Innovation Awards

  • Impressive security project? Get recognized for it!


    The STE Magazine 2013 annual Security Innovation Awards


    Security Technology Executive magazine, in coordination with the Security Industry Association (SIA) and ISC East (Reed Exhibitions), are honoring the most innovative security deployments our industry has to offer. Find out if your project ranks among the most unique and innovative in North America...and get well-deserved recognition at ISC East, the SIA Gala Banquet, and in the November/December issue of STE.


    Enter the Security Innovation Awards today — they are open to all vendors, integrators, consultants and end-users, and recognize the lead vendor, integrator (or consultant, or engineer) and the end-user. Our panel of security industry experts will select and honor gold, silver and bronze award winners, along with honorable mentions.



    • For vendors, this contest gives you the opportunity to honor your most important end-user clients, your talented integrator partners who got the job done, and of course the innovative technologies that made it happen.  

    • For integrators, consultants and systems engineers, this contest gives you the opportunity to honor your most important end-user clients, as well as your trusted vendor partners who supplied innovative technologies.


    • For end-users, it provides an opportunity to showcase your organization and how it places innovative security as a top priority, as well as demonstrate the collaborative nature of your security department with the rest of your organization and outside sources.


    • Our panel of industry experts will select the top projects (gold, silver, bronze and hon. mention), which will be featured in the Nov/Dec issue of STE magazine, with the Gold winner featured on the cover. 

    • The gold and silver projects, along with their primary participants, will be honored and recognized on stage at the SIA Gala Banquet at ISC East on Nov. 20.

    • The principal stakeholders of the gold and silver projects will have an opportunity to outline their success story during an exclusive educational roundtable session at ISC East in New York.

    • The gold medal project will be featured on the homepage, as well as in the Security Frontline targeted eNewsletter.


    • The gold medal project will be featured on the homepage, as well as in the Security Frontline targeted eNewsletter.



    HOW TO ENTER — Awards Program Guidelines
    If you have any questions about the following guidelines, please contact STE managing editor Paul Rothman.

    Project Submission Criteria

    • Projects can have multiple contributors (manufacturer, integrator, consultant, engineer, and/or security professional), but it is preferred that the “author” of the final project entry be a security representative from the END-USER organization that ordered the project.


    • Have more than one innovative technology deployment? No problem! We accept multiple entries (see fees and deadlines section below).


    • The end-user in all submitted projects MUST be willing have the project featured (including photos) in Security Technology Executive, on stage at the SIA Gala Banquet at ISC East on Nov. 20, as well as during a roundtable discussion of the project at an ISC East educational session. 

    • Submission packages should include a CD or flash drive containing:

    1) a Microsoft Word document (no less than 1,600 words — no more than 2,500 words) describing in detail the integrated solution, how the partners on the project worked together, and why it is innovative,

    2) A list of all technology and service vendors,

    3) A two-slide Powerpoint outlining major project objectives & solutions, and

    4) Captioned, high-resolution photos of the facility project, as well as the people involved in making the project successful (300 dpi .jpeg files please).


    • Entry procedures:

    1. Please fill out or Print off the online form:

        2. Send a check or credit card payment information via UPS or FedEx ground to:

    Security Innovation Awards, c/o STE Magazine

    12735 Morris Road, Suite 180

    Alpharetta, GA 30004 


    Entries that fail to meet ALL the above criteria will not be considered!



    • Aug. 19, 2013 — early bird entry deadline - $249 ($199 for SIA members)
    • Sept. 30, 2013 — - Late entry deadline $399 ($349 for SIA members) 
    *Additional entries: $50 each additional entry submitted from the same manufacturer or the same integrator or the same end-user.
    • Nov. 20, 2013 — awards presented at SIA Gala Banquet at ISC East 



    You’ve read the criteria, but what does it take to win? Here’s a good checklist of the qualities that a winning project will possess, along with links to previous winning projects.


    Our judges are looking for:

    Clear evidence of the tight cooperation and work between the vendor(s), integrator(s) and/or consultant(s) and engineers, and the end-user.


    How an end-user solved a unique security and/or business problem by using one or multiple security technologies.

    New and/or innovative ways to deploy and use security technology, improve existing systems, or in building a new security infrastructure.


    Prior Winners of STE Magazine Security Innovation Awards
    2012 Gold Medal: Devon Tower

    2012 Silver: Washington Metro Transit Authority

    2012 Bronze: Los Angeles Police Department

    2011 Gold: Saint Elizabeth's Hospital
    2010 Gold: The Port of Los Angeles

    2009 Gold: Price Chopper grocery stores