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Security Innovation Award contest now open

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple once said: “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.”

Those who succeed when tasked with the seemingly impossible are often credited with possessing an uncanny knack for innovation. The qualities of an innovative leader are often those that are reflected in the specific tools of the entrepreneur. Innovators are those who exploit change as an opportunity for a different business, a different service, or a different solution.

For the past seven years, Security Technology Executive magazine has celebrated the innovators that populate the security industry. We have recognized those individual companies who have championed change, embraced the current technology drivers and reflected the new sense of business accountability in their projects with our annual Security Innovation Awards.

Their stories are innovation successes born of collaboration. Seemingly impossible projects that employed the best practices of both vendors and systems integrators and the lessons learned from savvy security end-users.

Over the years, STE has recognized innovative accomplishments in many vertical sectors, ranging from retail to critical infrastructure, corporate to transportation. Our staff and judges have been overwhelmed by the scope and diversity of submitted projects and the depth of knowledge displayed by integrator partners and their vendors.

Our winner in 2010 was the Port of Los Angeles, a project submitted by video surveillance vendor Verint Video Intelligence Solutions. As one judge stated, “It’s clear that this project provided the level of security, collaboration and innovation required to secure the busiest port in the U.S. A massive video deployment integrated with enterprise electronic access control and a PSIM system was the core of this project. But designing the system to accommodate future improvements like ground radar and computer-aided dispatch made the L.A. Port project stand out.”

Now it is your turn to share your success story and be recognized by more than 100,000 of your peers who read STE and view, and those in attendance at the ASIS show this year in Orlando.
Our staff encourages your organization to share an opportunity to have your unique security application reviewed by our panel of security industry experts, with the “gold” winner to be featured on the COVER of the September issue of the publication, with “silver” and “bronze” runners-up being featured in subsequent issues. And don’t forget a special presentation of your award at the ASIS show.

The Security Innovation Awards are open to vendors, systems integrators, VARs and security or risk executives who want to share their successful collaborative efforts. To be eligible, facilities must be located in the United States, with the project being completed (up to 90 percent) between January 2010 and June 2011. All winning project teams will be notified by early August 2011.

As publisher and editor-in-chief, both managing editor Paul Rothman and I welcome you to click onto the following link, where you will find all of the 2011 STE Security Innovation Award entry forms:

Please feel free to contact either of us with any questions about the contest: or Good luck to all.


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