DI Awards 2016 - Winners from three continents

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Winners from three continents

The speculation and anticipation is over for 2016 –the official winners of the Detektor International Awards 2016 are from three continents - iLOQ from Finland, SpotterRF from the USA and Sony from Japan.

On the evening of 16th November, and in conjunction with Sectech, in Copenhagen, security industry professionals joined together for a lavish banquet at the Planetarium to celebrate the winning products for what is known to be one of the most prestigious awards in the security industry. This year’s award winners join the distinguished portfolio of products and companies that have won this prize since its inception in the year 2000.

The prestige associated with this award is derived from the fact that there is no formal entry process. Instead, each year, the Detektor International Awards panel of jurors made up of an experienced international team of industry veterans, scrutinise the security market to discover the few unique and deserving products that demonstrate the most innovation, versatility and user friendliness.

Further debate and discussion produces the four finalists in each of three categories – Access Control, Alarm & Detection and CCTV. And from that point a secret ballot then determines the overall winner of the Best Product Award in each category. The second place winner receives the Highly Commended Product award in the form of a diploma and the runners up each receive a certificate for Innovative Achievement.

To reflect the originality of the products and the prize, each year, unique glass sculptures are created especially for the winners by renowned global artist, Bertil Valien of Sweden.

In many ways, this year presented a very different challenge as not only were there so many new innovations and world firsts, but there was also innovation in the new market opportunities that many of them offered . As such, in some of the categories the result was extremely close and others there was a very clear winner.

Access Control winners

The winner of the Best Access Control Product 2016 is iLOQ from Finland for iLOQ NFC, the world’s first NFC powered lock, a technology that enables both power and operation of locks via a mobile phone. The motivation for this choice, expressed by the panel of judges, “This impressive world first NFC powered lock opens the door to the future as it cleverly harvests energy from a mobile phone to successfully enable both power and operation of the lock. Priceless! ”

The Highly Commended Access Control Product Award was presented to Assa Abloy from Sweden – for the Cliq Connect. The judges commented. “By enabling keys and allowing for remote programming, this innovative mobile dimension securely maximises access efficiencies and management. Smart and smooth.”

Finally, the Innovative Achievement Award for the access control category is shared by Suprema from Korea – for the world’s fastest outdoor fingerprint access control device, the BioEntry W2, and Nedap Identification Systems from the Netherlands – for the world’s first dedicated vehicle access control platform, the MOOV VMC Lite..

Alarm & Detection winners

The overall winner in the Alarm & Detection category and the receiver of the Best Alarm Product 2016 is SpotterRF from the USA – for the low cost compact surveillance radar drone detection system – the A2000. The justification for the prize was affirmed once again by the panel of judges. ” With this extraordinary compact drone detection and defeat radar system SpotterRF has made a significant contribution to the fight against an increasing security threat and successfully created a true winner.”

The Highly Commended Alarm & Detection Product Award was awarded to Bosch Security Systems from Germany – for the video based fire and smoke detections system – the Aviotec IP Starlight 8000. “With this dynamic IP camera video based fire detection system combined with intelligent video analysis Bosch provides today´s earliest flame and smoke detection in challenging environments. Potentially a genuine life saver and for sure a brilliant concept.”

The runners up in this category, and so awarded with the Innovative Achievement Award were Schneider Electric Fire & Security from Finland – for the interface online access cloud solution – Esmi FireXpert and Alarmtech from Sweden – for the acoustic glass break sensor –the AD 800-AM.

CCTV Winners

The ultimate winner in the CCTV Category and the receiver of the Best CCTV Product 2016 is Sony from Japan – for first 4K network camera with a 35mm full frame sensor – the SNC-VB770. This original and impressive product prompted the following comments. “This 4K camera opens up a new world of opportunities as it works extremely well in almost complete darkness and enjoys the luxury of seamless clarity across the whole image. With this technological triumph Sony has created an undisputed winner of the Detektor International Awards 2016.”

In this category the Highly Commended CCTV Product Award was presented to Axis Communications from Sweden – for the first IP surveillance network camera with laser focus – the Axis Q6155-E PTZ. The panel concluded. “With the first ever IP surveillance network camera incorporating innovative pin-point laser focus technology, Axis has launched an absolute game-changer in the network video surveillance market.”

The Innovative Achievement Award, in the CCTV category, was shared equally by Geovision from Taiwan – for the world’s first panoramic IP speed dome - the GV-PPTZ7300 H.264 WDR network camera, and Avigilon from Canada – for the new video analytics technology – Appearance Search.

Lennart Alexandrie, head of the panel of judges, publisher of Detektor International and CEO at AR Media International said, "It was more difficult than ever this year, as there were so many original ideas and world firsts. A really interesting point is that some of these winning innovations are now opening up new and untapped markets for the security industry, so it will be really very exciting to watch that develop and see how it grows in the future.”


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