If you’re looking for innovative security products, check out this year’s SIA Awards

by Brianna Crandall — September 11, 2020 — The Security Industry Association (SIA), a trade association for global security solution providers, announced in recent weeks the 2020 winners of the SIA New Product Showcase Awards, the flagship awards program in partnership with the ISC West converged security event recognizing innovative security products, services and solutions. Top among the winners — who were recognized this summer during a virtual awards show — was Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, receiving the 2020 Best New Product Award.

Since its inception in 1979, the SIA New Product Showcase has been a premier product awards program for the security industry. New products are reviewed by a panel of judges with extensive industry experience, and in 2020, following significant deliberations and technology demonstrations, the 30 judges presented awards for technologies covering 23 product and service categories.

Security Industry Association (SIA) New Product Showcase Awards

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Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, received the Best New Product honor for its 3D Surveillance with Leica BLK247, submitted in the Emerging Technologies category.

The 3D Surveillance with Leica BLK247 is “a first-of-its-kind reality capture sensor for building security and operations,” said Leica Geosystems. “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 prestigious Judges’ Choice Award was presented to Suprema Inc. for the Airfob Patch product, submitted in the Access Control Devices & Peripherals Hardware — Wireless category.

“Airfob Patch is the world’s first mobile-to-RF-card signal translator, enabling mobile phones to communicate with the existing RF card readers,” 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.”

Additionally, John Spooner — executive vice president at Alarm Detection Systems and an active, exemplary volunteer judge for 17 years 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.

2020 SIA New Product Showcase winners

The 2020 SIA New Product Showcase winners are listed below.

Best New Product Award

  • Winner — Leica Geosystems, Part of Hexagon: 3D Surveillance With Leica BLK247

Judges’ Choice Award

  • Winner — Suprema Inc.: Airfob Patch

New Product Showcase Merit Award

  • Winner — John Spooner, executive vice president, Alarm Detection Systems
Category Awards

Access Control Devices & Peripherals Hardware – Wireless

  • Winner — dormakaba: BEST Switch Tech

Access Control Software, Hardware, Devices & Peripherals – Wired

  • Winner — Swiftlane: Swiftlane Access Control
  • Honorable Mention — Altronix Corporation: Tango

Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection

  • Winner — Gibraltar Perimeter Security: G-1441 Ultra-Shallow Bollard


  • Winner — IDEMIA: VisionPass

Commercial Monitoring Solutions

  • Winner — IronYun Inc.: AI NVR Edge Analytics

Communications and Networking Solutions

  • Winner — Axis Communications, Inc.: AXIS C8210 Network Audio Amplifier

Convergence and Integration Solutions

  • Winner — Blue Light: Blue Fusion

Design, Diagnostic and Installation Tools

  • Winner — Alarm.com: On-Site Wrap Up

Emergency and Mass Communication Systems

  • Winner — Verint: NowForce

Emerging Technologies

  • Winner — BioConnect: BioConnect’s Unified Mobile Access Solution

Environmental Monitoring Systems

  • Winner — IPVideo Corporation: HALO IOT Smart Sensor 2.0

Fire/Life Safety

  • Winner — Kidde: Kidde Optica Smoke Detectors

Hosted Solutions/Managed Services

  • Winner — 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

  • Winner — Alarm.com/Building36: Smart Water Valve+Meter

Threat/Risk Management Software Applications

  • Winner — Splan Inc.: SIVI — Splan Intelligent Visitor Insights

Video Surveillance Advanced Imaging Technologies

  • Winner — 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

  • Winner — Dragonfruit AI: Dragonfruit LiveArchive

Video Surveillance Hardware and Accessories

  • Winner — EIZO Inc.: FDF2711W-IP

Video Surveillance Management Systems

  • Winner — Airship Industries, Inc.: Airship EMS v5.4.5

During the 2020 SIA New Product Showcase virtual awards ceremony, in addition to the presentation of the overall and category-specific awards, attendees enjoyed hearing insights from New Product Showcase judges into innovations driving product advancements in the security industry.