Announcing the 2023 Campus Safety BEST Award Winners

Check out this year’s top campus public safety, security, and emergency management products – the 2023 BEST Award winners!

Announcing the 2023 Campus Safety BEST Award Winners

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Campus Safety is pleased to recognize the winners of the 2023 Best Electronic Systems Technologies (BEST) awards. Now in its eighth year, the program honors superior security, law enforcement, emergency management, and life safety products and services for healthcare, higher education, and K-12 campus protection professionals. The winners were announced Wednesday at Campus Safety Conference Texas in Dallas.

The judges for this year’s BEST entries were:

As with any solution, before you buy, be sure to do your homework. Consult with an electronic security contractor or qualified consultant so they can guide you in selecting the right solution for your campus. This list of winners that follows, however, can help you with your due diligence.

Click on the links below to learn about each BEST product winner or just check out our photo gallery!

Access Control/Key Management/Locks: UnityIS by IMRON Corp.

IMRON Corporation, celebrating 25 years, leads with the flagship product, UnityIS. With UnityIS, deploy fully scalable physical security management using the open hardware platforms available today. With a simple subscription model, no upfront license fees, unlimited access, and no software to load, you can stay focused on your business.

Access Control/ Panic Alarms/ID Badging/Visitor Management: Visitor Aware by Singlewire Software 

Protect your most valuable assets with Singlewire Software’s visitor management system Visitor Aware. Verify guests instantly, account for people during crises, and take comfort in seamless reunifications after critical events. This comprehensive tool eliminates the stress of unexpected incidents with its highly-developed and adaptive functions requiring minimal additional investments. singlewire.comCampus Safety BEST Awards

Electronic Security Equipment, Software and Services/Electronic Security Systems Integration Services: System Surveyor Campus Plan

System Surveyor is a secure, cloud-based platform that securely houses campus’ physical security, IT and technology assets in one place. With drag-and-drop simplicity, System Surveyor equips campus safety and security personnel to engage with stakeholders and manage security projects for a single campus to an entire school district.

Electronic Security Equipment, Software and Services/Fire/Life-Safety Systems: Shooter Detection Systems Emergency Response Service

The new SDS Emergency Response Service improves emergency response times by sending gunshot alerts directly to the ANI/ALI 911. Using Noonlight’s SendPolice platform, 911 operators are automatically provided with real-time updates on active shooter events, including shooter location and number of shots fired, increasing the situational awareness of responding officers.

Electronic Security Equipment, Software and Services/Video/CCTV Surveillance Hardware: Multi-Directional Plus PTZ by i-PRO

The i-PRO Multi-directional + PTZ camera is the smallest and lightest outdoor rated camera of its kind. It features powerful edge AI capabilities, advanced cybersecurity, and vandal resistance for the widest deployment options. Support for up to five sensors with 5MP multi-sensors and a 2MP auto-tracking PTZ with 21x zoom.

Electronic Security Equipment, Software and Services/Video/CCTV Surveillance Software: Symphia by Intellicene

Utilizing advanced AI and predictive analytics, Intellicene’s Symphia solutions can help anticipate, prevent and mitigate threats across industries. Our robust, open and scalable solutions are unified with advanced intelligence, transforming the standard security operations center (SOC) to an intelligent SOC. ​​

Emergency Communications/Access Control, Lockdown, and Physical Security Equipment: Sentry ERS by IP Video

A lockdown and emergency response system purposely built with schools in mind. With a single button push, lockdown protocols are initiated and immediate alerts are sent to police providing superior incident awareness with live video, voice, text, and GPS location data from areas where traditional video cameras cannot be deployed.

Emergency Communications/Emergency Notification/Mass Notification: Safety & Security Suite by Navigate 360

Eliminate school movement silos by integrating visitor, volunteer and emergency management and silent panic buttons into a single platform. This helps to ensure real-time, whole-campus oversight and accountability and improves communication pathways, including those pathways used for reunification during a crisis.

Emergency Communications/Personal Safety Apps: CATIE Mobile by Status Solutions

CATIE Mobile is a customizable comprehensive crisis management, communication, and personal safety application designed to empower schools with complete control during drills and emergencies. Its primary purpose is to ensure communication, location, and the well-being of individuals within the school environment, and to help ensure continual improvement with post-event analysis.

Emergency Communications/Safety & Security Apps: 911Inform

911inform empowers first responders with critical information and emergency communication tools, streamlining emergency response, increasing situational awareness, and saving lives. The solution provides full Kari’s Law and RAY BAUM’S Act compliance for in-building as well as remote workers across multiple platforms and devices with a flexible, customizable emergency response solution.

Incident Management and Response/Communication Products (TIE): 911Inform

911inform empowers first responders with critical information and emergency communication tools, streamlining emergency response, increasing situational awareness, and saving lives. The solution provides full Kari’s Law and RAY BAUM’S Act compliance for in-building as well as remote workers across multiple platforms and devices with a flexible, customizable emergency response solution.

Incident Management and Response/Communication Products (TIE): Intrado Safety Shield

Intrado Safety Shield offers schools the only true end-to-end emergency planning & response tool that shares critical data directly with 911 dispatchers and first responders using their native 9-1-1 infrastructure.

Safety Shield is part of Intrado’s Safety Suite and helps schools Prevent, Prepare, Respond & Recover from any kind of threat with a comprehensive set of tools built for keeping schools, students and staff safe.

Incident Management and Response/Incident and Records Management Software: ARC Facilities

ARC Facilities empowers educational facilities to reduce risk, improve safety, and better prepare for emergencies by providing instant access to critical building information to facilities and emergency response teams on mobile devices.

Integrated System: Genetec Security Center 5.11

Genetec Security Center™ brings all central IP security systems into one unified platform. Security Center 5.11 simplifies the path to a unified system by including video monitoring, access control, automatic license plate recognition, intrusion monitoring, intercom and the new Genetec Web App, a map-based application that runs on a browser.

Internet Safety: Zimperium Mobile Threat Defense (MTD)

Zimperium MTD is the first and only comprehensive, on-device, machine learning-based security solution for iOS, Android and Chromebooks devices. Zimperium MTD enables IT and security teams to reduce their risk by securing their Mobile endpoints against advanced device, network, phishing and malicious app attacks. Watch on YouTube.

Miscellaneous Security and Safety Products: Raptor StudentSafe

Raptor’s patented StudentSafe is the first-of-its-kind platform to help schools recognize, document, support, and manage the wellbeing of individual students. The intuitive and robust platform includes the ability to capture low-level concerns, conduct behavioral threat assessments and suicide risk assessments and manage such cases, ensuring positive student outcomes.

Project Management/Overall Project by an Integrator: Hernando County School District by Axis

Through its upgrade to Axis network cameras, video management system, intercoms, speakers, and software integrations, Hernando County School District turned its security posture from reactive to preventive. After its upgrade from analog to IP network video surveillance, the school district resolved a potential threat involving ammunition in just minutes.


Want to see even more campus safety, security and emergency products? Check out these honorable mentions in this year’s BEST program!

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