2008 Innovation Awards Presented

The only constant is change. These innovations foretell the evolution of law enforcement technology.

The Cygnus Law Enforcement Group presented the 2008 Innovation awards on November 9th in San Diego. The awards event was held in conjunction with the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Innovation Awards recognize new products and services introduced to the law enforcement market during the previous year. Manufacturers submit their newest and most inventive products for evaluation from a panel of independent judges of law enforcement professionals. There are 15 categories of entries.

Ronnie Garrett, the editorial director for the Cygnus Law Enforcement Group, hosted the invitation-only event held at the On Broadway Event Center in San Diego. Attendees enjoyed food and drinks at the reception.

The Cygnus Law Enforcement Group is comprised of the properties of Cygnus Business Media dedicated to law enforcement. These include Law Enforcement Technology and Law Enforcement Product News magazines, Officer.com, and Enforcement Expo.

The winners of this year's Innovation awards are:


Communications Category Winner:
Honeywell Batteries
HMA2104-LiP Battery

The new Honeywell HMA2104-LiP Lithium Ion Polymer Rechargeable Battery extends the operating time of the M/A-Com P7100/P7200 series radio to a full shift. The battery weighs significantly less than the OEM while offering 33% more capacity. There are other significant advantages seen in the HMA2104-LiP including dramatically improved cycle life and a wider range of operating temperatures. One of the most appreciable improvements of the Lithium Ion Polymer battery is the fact that there is no Memory Effect, thus eliminating the need for reconditioning and extending run times. These advantages have the ability to solve power management issues and improve mission-critical communications and officer safety.

"With Honeywell Batteries, we now have a product that has solved our longevity issue dealing with batteries. Since deploying Honeywell Batteries on the streets the complaints about radios not lasting have stopped," said Sgt. Trevino of the San Antonio Police Department.

Along with the winner, the finalists in this category were:


  • Atlantic Signal: Amphibious Assault Headsets
  • BelAir Networks: BelAir100M Mobile Mesh Node
  • Surefire: EP4 Sonic Defenders Plus



Computers Category Winner:
General Dynamics Itronix
GoBook VR-2 Vehicle Rugged Notebook

The GoBook VR-2 was designed from the ground up to meet the specific requirements of law enforcement officials and is optimized for vehicle-docked applications. Considered vehicle rugged, the VR-2 meets fully-rugged specifications for temperature, vibration, dust, humidity and altitude - elements that law enforcement vehicles often experience in harsh or unpredictable environments. Because the VR-2 was designed without the rugged spec for drop and liquid ingress (although it still offers a high level of protection form these accidents), it saves significant budget over fully rugged solutions while still providing the rugged protection that matters in vehicle deployments. In addition, the VR-2 includes integrated and protected WLAN and WWAN antennas for greater reliability and performance, as well as built-in GPS and Bluetooth.

The VR-2 offers a unique 13.3-inch display featuring DynaVue™ - a new patent-pending display technology developed by General Dynamics Itronix that offers superior touchscreen viewability, especially in direct sunlight. The Intel Core2 Duo processor T7300 2.2GHz and Intel® 965GM Express chip set provide outstanding performance. By using the latest Intel technology, the GoBook VR-2 notebook provides the high level of performance required by law enforcement officials who have mission critical computing needs.

Along with the winner, the finalists in this category were:


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