As the security industry gets ready to descend upon Las Vegas next week for ISC West, the Security Industry Association's New Product Showcase judges will be gearing up to evaluate the latest in security technology.
This year, a panel of 17 judges will critique 81 solutions from over 70 manufacturers to determine which one will be named the best new product for 2010. Click here to view a full list of this year's entrants.
New this year to the NPS program will be a booth (11074) setup by SIA itself on the show floor where attendees can view the products that are up for awards. The awards ceremony will also take place at the booth at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.
"We actually got feedback last year from participants in the program, as well as attendees that told us it was difficult to hear," said SIA Spokeswoman Patricia Sherwood. "We really wanted to give the NPS program a home and by having it in a display area on the show floor, (we thought) that kind of gave it the importance that it deserves."
The SIA has also changed the name of the top award this year from "best in show" to "best new product." Last year, top honors in this category went to Pivot3 and its serverless computing storage solution. To be considered for best new product, the SIA NPS says a product must demonstrate "the most impressive technological advances as demonstrated by increased functionality, improved ease of use and/or cost reduction."
Among some of the other award categories include Judges' Choice, which is product or solution judges feel deserves recognition for its unique approach; access control; biometrics and identity solutions; commercial and monitoring solutions; convergence solutions; false alarm solutions; fire/life safety; integrated software, products and systems; intrusion detection and preventative solutions; IP devices, products and software; OEM; public safety solutions; residential and monitoring solutions; security solutions services; tools and hardware; video analytics; video device; video storage and distribution; and, wireless. Click here to view a PDF of the full list of award categories and their judging criteria.
The NPS planning committee also worked on refining some its product categories and their judging criteria to make them clearer for entrants, according to NPS Chairman Jennifer Martin
"One of the things that's exciting... is we revised the product categories and I think it really helped us attract a great new mix of products," she said. "I was really pleased because some of the newest technologies are some our largest categories this year."
Martin, who was chosen this year to succeed longtime NPS Chairman Sandra Jones, says that each year seems to bring about great innovation throughout the security industry.
"Every year we have a lot of very exciting products that come into the show and this year is no different. The event itself, we've been doing this for over 30 years... and I think every year it has gotten better," she added. "The caliber of products, the caliber of companies that participate has led us to a lot of good products out there on the market."