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Winners of GSN’s 2013 border security awards to be announced on March 11
After receiving word from border security awards program chief judge Chuck Brooks that final judging decisions have been completed, Government Security News has announced that the names of the platinum, gold and silver award winners will be unveiled in GSN’s Border Security Weekly e-newsletter on Monday, March 11, the day before the opening of the 2013 Border Security Expo in Phoenix, AZ.
According to Brooks, the heaviest turnout and hottest competition was among vendor companies in the group categories of “Detection Solutions,” which included explosives detection, radar detection and outdoor ground sensors; “Surveillance Solutions,” which included best border security video surveillance solution, best covert surveillance solution, best thermal night vision solution, best wide area persistent surveillance and best mobile wireless video surveillance solution; and “Communications Solutions,” which included best bi-directional mobile communications solution, best situational awareness solution, and best mass notification system.
Brooks also pointed out that there were some very interesting and competitive entries in “Other Physical Security and Software Categories,” in categories such as best alternative power sources, best barriers (including bollards, fencing, gates and guard booths), best integrated perimeter protection systems and best physical security information management systems (PSIMs). Entries in all categories were quite advanced in the technologies they described, according to Brooks.
Despite the strong entries in a number of categories, however, GSN felt that the turnout was not quite high enough to support a full-fledged sit-down dinner in Phoenix, according to GSN managing partner Adrian Courtenay. So, the gala dinner that was scheduled to take place shortly after the Border Security Expo’s networking reception on the evening of March 12 will not take place in 2013. Hopefully, such a dinner will take place in future years, as the event gains more traction, Courtenay explained.
“The entries we received were impressive,” said Courtenay, “and border security is an important national topic that’s in the news all the time, but not all of the companies and government agencies that entered were going to be represented in Phoenix next week, so we reluctantly decided to postpone the first border security awards dinner and wait until a future year, when the awards program grows larger.”
In lieu of presenting the award certificates to winners at a gala dinner, Courtenay noted, GSN’s editor-in-chief, Jacob Goodwin, will be at the Expo and will deliver winner certificates to the platinum, gold and silver winners at their exhibitor booths throughout the Expo. GSN will mail the certificates and online winner emblems to those companies and government agencies that will not be in attendance at the Expo.
“Jacob will also be there,” said Courtenay, “to thank the border security awards lead sponsor, Telephonics, a company that offers mobile surveillance systems, ground surveillance systems, AN/APS-153 (V) Multimode Maritime Surveillance Radar, Trulink wireless intercoms, integrated perimeter protection and so many other technologies and solutions used by the military and in border security.”