buy, sell or lease residential or commercial property. In less than five years, Solid Source has grown from one to almost 2000 real estate agents by implementing paperless transaction management system. With this new technology, Solid Source saves time and has revolutionized Atlanta real estate.

• “Southern Company is one of the largest generators of electricity in the nation, serving both regulated and competitive markets across the southeastern United States. Southern Company have been serving the Southeast for more than 100 years and participates in all phases of the electric utility business. Southern Company is using new remote, wireless monitoring technology to collect meter data and report power outages.

• “The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest and most engaging aquarium, offering entertaining visitor experiences and promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. The Georgia Aquarium boasts an intricate control center infrastructure that uses sensors to monitor all the elements of the aquarium, down to the water quality and temperature of every tank.”

Judging criteria include the scope of the problem solved, creativity of the technology-enabled solution, return on investment and business results.