This year was a turning point in the Security Industry Association's (SIA) New Product Showcase. Not only were there top awards in the newly revised categories (revamped to encompass new technologies, integration and convergence)-but the most honorable mentions ever were given out during a formal presentation at ISC West in Las Vegas.
As the industry continues to morph into new technologies, the SIA NPS chronicles the journey; for 2011 some 85 different products were entered into the premier contest. The awards are based on meeting a need in the marketplace; innovativeness through new technology or application; and a solid benefit-to-price ratio for the installation and end-user communities.
SafeRise from FST21 Americas was honored with the Best New Product Award. The SafeRise product has many current installations and is an access control solution that uses biometrics; voice, face and license plate recognition technologies; and video, voice and behavioral analytics. OSID from Xtralis received the Judges' Choice Award for its smoke detection which uses dual light frequencies, enabling discrimination between smoke and other objects and reducing false alarms.
"The judges were very impressed by SafeRise's use of some of the most innovative security technologies available," NPS Chair Jennifer Martin of Pixim said. "It is an excellent example of what the New Product Showcase is all about. And OSID's smoke detection capabilities effectively address the critical problem of false alarms."
"We're proud that the Security Industry Association selected us as the product of the year and what this award represents," said Avi Lupo, CEO of FST21 Americas. "SafeRise is the future of access control in the 21st century."
Awards were presented in 21 product and service categories and the judges presented nine honorable mention awards. (Honorable mentions could be awarded in any category at the discretion of the judges.) The 32 awards are the most ever presented in the history of the NPS.
Other winners included: Best in Access Control Products: Tailgate Detector TDflex from IEE Sensing; Honorable Mention: T24 IP Video Door Station from Mobotix; Best in Biometrics, Identification and Credentialing: MiY-ID from 3M Cogent; Best in Commercial and Monitoring Solutions:Conettix D6200 Programming/Administration Software from Bosch Security Systems; Best in Convergence Solutions: Freedom from Viscount Systems; Best in Detection Controls, Devices and Sensors: VESDA ECO from Xtralis; Honorable Mention: LH-e988 from Shenzhen Longhorn Security Technology; Best in Fire/Life Safety: Gemini C-Series Combination Burg/Fire System from NAPCO Security Technologies; Best in Integrated Software, Products and Systems: Web Object Scalar from DataDirect Networks; Best in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions: Blue Line Gen 2 Motion Detectors from Bosch Security Systems; Best in Network Support Solutions: OneReach PoE Extender Cabling System from Berk-Tek; Best in OEM: MegaQ from Intersil|Techwell; Best in Outdoor Perimeter Protection: Motion Tracking Light from Nightwatcher Security; Best in Public Safety Solutions: PAIR02 from Pentax Imaging; Best in Residential and Monitoring Solutions: Wireless Broadband Alarm Transmitter from ipDatatel; Best in Tools and Hardware: Image Resolution Lens Calculator Application from Theia Technologies; Honorable Mention: ABC Vault from Viscount Systems; Best in Video Analytics: iCVR-HD High Definition Camera from VideoIQ; Best in Video Storage, Distributions and Management: E3200 Physical Security Appliance from Aimetis; Honorable Mention: razberi from GVI Security; Best in Video Surveillance Advanced Imaging Technologies: VerifIR from SRI International Sarnoff; Best in Video Surveillance Cameras HD (Megapixel): AutoDome 800 Series HD PTZ Camera System from Bosch Security Systems; Honorable Mention: AV8185DN from Arecont Vision; Best in Video Surveillance Cameras Network (IP): HSD626 from Optelecom-NKF; Honorable Mention: M5014 PTZ Dome Network Camera from Axis Communications; Honorable Mention: SNC-DH180 IR Mini-Dome Network Camera from Sony Electronics; Best in Video Surveillance Hardware and Accessories: Rack Mount Modular Surge Protection from DITEK; Honorable Mention: VisionFrame Video Monitor Wall from Middle Atlantic Products; Best in Wireless: AD-Series Wireless Locking System from Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies; and Honorable Mention: 8-Channel Receiver from STI-Safety Technology International. To check out all the products and winners visit www.sianps.com for more information.