Campus Safety BEST Awards

Honoring superior products and services for hospital, school and university protection professionals.

Campus Safety is proud to announce the first-ever Campus Safety BEST Awards program, recognizing superlative security, law enforcement, emergency management and safety solutions for K-12 campuses, institutions of higher education and healthcare organizations.

We aim to recognize the most noteworthy new products and services that can impact campus safety and security in 2014.

The awards are judged by a panel of credible industry leaders, along with the editors of Campus Safety, and presented in a ceremony at ASIS 2014 in Atlanta on September 29th. All winning entries will be highlighted in the November/December 2014 issue of Campus Safety Magazine.


View all of the BEST entrants.

Access Control & Identity Management
Released November 2013, aptiQmobile is the first NFC solution for access control on the market today - allowing administrators to issue credentials over-the-air to smartphones for use as virtual ID's (just like a smartcard) for access control and other closed-loop payment activities...all with existing smart readers already in the market.

Access Control & Identity Management
HID Mobile Access® is a dynamic, convenient and secure solution for opening doors using smartphones. Supporting Bluetooth Smart, HID Global's latest innovation allows you to use iPhones and Android-based smartphones without additional accessories. Just "tap" your smartphone to a door reader/lock, or access doors and gates from a distance with HID's "Twist and Go" gesture-based technology.

Access Control & Identity Management
Finger On the Fly® is the world's fastest contactless finger scanner. It captures 4-fingers in less than 1 sec for high security multi-finger enrollment & matching with extremely fast touchless convenience. The compact design of Finger On the Fly® allows easy integration where truly touchless operation is needed.

Campus Safety Conference
This year's Campus Safety BEST award winners were announced at the Campus Safety National Forum on June 24.

Campus Safety Conference
Find out who the winners are on Wednesday, June 24 at 5 p.m. at the Campus Safety National Forum in Washington, D.C.

Communications Products
Roomsponder is a web-based internal communication system for schools to account for staff, students and visitors during any critical incident and can be used on any device. Roomsponder ensures clear and controlled communication leading to a collaborative response and allocation of resources. It aids in reunification both on and off-site.

Communications Products
SARA's eMessenger Mobile turns mobile devices into command and control centers for seamless situational awareness on the go. Voice-, Wi-Fi- and cellular-enabled, the solution allows users to respond to unfolding situations more quickly, initiate alerts and associated response plans more effectively, and escalate/notify others as necessary all from one interface.

Emergency Notification
I will be your favorite new tool. I will keep your whole campus up-to-date on current events and news. I am always standing by to provide emergency alerts and warnings to guide you before, during, and after situations. I will pay for myself over-and-over and over again. I am C.A.S.P.E.R.!

Emergency Notification
Emergent Lighting System (ELS) is an innovative mass notification and emergency egress system that can be activated instantly in emergency situations by utilizing LED lighting technology. The customizable ELS allows for immediate emergency mass notification, mere seconds, to notify a complete facility or campus of a threat or emergency situation.

Emergency Notification
Never run out of power again! AmpliVox's Rechargeable Megaphones, featuring lithium-ion battery packs with integrated wall chargers, deliver the industry's longest-lasting charge. Coupled with the AmpliVox exclusive battery indicator lights, you will always know how much power you have left for maximum safety and security.

Emergency Notification
The Remote Telephone Zone Module (RTZM) allows authorized users remote access to send out emergency notifications through a facility's Fire-Lite Alarms Emergency Command Center (ECC) system via any phone. Secure system access and simple menu options, ensure facility managers and security officials get alerts and instructions to building occupants in real-time.

Emergency Notification
Enhance your campus crisis management with Sielox Class — Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System. Class provides real-time classroom status, updates and notifications to administrators and first responders through the use of graphical maps, email and text messaging to assist in making split-second decisions. Responders no longer walk blindly into harm's way.

Fire Life - Safety
The Farenhyt IDP-FIRE-CO detector from Silent Knight senses both fire and carbon monoxide (CO), while eliminating multiple detection devices to reduce costs. Four different sensing elements increase the device's sensitivity, while minimizing nuisance alarms. The detector's B200S sounder base delivers customized tones to differentiate between a fire and CO event as required by code.

Fire Life - Safety
The Lite-Connect multi-mode fiber solution is designed to join as many as 16 remote Fire-Lite Alarms' fire alarm control panels together to report all systems' signals to a central monitoring station as one. This centralized reporting method eliminates significant telecommunications costs - particularly for campuses - to communicate signals from each individual panel.

Fire Life - Safety
The S3 Series Fire Alarm Control Panel is the industry's first small, addressable system that features an intuitive, touch-screen display to simplify system use for facility managers and first responders. Whether used as a standalone system or part of an extensive network serving the fire protection and emergency communication needs of a multi-building campus, the S3 Series ensures straightforward operation, particularly during stressful emergency events.

Incident & Records Management Software
Proactive Prevention: The TIPS/Cawood Assessment & Response Grids are critically needed tools for evaluating at-risk individuals and identifying potential aggression/violence risks. The Cawood Grids provide an empirically based methodology to help determine effective intervention and prevention actions and TIPS provides the right tools to connect all the right dots.

Intrusion & Panic Alarms
Linking students, faculty and staff to campus security with a single button push, NPSI's Campus Shield is the only mobile personal duress system with proven 100% campus coverage 24/7. In a basement lab, 8th floor dorm room, or secluded wooded path, Campus Shield is accurate and reliable when seconds count.

ISC West
ISC West is an annual security conference that features educational offerings, networking events and thousands of vendor exhibitions.

Locks and Door Hardware
IP-enabled PoE and WiFi campus access control locks from ASSA ABLOY Group brands Corbin Russwin and SARGENT combine multiCLASS SE® technology with a magnetic stripe reader, offering simultaneous support for multiple credentials. Ideal for universities, these locks allow an easy transition to any contactless credentials and mobile access.

Locks and Door Hardware
SARGENT 80 Series exit devices now offer a Lock/Unlock Indicator that shows a locked or unlocked symbol to easily determine when doors are secure; ensuring staff and students stay safe.

Miscellaneous Security & Safety Products
3M Automatic License Plate Recognition helps deter crime and enable faster response to campus incidents. Large or small, every campus is unique and 3M is dedicated to solving the individual challenges facing your campus security initiatives — whether you're located in a big city or a small rural community.

Miscellaneous Security & Safety Products
Genetec's K-12 Education Packages provide schools with a cost-effective video surveillance and access control solution to help protect your facilities. With Genetec Security Center, you'll have access to the market's leading unified security platform that allows you to centralize all monitoring and accelerate investigations across all your security systems.

Miscellaneous Security & Safety Products
REDTAIL, the most comprehensive school security solution available today, features an online pre-enrollment program, a visitor management system, and an on-site FBI fingerprint-based background check component. All checks are run against real-time data and REDTAIL uses unique, patented processes to ensure the accuracy of checks and limit liability to schools.

Miscellaneous Security & Safety Products
The Middle Atlantic SNE Series Security Network is the first seismic certified security-purposed cabinet exceeding a 1,000 lb. weight capacity. The SNE cabinet is also equipped with active and passive ventilation for hybrid and analog systems using equipment rooms and is also available passive ventilation for data centers.

Miscellaneous Security & Safety Products
The Social Sentinel™ service for higher education puts your safety team at arm's reach of your community, automating the assessment of publicly available social media for signs of violence and harm, and placing your safety and security information and access to help literally in the palms of their hands.

Miscellaneous Security & Safety Products
The Social Sentinel™ service for K12 educators helps district safety and security officials better protect their communities by improving awareness and management of threats of potential violence, self-harm, or harm waged against students, staff, or school buildings shared on publicly available social media sites.

Miscellaneous Security & Safety Products
The Tri-Pac Medical Responder Kit trims response time when every moment counts. It includes 3 detachable sub-packs with clear panels for locating supplies at a glance. 3 main compartments include elastic straps to secure items. It provides 3 ways to carry: via handle, shoulder strap or backpack straps.

Personal Gear & Equipment
The Pro V2 is an Enhanced Non-Lethal (ENL) multi-tool that documents an incident, establishes two-way communication for backup, and deploys proven non-lethal defensive technologies. When used properly with an urgent response plan, a trained user can initiate a call for help and stall an attack while others get to safety.

Physical Security Equipment
BEARACADE Door Control System deploys in seconds to effectively barricade any classroom or office door. BEARACADE allows room occupants to get away from the door quickly and provides time to quiet themselves and prepare for next steps. Horrible events happen in mere minutes, every second counts ... BEARACADE.

Product Reviews
Check out these solutions to your campus public safety, security, emergency and fire/life safety challenges.

Safety & Security Apps
TruWitness is a revolutionary application that transforms cell phones into real-time networked video surveillance cameras. Users are able to tap into the power of their smart devices to stream, record, analyze, review and export video from any location. Available with DVTEL's Latitude 6.2 VMS, the product operates over WiFi, 3G/4G and LTE networks, and provides security and operational teams with more mobility than ever before. It extends the coverage of surveillance networks to reach blind spots and other areas that traditional cameras cannot reach, and enables the relocation of cameras in real time, as the needs arises.

Safety & Security Apps
The Social Sentinel™ safety app puts your safety team within arm's reach of your community. Whether making safety information easily accessible; accepting tips; sending push notifications; or helping your community access a trusted "follow me" friend to ensure a safe walk home, your campus app is there to help.

Security Systems Integration
Equipped with a broad range of advanced, healthcare security solutions, STANLEY Security is a leader in innovative technologies and highly scalable delivery platforms to transform patient care and security at any healthcare facility. STANLEY truly partnered with Mercy, and offered high-level consultation to design a comprehensive, fully integrated enterprise platform to manage various security systems on a single interface.

Video Surveillance Hardware & Software
MicroPower Technologies delivers highly reliable and cost-effective wireless video surveillance solutions that create superior value for customers by reducing deployment and infrastructure costs. Its wireless video security solution does not require cabling for power or data transmission. This unique approach removes the restrictions found with traditional cameras and allows users to place cameras at the point of highest risk without the added complexity of trenching, or pulling for data or power cables.

Video Surveillance Hardware & Software
Now you can mix analog and IP cameras with a premium solution that keeps you on budget!

Video Surveillance Hardware & Software
The hemispheric MOBOTIX Q25 delivers 180-degree panorama images, using a single camera to secure an entire room with no blind spots for a better overview than several individual cameras. It offers a digital continuous pan, tilt, zoom functionality. Unlike conventional PTZ cameras, the robust Q25 has no moving parts and is thus regarded as maintenance-free.

Video Surveillance Hardware & Software
NICE Suspect Search is a patent-pending video analytics-based technology that efficiently helps locate and track a specific person when time is of the essence. It reduces search time from hours to minutes. With it, you'll be able to track a target individual's movements from location to location and access all relevant associated video recordings.

Video Surveillance Hardware & Software
Our IP cameras and NVRs have an ease of install unparalleled in the industry while simultaneously deliver uncompromising resolution and realtime framerate.

Video Surveillance Hardware & Software
Video Insight is a powerful, easy-to-use video management software allowing organizations in education, law enforcement, healthcare, commercial, and transportation the ability to deploy a customized and robust video surveillance system. It provides support to over 2,500 camera models and integrates with the most popular access control solutions.