49 BEST Products of 2015
The fifth annual Best Electronics Systems Technologies honorees highlight the first day of InfoComm 2015.

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June 17, 2015 By CI Staff

The Commercial Integrator BEST Awards program highlights the most outstanding new products, solutions and services that could impact the commercial integration industry in 2015.

The winners of the BEST Awards were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of Commercial Integrator. The categories are: audio/video, control and automation, networking and communications, security, building enhancements, and dealer-installer aids.

Criteria for the winning products included innovation, functionality, competitive advantages and benefits to the installer. Winners will be announced on the night of Wednesday, June 17th at InfoComm 2015 in Orlando. Visit booth #2687 for a beer and wine reception celebrating the awards.

“The goal of CI BEST Awards, as with all of CI’s content, is to offer information that can help integrators become more efficient and more profitable, and we think these innovative products do just that,” says Tom LeBlanc, editor-in-chief.

The Commercial Integrator 2015 BEST award winners are:

Audio/Video

Acoustical Treatments: Cambridge Sound Management — Qt Conference Room Edition
Assistive Listening Devices: Williams Sound — Hearing HotSpot
Audio Components & Processors: Symetrix — SymNet Radius 12x8 EX
Audio Conferencing Solutions: Biamp Systems — TesiraFORTÉ
Audio Distribution Systems: AudioScience — Hono AVB Virtual Sound Card
Collaboration: Tie! Mersive — The Solstice Pod and Oblong Industries — Mezzanine 3
Conference/Classroom Projectors: Barco — PGWU-62L
Digital Signage Hardware: Planar Systems — DirectLight LED Video Wall System
Digital Signage Software: X2O Media — X2O Platform with Connected Desktop App
Display Mounts: Middle Atlantic Products — DisplayStation Series
Installed Loudspeakers & Subwoofers: JBL Professional — Control HST Wide-Coverage Speaker
Interactive Whiteboards: Epson — BrightLink Pro 1430Wi Collaborative Whiteboard Solution with Touch
Large Venue Projectors: Digital Projection International — INSIGHT 4K LASER
Matrix Switchers: Tie! Crestron — 3-Series DigitalMedia Presentation System 300, Vaddio — AV Bridge MATRIX PRO and Extron — XTP II CrossPoint Series
Media Servers: Barco — XHD-400
Pan/Tilt/Zoom Cameras: Vaddio — RoboSHOT 12 USB
Projector Mounts: Chief — SYSAU Suspended Ceiling Projector System
Specialty A/V Cables, Interconnects, & IR Extenders: Crestron — DM Ultra Cable
TVs/Video Monitors: Panasonic — LQ70 Series 4K Displays
Universal Remote Controls: Crestron — Handheld Touch Screen Remote
Venue/Line Array Loudspeakers: Meyer Sound — LEOPARD Linear Sound Reinforcement System
Video Scalers: Crestron — 4K DigitalMedia Receiver & Room Controller with Scaler
Video Components & Processors: RGB Spectrum — MediaWall V Display Processor
Video Conferencing/Telepresence Solutions: AMX by HARMAN — Enzo / AMX Sereno / Microsoft Lync Video Web Conferencing Solution
Video Distribution Systems: Aurora Multimedia — V-Tune Pro 4K
Video Projection Screens: Draper — Optically Seamless TecVision
Video Wall Solutions: Crestron — 4K DigitalMedia Receiver & Room Controller with Scaler
Wireless Microphones: Shure — QLX-D Digital Wireless System

Control and Automation

Large-Scale Control Systems: AMX by HARMAN — AMX NetLinx NX Series Integrated Controllers
Touchscreens: Crestron — 5.7” Wireless Touch Screen (TST-602)

Networking and Communications

Fiber-optic Transport: Extron — FOX II 4K Series
IP Enabling Devices: Global Caché — Flex Link Relay & Sensor Cable
Network Management Solutions: Pakedge Device & Software — BakPak 3.0 Cloud Management System

Security

Access Control Solutions: ASSA ABLOY — IP-Enabled Campus Access Control Locks with HID Mobile Access Support
Alarm Monitoring Solutions: Honeywell Security — HRGX with I-View Now
Surveillance Cameras: IC Real Tech — IC Realtime IC720 Virtual PTZ 360x360 Video Surveillance Camera
Surveillance Storage/Management Solutions: Honeywell Security — MAXPRO Cloud

Building Enhancements

Cell Signal Booster Solutions: SureCall — Force5 Consumer
Motorized Window Treatments: Somfy Systems — Sonesse ULTRA 50 RS485
Power Conditioning, Surge Suppression & Energy: Panamax — SM3-Pro
Cabinets, Furniture, Racks, Mounts & Cases: Middle Atlantic Products — L5 Series Lecterns
Installation Tools & Testers: AMX by HARMAN — AMX Enova DGX 100 Series Digital Media Switcher Onboard Web Configurator

Dealer/Installer Aids

Programming, Design & Engineering Solutions: TEKVOX — TEK UT Universal Translator
Project Management & Design/Web Software: D-Tools — System Integrator 2015 (SI 2015) featuring Mobile Install
Training, Consulting & Publications/Business Service: Almo Professional A/V — E4 AV Tour
Best Whitepaper/Educational Document or Resource: AMX by HARMAN — AV/IT Administrator’s Guide

View the slideshow to get a closer look at the BEST Products of 2015.

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