Celebrating the technological innovations designed to help officers in every facet of their jobs, Cygnus Law Enforcement Group, comprised of Law Enforcement Technology, Law Enforcement Product News, Officer.com and Enforcement Expo, hosted the second annual Innovation Awards during the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
More than 240 people gathered in the Parrish Room at the House of Blues in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 14, for an event that honored companies for product innovations introduced between May 1, 2006 and May 1, 2007.
Ronnie Garrett, editorial director of the Cygnus Law Enforcement Group, hosted the event and noted the winning products were designed to make officers more efficient, effective and safe.
"The response to these awards has been tremendous," Garrett said. "Two-hundred-and-thirty entries were gathered from 179 companies, in the following categories of recognition: communications, computers, corrections, firearms, firearms accessories, forensics, hazmat, less-lethal, security, software, surveillance, tactical, traffic enforcement, training, uniforms and body armor, vehicle accessories and vehicles."
Representatives from participating companies noted they found the awards competition a highly attractive way to recognize their product innovations. "We have always had a fine product. I thought this was perhaps a good way to be recognized for what we are doing," says Adi Dhondy of Phoenix International/MagnumSpike, who had two products named as finalists in the Traffic Enforcement Category, one of which nabbed an Innovation Award.
The entries were judged on their innovativeness, productivity, quality, contribution, ease of use and maintainability by a panel of six distinguished law enforcement professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Judges noted they were impressed with the caliber of many of the products they reviewed. For instance, of the winning innovation in the Vehicles Category --T3 Motion's T3 Series--the judges said, "This was one of the most innovative products we judged. With a stable platform, ease of use and maneuverability, the T3 is a must for just about ANY agency."
And of Protective Products International's Ballistic Door Panels, they said, "It's about time! We've been trying to teach our officers that doors are concealment, not cover. They will now be covered with doors that offer ballistic protection."
Winners were equally thrilled. MagnumSpike's Dhondy noted they were "pleasantly surprised" by their win and excited about the name recognition capturing such a prestigious award might bring. "Compared to all the other high technology and things like that available, our product is a rather simple mechanical device," he says. "But it's a mechanical device that has already saved thousands of lives in Iraq, Afghanistan, and in the United States."
T3 Motion commented on its win. "T3 Motion is very proud to win this year's Innovation Award for the Vehicles Category," said T3 Motion Inc. Founder and C.E.O Ki Nam. "We launched the T3 Series vehicle at last year's IACP show in Boston and the response from law enforcement has been phenomenal. To win this award is a validation of the values the T3 Series represents--innovation, quality, and stability."
The following is the list of winners and finalists.
The finalists in the Communications Category were:
- EHS Inc. for its VIDMIC,
- PVP Communications' Motor-One Wireless System, and
- SureFire's SWAT Combat Radio Comm System.
The winning product--EHS Inc.'s VIDMIC--is a fully operational shoulder mic, equipped with video and audio recorders, and a camera, which is capable of taking full color video and stills.
The finalists in the Computers Category were:
- Black Diamond's Advanced Technology's SwitchBack PC,
- General Dynamics' Itronix GoBook XR-1 Notebook, and
- Trimble's Tripod Data Systems Division's Recon X-Series