2021 ESX Innovation Award Winners Revealed

July 2, 2021 by ESX 2023

ESX’s Innovation Awards distinguish innovation and excellence in the industry — and identify the next-gen products and services that will offer significant opportunities for growth for integrator companies.  

These products and services were selected by an independent panel of judges based on a specific set of criteria, including ingenuity, applicability, response to market need and more.  

The 2021 ESX Innovation Awards Judging Panel, led by Don Childers of Security Central, included Grady Medcalf, Comcast; Michele Monheim, Amherst Alarm, Inc.; and Rodger Reiswig, Johnson Controls. ESX is grateful to these judges for lending their time and expertise to this important program that recognizes forward-thinking ideas within the security industry.  

“We are proud to highlight next-gen products and services that create new opportunities for security professionals to offer their end users,” says George De Marco, ESX chairman. “In addition, these winners offer innovative solutions for companies looking to effectively grow their revenues, improve the customer experience and maximize their profits.” 

ESX congratulates the forward thinking companies behind these 13 breakthrough technologies for 2021 (winners listed in alphabetical order by category).  


Access Control  

Controllers – Stand-Alone of Networked or Appliance Based Systems  

Product: X1 Series  

Company: DMP  


Hosted/Managed Access Systems  

Product: Brivo Access  

Company: Brivo  

Entry Control  

Product: AXIS Camera Station Secure Entry  

Company: Axis Communications, Inc.  


Digital Health/Well-Being Systems  


Product: Aloe Care Health Smart Hub  

Company: Aloe Care Health  


Fire/Life Safety  

Cellular/Radio Communications  

Product: MQ03-LTE-M-FIRE-AV  

Company: M2M Services  


Installation/Service Tools  

Residential — Systems Design/LifeCycle Maintenance  

Product: Alula Services Platform Optimization  

Company: Alula  


Intrusion Systems  

Controllers & Control Panels  

Product: 2GIG EDGE Security and Automation Panel  

Company: Nortek Control  


Notification Appliances — Motion/Contacts/Environmental  

Product: Integrated FogShield  

Company: Essence Group  


Monitoring Station  

Alarm Monitoring for End User  

Product: Instant Connect  

Company: Dynamark Monitoring, Inc.  


Smart Home — Electronics/Control Systems/Networking  

Internet of Things  

Product: Flex IO  

Company: Alarm.com  



Product: IQ WiFi  

Company: Johnson Controls  


Specialty Products & Services  


Product: IQ Water Valve  

Company: Johnson Controls  


Video Surveillance  

Video Analytics  

Product: Video Analytics Doorbell  

Company: Alarm.com