Leica Geosystems Named Best New Product in SIA NPS

July 9, 2020
3D surveillance and monitoring device takes top honors in New Product Showcase Awards

The BLK247 from Leica Geosystems was named Best New Product in the annual Security Industry Association (SIA) New Product Showcase, which was held digitally in July due to the cancellation of ISC West.

Submitted in the "Emerging Technologies" category, the 3D surveillance device is “a first-of-its-kind reality capture sensor for building security and operations,” the company described it its entry. “It is the latest product in the company’s BLK product line, a collection of reality capture, scanning and photogrammetry hardware and software. The BLK247 offers continuous, 24/7 LiDAR-based 3D monitoring and change detection within spaces. It does this using LiDAR, 3D digital fencing and continuous scanning to monitor buildings and spaces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

The product builds 3D digital fences to protect valuable objects and creates digital barriers for spaces. Designed with situational awareness in mind, the camera is capable of differentiating between still and moving objects, and is ideal for locations that must be continuously monitored and protected. "An unattended bag at a busy airport can be quickly identified and security staff alerted, both visually and audibly, of its presence and location," a press release on the product says. "The BLK247 can help reduce a security team’s reliance on staffed video surveillance and the requirement of reviewing clips after an incident has occurred," it adds.

“We understand that security professionals are often pushed to the limit in terms of situational awareness, and that it can be difficult to catch everything that may go wrong in a busy or sensitive environment,” Carl-Thomas Schneider, VP of Business Development for Hexagon’s Geosystems division, said in the release. “The BLK247 is designed specifically to help security and surveillance teams by providing a level of situational awareness that cannot be achieved through human eyes and ears alone. It will help create safer and more secure spaces worldwide, providing peace of mind for security professionals and the public alike.”

SIA's Judges’ Choice Award was presented to Suprema Inc. for its Airfob Patch access control product. “Airfob Patch is the world’s first mobile-to-RF-card signal translator, enabling mobile phones to communicate with the existing RF card readers,” the company describes.said Suprema Inc. “Wire, batteries nor construction is required for installation. Airfob Patch charges itself by using the existing RF field signals transmitted from the RF reader. It transforms the RF fields into its own power source.”

Beyond the two featured awards, here is the full list of products that were individual category winners from the SIA New Product Showcase: 

Wireless Access Control: BEST Switch Tech from dormakaba

Wired Access Control: Swiftlane Access Control; honorable mention to Altronix Tango

Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection: G-1441 Ultra-Shallow Bollard from Gibraltar Perimeter Security

Biometrics: VisionPass from Idemia

Commercial Monitoring: AI NVR Edge Analytics from IronYun

Communications: AXIS C8210 Network Audio Amplifier from Axis Communications

Convergence: Blue Fusion from Blue Light

Design and Installation Tools: Alarm.com’s On-Site Wrap Up

Emergency and Mass Communications: Verint’s NowForce

Emerging Technologies: BioConnect’s Unified Mobile Access Solution

Environmental Monitoring: HALO IOT Smart Sensor 2.0 from IPVideo Corp.

Fire/Life Safety: Kidde Optica Smoke Detectors

Hosted/Managed Solutions: SiteOwl

Wireless Intrusion Detection: Alula Slimline Touchpad; honorable mention to Cartell’s CW-SYS Wireless Driveway System

Lock and Key Solutions: Medeco All Weather Padlock; honorable mention to ABLOY BEAT

Connected Mobile Solutions: CloudScann Visual Intelligence Control Center (VICC) With VisualC3 Mobile; honorable mention to rapidSMS from Rapid Response Monitoring

Smart Home: Alarm.com/Building36 Smart Water Valve+Meter

Threat/Risk Management Software: Splan Intelligent Visitor Insights (SIVI)

Video Surveillance Imaging Technologies: AXIS Live Privacy Shield from Axis Communications

Video Surveillance Cameras: MIC IP Ultra 7100i from Bosch; honorable mention to Hanwha Techwin’s PNM-9085RQZ

Video Surveillance Storage: Dragonfruit LiveArchive from Dragonfruit AI

Video Surveillance Hardware: EIZO Inc.’s FDF2711W-IP

VMS: Airship Industries’ EMS v5.4.5

Additionally, John Spooner – executive vice president at Alarm Detection Systems and an active volunteer judge in the SIA New Product Showcase program – received the New Product Showcase Merit Award, which recognizes an individual or company who, through their support of the New Product Showcase, demonstrates a commitment to the vision and mission of the program, contributes to its success and promotes the advancement of SIA and the security industry overall.