The 2011 Cygnus Law Enforcement Innovation Award ceremony was held at the Metropolitan Club, high in the sky on the 66th Floor in the Willis Tower during the 2011 IACP Conference in Chicago.
Representatives of leading companies in the law enforcement industry were on hand and anxiously awaited the revealing of the winners of this year’s exclusive Award program. 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 law enforcement judges.
Each product is placed within a specific category, pitting each product against each other. These categories include Body Armor & Safety, Communications, Corrections, Firearms & Weapons, Firearms & Weapons Accessories, Forensics, Software, Surveillance, Tactical, Traffic Enforcement, Training, Uniforms & Apparel and - last but not least - Vehicles & Vehicle Accessories.
In addition to these categories, judges were also charged with selecting a single product from all entrants for the unique Paramount Award.
The Cygnus Law Enforcement Group is comprised of the properties of Cygnus Business Media dedicated to law enforcement. These include Law Enforcement Technology, Law Enforcement Product News, Officer.com, Enforcement Expo and the brand new Officer World Expo.
And the winners are (by category):
Body Armor & Safety
Winner: Brownells, QD-360-ID
“The QD-360-ID is a fluorescent yellow-green banner that identifies a non-uniformed officer during emergency situations. The identification banner stows inconspicuously and conveniently in a compact belt pouch that looks like a cell phone carrier and is easily deployed using the non-shooting hand.”
- Brite-Strike Technologies, Inc., APALS-AIR
- Winter Walking, ICEGRIPS
“The charging case is an organized and efficient means to simultaneously charge up to18 radios or batteries for command posts and emergency operations using either AC or DC power. The EOCC supports Motorola or Harris/MA-Com radios.”
- PRYME Radio, Pryme WTX 500 Series
- Xacore, Threat4 x-6200 Series
“This is a 1.8 gm, 4" long, skeleton handled, one piece toothbrush made of soft polymer that cannot be made into a stabbing weapon.”
- Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Watchhound
- Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Wolfhound PRO
Firearms & Weapons
Winner: TASER International, TASER X2
“Designed for law enforcement by law enforcement as the most customer-drive ECD ever developed, the TASER X2 ECD incorporates the most requested capabilities in a simple, reliable system to protect life and prevent conflict.”
- Laser Energetics, Inc., Dazer Laser GUARDIAN
- ALS Technologies, Inc., LMT 37/40mm Single Shot Launcher
Firearms & Weapons Accessories
“The L5AWM is a 5.56X45mm / .223rem magazine for semi-automatic rifles that accept STANAG 4179 magazines and is compatible with modern weapon systems; M4/M16/AR, HK416, SCAR-L / Mk16, Sig556 and the ARX160 to name a few.”
- ATK Security and Sporting, Blackhawk! Taser X26 Duty Holster
- TWB Designs Inc., eMACS Ammo burner
“The FbF mobileOne is an affordable pocket sized digital biometric fingerprint collection accessory that snaps onto the Apple iPod or iPhone. The purpose of the mobileOne is to allow users to collection high quality (FBI PIV Compliant) fingerprints of suspects, detainees or even deceased individuals rapidly and efficiently.”