Now in its second year, SecurityInfoWatch.com’s Readers’ Choice Awards program is 100% decided by the very people who use, install – and even compete against – these security products every day.
Seventy-nine security industry manufacturers and software developers submitted products that had been introduced in the physical security industry over the span of April 2022 to July 2023.
Once the vendor submission period ended in July, voting was open from Sept. 1 to Oct. 20 to any SecurityInfoWatch reader (one vote per IP address) in 15 different product categories, where we received more than 1,800 unique votes.
Simply put, the product garnering the most votes in a particular category was named the winner. Honorable mention products received the second- or third-most votes in the category (two honorable mentions were chosen in the larger categories).
“SecurityInfoWatch congratulates all of the award winners in the second annual Reader’s Choice Awards,” said SecurityInfoWatch Editorial Director Steve Lasky. “These products represent the best of the best among the newest technologies that are helping to secure people and property. We were truly overwhelmed by the number of survey responses during year one and look forward to seeing even greater participation in the years to come.”
Without further delay, here are your Readers’ Choice Products for 2023:
CATEGORY: Access Control Hardware
WINNER: BioStation 3 Contactless Access Control Terminal from Suprema
Suprema's BioStation 3 sets a new standard in access control, providing 100% contactless authentication methods, including facial verification, QR codes and barcodes, mobile access cards, RFID cards, virtual PIN and intercom. With a slim and compact form factor similar in size to an iphone, it is easy to install and suitable for any door or building. BioStation 3 also comes equipped with the security industry’s first AI processor enhanced with an NPU (Neural Processing Unit).
Honorable Mention: Traka Touch Pro Key Cabinets
Traka intelligent solutions for keys and equipment management provide centralized control over important items, allowing users to determine who has access and when. They enable administrative control of keys, measure a company's key usage, and monitor valuable assets. Users can require a secondary authorization for high-profile keys, such as a master, or pair key sets.
Honorable Mention: AXIS A1210 Network Door Controller
AXIS A1210 Network Door Controller is optimized for both small and large installations. This smart door controller is a compact, lightweight barebone unit that offers easy installation in areas where space is limited, with a smaller footprint design than previous Axis door controllers.
CATEGORY: Access Control Software
Winner: Axis Powered by Genetec Enterprise Access Control Software Solution
Axis Powered by Genetec combines Genetec access control software with Axis network door controllers in a single, easy-to-deploy, all-in-one offering. It combines the Genetec Synergis access control software with the AXIS A1210 and AXIS A1610 network door controllers. Integrators benefit from easy-to-deploy hardware pre-loaded with innovative access control software, removing friction associated with traditional software/hardware integrations.
Honorable Mention: Employee Badge in Apple Wallet from Brivo
Brivo corporate customers can enable employees to easily and securely add their employee badge to Apple Wallet and simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a reader to unlock office doors, turnstiles, elevators and key card-protected amenity spaces, eliminating the need to open an app or present a traditional, physical access key.
CATEGORY: Door Hardware
Winner: HES 9200 Electric Strike for use with Tubular Exit Devices from ASSA ABLOY
The HES 9200 electric strike sets a new industry standard for glass openings with tubular, vertical rod exit devices. The 9200 offers simplified retro-mounted installation within the existing mechanical prep to provide a significantly faster and easier installation than most traditional solutions. Integrated adjustability provides optimal latch positioning to accommodate demanding installations and the low-profile design eliminates the need to add to or modify the frame drastically reducing both installation time and related labor costs.
Honorable Mention: Sargent and Corbin Russwin NextGen Exit Devices from ASSA ABLOY
Upgrade your facility’s defense with Corbin Russwin’s PED4000/PED5000 Series and Sargent’s PE80 Series exit devices. Designed to prioritize life safety and elegant aesthetics in the modern facility, these devices showcase several next-generation features, including: large chassis indicator viewing window, minimized catch points, and improved delayed egress functionality.
To learn more about the Corbin Russwin PED4000/PED5000 Series: https://go.corbinrusswin.com/next-gen-exit-devices
To learn more about the SARGENT PE80 Series: https://go.sargentlock.com/next-gen-exit-devices
Winner: Saffire EVO LZ Series Wi-Fi Lock from dormakaba
The Saffire EVO LZ Series Wi-Fi lock provides an easy-to-use, secure, and flexible solution with the benefits of real-time connectivity. It offers the convenience of using either mobile devices, RFID Cards/Fobs, or secure PINs as credentials that allow access to resident units, common areas, and perimeter doors. Connecting through Wi-Fi allows property managers to be in full control of their building, through instant access rights management, real-time events, and firmware updates, without the need for additional hardware or hubs.
Honorable Mention: KA202 Z-Wave Fingerprint Keypad Deadbolt from Kaadas
The KA202 smart lock from the 200 Series ANSI Grade 2 lock lineup from Kaadas is compatible with existing door hardware, making it easy to install and a seamless, yet secure, addition to any installation. Featuring a 3D biometric fingerprint sensor, the KA202 is capable of touch and unlock in as little as 0.3 seconds and supports up to 50 fingerprints for access. Additionally, users can unlock the KA202 via the integrated mechanical backlit keypad with personalized access codes, or by using a traditional key.
Honorable Mention: Yale Assure Lock 2 with Wi-Fi
The Yale Assure Lock 2 is powered with smart connected capabilities. All models are programmed using the Yale Access app and work out of the box with Bluetooth and Apple HomeKit technology. Wi-Fi Smart Modules are also available in-box with the locks or sold separately, and no longer require a Wi-Fi Connect Bridge, enabling an even simpler setup. Additionally, Z-Wave Smart Modules will be available to serve Z-Wave customers. The locks are up to 30% smaller than their predecessors.
Honorable Mention: Lockly Defender Smart Lock for Narrow Frames
The Defender is a thin style entry/exit mortise smart lock from Lockly’s Guard Series of Pro level products, ideally suited for narrow framed doors in retail stores, lobby entrances, fitness rooms and other common areas. It features Lockly’s beloved hack-proof keypad that can generate and store up to 37 free access codes with specific profiles and permissions.
CATEGORY: Video Surveillance Cameras
Winner: AXIS Q36 Dome Camera Series from Axis Communications
The AXIS Q36 Dome Camera Series provides outstanding image quality in 4 MP (AXIS Q3626-VE Dome Camera) and 8 MP (AXIS Q3628-VE Dome Camera). With pan-tilt-roll-zoom (PTRZ) functionality, these cameras’ field of view can be remotely adjusted and later readjusted, saving time and money on installation, maintenance, and operation. Features include Lightfinder 2.0 and Forensic WDR.
Honorable Mention: Hanwha Vision PNV-A6081R-E2T SolidEDGE Camera
The SolidEDGE camera is Hanwha Vision's first Solid State (SSD) drive-based camera with an embedded server. This unique and powerful combination of a server-less cloud-managed solution via Wisenet WAVE Sync and a camera with built-in SSD storage provides performance and reliability for businesses of all sizes and industries.
Honorable Mention: i-PRO Multi-directional plus PTZ Camera
The WV-X86531-Z2 features powerful edge AI capabilities, advanced cybersecurity, and vandal resistance. It is nearly half the weight of most multi-directional PTZ cameras, at only 8.4 lbs. (3.8 kg) and is 9.8 x 7.5 inches (250 x 195 mm), making it a discreet option.
CATEGORY: Video Surveillance Software
Winner: Milestone Systems XProtect 2023 R2
Milestone Systems XProtect 2023 R2 Video Management Software (VMS) features adaptive playback, video restrictions, the introduction of adaptive view for exports, a new Rapid REVIEW enhanced installer, and improvements in XProtect management server failover capabilities. Adaptive playback enables the Smart Client to switch seamlessly between high and low-resolution streams.
Honorable Mention: Vaidio v7.1 AI Vision Platform from IronYun
Vaidio 7.1 includes cloud-based applications through Vaidio on Cloud, while also introducing Specialized Object Detection and enhancements to FR, LPR, and alerts. Vaidio on Cloud is enabled by Kubernetes to run on any cloud or hybrid cloud environment. The Vaidio AI Vision Platform is an open platform that layers advanced AI-enabled video analytics onto existing IP cameras and video infrastructures.
Honorable Mention: Eagle Eye Smart Video Search
Built into the Eagle Eye Cloud VMS (video management system), Smart Video Search allows customers to quickly search across all cameras and all locations and instantly find the exact video they’re looking for, and quickly share video clips. There is no extra subscription fee, and no special cameras, hardware or local installation are needed.
CATEGORY: Video Surveillance Storage, Playback & Transmission
Winner: Digital Watchdog’s Blackjack Ai Artificial Intelligence NVRs
Blackjack Ai Artificial Intelligence Network Video Recorders (Ai NVRs) are purpose-built, cost-effective, plug-and-play appliances that combine high-performance recording with video analytics in an easy-to-deploy, turnkey solution. The NDAA and TAA compliant server features up to 600Mbps throughput, 64 analytics streams and comes preloaded with DW Spectrum IPVMS, with four recording licenses.
Honorable Mention: Moxa EDS-G2008-EL Ethernet Switch
The Moxa EDS-G2008-EL series of industrial Ethernet switches have up to eight Gigabit Ethernet ports, which are ideal for applications that require simple Ethernet connections. To provide greater versatility for use with applications from different industries,it also allows users to enable or disable the Quality of Service (QoS) function, and broadcast storm protection (BSP) with DIP switches on the outer panel.
CATEGORY: Business Management Software & Solutions
Winner: WeEstimate 6.9 Sales Reporting Tool from WeSuite
WeSuite's WeEstimate and its Add-On Modules continue to introduce new feature sets to improve security sales quoting in its latest version 6.9. WeEstimate enables sales teams of any size to estimate and quote new sales, revisions, and change orders, custom tailored to their specific needs.
Honorable Mention: Nexus Business Intelligence and Account Management Software from NMC
Nexus is a centralized hub where dealers can easily manage account information, access alarm data in real-time, and view business intelligence reports in one application. With visual dashboards and downloadable reports for rapid sharing with account holders, Nexus is a comprehensive business management tool.
Honorable Mention: HiveWatch GSOC Operating System
The HiveWatch GSOC OS is a cloud-based Security Fusion Platform that works with existing disparate security systems to power an organization’s GSOC. Utilizing Multi-sensor Resolution the system is able to increase sensor accuracy, reduce false alerts, detect new threat vectors, and automate support tickets for faulty sensors.
CATEGORY: Emergency Communications
Winner: PRO Emergency Call Stations from PedestalPRO
The PRO Station is a turnkey soution to accomodate the intercom and camera platform of a customer's choice. The stations feature laser cutouts sized and spaced perfectly for the intended manufacturer's emergency call device. A removeable back panel makes it easy to install the technology onsite. Platform flexibility ensures that video and audio from call stations can integrate seamlessly with the security technology ecosytem used elsewhere onsite.
Honorable Mention: ResponderLink from Shooter Detection Systems
SDS’ ResponderLink harnesses the speed and accuracy of gunshot sensor data by pushing location information and more right to the 911 call taker’s screens, giving them a real time dashboard full of actionable intelligence they need to get police and EMS to the scene fast.
Honorable Mention: SENTRY ERS Lockdown and Emergency Response System from IPVideo Corp.
Sentry ERS is a lockdown and emergency response system purposely built with schools and campus environments in mind. With a single button push, it initiates lockdown protocols and sends immediate alerts to police providing superior incident awareness with live video, voice, text, and GPS location data from classrooms and other areas where traditional video cameras cannot be deployed.
CATEGORY: Fire & Life Safety
Winner: Ajax Systems FireProtect 2 Wireless Fire (Heat/Smoke/CO) Detector
This wireless fire detector with a built-in siren features a dust-proof smoke chamber, a dual-spectrum optical smoke sensor, two A1R thermistors and a CO chemical sensor, and versions with sealed (10 years) and replaceable batteries (up to 7 years). Interconnect feature allows all fire detectors at the facility to activate sirens as one of them detects a threat.
Honorable Mention: Codelocks Fire-rated Solutions
Codelocks Inc. has achieved UL 10C certification (Positive Fire Pressure Tests of Door Assemblies) and a three-hour fire rating for models within its mechanical, electronic and smart lock ranges. These locks can be used on any fire-rated opening without negatively impacting its fire certification and safety.
CATEGORY: Installation Tools & Software
Winner: System Surveyor 2.0 Security Design and Management Tool
System Surveyor 2.0 is the next generation of the security industry’s favorite mobile app for site surveys and physical security system design. Upload a floor plan in minutes, scale it, drag-and-drop pre-made icons of security devices showing coverage areas, instantly capture photos, automate a bill of materials and collaborate to build an accurate, detailed physical security system.
Honorable Mention: Wiegand Splitter OPTW-100 from Cypress Integration Solutions
The upgraded Cypress Wiegand Splitter (OPTW-100) is a favorite with techs due to its versatility. Connect two Wiegand readers using the same Wiegand port; connect one Wiegand reader to two Wiegand panels; or connect a Wiegand reader and panel with different data voltages or ground potential issues.
Winner: Compact IP Video Intercom from Viking (Model X-205-SS)
The X-205-SS is a Compact IP Video Intercom that provides HD video and voice communication for SIP VoIP phone systems and service providers. The built-in IP video camera has H.264 video compression, low light sensitivity, a wide viewing angle, and dual video stream output up to 1080p. These intercoms are ONVIF compliant and programmed via web UI. The X-205-SS intercom is compact, low-profile, and constructed of heavy-duty stainless steel.
Honorable Mention: GateHawk 10-Inch Video Intercom (Model GHVIG3-10k)
GateHawk’s 10-Inch Video Intercom features a physical numeric keypad and large easy-to-see display screen, making it the balanced choice between durability and modern aesthetics. The intercom’s built-in reader supports NFC and Bluetooth mobile credentials, as well as physical key cards and fobs.
CATEGORY: Intrusion Detection & Perimeter Security
Winner: MotionCam Outdoor (PhOD) from Ajax Systems
MotionCam Outdoor (PhOD) by Ajax Systems is a wireless outdoor motion detector with a camera that recognizes intrusion from the very first steps on the territory and confirms it with an animated series of photos. Visual verification helps to instantly ascertain the situation, saving users from concerns and security companies from unnecessary patrol dispatches.
Honorable Mention: Q-Track LiDAR Perimeter Security Solution from Quanergy
Q-Track is comprised of 3D long-range LiDAR sensors and smart perception software that empowers businesses with enhanced 3D situational and spatial awareness and offers valuable benefits that lead to reduced response times, expedited investigations and a lower risk profile.
CATEGORY: IT Networking & Cabling
WINNER: 12-Port 10G Layer 2 Managed SFP+ Switch from TRENDnet
TRENDnet’s 12-Port 10G Layer 2 Managed SFP+ Switch, model TL2-F7120, offers advanced traffic management controls to meet the evolving demands of SMB networks. This rack-mountable IPv6-ready managed switch comes with an intuitive web-based interface. Advanced features include LACP to increase bandwidth, VLANs for segmenting, QoS for traffic prioritization, port bandwidth controls, and SNMP monitoring.
CATEGORY: Smart Home & Residential Security
Winner: Nice North America HR40 Multifunction Smart Home Remote
The HR40 Remote Control redefines the remote-control experience, with a full-fledged control interface that enables users to answer video doorbells, view surveillance cameras, and communicate with other interfaces using intercom, all using the 3.1” high resolution touchscreen.
Honorable Mention: Smart Thermostat HD by Alarm.com
This connected thermostat offers end users the ability to monitor the health of the heating and cooling systems to optimize performance and avoid costly repairs. Featuring a sleek form factor and color touchscreen display, it is easy it is to install thanks to an on-display installation wizard.
Honorable Mention: First Alert VX1 HD Video Doorbell from Resideo
The First Alert VX1 HD Video Doorbell from Resideo includes advanced AI for meaningful notifications, which includes people, package, vehicle, animal, and sound detection. Dual-band 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi provides enhanced performance and simplifies installation. The doorbell is made of a UV-resistant material to prevent environmental wear.