The 2020 BEST Awards (Best Electronics Systems Technologies) from Commercial Integrator focuses on letting the integrator audience know which AV products have stood out among the rest this year. This collection of outstanding AV products and services are impacting the commercial integration industry every day, and we seek to give each winner its due respect for helping to advance the industry.
The 2020 BEST Awards selections were judged by an unbiased panel of industry editorial leaders. Judging is done individually, with each judge giving a score for three separate categories for each audio video product.
Scoring categories included product design and technological innovation, functional features of the product, and the benefit that each product provides to commercial integrators. Scores were tallied in order to determine the winners in each product category.
“With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting physical events, we believe it’s more important this year than ever before to highlight products that integrators should be aware of,” says Jonathan Blackwood, CI editorial director.
“With integrators unable to walk show floors, we hope our BEST Awards announcements will help them learn more about some of the best AV products that have stood out this year.
“There are a number of submissions to look through, each one of them certainly deserving of praise. Only one can be chosen in each product category,” he says.
“Our judges make sure to consider the benefits each product provides to integrators and their businesses. Further, we try to consider how these products improve the workflow of end users once the integrator is finished with the project and off the site. When it comes down to it, the products selected this year provide serious benefits to integrators and their customers.”
Now, we present the 2020 CI BEST AV Product winners.
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Best Audio Video Products
- Acoustical Treatments — Acoustical Surfaces – SoundBlox Acoustic Partitions
- Audio Components & Processors — Bluesound Professional – Bluesound Professional B100S
- Audio Conferencing Solutions — Crestron Electronics, Inc. – Crestron Flex Tabletop UC Video Conference System
- Audio Distribution Systems — Shure Incorporated – IntelliMix® Room
- Collaboration — WolfVision – Cynap Pure Pro
- Conference/Classroom Projectors — Epson America, Inc. – Epson BrightLink 1485Fi 1080p 3LCD Interactive Laser Display
- Digital Signage Hardware — NEC Display Solutions of America – A Series dvLED
- Digital Signage Software — Navori Labs – QL Mobile
- Display Mounts — Premier Mounts – Convergent Direct-View LED Video Wall Mount
- Installed Loudspeakers & Subwoofers — Renkus-Heinz, Inc. – ICC12/3
- Interactive Whiteboards — Samsung Electronics America – Flip 2
- Large Venue Projectors — Epson America, Inc. – Epson Pro L12000QNL Native 4K 3LCD Projector
- Matrix Switchers — Crestron Electronics, Inc. – 4K Multiformat 5×1 AV Switch and Receiver with 4-Port Ethernet Switch
- Media Servers — RealMotion – Gold Series Servers
- Microphones — Kramer – Omnivore KM-2B
- Outdoor Displays — Mimo Monitors – Mimo Monitors 21.5″ Outdoor Capacitive Touch Display
- Paging Systems — Axis Communications, Inc. – AXIS C1410 Network Mini Speaker
- Pan/Tilt/Zoom Cameras — AVer Information Inc. – TR530
- Specialty A/V Cables, Interconnects, & IR Extenders — Kramer – K-Spider
- TVs/Video Monitors — Canon – Canon DP-V3120
- Venue/Line Array Loudspeakers — JBL Professional – VTX A8
- Video Components & Processors — NovaStar – HDR Master 4K
- Video Conferencing/Telepresence Solutions — Elo – Elo Touchscreen Huddle Solutions
- Video Distribution Systems — VITEC – EZ TV Lite
- Video Walls Solutions — Planar – Planar® LookThru™ Transparent OLED Display
Best Building Enhancements Products
- Cell Signal Booster Solutions — Wilson Electronics – Enterprise 4300
- Power Conditioning, Surge Suppression, & Energy Solutions — SurgeX – Squid
Best Control & Automation Products
- Large-Scale Control Systems — AVI-SPL – AVI-SPL Symphony
Best Dealer/Installer Aids
- Cabinets, Furniture, Racks, Mounts & Cases Fiber-optic Transport Salamander Designs – Large Meeting/Conference Unifi™ Tables
- Case Study — Crestron Electronics, Inc. – The University of Notre Dame
- Project Management & Design/Web Software — D-Tools, Inc. – System Integrator (SI)
Best Networking & Communications Products
- Fiber-optic Transport — Cleerline Technology Group – Cleerline SSF™ 8K UHD HDMI Active Optical Cable
- IP Enabling Devices — Crestron Electronics, Inc. – Wi-Fi® Network I/O Extender with 2 COM Ports
- Network Management Solutions — Crestron Electronics, Inc. – Crestron XiO Cloud™
- Networking (Wireless, Powerline & Coax) & Storage — Lowell Manufacturing Company – Service Interface Panel
Best Security Products
- Access Control Solutions — Speco Technologies – Speco Access
- Mass Notification Emergency Communication — Singlewire Software – InformaCast Fusion with Mobile Command Center
- Surveillance Solutions — Aurora Multimedia Corp – Tauri Temperature Tablet
View the slideshow for a closer look at the Commercial Integrator 2020 BEST Awards winning AV products