News September 2020

Sept. 2, 2020

2020 SIA New Product Showcase Awards Presented

The Security Industry Association (SIA) announced the 2020 winners of the SIA New Product Showcase Awards, the flagship awards program in partnership with ISC West that recognizes innovative security products, services and solutions. Top among the winners, who were recognized July 9 during a virtual awards show, was Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, which received the 2020 Best New Product Award.

Leica Geosystems was honored 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,” Leica Geosystems says. “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, 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,” Suprema says. “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.”

In addition, 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.

“SIA is proud to present John Spooner with the 2020 SIA New Product Showcase Merit Award; 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,” says Chris Grniet, chair of the SIA New Product Showcase Committee. “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.” 

Since its inception in 1979, the SIA New Product Showcase has been the security industry’s premier product awards program. New products are reviewed by a panel of judges who have extensive industry experience, and in 2020, the 30 judges presented awards covering 23 product and service categories.

2020 SIA New Product Showcase winners:

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

Category award winners:

Access Control Devices & Peripherals Hardware – Wireless

dormakaba: BEST Switch Tech

Access Control Software, Hardware, Devices & Peripherals – Wired  

Swiftlane: Swiftlane Access Control

Honorable Mention – Altronix Corp.: Tango

Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection

Gibraltar Perimeter Security: G-1441 Ultra-Shallow Bollard


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: BioConnect’s Unified Mobile Access Solution

Environmental Monitoring Systems

IPVideo Corp.: 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

Alula: Slimline Touchpad

Honorable Mention — Cartell: CW-SYS Wireless Driveway System

Lock and Key Solutions

Medeco: All Weather Padlock

Honorable Mention — Abloy Oy: ABLOY BEAT

Mobile Solutions (Connected)

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.: SIVI – Splan Intelligent Visitor Insights

Video Surveillance Advanced Imaging Technologies

Axis Communications Inc.: AXIS Live Privacy Shield

Video Surveillance Cameras (HD/Megapixel)

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

Video Surveillance Management Systems

Airship Industries Inc.: Airship EMS v5.4.5

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Kwikset COVID-19 Dealer Support

Residential lock manufacturer Kwikset introduced a COVID-19 Dealer Support Program. Created to provide actionable and relevant support, the program includes specific tools and guidance that can help dealers and distributors continue to sell during this challenging time.

The program includes best-practices marketing strategies, dealer case studies and COVID-19-centered, direct dealer support.

“We are not trying to offer generic advice or material that is easily found on the CDC or WHO website,” says Nick English, Kwikset director of sales. “Rather, we want to help dealers and integrators continue to conduct business and provide them with best practices and guidelines that have been proven effective.”

As part of its COVID-19 Dealer Support Program, Kwikset will provide dealers and distributors with sales tools specifically created to help dealers and integrators navigate the potentially rough waters ahead for their businesses and give them general business and industry-specific methods to keep their businesses running. These include:

  • Best Practices Guidelines: These include outbound marketing strategies geared toward jump-starting sales and easing customer worries; and general marketing strategies, including addressing inbound customer concerns, exploring install versus DIY options and setting realistic expectations. Guidelines can be used in real-time sales, as well as for blogs and social-media posts.
  • Case Studies: Kwikset will provide insight into the ways that a number of dealers use creative approaches to maintain customer relationships and increase sales. Case studies will be used in a Smart Security blog, social media, emailers and more. The articles will be designed to inspire idea exchange and sharing of success stories.

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Banner Solutions Consolidates Florida Distribution Centers

Banner Solutions, a leading national wholesaler of security hardware products, announced the strategic consolidation of its Longwood, Florida, distribution centers.

This consolidation brings together Banner Solutions’ legacy Longwood location and the former Berg Wholesale Longwood location under one roof. With a now-unified inventory, customers served from this location will benefit from Banner Solutions’ enhanced ability to provide orders in a single shipment across a wider range of products.

The expansion of Banner Solutions’ Warehouse Management System across all products in the Longwood distribution center improves visibility of inventory for technical sales associates and customers through As always, customers in the Greater Orlando area continue to have will-call access for product pickup from this location.

Beyond the physical benefits, this move joins all Longwood-based team members, reinforcing the organization’s solutions-focused culture and building an even stronger sense of unity and purpose within the location.

“The consolidation of our Florida locations is an exciting step in Banner Solutions’ overall network strategy,” Banner Solutions COO Jude Buquid says. “By pulling together these facilities and teams, we’re creating a more robust offering, a more cohesive culture, and, ultimately, enabling a higher level of customer service.”   

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LILIN Remote Temperature-Measuring System

To help stem the alarming spread of infections worldwide, LILIN introduced an innovative monitoring system capable of accurately measuring the body temperature of individuals and detecting whether they’re wearing a protective mask. Based on LILIN’s revolutionary AIDA artificial intelligence, this “touch-free” system is suitable for medical institutions, large public gatherings, schools, retail outlets and businesses of all types.

In June at the Taiwan Global Anti-COVID-19 Pavilion, LILIN engineers demonstrated how the system supports high-precision facial temperature measurement within a distance of 30 inches from face to camera. The entire testing process requires less than 3 seconds per person.

In developing the system, LILIN engineered the P3T6522E2-F dual-sensor IP camera, which can capture high-resolution color video through a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor and detect abnormal temperatures by using a built-in thermopile sensor that targets the facial area.

After it’s captured, temperature data and video are streamed in real time to the NVR51T4E 4-port Temperature Measurement network video recorder (NVR) for analysis. An alarm is activated when a temperature exceeds the defined temperature range, or the NVR can trigger digital output to, for example, an access control system. Digital video is stamped with an on-screen display of the temperature reading, so the infected person can be identified immediately, alerted and sent to a medical facility for testing before potentially infecting those around them.

To avoid false positives, the NVR51T4E can be adjusted to reflect the ambient temperature of the testing area. Up to three individuals can be measured simultaneously.

Along with the new cameras and NVR, LILIN is offering its NAV6001AI-M AIDA mask-detection server. When connected to an LILIN temperature-monitoring camera, it will identify in real time individuals not wearing a mask in public areas that require their use. In the event the NAV6001AI-M detects a person not wearing a mask, an audio or physical alarm is triggered to deny access to a facility.

The NAV6001AI-M AIDA mask-detection server easily integrates into the LILIN camera and NVR solution, although it doesn’t require the NVR and can be used as a stand-alone solution with a P3T6522E2-F camera.

 Hanwha Techwin Releases Occupancy-Monitoring System and Mask-Detection Features

Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, released an occupancy-monitoring system and mask-detection analytic for its P series AI cameras. The license-free occupancy-monitoring solution uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect and count people entering and exiting a premises from multiple entrances while displaying the current occupancy level for customers and staff. Mask-detection analytics detect whether masks are worn or worn improperly and send alerts, including customizable audio messages, directly from the cameras.

An industry first, the Occupancy Monitoring System is a serverless design and runs completely in-camera, on the edge. When the maximum occupancy of an area is reached, the application automatically displays a red “Wait” message along with the number of people inside to help customers conform with social-distancing policy. When numbers are below the threshold, a green “Welcome” message is displayed. The messages are customizable and can include the name of the business in addition to “stop” or “go” indicators. The system also generates alarm outputs to control automatic doors and traffic beacons for additional control.

Traditionally, people-counting solutions require cameras to be mounted overhead, which means the cameras could be used only for counting. With deep-learning AI technology, the new P series cameras can be mounted in traditional surveillance positions and provide additional business intelligence for calculating conversion rates based on footfall and purchasing activity.

The system aggregates and processes data from multiple cameras, which makes it ideal for buildings that have multiple entry and exit points. The unique serverless design requires one camera to be designated the “master” while additional occupancy-monitoring cameras are registered with the master to maintain an accurate count. The display is driven by a decoder that has HDMI output or a small computer that displays a full-screen browser in kiosk mode.

“Our latest P series AI cameras bring incredible power to the edge and our occupancy monitoring application is an excellent example,” says Ray Cooke, vice president - products, solutions and integration at Hanwha Techwin America. “By negating the need for a dedicated server, end users can significantly reduce costs and simplify their system while benefiting from the highest accuracy and quality.”

Face Mask Detection, which is part of the next firmware release for the P series AI cameras, is a new AI attribute that can detect whether face masks are worn. If a person enters an area without a face mask or with one that’s worn improperly, the camera can play back a customized audio message that asks the person to comply with the policy. It also triggers an alarm event, which can trigger a beacon or access control system. Hanwha Techwin’s Wisenet Wave VMS can receive mask-detection alerts, which makes it even easier for operators to verify whether mask-wearing rules were infringed. The camera detects up to 10 masks per second to a maximum distance of 5 meters (16 feet), depending on mounting angle.

The new Wisenet Occupancy Monitoring system and Mask Detection analytic is compatible with the following cameras:

  • PNB-A9001 - 4K AI box camera
  • PNO-A9081R - 4K AI bullet camera with built-in IR illumination
  • PNV-A9081R - 4K AI vandal-resistant dome camera with built-in IR illumination
  • PND-A9081RF - 4K AI flush-mount dome camera with built-in IR illumination.
  • PND-A9081RV - 4K AI dome camera with built-in IR illumination.

 People in the News

SALTO Systems, a leading manufacturer of electronic access control solutions, appointed Scott Smith regional sales manager for the Great Lakes Region.

Based in Kentucky, Smith will oversee sales activity and territory growth in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and eastern Wisconsin. He reports to SALTO Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales Michael J. Mahon.

“Scott has a great deal of experience in sales in the Great Lakes area, which is a very important region for SALTO as we continue to build and grow,” Mahon says. “We’re excited to have Scott on our team and representing SALTO. His valuable security experience will serve our end users and dealers in the area very well.” 

Smith previously served as a senior sales representative for Aiphone Corp., building and maintaining relationships with dealers, architect and engineering firms, distribution partners and integrators throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Smith can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 470-829-6788.

Sabrina Soussan has been named CEO of dormakaba Holding AG, which oversees dormakaba Americas. Soussan’s role with dormakaba will begin April 1, 2021.

The Board of Directors appointed Soussan after a thorough search. Soussan is co-CEO of Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of transport solutions headquartered in Munich, Germany, since 2017, and held several leadership positions in Siemens’ mobility, building technologies and automotive businesses over the past 20 years.

In line with previous communications, Riet Cadonau, CEO of dormakaba Group since 2011, will hand over his CEO responsibilities at the end of March 2021 and focus on his role as chairman, after his expected re-election at the upcoming Annual General Meeting. With a view to ensuring a smooth transition, Soussan will join dormakaba at the beginning of 2021 as a member of the executive committee.

“I am excited to be joining dormakaba and working with the team to build on the company’s strengths, providing customers with high-quality solutions and market-leading innovation,” Soussan says. “I want to thank the Board of Directors for the confidence they have placed in me to lead dormakaba, and I will bring all my dedication and passion for people, technology and innovation to enable dormakaba to further exploit its potential in rapidly changing markets.”

Prior to her role as Co-CEO of Siemens Mobility, Soussan was CEO of the Mainline Transport business unit within Siemens’ Mobility Division from 2015 to 2017 and vice president, commuter and regional trains from 2013 to 2015. In addition, she was CEO of the Rolling Stock business unit at Siemens from 2017 to 2018. From 2009, she was with Siemens Building Technologies in Switzerland as head of strategy and marketing for Building Automation until 2011, and as vice president, sustainability and energy management until 2013. Her prior roles at Siemens also include various management positions in the field of automotive powertrain solutions. She started her career in 1994 as an Engine Research & Development Engineer at Renault in Paris.