SIA names New Product Showcase winners

Deliberations for the coveted and industry respected Security Industry Association (SIA) New Product Showcase (NPS) awards continued up until the last minute as winners were selected for the 2009 honors during the first day of the International Security Conference and Exposition West in Last Vegas.

Selecting the winners was not easy by any stretch of the imagination. With products ranging from IP, analytics, access control, monitoring, video storage and distribution and more, the volunteer judges, dominated heavily by the integrator community, the likes of Niscayah, Alarm Detection Systems (ADS), Siemens Building Technologies as well as others, found that many, if not all, of the 76 entrants deserved merit. These integrators (and end-users and SD&I magazine) were also able to assess the level of advancement from a historical installed perspective—from experience in the field and in the industry judges were able to gauge whether the product was truly best in class or just a reiteration of other products and technologies. In other words—the product had to be truly innovative to be considered for an award.

“We talked about giving everyone an award, because of the high level of innovation in all the products, but that just wasn’t possible,” said Sandra Jones, chair of the NPS. Now in its 30th year, the awards are presented to both established and newcomer companies in the industry, small and large firms, and promote new technologies and research and development.

No surprise that top honors—Best in Show—went to Pivot3 for its Serverless Computing Storage Solution. Truly the future in video storage and distribution, the product uses clustered storage and simultaneously runs server applications in IP SAN hardware.

GE’s Vigilant V-Series life safety system received the Judges’ Innovation Award. The addressable life safety system provides high-end intelligent processing in single and multi-loop configurations.

Other winners:

  • Monitoring—Broadband Discovery Systems for the Merlin Anti-Graffiti System
  • Video Storage and Distribution—Pivot3 for Serverless Computing
  • Access Control—ECKey for the EK 4 Enterprise Relay
  • Integrated Software, Products and Systems—VidSys for RiskShield PSIM platform
  • Intrusion Detection—Designed Security for the Entry Sentry Tailgate Detection System
  • Fire and Life Safety (tie)—Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell for the IPDACT-2UD FireWatch Series IP Communicator; System Sensor for CO1224T CO Detector with RealTest
  • OEM—Pentax for the 1.3 megapixel Varifocal Plus Lens
  • False Alarm Solutions—Nascom for the Universal Flip Switch
  • IP Devices, Products and Software—Panasonic for the iPro WV-NP502 Megapixel Fixed Network Camera
  • Video Devices—TimeSight Systems for Video Surveillance Appliances
  • Video Analytics—Behavioral Recognition Systems (BRS Labs) for AISight learned analytics solution

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