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Commercial Integrator BEST Awards 2024 Winners

Published: June 30, 2024
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Editor’s Note: This article on the Commercial Integrator BEST Awards was originally published on June 13, 2024. Since then, we updated it on June 30, 2024.

The 2024 Commercial Integrator BEST Awards celebrate outstanding new products, solutions and services that elevate commercial integrators’ businesses. From enhancing profitability to fostering sustainability, this year’s winners exemplify innovation and functionality.

Due to popular demand among #avtweeps and industry stakeholders, we’ve added two new categories to the Commercial Integrator BEST Awards this year:

  • Programming Company / Service Provider of the Year: This category honors specialized software and service providers excelling in control programming and software development.
  • AV Person of the Year: Celebrating individuals who are the heartbeat of the AV community, this award recognizes both legendary figures and rising stars making significant impacts in commercial AV.

Commercial Integrator BEST Award winners were announced during InfoComm 2024.The ceremony took place at the HDBaseT Alliances booth on the show floor. As always, the event drew throngs of showgoers, all excited to hear which companies and individuals earned BEST Awards and to get a glimpse of honorees accepting their trophy.

Commercial Integrator BEST Awards Honorees

Assistive Listening Devices

Auri is a comprehensive Assistive Listening System (ALS) that sends high-quality, multi-channel broadcast audio to Auracast-compatible receivers and devices

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Listen Technologies and Ampetronic
Auri

Auri is a comprehensive Assistive Listening System (ALS) that sends high-quality, multi-channel broadcast audio to Auracastcompatible receivers and devices. Auri meets global compliance standards and is Auracast certified, providing a complete solution for users worldwide. 

Audio Conferencing Solutions

Shure Microflex Wireless neXt 2 (MXW neXt 2)

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Shure Incorporated
Microflex Wireless neXt 2 (MXW neXt 2)  

The Microflex Wireless neXt 2 (MXW neXt 2) is a two-channel wireless microphone system designed to offer a cost-effective, intuitive, and all-in-one audio solution for diverse spaces and hybrid environments. It takes minutes to set up out-of-the-box and provides high-quality audio for spaces that need two wireless microphones. 

Audio Distribution Systems

Dante Director

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Audinate
Dante Director  

Dante Director is a cloud-based SaaS application that enables users to organize and manage Dante devices from logical groups, manage user access, secure devices, and remotely manage Dante networks. Designed to meet the needs of small to medium-sized Dante networks, Dante Director is easy to get up and running quickly. 

Collaboration

Barco ClickShare Bar Pro

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Barco
ClickShare Bar Pro  

The ClickShare Bar Pro is a premium, carbon-neutral video bar that enables effortless wireless conferencing in medium-sized meeting rooms with any videoconferencing platform. This all-in-one solution guarantees meeting equity with its advanced AV and interactive capabilities while bringing flexibility, simplified installation and a reduced Total Cost of Ownership to IT Managers. 

Conference/Classroom Projectors 

Sharp P Series projectors

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Sharp
P Series  

The Sharp P Series projectors provide viewers with a stunning 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) image that is bright enough for commercial use across several industries and signage applications, including corporate conference rooms, museums, and higher education classrooms. 

Digital Signage Hardware 

LG Studio Series LBAG MAGNIT display

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LG Business Solutions USA
21:9 171-inch All-in-One DVLED Display  

The LG Studio Series LBAG MAGNIT display offers production studios, broadcasters and corporate marketing departments alike the unprecedented opportunities to create professional-grade content using life-sized virtual production stages for on-camera color and clarity. 

Digital Signage Software 

Samsung SmartThings Pro

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Samsung Electronics
SmartThings Pro  

Discover SmartThings Pro – the future of intelligent business integration. Seamlessly connect and control IoT devices with ease. Simplified setup, robust security, and reliability empower integrators. Enhance operational efficiency, security, and customer satisfaction. Elevate your projects with SmartThings Pro. 

Display Mounts 

Leon’s Edge Connect and Edge 360 Kiosk

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Leon Speakers
Edge Connect / Edge Kiosk 

Leons Edge Connect and Edge 360 Kiosk integrate video-conferencing equipment into one streamlined furniture-grade enclosure. Built to match single or dual displays—accommodating soundbars, multiple cameras and other AV components—Edge Connect easily adapts to different office setups, while the freestanding Edge 360 accommodates environments where wall-mounting is not possible. 

Installed Loudspeakers & Subwoofers 

The newest member of Genelec’s growing Smart IP loudspeaker family, the 3440A is the world’s first premium PoE subwoofer, combining studio-quality sound with modern networked convenience.

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Genelec
3440A Smart IP PoE Subwoofer 

The newest member of Genelecs growing Smart IP loudspeaker family, the 3440A is the worlds first premium PoE subwoofer, combining studio-quality sound with modern networked convenience. The 3440A provides flexible power, audio and loudspeaker management features via a single CAT cable, and is compatible with both Dante and AES67 streams.

Interactive Whiteboards / Optomo

Optoma’s next generation Creative Touch 5-Series Interactive Displays

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Optoma Technology
Optoma Creative Touch 5-Series Interactive Flat Panel Displays  

Optomas next generation Creative Touch 5-Series Interactive Displays offer new tools and added functionality to support educators and professionals with enhanced learning and remote, real-time collaboration. With EDLA certification, users can experience the full Google Workspace, and leverage a digital Whiteboard through Optoma Solution Suite for seamless collaboration from anywhere. 

Large Venue Projectors 

The M-Vision 27000 WU from Digital Projection

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Digital Projection
M-Vision 27000 WU 

The M-Vision 27000 WU from Digital Projection sets a new benchmark in the design and performance of single-chip DLP projectors. Combining state-of-the-art electronics in a small housing, it achieves imaging quality normally associated with larger, more expensive three-chip laser projectors. Inch for inch, dollar for dollar, the M-Vision 27000 WU is a projection powerhouse. 

Matrix Switchers 

BG-4K-VP1616PRO 16x16 matrix switcher

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BZBGEAR
BG-4K-VP1616PRO 16×16 4K UHD Matrix Switch / Video Wall / Multiview over CAT5/6/7 

Unlock limitless AV possibilities with the BG-4K-VP1616PRO 16×16 matrix switcher! Experience pristine 4K, multiviewing and videowall support, and extended signal reach. Perfect for professionals seeking a high-quality, all-in-one solution that simplifies setups and dazzles audiences. This is your Swiss Army Knife of AV distribution! 

Outdoor Displays 

Neptune Full Sun Outdoor Smart TVs by Peerless-AV

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Peerless-AV
Neptune Full Sun Outdoor Smart TVs by Peerless-AV 

Innovation meets clear skies with the Neptune Full Sun Outdoor Smart TV by Peerless-AV, designed to thrive in direct sunlight, increasing the capabilities of entertainment for commercial and residential spaces. Certified to defy the elements, Neptune Outdoor TVs provide an optimal outdoor viewing experience for all. 

Pan/Tilt/Zoom Cameras 

AVer PTZ231

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AVer Information Inc. USA
PTZ231 

The PTZ231 is an advanced PTZ camera that provides users with complete control over their streaming, broadcasting and conferencing content. Equipped with full HD 1080p outputs at 60fps across HDMI, USB and IP outputs, a 30X optical zoom, and the SmartShoot feature, the PTZ231 delivers an unmatched streaming experience.

Specialty A/V Cables, Interconnects, & IR Extenders 

Comprehensive Connectivity Company's Ultra-Flexible Superspeed USB 3.1 5G AV and data Cables

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Comprehensive Connectivity Company
Pro AV/IT Integrator Series Certified Ultra-Flexible 5G USB-C to USB-C Male 4K AV and Data Cable 

Comprehensives Pro AV/IT Integrator Series Ultra-Flexible Superspeed USB 3.1 5G AV and data Cables are specifically designed for AV signal transmission and the demanding applications of Systems Integration. 

TVs/Video Monitors 

Sony's FWD-77A95L Pro BRAVIA Display

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Sony Electronics
FWD-77A95L Pro BRAVIA Display 

Sonys FWD-77A95L color-grading monitor is factory calibrated to match Sonys legendary BVM-HX and PVM-X Series professional monitors, which achieves excellent coverage of the BT.2020 gamut. The FWD-77A95L is Sonys brightest OLED with truly immersive black levels, providing stunning contrast while also supporting exceptional viewing angles for everyone in the room.  

Video Components & Processors 

MX6000 Pro

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Xi’an NovaStar Tech Co., Ltd.
MX6000 Pro  

The MX6000 Pro has versatile and robust hardware design. It offers stunning image quality and flexible color adjustment. It ensures camera shooting adaptation. In addition, the MX6000 Pro offers an intuitive software interface for a user-friendly experience. 

Videoconferencing/Telepresence Solutions 

Jabra PanaCast 50

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Jabra
PanaCast 50 

Jabra PanaCast 50 is an intelligent video bar that gives all meeting participants an equal experience. With a unique 180-degree field of view in Panoramic-4K, premium, high-definition audio, ultra-advanced AI-powered adaptive architecture, and a simple, plug-and-play setup, PanaCast 50 is a future-ready video solution for small and medium-sized meeting rooms. 

Video Distribution Systems 

Apantac OG-HDBT3 Video Distribution System

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Apantac
OG-HDBT3  

Now you can experience the unparalleled reliability of the broadcast industry in the ProAV world with Apantacs groundbreaking modular and hot-swappable HDBaseT transmitters and receivers featuring the OG-HDBT3 cards. Seamlessly integrated into the OGX openGear frame, with an optional hot-swappable redundant power supply. 
Elevate your ProAV experience with Apantac – where reliability meets innovation. 

Video Projection Screens 

Commercial Integrator BEST Awards - Da-Lite Myriad electric screen system

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Da-Lite, a brand of Legrand
Myriad Electric Screen System  

Da-Lites Myriad electric screen system streamlines installation with ceiling-recessed and wall-/ceiling-mounted options. Featuring the companys SightLine cable-drop feature, it comes in 16-foot length and sizes from 14 feet to 16 feet wide in 16:9 HDTV and 16:10 wide formats, and in HD Progressive 16K ready or Parallax Ambient Light Rejection options for superior viewing. 

Video Streaming Solutions 

Epiphan Video Epiphan Video

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Epiphan Video
Pearl Nexus 

The Pearl Nexus is the first purpose-built rackmount capture appliance designed for Pro AV and Higher Education. Pearl Nexus seamlessly works with your existing AV infrastructure to deliver a superior, automated video capture experience at scale. 

Videowall Solutions 

Sony’s Crystal LED VERONA

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Sony Electronics
Crystal LED VERONA  

The result of industry-guided development, Sonys Crystal LED VERONA simultaneously achieves true black levels and reduces reflections, enabling the next generation of quality for in-camera VFX applications. Ideally suited to demanding virtual production applications, our VERONA modular Crystal LED videowalls deliver breathtaking images with truly impressive brightness and clarity.

Commercial Integrator BEST Awards for Building Enhancements

Cell Signal Booster Solutions 

Commercial Integrator BEST Awards - Nextivity CEL-FI GO G43 Cell Signal Booster Solution

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Nextivity
CEL-FI GO G43 

Designed to offer retailers, convenience stores, quick-serve restaurants, and other small businesses a fast way to solving in-building cellular coverage challenges, the CEL-FI GO G43 is a multi-operator cellular coverage solution that ensures reliable in-building 3G, 4G, and 5G connectivity for up to three Mobile Network Operator (MNO) signals. 

Motorized Window Treatments 

Somfy Systems, Inc. Sonesse 40 AC Zigbee Motorized Window Treatment

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Somfy Systems, Inc.
Sonesse 40 AC Zigbee  

The Sonesse 40 AC Zigbee motor is a connected, bi-directional, quiet 120V/60Hz AC wired motor designed for a variety of interior window coverings. It offers lifting capacities of 4, 6, and 9 Nm, optimized for narrow window spaces. Features include seamless integration with any decor, a thin round head with interchangeable colors (white, black, and grey), and a recessed metal adaptor plate compatible with all hardware systems. 

Power Conditioning, Surge Suppression, & Energy Solutions 

Commercial Integrator BEST Awards - AMETEK SurgeX Vertical Series+ Smart PDU

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AMETEK SurgeX
Vertical Series+ smart PDU  

The SurgeX Vertical Series+ smart power distribution unit (PDU) pairs the high-quality, reliable power protection and conditioning technology integrators expect from SurgeX, combined with the cloud-based power quality analytics, fleet management, and risk prevention capabilities of SurgeX CONNECT. 

Large-Scale Control System 

Samsung SmartThings Pro 1

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Samsung Electronics
SmartThings Pro   

Discover SmartThings Pro – the future of intelligent business integration. Seamlessly connect and control IoT devices with ease. Simplified setup, robust security, and reliability empower integrators. Enhance operational efficiency, security, and customer satisfaction. Elevate your projects with SmartThings Pro. 

Commercial Integrator BEST Awards for Dealer/Installer Aids

Cabinets, Furniture, Racks, Mounts & Cases 

Middle Atlantic Forum Lectern

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Middle Atlantic
Forum Lectern  

Middle Atlantic Forum Lectern is the latest solution in its award-winning AV furniture line, Forum Collaboration Suite. ADA-compliant and electrically height-adjustable, it suits educational and presentation settings. Customization options include logo panels, worksurface choices, and various colorways, ensuring adaptability to any space. 

Case Study

Commercial Integrator BEST Awards - Crestron is a technology partner of the Giants

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Crestron Electronics, Inc.
New York Giants  

As a technology partner of the Giants, Crestron worked with the team to transform the draft room, where strategy, dedication, and cutting-edge technology come together to forge the future of Big Blue. The Giants Draft Room was transformed from manual magnets to Crestron-controlled displays which provides the tools to improve workflows and amplify efficiency. 

Installation Tools & Testers 

Samsung Display Configurator

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Samsung Electronics
Samsung Display Configurator  

With the Samsung Display Configurator, seamlessly simulate installation, customize configurations, and visualize solutions with unparalleled precision. Streamline planning and sales processes effortlessly, whether on PC or mobile. 

Project Management & Design/Web Software 

D-Tools accepting Commercial Integrator BEST Awards honors at InfoComm 2024 Las Vegas

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D-Tools, Inc.
System Integrator v21 

D-Tools System Integrator (SI) V21 is an update to the companys industry-leading software solution for security integrators, with new features including Dark Mode, streamlined scheduling and documentation, improved bulk data management and much more. The software integrates with D-Tools Product Library of more than 1.6 million products with dealer-level pricing.  

Training, Consulting, & Publications/Business Services 

Commercial Integrator BEST Awards - E4-Chicago-2024-Dan Ferrisi and Dan Smith

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Exertis Almo
Exertis Almo E4 Experience  

The E4 Experience brings together top educators, manufacturing partners, AVIXA CTS Renewal Unit certified training, technology firsts and endless networking opportunities. Attendees can expect to learn the latest business and industry trends necessary to stay productive and gain valuable skills that can immediately be implemented. 

Fiberoptic Transport 

Commercial Integrator BEST Awards - BZBGEAR BG-EXH-8KF 8K HDMI 2.1 Fiber Extender

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BZBGEAR
BG-EXH-8KF 8K HDMI 2.1 Fiber Extender  

Elevate your AV installations with the BG-EXH-8KF HDMI over Fiber extender! Supporting 8K@60 and 4K@120, advanced HDR, and Dolby Atmos, it extends signals up to 300 meters/984 feet with features for seamless control. Future-proof your setups with the latest in Ultra HD technology today! 

Multimedia Cabling 

Valens VS6320 HDBaseT-USB3 Extension IC

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Valens
VS6320 HDBaseT-USB3 Extension IC 

Valens Semiconductors VS6320 provides extension of high-performance USB 3.2 peripherals at up to 100 meters/328 feet over Category cable. It supports both USB3 (Superspeed 5Gbps) and USB2 (480Mbps), all types of USB transfer protocols, as well as dedicated control signals and power over Category cable. 

Network Management Solutions 

Araknis Networks 220-Series Single-WAN Multi-Gigabit VPN Router

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Snap One
Araknis Networks 220-Series Single-WAN Multi-Gigabit VPN Router 

Unleash the power of multi-gig connectivity and remote management with the new Araknis 220-Series router. Meet modern network demands with this versatile and secure solution that is enabled with OvrC Pro, providing free remote management. 

Networking (Wireless, Powerline, & Coax) & Storage 

Snap One’s Access Networks Wi-Fi 6 Unleashed Access Points with OvrC Integration

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Snap One
Access Networks Wi-Fi 6 Unleashed Access Points with OvrC Integration 

Access Networks Wi-Fi 6 Unleashed Access Points now include native OvrC integration! Experience unmatched networking connectivity from setup to support in this combination of enterprise-grade access point technology and the OvrC advanced cloud management platform that streamlines configuration, scalability, remote management, and so much more.

New Commercial Integrator BEST Awards Categories

Programming Company / Service Provider of the Year

Control Concepts team accepting Commercial Integrator BEST Awards honors at InfoComm 2024 in Las Vegas

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Control Concepts, Inc. 

Programmers dont typically get the recognition they deserve for their contributions to the success of a project. Control Concepts is fortunate in knowing that the building blocks that are used by programmers across the globe contribute to the widespread success of integration projects and manufacturer product adoption throughout world. With thousands of downloads per year, Control Concepts has a hand in ensuring that others are able to do their jobs more effectively and accomplish their goals with confidence. 

AV Person of the Year

Commercial Integrator BEST Awards - AV Person of the Year Jeff Murray. CEO, AVPro Global Holdings, LLC

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Jeff Murray. CEO, AVPro Global Holdings, LLC 

Since 2015, AVPro Global Holdings has grown to become one of the most trusted suppliers for the residential and commercial audio/video distribution markets under the guidance and leadership of CEO Jeff Murray. AVPro Global brands deliver best-in-class, highly innovative AV solutions and support services to integration professionals, enhancing their ability to succeed in a competitive market. 

To see a complete list of this year’s Commercial Integrator BEST Awards nominees, check out our Nominees’ Gallery!

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