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Electronic Security Expo


July 19, 2021 ESX


Educational Sessions, Main Stage Presentations, Tech Talks and More Showcased Innovative Technologies and Business Strategies for the Electronic Security and Life Safety Industry 


The Electronic Security Expo (ESX) 2021 Virtual Experience, presented by the Electronic Security Association (ESA), wrapped up on June 17, delivering a wide breadth of educational content, product innovations and networking opportunities. Security professionals from all corners of the industry attended ESX to hear from thought leaders and industry experts on business strategies and best practices.  

The event’s virtual Main Stage delivered insight for security dealers, integrators, and monitoring companies, with real world recommendations for competing in an increasingly competitive market. During the Opening Keynote, sponsored by NAPCO Security Technologies and its Starlink brand, Ryan Estis delivered a powerful message on how to take your company to the next level with his “Adapt and Thrive” presentation. At the OpenXchange, sponsored by Security Central, the CEOs of Brilliant, RapidSOS and RSPNDR gave their perspectives on how security professionals should consider navigating the changing competitive landscape. And for the General Session, sponsored by NMC, John Mack from Imperial Capital provided a session about the challenges, trends, and opportunities in business of security.    

Over 24 educational sessions, presented by industry peers and business experts, revealed  best practices and ideas on how to achieve exceptional operational and financial performance. Industry-specific sessions and case studies delivered actionable content for a wide range of solutions for security professionals to consider and adopt. 

Attendees also benefited from a host of opportunities to review the latest technologies and product innovations in the industry. Through the Virtual Expo and TechTalks, leading solutions providers, such as ADI,, Axis Communications, DMP, NAPCO and Resideo, showcased products and services that help security professionals provide more value to end users, and increase revenues and profits. For a complete listing of ESX Exhibitors and Sponsors, including the Product Preview, click on the links provided.  

As part of the overall ESX 2021 Virtual Experience program, the Innovation Award program recognized breakthrough technologies that were recently introduced to the market. More than a dozen products were recognized as category winners across a portfolio that included Access Control, Intrusion Systems, Monitoring Systems, Video Surveillance and Smart Home Systems. For a complete listing of category winners, visit the ESX Innovation Award website.   

“Once again, ESX brought together the best and most innovative business leaders along with a full suite of highly relevant and valuable content, to learn, share, and explore new ways to leverage technology and business strategies that drive the security industry forward,” said George De Marco, ESX Chairman.   

Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information about ESX 2022, taking place live and in-person June 14-17, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. 



July 2, 2021 ESX

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  




Product: IQ WiFi  

Company: Johnson Controls  


Specialty Products & Services  


Product: IQ Water Valve  

Company: Johnson Controls  


Video Surveillance  

Video Analytics  

Product: Video Analytics Doorbell