52 BEST Products of 2016

Published: 2016-06-08

The Commercial Integrator BEST Awards program highlights the most outstanding new products, solutions and services that could impact the commercial integration industry in 2016.

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, Building Enhancements, Control and Automation, Networking and Communications, Dealer/Installer Aids and Security. 

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 8th at InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas. Visit booth #N3346 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 of Commercial Integrator.

The Commercial Integrator 2016 BEST award winners are:


Acoustical Treatments: Cambridge Sound Management—Qt Active Emitter
Audio Components & Processors: Extron Electronics—AXP 64 C AT
Audio Conferencing Solutions: Shure Incorporated—Microflex Advance
Audio Distribution Systems: Cloud Electronics—MA40FT and Klipsch Audio—Klipsch Professional Series Landscape Speakers (tie)
Collaboration: Oblong Industries, Inc—Mezzanine
Conference/Classroom Projectors: Barco—Barco F90-4K13 Projector
Cooling Devices for TVs/Racks: Tripp Lite—SRCOOL7KRM Rack-Mounted Air Conditioning Unit
Digital Signage Hardware: Planar, A Leyard Company—Planar LookThru Transparent OLED Display
Digital Signage Software: BrightSign—BrightSign BrightBeacon – Integrated Beacon Technology
Display Mounts: Peerless-AV—Peerless-AV Supreme Full Service Video Wall Mount (DS-VW775)
Installed Loudspeakers & Subwoofers: HARMAN—JBL Professional Control Contractor Series Surface Mount Speakers
Interactive Whiteboards: BenQ America Corp.—BenQ RP750 Interactive Flat Panel
Large Venue Projectors: BenQ America Corp.—BenQ LU9715 Laser Projector
Matrix Switchers: ZeeVee—ZyPer
Media Servers: Barco—Barco XPR-604 Media Server
Mixers & Mixing Consoles: Mackie—AXIS Digital Mixing System
Outdoor Displays: Samsung Electronics America—Samsung OHD Series Smart Signage and SunBriteTV—SB-8418HD (tie)
Paging Systems: Bosch—Bosch PLENA matrix
Pan/Tilt/Zoom Cameras: BOLIN TECHNOLOGY—BOLIN VCC-84K12S-SMB 4K HDBaseT PTZ Camera
Projector Mounts: Tempest—G4 Projector Enclosures
Specialty A/V Cables, Interconnects, & IR Extenders: Gefen—Gefen Ultra HD HDBaseT 2.0 Extender for HDMI (EXT-UHDA-HBT2)
TVs/Video Monitors: LG Electronics—Dual-View Flat OLED Display
Venue/Line Array Loudspeakers: HARMAN—JBL Professional PD500 Series Loudspeakers
Video Components & Processors: Crestron—HD Streaming Transmitter/Receiver (DM-TXRX-100-STR)
Video Conferencing/Telepresence Solutions: Atlona—AT-UHD-HDVS-300-KIT
Video Distribution Systems: Aurora Multimedia—VLX Series and WyreStorm—WyreStorm NetworkHD 200-Series with Touch Control (tie)
Video Projection Screens: Screen Innovations—Zero-G
Video Scaler: Crestron—4K DigitalMedia Receiver & Room Controller w/Scaler (DM-RMC-4K-SCALER-C)
Video Walls Solutions: Barco—Flagship Laser for 24/7 Control Rooms
Wired Microphones: Audio-Technica—ATND931 Gooseneck Ceiling-Mount Microphone with Dante Network Output

Building Enhancements

Cell Signal Booster Solutions: Nextivity—Cel-Fi DUO+ Smart Signal Booster
Lighting: Fixtures/LED/Fiber Optic: LumaStream—EON 492
Motorized Window Treatments: Somfy Systems, Inc.—Sonesse ULTRA 50 DC RS485
Power Conditioning, Surge Suppression, & Energy Solutions: Panamax—Panamax VT4315-PRO

Control & Automation

Large-Scale Control Systems: Kramer Electronics—Kramer Control
Touchscreens: Crestron—15.6” HD Touch Screen (TS-1542)

Networking & Communications

Fiber-optic Transport: Cleerline SSF LC type connector—SSF LC Fiber Optic Connectors
IP Enabling Devices: DVIGear—DisplayNet DN-100 Series Transmitters and Receivers
Multimedia Cabling: Crestron—DM Ultra Cable (DM-CBL-ULTRA-NP, DM-CBL-ULTRA-P)
Network Management Solutions: Pakedge by Control4—Pakedge NK-1-CP
Networking (Wireless, Powerline, & Coax) & Storage: EnGenius Technologies—EnStationAC Outdoor Long-Range 11ac Wireless Bridge
Telecom Infrastructure & Intercoms: Wahsega Labs—2×2 Ceiling Speaker with SIP and InformaCast for Two Classrooms

Dealer/Installer Aids

Cabinets, Furniture, Racks, Mounts & Cases: Middle Atlantic Products—Hub
Case Study: Peerless-AV—Peerless-AV and Volta Digital Hybrid Charging Stations
Installation Tools & Testers: Platinum Tools—Net Chaser
Programming, Design & Engineering Solutions: Crestron—Crestron .AV Framework
Project Management & Design/Web Software: D-Tools, Inc.—System Integrator 2016 (SI 2016)
Training, Consulting, & Publications/Business Services: Almo Professional A/V—E4 AV Tour


Access Control Solutions: ASSA ABLOY—IN100 Aperio Wireless Lock & Yale —nexTouch Keypad Access Lock

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