The Electronic Security Expo – (ESX) Announces 2023 Innovation Award Winners  

June 6, 2023 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 2023 ESX Innovation Awards Judging Panel, led by Mark Reimer of ADT, also included Michele Monheim, Customer Service Manager of Amherst Alarm, Inc., Rodger Reiswig, Fellow & VP Industry Relations/Global Fire Detection Products of Johnson Controls, Richard Tampier, Vice President of Strategic Growth at ADT Commercial and Philip Love from Security Central. 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. 

“This year’s ESX Innovation Award winners are a shining example of the transformative power of creativity and innovation. Their ideas and solutions are pushing the industry forward, making for a more productive and profitable future for alarm dealers, integrators, and monitoring companies. Congratulations to all the 2023 ESX innovation winners!” says George DeMarco, ESX Chairman 

ESX congratulates the forward-thinking companies behind these breakthrough technologies for 2023 (winners listed in alphabetical order by category).   

Access Control ID Systems: 

Controllers – Stand-alone or Networked or Appliance Based Systems 


Product: Cell Connector for Access Control 


Company: STid  

Product: Architect Series 

Dealer Services: 

Customer Experience 

Company: MacGuard Security Advisors 

Product: Likelihood to Stay Score 

Business Operations 

Company: National Monitoring Center 

Product: Nexus 

Financial Services 

Company: BOLD Group 

Product: Managely, Financial and Business Management Software 

Intrusion Control Systems: 

Detection Sensors – Annunciators / Strobes / Audible Devices 

Company: Essence Security 

Product: Myshield 1.5 

Notification Appliances – Motion / Contacts / Environmental 

Company: Winland Electronics 

Product:  EAPro-Gateway and Associated Wireless Sensors 

Monitoring Central Stations: 

Alarm Monitoring for End User 

Company: Becklar 

Product: The Becklar Customer Engagement Platform  

Dealer App 

Company: Avantguard 

Product: AG Mobile Technician App 


Company: BOSCH 

Product: Conettix B6800-SR Software Central Station Receiver 

Smart Home: 

Home Automation / Home Control Systems 

Company: Napco Security Technologies 

Product: Prima 

Audio / Video Receivers / Electronic Door Locks / Garage Door Controls 

Company: Snap One 

Product: Episode Radiance 

Video Surveillance: 

Video Analytics 

Company: Eagle Eye Networks 

Product: Smart Video Search 

Video Management Software 

Company: Dice Corporation 

Product: Matrix Interactive Video Monitoring Platform 


The TechVision Challenge is a Shark Tank Style Competition held at ESX where judges recognize outstanding products and services that drive the electronic security and life safety industry forward. The TechVision Challenge is an opportunity for manufacturers and service providers to come up with innovative end user offerings and tools that help dealers, integrators and monitoring professionals become more efficient and profitable.

The selection of the winner is based on specific judging criteria that includes:

  • Features & Functions
  • Aesthetic & Design Qualities
  • Groundbreaking or Innovative
  • Improving End User Experience
  • Overall WOW Factor
  • Improves Efficiency
  • Increases Company Value
  • Regulatory Compliance

It is up to each contestant to prepare their own presentations for the competition and the TechVision Challenge judging criteria will be used to determine what product or service will be named Best of Show for ESX 2023.

This year, only 8 participants from the Innovation Awards judging process were invited to compete in the TechVision Challenge and an interactive judging panel of minim 3 judges watch the presentations. The judges then have up to 12 minutes for each presentation to judge each product.

This year, we had incredible products in the competition for “Best of Show”, but the ultimate winner was Winland for their EAPro-Gateway and Associated Wireless Sensors with runner-up Eagle Eye Networks for their Eagle Eye Smart Video Search.