Winners of International Awards for Security Products Announced

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff November 2, 2005

The winners of this year’s Detektor International Award were honoured recently in Stockholm, Sweden. More than three hundred guests gathered at the Stockholm Globe Arena complex for the ceremony.

In total, twelve security products were nominated in the categories of CCTV, alarm and access control products. The Detektor International Award Prize was initiated to reward and encourage research and development within the field of technical security systems.

U.S. manufacturers were well represented with five nominated products. Two products were from South Korea and the Netherlands, Israel, Germany, Sweden and Great Britain were represented with one product each.

Products were divided into three groups: alarms, camera surveillance (CCTV) and access control. The overall winner in each category received the award for “Best Product,” the second received the “Highly Commended” distinction and third place was presented with the diploma for “Innovative Achievement.”

The Best Alarm Products

The Innovative Achievement in the Alarm Product category went to the control panels from the Easy-series from Bosch Security Systems (Germany) and to Video IQ Lite, a solution for alarm verification via video, from GE Security (USA).

Video IQ Lite is an‘On-Premise Video Alarm Verification solution’ that embeds video technology into any GE Security alarm system. The concept incorporates an integrated PIR/Camera (PIRCAM) sensor and GE Security’s unique Video IQ technology.Together, these technologies verify human presence.

he Highly Commended Alarm Product prize went to the outdoor detector WatchOut from the Israeli manufacturer Rokonet Technologies .

The WatchOUT outdoor detection device has unique selective event recognition capability that allows it to differentiate between false alarms and real intrusion events using two PIR channels and two MW channels— the first detector of its kind to do this.

The winner and receiver of the Best Alarm Products Award was Dtec Detector Technologiesfrom the UK for the ingenious systems solution FireVu, with smoke detection via video over IP networks. FireVu IP has been developed to overcome many of the problems associated with smoke detection. FireVu’s embedded algorithms analyse the video images provided by standard CCTV cameras. The system automatically identifies the particular motion pattern of smoke and alerts the system operator to its presence in the shortest time possible. This enables a fast response to a potential fire, saving valuable time even in voluminous areas or where a high airflow may be present.

The Best CCTV Products

The recent developments within camera surveillance are exciting with many new features and the very real potential of interacting with other security systems. The IP development in this field is one important factor, but the latest technical capabilities of these systems certainly open up new markets and applications. The jury, therefore, particularly scrutinised the nominations in this area.

In the category for camera surveillance, or CCTV as it is commonly known, the Innovative Achievement awards went to Samsung Techwin for the night vision camera SHC730 and to CoVi from the USA for EVQ 1000, a unique high resolution multiview camera.

The Samsung Techwin SHC-730 is a Wide Dynamic Range Day/Night camera that incorporates Super Vision III, a ground breaking advance in technology that produces high quality colour images when light levels are as low as 0.05 lux and continues to deliver superb quality images, in sens-up mode, down to an incredible 0.0004 lux.

The CoVi EVQ1000 High Definition camera allows traditionally difficult surveillance applications to be addressed in a unique way providing an uncomplicated, effective and economic solution, coupled with a package of unique innovative integration technology.

This years receiver of the Highly Commended CCTV Product was the San Diego based Spectrum from the USA for SentryScope, a wide-angle surveillance camera which can substitute a number of cameras in a given area. SentryScope is a whole new approach to surveillance video allowing the user to capture a massively wide field of view and enabling quick and accurate visual activity surveillance over a huge area.It is capable of capturing up to 21 million pixels per image.

The award for this year’s Best CCTV Product went to Axis 225 FD, a fixed networked dome camera from the Swedish world market leader in network video, Axis Communications . The jury’s motivation was: “Axis gives another brilliant example of state-of-the-art network camera technology for video surveillance applications”.

This Axis Power over Ethernet, day/night network camera is compact, cost effective and vandal proof.It incorporates progressive scan facility, built in heater and fan and carries an IP66 weatherproof rating producing optimum performance even in harsh environmental conditions. Supported by the industry’s largest base of video management software, the AXIS 225FD provides the perfect solution for securing prisons, schools, car park buildings, railway stations and other facilities over the local area network or across the Internet

The Best Access Control Products

In the Access Control category, the Innovative Achievement Award went to Swinglane, a new security gate from the Dutch Boon Edam . This award was shared with Suprema from South Korea for the BioEntry, a series of advanced biometrics readers combining finger print reading with a smart card.

The Boon Edam Swinglane combines the advantages of a swing door together with a long detection lane providing tailgating prevention and greater user comfort.

The fascinating BioEntry series of core technology advanced biometrics access control readers, from Suprema, offer superb versatility with the options of BioEntry Smart for fingerprint and smart card combined for 1-to-1 ID, or BioEntry Pass for 1- to- many ID in under 1 second.

Guardian, a portal for detection of explosives from the American Syagen was presented with the Highly Commended Access Control Product award. The Guardian is an unintrusive, exceptionally effective and fast, head to toe explosives detection portal, capable of impressively high resolution screening for over 30 different types of explosives simultaneously using the latest MS analysis technology.

The first prize, for the Best Access Control Product went to the R90, a proximity smart card reader from the American world leader in proximity cards and readers as well as in smart cards, the Assa Abloy Group company HID Corp.

The new high secure R90 from HID is the first internationally approved self contained long range contactless smart card reader, it is capable of reading distances up to an impressive 18 inches, and has auto-tuning for more consistent reading ranges.

Designed for access control installations incorporating parking and long range reading applications, the R90 combines a longer read range with enhanced security through encryption and mutual authentication standard with HID iCLASS 13.56 MHz contactless smart card products.