Diakont Selected as a Finalist for CONNECT’s 30th Annual Most Innovative New Product Award

San Diego, CA – Diakont, a leading provider of high-technology solutions and services to the energy industry, announced that its robotic Stingray system has been selected as a finalist in CONNECT’s Most Innovative New Product Awards. CONNECT, a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors, continues its 30-year tradition of celebrating San Diego innovation leaders.

Diakont uses its robotic Stingray systems to perform comprehensive inspections of the critical steel floor plates of large, aboveground petroleum storage tanks, while the tanks remain filled and in operation. Before Diakont developed this technology, refinery and other petroleum facility operators were forced to take these pieces of infrastructure out of service and have human personnel enter the tanks, causing extensive greenhouse gas release, putting inspectors at risk, and also incurring weeks of costly operational downtime. Regulations mandate that all these tanks be inspected on a periodic basis to ensure that corrosion or other degradation of the tank structures do not cause the tanks’ dangerous contents to be released.

“This new inspection technology is a game changer for the petroleum industry,” proclaimed Edward Petit de Mange, Managing Director at Diakont, “Operators can now have the tank floors inspected without having to put personnel into dangerous confined spaces, or releasing harmful emissions into the environment. It allows inspections to be conducted more frequently; while also reducing environmental impact, increasing personnel and public safety, increasing operational productivity, and even reducing cost. Everybody wins with this.”

Finalists for the award were selected in the following ten categories: Cleantech; Sustainability and Energy; Defense, Aerospace, and Transportation; Information Communications Technologies; Life Science Diagnostics and Research Tools; Life Science Products, Clinical Stage; Medical Devices; Robotics and Unmanned Vehicles; Software and Digital Media; Mobile Apps; and Sport and Active Lifestyle Technologies.

The 2017 Most Innovative New Product Awards presentation and dinner will be held on the evening of November 30th at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92122. Each of the finalists will be featured in the Innovation Showcase, and the Winner in each category will be announced live during the dinner.

For a complete list of winners and additional information, please visit the Most Innovative New Product Awards Website.


Diakont is a global technology company with its advanced technology center based in San Diego, CA. The company’s mission is to provide high-tech solutions that enhance the safety and economy of the most demanding industries. Diakont currently has a global workforce of over 1,300 highly-skilled engineers and technology professionals.


CONNECT is a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. By creating an environment in which entrepreneurs and C-suite executives have access to the people, capital, and technology resources they need for success, CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies since 1985. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful organizations linking entrepreneurs and C-suite executives with the resources they need for the commercialization of innovative products and services; our program has been modeled in more than 50 regions around the world.