2015 Award Categories

Category Name Description
Best New Product The product or solution that demonstrates the most impressive technological advances as demonstrated through increased functionality, improved ease of use and/or cost reduction.
Judges' Choice The product or solution that, in the opinion of the judges, deserves recognition for its unique approach to a security solution.
Honorable Mention (by category) To be awarded to any product or solution that, in the opinion of the judges, deserves recognition but did not receive a category award or the Judges' Choice Award.
Access Control Software and Controllers Electronic systems software or controllers that manage databases and / or field hardware for the physical control and tracking of personnel access to facilities or other controlled assets. Includes stand-alone, networked, virtual, and appliance based systems.
Access Control Devices & Peripherals Electronic and electromechanical devices used to monitor and / or control physical access points when connected / networked to access control systems or deployed as stand-alone systems. Includes readers, turnstiles, electric portals, REX devices, lock releases and other access control door peripherals.
Access Control Devices & Peripherals Wireless Products defined in the Access Control Devices & Peripherals category that operate or transmit data via wireless protocols (e.g. RF, Bluetooth, Low-Energy Bluetooth, Microwave, etc.).
User Authentication, Identification, Credentialing and Management
(formerly Biometrics, Identification and Credentialing)
Products used to facilitate the identification and authentication of users through manual /visual or electronic means. Products - hardware or software - that use biometric technologies for identification, access control and forensic review, and those related to identity management, employee verification, crisis response and recovery, field monitoring and tracking, visitor management and badges, high security ID and credentialing. Includes products or peripherals using fingerprint, iris scan, facial recognition, photo ID, smart cards and other methods of user authentication, as well as hardware and software used in the management, provisioning and / or production of a user credential.
Commercial Monitoring Solutions Hardware or software designed for use in the execution of security system monitoring or commercial applications. A monitoring product may be designed for use in the central station or locally by the user. Examples include alarm monitoring software and hardware, central station monitoring and video verification software.
Convergence and Integrated Software and Solutions Innovative solutions that enable integration between traditional security systems, building management systems, and IT environments, as well as products that support the features and benefits of multiple technologies into a single solution. This includes integration of a physical access control system with logical access control maintained by an IT system. Products may incorporate intrusion detection, access control, video monitoring, and life safety functions within a single system.
Environmental Monitoring Systems
(formerly Industrial and Environmental Protection Devices)
Sensors/sensor sub-systems used in the chemical, biological, life safety, facilities management, utility and radiological arenas. This includes actuating devices, bomb detection devices, control devices, radon detectors, carbon monoxide and combustible gas detectors, chemical detectors, metal detectors, and heat, humidity and water sensors.
Green / Sustainable Solutions Products
(formerly Green Solutions/Energy Conservation Products)
Hardware or software products in this category may demonstrate reduced energy consumption over previous models or demonstrate overall energy efficiencies through integration with other systems when compared to products of a similar type. Additionally, the products may contribute to the sustainable environment through manufacturing and distribution processes according to the recognized principles of the USGBC and LEED ratings initiatives.
Emergency Communication Systems Formerly called Mass Notification Systems, this category includes solutions designed to facilitate notification of security and / or safety information to select groups of people or the general public via electronic means.
Loss Prevention and Article Surveillance Solutions
(formerly Personnel, Loss Prevention and Asset Tracking Solutions)
Solutions that provide functions of Electronic Article Surveillance, Inventory or Shoplifting controls, and systems that provide methods of locating, tracking, or interacting with physical assets or people. Products may include wireless and wired devices or software.
Fire/Life Safety Solutions designed primarily for fire prevention, detection and notification. This includes fire controllers, smoke/heat detectors, sirens / annunciators, keypads, pull stations, sprinkler systems and voice evacuation systems. Operates via hard-wire or wireless protocols.
Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions Technologies engineered to detect and / or prevent unauthorized entry into a secure area. This includes physical or electronic products that support or interface with monitoring or command and control systems, as well as annunciators, arm / disarm stations, batteries and power supplies, bells and sirens, and control communications. Products or software solutions engineered to reduce the occurrence of false alarms and, most importantly, false police dispatches.
Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions Wireless Products defined in the Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions category that operate via wireless protocols.
Locks/Safes/Hardware Mechanical and electro-mechanical locks, door hardware products and secure hardware including mechanical computer locks, keyless locks, key control systems, safes and vaults, electronic locks, computer-activated key locking, egress devices, electric strikes, keypads, locksets, magnetic strikes and request-to-exit devices.
Network Support Solutions Formerly called IP Devices, Products and Software, this category includes innovative solutions that enable security devices to be installed, maintained or monitored on a network. Examples include network switches designed for security environments, wired and wireless Ethernet solutions, network converters, and software designed to support the monitoring of network or device status and video encoders.
Outdoor Perimeter Protection Products designed to work outdoors to protect large, open perimeters or fence lines. This includes fences, gates, gate operators, outdoor intrusion sensors, perimeter barriers and deterrents, security lighting, security entry doors, microwave perimeter devices, on-the-fence detection systems, seismic sensors and outdoor motion detectors.
Residential and Monitoring Solutions Formerly called Home Automation, this category was broadened to recognize the increasing complexity of software and hardware products designed for residential use. Products may feature a combination of audio/visual, IT, personal emergency response systems and security technologies to bring homeowners a higher level of convenience, safety and security. Products such as central vacuum, custom sound & video, communications systems, environmental and energy controls, home theater, HVAC, lighting and low voltage controls, software and phone systems are included in this category.
Tools and Hardware Innovative products that support the installation or execution of a security product or system. This includes wire/cable testers, installation tools and equipment, fiber optic and wire assemblies, cable trays and raceways, patch panels, cable enclosures, ladders, power conditioning, power supplies and battery products, as well as software designed primarily to assist in diagnostics or system maintenance.
Video Analytics Video products engineered to gather, access and analyze video data in relation to a pre-determined set of criteria. Products may be software or hardware-based, may be integrated into other products such as cameras and may be used in real-time or forensic applications.
Video Surveillance Management Systems Hardware and software video management systems - NVR, DVR, HVR, VMS and virtual solutions for the management, display and distribution of video surveillance data.
Video Surveillance Data Storage Hardware, software or virtual solutions for the storage of video surveillance data.
Video Surveillance Advanced Imaging Technologies Cameras that provide advanced video capture technologies, such as thermal imaging, night vision and infrared.
Video Surveillance Cameras HD (Megapixel) Cameras that provide high-definition video resolutions using network (e.g., Ethernet, IP) or direct cabling methods (e.g. HDcctv).
Video Surveillance Cameras IP Video Surveillance cameras of any resolution using network (e.g. Ethernet, IP) or HDCCTV protocols.
Video Surveillance Hardware and Accessories Video accessories such as monitors, lenses, positioning devices, mounts, enclosures or consoles that introduce a new level of innovation or user benefit or improve the price point.
Hosted Solutions A method of providing various monitoring, management, storage or processing functions to eliminate the need for these functions to managed by an individual customer or f at a fixed location. These are network-based systems and "Cloud" services that provide various security system functions (e.g. Video, Access Control, Intrusion) that are managed via an expandable computing environment. The computing environment may include virtual processing and storage capabilities that are collocated or geographically separated while providing a single logical interface to the individual customer.
Mobile Apps Applications running on a variety of mobile platforms (e.g. Android, IOS, Windows) that provide various monitoring, productivity, or management functions for access control, video surveillance or intrusion security systems or sub-systems.

2016 NPS Dates

April 5, 2016
-Face-to-Face Presentations 
-Drop off your New Product in the Showcase Area

April 6, 2016
NPS Awards Ceremony

April 8, 2016
Pick up your New Product from the Showcase Area
3:00pm - 5:00pm


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