ESX 2016 announces Innovation Award winners
FORT WORTH, Texas—The 25 Innovation Award winners (see full list below) were announced by ESX today, and 10 finalists will be chosen from that list to battle it out in the second annual ESX TechVision Challenge, an interactive competition held live at ESX 2016 in the Fort Worth Convention Center, Texas, on Tuesday, June 7.
The ESX Innovation Award recognizes achievements for companies that bring a new and exceptional product or service to the customer, or for those delivering innovative ways for companies to operate more efficiently and profitably.
“It is a great opportunity for these companies, manufacturers and service providers to show off their new products and services that help the industry leap forward,” ESX Chairman George De Marco told Security Systems News. “And it gives the industry, and dealers an opportunity to refresh their products that are out there in the marketplace.”
Among the 13 product categories, De Marco said the top three categrories that saw the highest increase were Intrusion Systems - DIY Security; Installation/Service Tools - Productivity Mobile Apps; and Video Surveillance - IP Cameras.
De Marco said that the 10 finalists compete for “Best of Show” product or service in a “Shark Tank” style competition before a panel of judges from the industry.
“In order to be crowned Best of Show, you really have to earn it,” said De Marco. “You have to get before a panel of judges and you really have to convince them, which makes it that much more meaningful."
De Marco pointed out that last year’s TechVision was so well received that the format will remain the same. “A lot of people are excited to possibly participate in the challenge this year as well,” he said. “I was very impressed with the professionalism and the amount of detail brought to TechVision last year.”
In addition to recognizing Innovation Award winners with an award, winning products will be recognized in a special Innovation Showcase exhibit on the show floor, and the best of show winner will be announced and recognized on Wednesday, June 8, at 2 p.m. in ESX Central, a new feature located at the center of the trade show floor that will be used for events, announcements and happenings.
“I think it is important to recognize these companies for delivering products that resonate with the end user, and create some excitement,” said De Marco.
ESX Innovation Award Winners by category:
Assa Abloy/Yale Locks & Hardware
Subcategory: Electronic/Mechanical Locks
Product: Yale nexTouch
Bristol ID Technologies
Subcategory: Cards & Credentials
Product: Dual Technology Student ID Card with Prox and MIRARE 1K Short Range RFID and Low Energy Mag Strip
Chester Tacka/Viking Electronics, Inc.
Subcategory: Telephone Entry Control/Intercom
Subcategory: Controllers - Stand-alone, Networked or Appliance Based Systems
Product: 96 Doors of Access Control
Subcategory: Marketing Support Services
Product: Customer Connections from Alarm.com
CSR Professional Services
Subcategory: Compliance Software/Service
Subcategory: Business Operations & Financial Software
Product: AlarmNet 360
SkyBitz Local Fleets
Subcategory: Fleet Tracking
Product: SA3000 Fleet Management Solution
DIGITAL HEALTH/WELL-BEING SYSTEMS
Cornell Communications, Inc.
Subcategory: Mobile Tracking/mPERS
Essence Security Ltd
Product: VPD - Voice Panic Detector
Honeywell/ Fire-Lite Alarms
Subcategory:Detection Appliances - Smoke/Heat/Gas Detection Devices
Product: SWIFT Wireless Fire Alarm Solution
Subcategory: DIY Security
Subcategory: Notification Appliances - Motion, Contacts, Environmental
Product: Flood/Freeze Sensor
M2M Services Ltd.
Subcategory: Cellular/Radio Communicators
Product: MiNi01-4G Interactive Cellular Alarm Communicator
Subcategory: Controllers & Control Panels
Product: IQ Panel 2
INSTALLATION/ SERVICE TOOLS
Appostle Concepts, LLC.
Subcategory: Productivity Mobile Applications
MOBILE APPS FOR CONSUMERS
Subcategory: Residential App for Security/Life Style/Life Safety Systems
MONITORING (CENTRAL STATION)
MKS (Micro Key Solutions)
Subcategory: Dealer App
Product: Web Dealer
Secure Global Solutions
Subcategory: Enhanced/Verified Monitoring
Product: Manitou Cloud Services
Subcategory: Interactive Services for End User
Product: Matrix CRM Communications Gateway
Subcategory: Managed Video
Product: Advanced Video Management & Device Health Monitoring Platform
Subcategory: Home Automation/Home Control Systems
Product: ipDatatel BAT-ZKI (ZigBee Keypad Interface)
Product: DuraVision FDF2304W-IP
Subcategory: IP Cameras
Product: Arlo Wire-Free Video System Supported by Telguard