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Winners of SIA’s 2020 New Product Showcase Awards

Winners of SIA’s 2020 New Product Showcase Awards Leica Geosystems took top honors in annual award recognizing innovative security products

SILVER SPRING, Md.—Since its inception in 1979, the SIA New Product Showcase awards company’s creativity in creating new products for the security industry. These new products are reviewed by a panel of volunteer judges with extensive industry experience. Today, in partnership with ISC West, the 2020 winners, covering 23 product and service categories, were honored in a virtual celebration, following significant deliberations between 30 judges. 

“Following hours of panel-driven judging and technology demonstrations, SIA is thrilled to recognize the 2020 winners of the SIA New Product Showcase Awards for their innovative products, services and contributions representing the best new offerings in the market,” Don Erickson, SIA CEO, said in the announcement. 

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, received the Best New Product award for its 3D Surveillance with Leica BLK247, submitted in the “Emerging Technologies” category. Leica Geosystems described its BLK247 as “a first-of-its-kind reality capture sensor for building security and operations.” As the latest product in the company’s BLK product line, a collection of reality capture, scanning and photogrammetry hardware and software, BLK247 offers continuous, 24/7 LiDAR-based #D monitoring and change detection within spaces. It does this using LiDAR, 3D digital fencing and continuous scanning. 

Suprema Inc. was presented the Judges’ Choice Award for its Airfob Patch product, submitted in the “Access Control Devices & Peripherals Hardware �“ Wireless” category. Suprema Inc. said that the Aifob Patch is the world’s first mobile-to-RF-card signal translator, enabling mobile phones to communicate with existing RF card readers. It charges itself using the existing RF field signals transmitted from the RF reader, transforming the RF fields into its own power source. 

Additional, John Spooner, executive vice president, Alarm Detection Systems and a SIA New Product Showcase volunteer judge, received the New Product Showcase Merit Award that 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. 

“John has not missed a single SIA New Product Showcase event since he began as an active volunteer judge in the program 17 years ago,” Chris Grniet, chair of the SIA New Product Showcase Committee, said. “He has always been a fair and honest participant, and has never hesitated to jump in and help whenever we need him. He has been exemplary in his commitment, participation and ability to help the group reach consensus.”

The 2020 SIA New Product Showcase Winners are: 

  • Best New Product Award: Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, 3D Surveillance with Leica BLK247;
  • Judges’ Choice Award: Suprema, Inc., Airfob Patch;
  • New Product Showcase Merit Award: John Spooner, executive vice president, Alarm Detection Systems;
  • Access Control Software, Hardware, Devices & Peripherals �“ Wired: Winner: Swiftlane, Swiftlane Access Control; Honorable Mention: Altronix Corporation, Tango;
  • Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection: Gibraltar Perimeter Security, G-1441 Ultra-Shallow Bollard;
  • Biometrics: IDEMIA, VisionPass;
  • Commercial Monitoring Solutions: IronYun Inc., AI NVR Edge Analytics;
  • Communications and Networking Solutions: Axis Communications, Inc., AXIS C8210 Network Audio Amplifier;
  • Convergence and Integration Solutions: Blue Light, Blue Fusion;
  • Design, Diagnostic and Installation Tools:, On-Site Wrap Up;
  • Emergency and Mass Communication Systems: Verint, NowForce;
  • Emerging Technologies: BioConnect, Unified Mobile Access Solution;
  • Environmental Monitoring Systems: IPVideo Corporation, HALO IOT Smart Sensor 2.0;
  • Fire/Life Safety: Kidde, Kidde Optica Smoke Detectors;
  • Hosted Solutions/Managed Services: SiteOwl, SiteOwl;�
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions (Physical) �“ Wireless: Winner: Alula, Slimline Touchpad; Honorable Mention: Cartell, CW-SYS Wireless Driveway System;�
  • Lock and Key Solutions: Winner: Medeco, All Weather Padlock; Honorable Mention: Abloy Oy, ABLOY BEAT;
  • Mobile Solutions (Connected): Winner: CloudScann, Visual Intelligence Control Center (VICC) with VisualC3 Mobile; Honorable Mention: Rapid Response Monitoring, rapidSMS;
  • Smart Home Solutions:, Smart Water Valve+Meter;
  • Threat/Risk Management Software Applications: Splan Inc., Splan Intelligent Visitor Insights (SIVI);
  • Video Surveillance Advanced Imaging Technologies: Axis Communications, Inc., AXIS Live Privacy Shield;
  • Video Surveillance Cameras (HD/Megapixel): Winner: Bosch Security and Safety Systems, MIC IP Ultra 7100i; Honorable Mention: Hanwha Techwin, PNM-9085RQZ;�
  • Video Surveillance Data Storage: Dragonfruit AI, Dragonfruit LiveArchive;
  • Video Surveillance Hardware and Accessories: EIZO Inc., FDF2711W-IP; and
  • Video Surveillance Management Systems: Airship Industries, Inc., Airship EMS v5.4.5.


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