2021 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winners & 9/11 Special Guests Honored (Part 2 E-Na)

Our keynote speaker TSA Administrator David Pekoske delivered a moving and timely address on the strategic priorities of the 64,000 member TSA workforce in securing the transportation system, enabling safe, and in many cases, contactless travel, and more (Be sure to see Interview.)
Our 2021 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Awards Banquet Luncheon featured a moving and informative keynote from TSA Administrator David Pekoske on the strategic priorities of the 64,000 member TSA workforce in securing the transportation system, enabling safe, and in many cases, contactless travel.

The 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon was an exclusive event featuring two hundred representatives of law enforcement, public safety, and top industry leaders who came together to honor the selfless service of those who stand on the front lines, and those who stand beside them – providing the capabilities and technologies to create a safer world for generations to come. (Continued)


EAGL Technology (First of Two)

Best Body Worn Gunshot Detection Solution

  • BlueFly GSD

  • BlueFly™ is a body-worn Gunshot Detection Sensor (GSD), that uses patented technology designed specifically to detect gunshots near the wearer and monitor the wearer’s posture. 

The BlueFly body-worn solution monitors the wearer’s physical attitude and will immediately and autonomously send a alerts of a “Man-Down” whether from a fall, a take-down, injury, or worse.
  • When gunshots are detected or an officer-down situation occurs, immediate and autonomous notifications are sent to the Real-Time Crime Center and/or Emergency Operations Center (RTCC/EOC). 

  • These notifications can consist of text, email or voice calls to Computer-Aided Dispatch/Mobile Data Terminal (CAD/MDT) and smart devices, and are functions associated with EAGL’s adaptive response integration that includes real-time GPS location. 

  • The BlueFly™ body-worn automatic gunshot and officer-down sensor also comes equipped with an integrated officer-activated panic button.

(Learn More about the EAGL gunshot detection system. Courtesy of EAGL Technology and YouTube.)


EAGL Technology (Second of Two)

Best Gunshot Detection Solution

  • EAGL Gunshot Detection & Lockdown System

  • The EAGL Technology Gunshot Detection and Lockdown System, which combines both indoor and outdoor detection sensors are wireless, battery-operated (7-year battery life), and use both Ballistic Energy Detection and Waveform Analysis to eliminate false alarms.

  • The FireFly® Indoor Gunshot Detection Sensor
    The FireFly® Indoor Gunshot Detection Sensor

    Additionally, the EAGL system can deliver ballistic analysis, live streaming video, automatic lockdown, and geofencing, full notification using text, email, voice, live notification via the systems GUI interface, and integrates directly into any Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) or management system using the EAGL application programming interface (API).

  • Through continued innovation and development, EAGL Technology continues to expand expectations by providing cutting-edge technology, industry-leading system response, and a suite of products that offer the most comprehensive Active-Shooter Emergency Response system available.

  • *EAGL Technology was also recognized in the 2020, 2019, and 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs.



Best Cloud Infrastructure Entitlements Management (CIEM) Solution

Ermetic enables you to address the #1 risk to your cloud infrastructure – identities – by detecting, prioritizing and remediating risky entitlements and misconfigurations at scale.
  • According to Gartner, the #1 threat to cloud infrastructure is entitlements and permissions, because identifying risky permissions and misconfigurations is hugely difficult and requires insight into the access that all users and services have and actually need.

  • Addressing this at scale calls for visibility into thousands of identities, policies, and resources – and mitigating the risks revealed.

  • Using Ermetic, enterprises can enforce least privilege access in their cloud for all identities, across the entire technology stack, and manage their security posture with ease.

  • Ermetic helps Security and DevOps stakeholders work together to ensure cloud security without impact to application continuity or speed to market.

(Ermetic is a public cloud security platform that governs identities and access entitlements, and enables enterprises to automatically enforce least privilege and mitigate risks at scale. Through continuous analysis of entitlements and activity, Ermetic powers least-privilege access policy definition and enforcement for both human and machine identities. Ermetic provides full-stack insight into the effective access entitlements granted by the configuration of identities, compute resources, data stores, and the network. Courtesy of Ermetic and YouTube.)



Best Federal Government Security Program


  • Everbridge Critical Event Management software solutions powers JARVISS, the U.S. DoD’s enterprise system for threat visibility so crisis teams can coordinate all response activities, teams, and resources to accelerate recovery times and maintain command and control when crises evolve into unanticipated scenarios.

Everbridge Crisis Management draws on over 160 patents to bring automation and innovation to managing threats like COVID-19, to provid organizations a single solution for business continuity, disaster recovery, and emergency communication. In one application, crisis teams can coordinate all response activities, teams, and resources to accelerate recovery times and maintain command and control when crises evolve into unanticipated scenarios.
Everbridge Crisis Management draws on over 160 patents to bring automation and innovation to managing threats like COVID-19, to provid organizations a single solution for business continuity, disaster recovery, and emergency communication. In one application, crisis teams can coordinate all response activities, teams, and resources to accelerate recovery times and maintain command and control when crises evolve into unanticipated scenarios.
  • JARVISS provides federal agencies one platform where senior leaders, antiterrorism officers, law enforcement personnel, and emergency managers can identify relevant threats, gain context around each threat to understand its importance, identify all assets that could be affected, and act to avoid or mitigate the impact of a risk event.

  • The Joint Analytic Real-Time Virtual Information Sharing System (JARVISS) primarily focuses on anti-terrorism and other security threats such as active shooters and natural disasters that might affect DoD operations.

  • The US Army and over 70 federal agencies are supported by the Everbridge CEM platform, and since the outbreak of COVID-19, JARVISS also provides support for ongoing threat analysis of the pandemic, giving Army commanders and other DoD users critical insight into the impact of COVID-19 to global operations across 400 military locations in 70 Countries.

(Everbridge Crisis Management provides organizations a single solution for business continuity, disaster recovery, and emergency communication. In one application, crisis teams can coordinate all response activities, teams, and resources to accelerate recovery times and maintain command and control when crises evolve into unanticipated scenarios. Courtesy of Everbridge and YouTube.)

  • *Everbridge was also recognized in the 2019, 2018 and 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs.


Evolv Technology (First of Two)

Best Metal/Weapons Detection Solution

  • Evolv Express

  • Traditional security screening was not designed for today’s dynamic threats, so unlike metal detectors, manual bag checks, wanding, and other traditional solutions, Evolv Express® offers an innovative approach to physical security screening.

Evolv Express
Evolv Express™, powered by the Evolv Cortex AI Software Platform, delivers the frictionless high-speed smart firearm and bomb detection system that screens over 3600 people per hour (60 people per minute) and gets smarter over time.
  • Evolv Express accelerates physical security screening while maintaining the highest degree of weapons detection accuracy.

  • It eliminates the friction that visitors, fans, patrons, employees, and students typically experience moving through security by screening them in a touchless manner.

  • This helps reduce the security risk of crowded security lines. It also drastically reduces false alarm rates and human errors by security guards.

(Spot weapons while ignoring harmless personal items. Evolv Express™ is the world’s first touchless security screening solution that meets all of the post-pandemic security screening requirements. Express is up to 10X faster and far more accurate than metal detectors because it uses new sensor technology and artificial intelligence, so visitors walk right through at a natural pace while carrying their phones, bags, and other personal items. Courtesy of Evolv Technology and YouTube.)


Evolv Technology (Second of Two)

Best Pedestrian Entrance Control Solution

  • At Evolv, they provide a secure and seamless screening experience, making it possible for venues of all kinds to keep visitors safe from concealed weapons, public health threats, and intruders.

  • Evolve is a mission-driven company headquartered and manufactured in the United States with a proven track record in screening people for threats without sacrificing the visitor experience.

  • People screening that’s intelligent, low-profile, and highly accurate — that’s what they do.

(Evolv Express™ is the first no-stop weapons-screening system built to automatically screen groups of people as they walk through without slowing or stopping. Express screens visitors individually or together, while automatically differentiating weapons from personal items. It is the fastest weapons-screening system on the market, consistently screening 60 people every minute for firearms and other threats. That’s 3,600 people per hour – 10X faster than a traditional checkpoint system. Courtesy of Evolv Technology and YouTube.)

  • *Evolv Technology was also recognized in the 2020, 2019 and 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs.


Fiber SenSys 

Best Perimeter Protection Solution

  • Terrain Defender

  • The need for reliable buried line sensors to secure applications including military, VIP and critical infrastructure is growing while the tolerance of faults/nuisance alarms is declining.

  • Customer requests and advances in RF technologies led Fiber SenSys, Inc. to develop the Terrain Defender TD100™ point location buried line sensor system.

TD100 Processing Unit
TD100 Processing Unit
  • The TD100™ BLS represents the latest advancements in coaxial perimeter intrusion detection, using a pair of ported coaxial cables, running parallel to form the sensor, and processors at each end pair sense disturbances using for real-time correlation which dramatically increases the performance of the system.

  • Key features of the Terrain Defender include point locating to within one-meter, virtual zoning, redundant bi-directional signal processing, and terrain-following volumetric sensing, which can be deployed in soil or other organic materials as well as under asphalt and concrete.

(See the key benefits of the TD100™ BLS volumetric point location intrusion sensor system, which was designed for the most critical sites in the world. Courtesy of Fiber SenSys, Inc. and YouTube.)

  • *Fiber SenSys was also recognized in the 2016 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs.



Best Cyber Critical Infrastructure Solution

  • Forcepoint Data Diode

  • Government organizations need to be able to move data from an unclassified network to a classified one with the assurance that data never moves in the opposite direction.

With the increasing shift to hybrid work environments, security teams are pivoting their focus from workplace security to a workforce security approach centered on securing employees’ access to information everywhere.
With the increasing shift to hybrid work environments, security teams are pivoting their focus from workplace security to a workforce security approach centered on securing employees’ access to information everywhere.
  • The Forcepoint Data Diode enables rapid, uni-directional, automated transfer of highly complex data to segment and protect networks, devices, and other digital assets (including databases, historians, SCADA, PLCs, DCS, and more) from external cyber threats.

  • With a diode, data is transmitted one way, much like an ATM offers one-way cash transfers. The customer doesn’t have access to the whole vault—just an authorized amount.

  • This cost-effective solution integrates seamlessly with cross-domain technologies, ensuring one-way transfer traffic can also be deeply inspected at the content level.

(See how you can access and transfer sensitive data resident on multiple, separate networks to secure information sharing and mission success. Protect the human point with Forcepoint Cross Domain Solutions. Courtesy of Forcepoint and YouTube.)

  • *Forcepoint was also a Winner in the 2019, and 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.


Fortem Technologies (First of Two)

Best Persistent Aerial Monitoring Solution

  • The SkyDome® 3.7 is a Counter-UAS System that can anticipate rouge drone vulnerabilities, alert personnel, cue defensive measures or launch a drone to autonomously neutralize malicious drones, so neither civilians nor communities are harmed, and minimize collateral damage in urban environments.

Fortem TrueView® radar
The Fortem SkyDome System consists of a low cost and small form factor family of TrueView® radar, the world’s most advanced low SWAP-C radar system with AI on the edge technology for detecting, tracking, and classifying multiple simultaneous small, low to the ground airborne objects; and the Fortem DroneHunter®, which autonomously pursues, captures, and tows away dangerous or malicious drones with no collateral damage.
  • The SkyDome System has evolved to safely defeat larger and multiple targets where other systems are limited by cost, size, power, range, safety, or single drone targeting.

  • The 3.7 update is an example of that natural evolution where updates are added to a fundamentally disruptive autonomous architecture to create real, viable, ongoing solutions to the evolving drone threats.

  • Flexible and portable, the SkyDome® System deploys as a permanent installation or as part of a mobile solution, and is deployed at world-class venues, military bases, airports and infrastructures around the world and provides an effective and reliable solution.

(See a Live Virtual Demo of a prior SkyDome® System courtesy of Fortem Technologies and YouTube.)


Fortem Technologies (Second of Two)

Best Perimeter Protection Solution

  • SkyDome System 3.7 also pairs DroneHunter’s extensive mitigation range with a long-range camera option that extends the ability to validate a target visually.

Fortem DroneHunter
DroneHunter stops dangerous and malicious drones at a safe distance before they harm people or cause damage to property.
  • While many competing drone solutions utilize camera systems that only have a ~30X zoom, SkyDome System 3.7 offers visual validation up to three times further utilizing an 88X zoom camera.

  • In conjunction with Fortem TrueView radar, this enhanced visual validation range now allows Fortem to boast one of the longest end-to-end detection, validation, and mitigation ranges in the industry.

  • SkyDome System 3.7 also introduced urban clutter suppression algorithms which allows the system to accurately view threatening drones in urban and other high clutter environments.

(Drone sales have exploded in the past few years, filling the air with millions of new aircraft. Simple modifications to these drones by criminals and terrorists have left people, privacy and physical and intellectual property totally exposed. Courtesy of Fortem Technologies and YouTube.)


Fortior Solutions

Best Access Control & Authentication Solution

  • The Fortior Solutions RAPIDGate Program is a patented, award-winning, and SAFETY Act-Designated identity, access and security solution that boasts 99.97% uptime, and serves the government, military, and critical infrastructure sectors, fulfilling end-to-end identity management needs and accommodating a wide set of compliance specifications.

The RAPIDGate® Program is the only vendor-funded program of its kind, supporting organizations from the planning phase through implementation and providing ongoing program support.
The RAPIDGate® Program is the only vendor-funded program of its kind, supporting organizations from the planning phase through implementation and providing ongoing program support.
  • The RAPIDGate program is a complete vendor management solution that includes verification of company sponsorship, company enrollment, multi-language kiosk based registration, individual biographic and biometric collection, equipment, commercial background screenings, DOJ/FBI NCIC/III checks (subject to approval of the relevant government authorities)

  • The RAPIDGate® and RAPID-RCx® programs provided unparalleled perimeter control at some of the most security-conscious organizations in the world including, the U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and NASA among others.

(See RAPIDGate®, a high-assurance identity management program for vendors, contractors and service providers who require escorted or authorized access to secure facilities or sensitive corporate resources, and guard against threats such as unauthorized access, identity theft, fraud or cyber-crime. Courtesy of Fortior Solutions and Vimeo.)

2021 'ASTORS' Premier Sponsors

  • *AST is delighted to welcome Fortior Solutions (formerly SureID) which was recognized in the 2016 ‘ASTORS’, as a New Premier Awards Sponsor in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.



Best Investigation /Surveillance/ Detection

  • Fūsus Real-Time Crime Center in the Cloud

  • Whether it’s a natural disaster, an incident at a major event, or an active shooter or terrorist attack, situations inevitably arise where a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force is required to immediately respond. 

Fūsus combines video with CAD feeds, real-time officer geolocator feeds, IoT sensor data, floorplans, and external data feeds, to create a common operating picture that emphasizes officer, citizen & community safety, giving tactical teams and emergency response personnel the edge they need to operate more effectively.
  • The Fūsus Real-Time Crime Center in the Cloud’s (RTC3s) video intelligence and map-based awareness interface serves as the central integration point for Law Enforcement agencies’ surveillance, security, and life safety technology.

  • Whether it’s a UAV, a traffic camera, a private cell phone video, a building security camera, or a bomb disposal robot, Fūsus can extract the live video feed and send it to your emergency operations center and officers in the field.

  • Fūsus RTC3 creates a public safety ecosystem that combines video with other utilities like Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) data, gunfire detectors, real-time officer geolocator feeds, a registry map of all the public and private cameras in your region, a multi-media tips line for the public, and a digital evidence vault for investigators.

(See how Fūsus Real Time Crime Center In The Cloud Works for cities, schools, & businesses. Courtesy of Fūsus and YouTube.)

  • *Fūsus was also recognized in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.


Gallagher (First of Two)

Best Access Control & Authentication Solution

Gallagher Command Centre Mobile App
Gallagher Command Centre Mobile App
  • Whether your security staff are on guard or on patrol, Command Centre Mobile allows them to spend more time away from their desk, while still maintaining complete awareness of what’s happening on-site and allowing them to manage everyday security issues from wherever they are.

  • Downloadable from the Apple App and Google Play stores, this software provides you with the ability to manage your security securely from anywhere, on or off the corporate network.

  • The app interfaces directly with Gallagher Command Centre, providing a secure link to the site management capabilities that already bring security and business efficiency to your site. 

(The Command Centre Mobile App from Gallagher allows you to extend your security and access control directly to where you need it. Whether your security staff are on guard or on patrol, Command Centre Mobile allows them to spend more time away from their desk, while still maintaining complete awareness of what’s happening on-site and allowing them to manage everyday security issues from wherever they are. Courtesy of Gallagher and YouTube.)


Gallagher (Second of Two)

Best Perimeter Protection Solution – Physical

Gallagher Monitored Pulse Fence System
Gallagher Monitored Pulse Fence System
  • Configured and controlled using Gallagher Command Centre, our effective and reliable solutions can be managed and monitored across multiple sites from one central location.

  • Our cost-effective monitored pulse fence system consists of a grid of energized, high tensile wires that can be constructed inside a new or existing perimeter fence.

  • The monitored wires detect unauthorized entry or exit into defined areas and trigger instant alerts.

(Gallagher Security’s perimeter detection solutions offer quick and reliable detection of unauthorized entry to your site. As part of a responsive security approach, our sensors can trigger alarms without the intruder being aware, prompting video verification of the intrusion, or triggering an escalated security response. Courtesy of Gallagher and YouTube.)

  • *Gallagher was also recognized in the 2020, and 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.


Genasys (First of Two)

Best Long Range Acoustic Hailing Solution

  • LRAD 1000Xi

  • The LRAD 1000Xi is a power efficient, long distance communication system designed for applications ranging from critical infrastructure protection to territorial water, border and port security, and large vessel and vehicle installations.

LRAD 1000Xi Communicate Even Further with Longer Range AHD
LRAD 1000Xi – Communicate Even Further with Longer Range AHD
  • Featuring a rugged carbon fiber emitter head integrated with electronics and amplification, the LRAD 1000Xi comes standard with an MP3 Control Module for playing recorded messages and an all-weather microphone for live broadcasts.

  • The MP3 Control module also enables remote operation of the device from safe locations. Superior voice intelligibility and an extended frequency range ensure broadcasts are clearly heard and understood over wind, engine and background noise.

  • The LRAD 1000Xi provides a long-range communications capability to issue authoritative voice commands and attention-commanding deterrent tones to determine intent, safely enhance response capabilities, modify behavior, and scale the use of force if necessary.


Genasys (Second of Two)

Best Mass Notification Solution – Hardware

  • Genasys 360XT

  • During disasters and emergency situations, the ability to quickly deploy communication systems that broadcast exceptionally intelligible voice messages locally and over large areas is crucial to ensure public safety.

Genasys 360XT
Communicate Anytime, Anywhere – with the Genasys 360XT Self-Contained Mobile Public Safety Notification System
  • The Genasys 360XT delivers LRAD’s renowned, highly intelligible voice and alert tone broadcasts with uniform 360° coverage from a rapidly deployable, telescoping 30-foot pneumatic mast.

  • The Genasys 360XT is integrated and mounted on a fully self-contained, ruggedized trailer featuring securely mounted, lockable electronics and equipment enclosures containing the amplifier modules and battery pneumatic systems.

  • The mobile Genasys 360XT comes standard with a Genasys 360X dual emitter configuration that provides up to an 850-meter radius of communication coverage.

(Atherton and Menlo Park, CA fire, police and public safety officials experience the superiority of a Genasys Mass Notification system versus a siren installation. Courtesy of Genasus and YouTube.)

  • *Genasys Inc. (formerly LRAD) has now been recognized in their Sixth Consecutive Year in the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards.



Best License Plate Recognition Solution

  • Genetec AutoVu

  • The Security Center AutoVu automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) system alerts users to wanted or unpermitted vehicles, even when they’re not looking for them.

  • This solution gives users real-time insights into your environment while helping your team work more efficiently.

Genetec AutoVu
Choose between Genetec AutoVu fixed or mobile ALPR, or install both.
  • Choose between fixed or mobile ALPR, or install both, as users also can unify the AutoVu solution with video and other systems to get a complete picture of any situation.

  • Genetec was also recognized in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.


Global Elite Group

  • Best Airport/Aviation Security Solution (Tie**)

  • Airport/Aviation Security Solution

  • Global Elite Group oversees the security of over 60 clients across the aviation industry, including international airlines, and regional airports.

  • In the 17 years since the company was founded, a lot of growth has taken place and this once regional provider has a far-reaching reputation for delivering outstanding value and a customized approach for each client’s needs.

Global Elite Group
Global Elite Group provides a wide range of solutions in aviation security with support for both the commercial and private aviation communities, and agents come to you with years of experience and a thorough understanding of the industry.
  • Global’s foundation offerings focus on aviation security, which makes up 95% of its business portfolio and has been the driver for developing a complete range of AVSEC services that are tailored to the express needs of each customer from aircraft guarding and airside escorting, baggage pilferage investigations/prevention and cargo guarding, escorting & screening, to emergency response support, passenger behavioral assessments & verification and even explosives/narcotics canine units.

  • *Global Elite Group was also recognized in the 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs, respectively.



Best Software Composition Analysis

  • CodeSentry

  • CodeSentry is derived from GrammaTech’s ground-breaking binary code analysis research, which achieves deep scalable analysis without the need for source code and is suitable for enterprise-wide adoption. 

  • Binary analysis is both efficient and less error-prone than conventional SCA tools and due to CodeSentry’s high precision and recall results in fewer missed vulnerabilities and fewer false positives.

  • The key advantage of CodeSentry is the ability to interrogate – at the binary level – both open source software and the third-party software that is now so commonly used.

(At least 90% of corporations use third-party software and 95% of proprietary or custom software applications they create contain third-party components. To overcome this blind spot in assessing third-party software inventory and risk, CodeSentry allows security professionals to measure and manage the risk associated with open source vulnerabilities in third-party software quickly and easily. Courtesy of GrammaTech and Youtube.)

  • *GrammaTech was also recognized in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.


guardDog Solutions (First of Three)

Best Cyber Analytics Solution

  • Once activated, users’ Fido device goes to work by detecting threats and vulnerabilities on your network.

  • From there, the users’ cloud dashboard displays incidents by threat level and shows them information on how to resolve the issues before they become a problem.


guardDog Solutions (Second of Three)

Best Vulnerability Management Solution

  • guardDog.AI

  • Installation is a snap, and protection is a power light away.

  • Secure a home, a small office, a large enterprise, or any other organization with a cyber security management solution made easy that offers services to match the user’s needs.

Networks require regular maintenance and cannot protect themselves from attacks they can’t see. Protection starts instantly the moment your Fido device powers up.
  • How it Works:  Unbox your Fido device, connect to your network, and register. From the moment the power light appears, protection begins. Fido gets to know your network and your devices.

  • It recognizes intruders and defends your network and devices. When someone attacks, it deploys automated countermeasures. User’s networks and devices are scanned vigilantly to protect against the known, and the unknown.


guardDog Solutions (Third of Three)

Best Threat Intelligence Solution

  • guardDog.AI

  • No Experience Required

  • Last year alone there were over 12,000 new vulnerability exploits that emerged, and no human could really keep up with that. guardDog’s ai-powered service learns about these attacks and keeps user’s Fido devices up to date.

  • The training never stops to prevent a crisis before it happens.

  • guardDog.ai has developed a cloud-based software service with a companion device that works together to simplify network security.

  • The solution exposes invisible threats on networks, and the devices attached to them, with patented technology to address and prevent cybersecurity threats before they compromise network environments. 


Hanwha Techwin America (First of Two)

Best Cyber Security Solution (Tie**)

  • Wisenet 7

  • Security requirements change and market trends evolve, yet one constant remains the need for intelligent networked surveillance solutions – in every market, for any application.

  • At the heart of Hanwha Techwin’s new product development is the Wisenet 7 System on a Chip (SoC), the companies most technology-intensive, innovative, and feature-rich SoC, which features vivid 4K resolution, extreme WDR with scene analysis technology, sharper images with enhanced noise reduction technology, DIS with built-in gyro sensor, enhanced lens distortion correction, and end-to-end cybersecurity.

(With its own device certificate issuing system, Root CA, the Wisenet 7 camera lineup offers the highest levels of cybersecurity that satisfies stringent UL CAP standards as well as the company’s own requirements for product reliability and design innovation. Courtesy of Hanwha Techwin America and YouTube.)


Hanwha Techwin America (Second of Two)

Best IP Video Surveillance Solution

  • PNV – A9081R AI 4K IR Outdoor Vandal Dome AI Camera

  • Part of the Wisenet P series, Hanwha’s AI-based PNV-A9081 R AI camera captures pristine images at up to 4K resolution while including powerful, in-camera deep learning algorithms for advanced object detection, classification and error-free analytics.

  • Utilizing object recognition versus motion detection all but eliminates false alarms while also providing valuable business and operations insight. 

(Wisenet P series AI cameras feature resolutions of up to 4K and are equipped with onboard license-free intelligent video analytics including mask detection and AI-based human and vehicle object classification with attribute extraction for easy forensic review. Courtesy of Hanwha Techwin America and YouTube.)


HID Global (First of Three)

Best Smart Card/Reader System

  • HID Element

  • HID ELEMENT® is the industry’s first heavy-duty, fully modular desktop-based card personalization portfolio that establishes a new category for mid-range and high-volume market segments. 

  • The portfolio’s enhanced card production capabilities, flexible system architecture, and cost-effective deployment model empower organizations to create custom, secure IDs and financial card production solutions for a variety of use cases and applications.  

(Designed for industrial ID and financial card personalization, the new HID® ELEMENT offers high-resolution, precision UV inkjet printing, optional laser engraving and an array of encoding options. Courtesy of HID Global and YouTube.)


HID Global (Second of Three)

Best Back to Work Monitoring Solution

(To address the challenges of today’s workplace, it’s imperative to have immediate access to information that optimizes safety, delivers on compliance, and reduces facility costs while creating a better employee and visitor experience. Courtesy of HID Global and YouTube.)


HID Global (Third of Three)

Best Image Technologies Solution

  • HID Crescendo & WorkforceID Digital Credential Mgr

  • Enterprise IT security environments are often complex hybrid systems.

  • WorkforceID Digital Credential Manager streamlines this complexity by centrally managing many credentials and certificates.

  • Managed in a multi-tenant cloud environment through Amazon AWS, organizations can begin issuing and managing credentials in just a few hours, and supports a wide range of authenticators and form factors.

  • Deploy and manage a converged badge protecting access to buildings and IT systems with the Crescendo C2300 smart card or manage Crescendo USB security keys.

(Meet the HID Crescendo family of FIDO-enabled smart cards that streamline access for all IT and physical workspaces in a single credential without passwords. Courtesy of HID Global and YouTube.)

  • *HID Global was also recognized with Multiple Wins in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards, as well as Wins in the 2019, 2018, and 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Programs, respectively.


High Rise Escape Systems

Best Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Recovery System

  • Guardian Evacuation System

  • The Guardian Evacuation System developed a fixed and/or portable escape system to attach to a structure, designed to mitigate means of egress for anyone living or working above the 2nd floor, including: government buildings, embassies, barracks, hospitals, air traffic control towers, apartments, condominiums, hotels, industrial and job sites, theme parks, cranes, oil platforms, ships and more.

Courtesy of HRES
The Guardian Escape System is ideal for self-evacuation & rescue solutions for anyone living or working above the 2nd floor, and is widely utilized in government buildings, embassies, barracks, and air traffic control centers. (Courtesy of HRES)
  • High Rise Escape Systems (HRES) accomplished this in a combination of several simple, low-tech devices that require no power, are inexpensive, have a long shelf-life and are easy to use.

  • Using a Controlled Descent Device (CDD) which works like a pulley, a user slides a one of two permanently attached escape harnesses over them, exits off of a balcony/roof structure or out of a window and the CDD slowly lowers them automatically at the rate of 3 feet per second.

  • As the first user descends, the opposite end of the cable automatically retracts and reloads the CDD with the remaining escape harness for the next evacuee.

  • Then the process repeats. Everyone gets out. 

  • The United States Military has been utilizing High Rise Escape Systems Guardian Escape Systems on Air Traffic Control Towers for years, which includes the Ellsworth AFB, Dyess AFB, Vandenburg AFB, Edwards AFB, Tinker AFB, Maxwell AFB and Patrick AFB as well as Army and Air National Guard installations such as Alpena CRTC, Grayling Air Gunnery Range & Selfridge ANG.

(See the HRES device in action as designed for the Dyess AFB ACT Tower which is much safer than taking the stairs or the elevator. Courtesy of Dyess AFB & YouTube.)

  • *HRES was also recognized in the 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Programs, respectively.



Best Mobile Tech Solution

  • Hypori Virtual Mobility

  • Hypori is an Enterprise Virtual Mobility solution designed for Government secure teleworkers in Homeland and Defense that lets Work From Home (WFH) users perform business tasks on their mobile devices while leaving zero footprint and guaranteeing 100% separation of personal and enterprise data.

  • Hypori empowers users to access sensitive data from their remote Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) devices, to enable secure teleworking.

  • Hypori Virtual Mobility gives enterprise users access to a resilient cloud’s power, speed, and security from any physical edge device.

(Hypori is proud to be the solution of choice for those who can’t afford security breaches or mission failure. Their military-grade technology enables the most demanding users – like DoD and the IC community – to remotely access their highly sensitive data anywhere, anytime from any edge device. Courtesy of Hypori and YouTube.)



Best Network Security Solution (Tie**)

  • iboss Cloud

  • iboss cloud secures user Internet access on any device, from any location, in the cloud, shifting the focus from following perimeters to following users so that consistent cloud security is applied while users are in the office, on the road or working from home.

Courtesy of iboss
  • Built on a proprietary containerized architecture designed 100% for the cloud, iboss users are always connected to iboss cloud, regardless of device or location, to ensure all Internet traffic is secured for compliance, web filtering, malware defense and data loss at all times.

  • Since iboss cloud lives in the cloud, security goes where users go with elastic and instant scaling to meet the demands of the cloud-first future.

  • The iboss’ SaaS solution significantly reduces management costs and offers a faster, more distributed alternative to previous on-premise gateways.

(The iboss cloud secures user Internet access on any device, from any location, in the cloud. It is a cloud-based platform with a focus on following users instead of perimeters to ensure that Internet access is always secure regardless of user location. Courtesy of iboss and YouTube.)

  • *iboss was also recognized in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Program.


ICEsoft Technologies

Best Alert Notification Solution

  • Voyent Alert!

  • Voyent Alert! is a multi-purpose notification system and alerting app that is designed to support communities through rapid dissemination of targeted information with enriched media alerts for both critical emergencies and day-to-day notifications.

  • Voyent Alert! goes beyond the traditional offerings to include personalized information, maps, visuals, and attachments, for enriched alerts that provide users with relevant information, allowing them to make better, more informed decisions, which helps increase registration and engagement among users.

(Voyent Alert! is an affordable multipurpose mass notification service designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized populations. Courtesy of ICEsoft Technologies and YouTube.)



Best Cyber Security Solution (Tie**)

  • uTrust FIDO2 GOV Security Keys

  • uTrust FIDO2 GOV Security Keys are strong near field communication (NFC) multi-factor authentication (MFA) devices, providing FIPS 140-3 validation and assurance level 3 (AAL3) of NIST SP800-63B guidance for regulatory compliance.

  • With multi-protocol FIDO U2F, FIDO2, smart card (PIV), OpenPGP, and OTP support, uTrust FIDO2 GOV Security Keys are resistant to phishing attacks, safeguarding your credentials and accounts.

(Identiv’s uTrust FIDO2 NFC Security Keys are made in the U.S.A. and provide a simple, strong authentication experience that eliminates the need for passwords. Our security keys support working from home and allow individuals, businesses, and government agencies to replace passwords with a secure, fast, scalable, cost-effective login solution. Courtesy of Identiv and YouTube.)

  • *Identiv was also recognized in the 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Programs, respectively.


Intelligent Waves

Best Cyber End-to-End Encryption Solution

  • GRAYPATH & Phantom Solutions

  • GRAYPATH & Phantom Solutions

  • Intelligent Waves (IW) is a cutting-edge IT systems integrator delivering high-impact transformational IT solutions to the U.S. Government’s most mission-critical challenges, and this year introduced several leading-edge disruptive cybersecurity innovations.

Intelligent Waves (IW) is a cutting-edge IT systems integrator delivering high-impact transformational IT solutions to the U.S. Government’s most mission-critical challenges.
  • GRAYPATH is the next generation of cybersecurity expeditionary communications, in a simple, asymmetric solution that ensures robust, reliable, secure, non-attributable global communication for Homeland Security and special operations of the U.S. military.

  • Phantom provides the ability for organizations to access foreign points of presence to conduct remote open-source information gathering and research while at the same time protecting organizations and individuals from exposure to foreign intelligence, achieved by combining the GRAYPATH software-defined obfuscated network with the managed attribution capability of the Phantom platform in a secure but unclassified package.

(Unlike VPN solutions that do not address or solve the common capability gaps, GRAYPATH DOES. GRAYPATH is a seamless, easy-to-deploy asymmetric solution that ensures robust, reliable, secure,non-attributable global communication. Courtesy of Intelligent Waves and Vimeo.)


Intrado Corporation (First of Two)

Best Risk, Crisis Management Solution

    • As students return to on-campus learning and as safety threats continue to evolve, schools across North America are leveraging Intrado’s trusted solutions for school safety management to manage risks and strengthen their crisis response capabilities.

  • Intrado Safety Suite is an unrivaled set of tools designed to help schools address safety threats from every angle. It is made up of three best-in-class solutions that are powerful on their own but even stronger when used together. The suite helps schools take a complete and integrated approach to safety threat response.

(See how the Intrado Safety Suite can create safer environments for students, faculty, and parents by providing an end-to-end solution to manage safety events from incident detection all the way to resolution. Courtesy of Intrado and YouTube.)


Intrado Corporation (Second of Two)

Best IT Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Solution

  • Operations at educational institutions can be disrupted by situations like natural disasters, structure fires, school violence, campus vandalism, and more. Intrado Safety Suite was created to help schools address the disaster preparedness and recovery challenges such events bring about.

  • Intrado Safety Suite is made up of three unique solutions: Intrado Safety Shield (for end-to-end emergency response management), Intrado Revolution (for on-campus communication management), and SchoolMessenger Communicate (for mass notification).

  • Intrado Safety Shield allows for end-to-end disaster response management, enabling schools to digitize emergency operations plans and data, provide guidance to staff on response tasks, enhance situational awareness, achieve faster and more accurate emergency dispatch, and much more.

Intrado offers a comprehensive set of tools to help you prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from almost any kind of safety threat.
  • Intrado Revolution allows technology leaders to operate on-campus communications endpoints such as digital signage, strobe lights, speakers, sirens, bell systems, and much more from one interface to direct students and staff to safety in evacuation situations.

  • SchoolMessenger Communicate is the most tested and trusted school notification system in North America, with a long track record of helping schools communicate successfully in crisis situations.

  • In addition, Intrado technology helps process more than 90% of 911 calls across North America and serves more than 63,000 K-12 and higher education institutions. With more than 20+ years of experience in education and 40+ years of experience in public safety, Intrado has a pedigree that no one else in education can match.

  • *Intrado was also a Multiple-Award Winner in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Programs.



Best CBRNE Detection Solution


  • DART® stands for Direct Analysis in Real-Time, and provides new ionization for rapid, non-contact surface sampling of compounds.

  • Analysis of hundreds of chemicals, including pharmaceuticals, their metabolites, peptides, oligosaccharides, synthetic organic molecules, organometallics, explosives, and toxins has shown that the DART® is a versatile method for rapid detection of analytes.

  • These chemicals have been detected on surfaces including concrete, asphalt, human skin, currency, paper stock, vegetables, fruit, and even clothing. 

(See how the Pulsed Gas DART®-MS System will help you rapidly explore new chemistry and identify new compounds. Courtesy of IonSens and YouTube.)


IPVideo Corporation (First of Four)

Best Sound & Chemical Incident Detection


  • IPVideo Corporation has introduced firmware 2.5 of the HALO IOT Smart Sensor which now provides instant Health and Indoor Air Quality readings and alerts.

  • HALO, a real-time vape detector, is truly an all-in-one security device that includes sound alert incident management alerts for spoken keywords, advanced gunshot detection, and includes chemical incident detection and can assist with the workplace return from COVID 19.

HALO IOT Smart Sensor is a multi-sensor capable of detecting vape, smoke, THC and sound abnormalities like gunshots and shouting in areas a camera cannot be placed. Additional sensors give HALO the ability to monitor air quality, temperature, humidity, hazardous chemicals and more!
HALO IOT Smart Sensor is a multi-sensor capable of detecting vape, smoke, THC and sound abnormalities like gunshots and shouting in areas a camera cannot be placed. Additional sensors give HALO the ability to monitor air quality, temperature, humidity, hazardous chemicals and more.
  • For example, a daughter in her dorm room, a hotel housekeeper, a patient under duress, a student in a hazing incident, or your elderly parent living by themselves can alert security to an attack or emergency situation in real-time by shouting a keyword like “HALO HELP”.

  • The audio is still not being recorded to maintain privacy, but the alerts are automatically sent to security for immediate response. To help diffuse situations, the alerts can also trigger an audible message that an emergency has been declared and security has been notified.

  • Another new feature is the addition of machine learning capabilities to establish audible level “normalcies”. Advanced gunshot detection audio analytics can trigger a facility lockdown and an emergency call response via the integration of third-party security applications when detected.

(See how the HALO IOT Smart Sensor will detect vape in bathrooms, locker rooms, etc. HALO Smart Sensor can monitor the air in your facility for chemicals, temperature, quality, and more! Courtesy of IPVideo Corporation and YouTube.)


IPVideo Corporation (Second of Four)

Best Cell Phone Detection Solution (Tie**)

  • ViewScan 2.0

  • ViewScan, the concealed weapons detection and cell phone detection system, by IPVideo Corporation has just been updated with version 2.0 allowing for greater flexibility and faster processing with weapons and loss prevention screening.

  • ViewScan 2.0 comes with all-new features and updates, such as an updated new browser, optional mobile trolley, an improved camera, enhanced cybersecurity and reporting, as well as additional capabilities for 3rd party integration.

ViewScan from IPVideo Corporation, is a Completely Passive System Does not emit radiation. Safe for all including those with medical devices or may be pregnant.
ViewScan from IPVideo Corporation, is a Completely Passive System
Does not emit radiation. Safe for all including those with medical devices or may be pregnant.
  • What stands out the most about ViewScan compared to other concealed weapon detection systems is that it detects disturbances in the earth’s electromagnetic field, making this a safe passive system for all that go through it without emitting radiation or affecting medical devices.

  • All non-ferrous weaponry and theft items can be detected whether they are concealed in the body or belongings.

  • With the new ViewScan 2.0 interface, you can capture the three most current screens, conduct remote monitoring, as well as view up to five simultaneous ViewScan systems per window. These improvements allow for greater flexibility and a faster screening process.

  • The ViewScan 2.0 system now includes a trolley option allowing for easier mobility and flexibility of use.

  • This can be particularly useful for organizations utilizing ViewScan at events where the system would temporarily need to be placed.

  • Along with the mobile trolley, add-on battery options are available for extra power when using it on-the-go.


IPVideo Corporation (Third of Four)

  • Best Back to Work Monitoring Solution


  • The HALO Smart Sensor is now helping facilities monitor their indoor health and air quality.

IPVideo Corp HALO Cloud
With HALO Cloud you can manage multiple HALOs in one place, plus investigate facility-wide trends, and view reports of multiple devices.
  • As part of the new v2.5 software release, HALO provides both a real-time air quality and Health Index and sends alerts when either index falls into danger zones.

  • Working with HALO Cloud, the sensor also provides critical automated reports that allow building owners and administrators to demonstrate they are providing a healthy indoor environment and/or validate when facility improvements are required.


IPVideo Corporation (Fourth of Four)

  • Best Metal/Weapons Detection Solution

  • ViewScan 2.0

  • ViewScan, the concealed weapons detection and loss prevention system, by IPVideo Corporation, is a passive weapons detection system that can accurately detect the location and number of objects hidden on a person, including those hidden in shoes and inside body, giving an exact pinpoint location of each object.

  • ViewScan significantly reduces the need for labor-intensive manual pat-downs and facilitates the rapid screening of individuals  – while being completely safe.

  • ViewScan is an advanced and safe weapons detection and loss prevention system that does not emit radiation, making is safe for all including persons with medical devices or those who may be pregnant.

(See the ViewScan from IPVideo Corporation, a completely passive weapons detection system that emits no radiation and is safe for anyone to walk through. Courtesy of IPVideo Corporation and YouTube.)

  • *IPVideo Corporation was also recognized with Multiple Awards in the 2020, 2019, and 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs.


Iris ID Systems

Best Facial/Iris Recognition System

  • iCAM D2000

  • The iCAM D2000 Multi Biometric System is the newest product from Iris ID that fuses iris and face recognition as the ultimate biometric solution.

  • The iCAM D2000 is compact and insightful, the result of twenty-plus years of research and development.

  • Unique features such as extended capture range from 50cm to 100 cm, anti-spoof measures, mask detection, and REST API build on the family of high-quality products that Iris ID already offers.

The iCAM D2000 can process large amounts of data and provides versatile mounting options.
  • Additionally, the iCAM D2000 is a platform-independent solution, and application developers will find the REST API easy to implement.

  • With a focus on usability and dimensions, the iCAM D2000 is ideal for identity, travel, and access solutions and is applicable for border control, National ID programs, public security, e-Gates, and kiosk use.

  • Key features of note include multimodality biometric simultaneous capture, user height accommodation, a countermeasure for security, installation flexibility, and increased capture range, intuitive user guidance, mask detection, with standards-compliant hardware and software.

  • *Iris ID was also recognized with Platinum Award Wins in the 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2016 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Programs.


Konica Minolta Business Solutions

Best Image Technologies Solution

  • Dispatcher Suite

  • Business solutions are made easy with Dispatcher Suite which allows companies to effectively manage and reduce their printing costs, while increasing their document workflow productivity and security.

Thanks to its complete modularity, Dispatcher Suite is highly scalable and can be configured exactly to varying corporate needs.
Thanks to its complete modularity, Dispatcher Suite is highly scalable and can be configured exactly to varying corporate needs.
  • This feature-rich, integrated platform simplifies print and scan operations, maximizes office efficiencies, and provides businesses of all sizes with the flexibility they need.

  • The Dispatcher Suite platform combines two of Konica Minolta’s most powerful applications: Dispatcher Paragon for print management and our award-winning Dispatcher Phoenix for automated workflows, to provide a unified platform that allows customers to manage both their print and scan responsibilities simultaneously.

  • With Dispatcher Suite’s single sign-on capabilities and dynamic toolset, users have the ability to easily create powerful, automated document workflows for capturing, indexing, processing, and routing documents with zero manual effort.

(Look to Konica Minolta to get the job done better, faster, and more efficiently, with solutions to combine advanced bizhub printing and scanning features with integrated software functionality to streamline workflows in any industry. Courtesy of KonicaMinoltaUS and YouTube.)

  • *Konica Minolta Business Solutions was also recognized in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards, and with Multiple Awards in the 2019, 2018, and 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs.


Lumina Analytics

Best Big Data Analytics Solution

Radiance Enterprise Search Platform

  • Lumina Analytics, a U.S.-based technology company that specializes in engineering cutting-edge solutions to the challenges of weeding through the world wide open-source web to identify critical risk information, to provide a proactive force for good.

  • RadianceSM, developed by Lumina, is a comprehensive enterprise search tool that uses Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), which transforms publicly available data into timely, actionable intelligence, to help their clients anticipate, understand, manage and mitigate risk.

(See how Lumina Analytics provides intelligent solutions to help clients manage and mitigate risk. Serving large, regulated industries, law firms and governments globally with risk management intelligence, Lumina mines data from the open-source web to develop risk intelligence for large, regulated industries, and provides clients with unprecedented continuous, actionable prevention and mitigation opportunities. (Courtesy of Lumina Analytics and Vimeo.)

  • Lumina Analytics provides intelligent solutions to help clients manage and mitigate risk.

  • Lumina mines data from the open-source web to develop risk intelligence for large, regulated industries, and provides clients with unprecedented continuous, actionable prevention and mitigation opportunities.


Luminator Technology Group

Best COVID-19 Emergency Response Solution

Luminator's Renew™ Air Treatment system
A closed-loop, controlled system maintains efficacy and records system data, including concentration at any given time. Remote access supports download of the system data as well as vital maintenance information.
  • The adaptive system utilizes on-board sensors to automatically adjust the system based upon the fresh air intake and other conditions in the vehicle, maintaining proper concentration for efficacy – even with doors opening and closing as passengers embark and disembark the vehicle

  • As conditions change, such as fluctuations of fresh air intake throughout the route, the system maintains an effective level to continuously kill virus particles in the air.

  • Luminator Technology Group delivers globally-recognized technology solutions that increase intelligence, safety, and efficiency for public transit operations

(Grignard Company, a manufacturer of atmospheric effect solutions, and Luminator Technology Group (Luminator), a global leader in transit technology and communication solutions, announce a partnership focused on providing new safety offerings for public transit amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Courtesy of Luminator Technology Group.) 



  • Best Public Safety Workforce Management

  • Mark43 Product Suite

  • Mark43, a cloud-native public safety software company, offers a single-platform Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management System (RMS) for seamless data entry and faster reporting that are a natural extension of the dispatcher, call taker, and in-field first responder during an emergency response.

Mark43's New RMS Essentials offering provides all of the core functionality of the Mark43 platform while allowing for agile and swift deployment, all at a lower cost.
Mark43’s New RMS Essentials offering provides all of the core functionality of the Mark43 platform while allowing for agile and swift deployment, all at a lower cost.
  • Additionally, the Mark43 Product Suite includes Mark43 Analytics, which centralizes CAD and RMS data in real-time enables agencies to make informed, data-driven decisions.

  • Mark43 partners with over 120 public safety agencies of all sizes in the U.S. and abroad and uses its platform to support the demands of any mission.

  • By providing fast, powerful technology Mark43 enables first responders to focus on their most important work–keeping communities safe.

(See how Mark43 empowers communities and their governments with new technologies that improve the safety and quality of life for all. Mark43’s cloud-native public safety platform includes no-downtime updates, industry-leading functionality, and an uncompromising commitment to security and compliance. Courtesy of Mark43 and YouTube.)

  • *Mark43 was also recognized in the 2020, and 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs.


Mercury Notifications

Mercury Notifications

  • No matter what the emergency, Mercury Notifications keeps the line of communication open, enabling targeted messages via distributed audio, wide-area speakers, phones, email, SMS/Text, Twitter, Skype/Teams, desktop alerts, digital signage, and more.

  • Additionally, Mercury’s n.FORM® meets the NFPA72 code and UL2572 standard-design requirements needed to be recognized as a true mass-notification system and provides the hardware and software that supports its distributed audio, distributed recipient mass-notification systems, fire-panel integration, and controls.

(Curious about how a mass notification system can reach everybody in the case of an emergency, this video will show you how we do it. Courtesy of Mercury Notifications and YouTube.)


Mission Secure

Best ICS/SCADA Cyber Solution

  • Mission Secure Platform

  • The Mission Secure Platform was built for one purpose, ICS/Industrial Control System (OT) cyber-protection.

  • Going beyond other available solutions with truly innovative capabilities integrated into one platform, the Mission Secure Platform is the first integrated cyber-protection platform for complete visibility, segmentation, protection, and patented signal-integrity monitoring.

  • The Mission Secure Platform protects OT networks from cybersecurity threats by providing unsurpassed visibility, segmentation, protection, and signal integrity.

(Mission Secure Inc. (MSi) is a leading Industrial Control System (ICS) cybersecurity company protecting clients in maritime, industrial, autonomous vehicles, smart cities and defense industries from cyber attacks. The patented MSi Platform is the only end-to-end ICS cybersecurity solution with visibility and protection down to Levels 0-1. Courtesy of Mission Secure and YouTube.)


N2WS Software

Best Cloud Computing/Storage Solution

  • N2WS Backup & Recovery

  • As more enterprises move to the cloud, data loss, outages, and malicious attacks become inevitable vulnerabilities. Scaling data and varying requirements become complex, as is the need to meet compliance regulations and optimize costs. This breeds an environment too complicated for manual scripts.

  • N2WS allows customers to ‘set it and forget it’, and effortlessly manage petabytes worth of data, recover quickly from attacks/outages/errors and manage storage costs, by leveraging N2WS’ secure, rapid data recovery and easy management for key services – all from a single console.

N2WS architecture -N2WS Server is an EC2 instance inside the cloud, but it also connects to the AWS infrastructure to manage the backup of other instances. N2WS does not need to communicate or interfere in any way with the operation of other instances.
  • N2WS leverages AWS-native snapshot technology to fully automate backup of Amazon EC2, EBS, RDS, Redshift, Aurora, DynamoDB, EFS and S3. It has been the leading storage solution on the AWS Marketplace since 2012, providing very flexible backup scheduling and 1-click disaster recovery to restore a single file or entire environment in less than 30 seconds, across multiple regions and/or accounts.

  • N2WS Backup & Recovery has been dubbed the Next Generation Backup and Recovery for AWS due to its unique Disaster Recovery orchestration, data lifecycle management and cost savings capabilities. With N2WS, exponentially scaling data is now tantamount to managing complex backup schedules for thousands of AWS EC2 instances.

(N2WS optimizes RTO/RPO, supports multi-tenancy for large, complex environments and enables customers to lifecycle EBS snapshots into Amazon S3 and/or Glacier for long term retention. Courtesy of N2WS and YouTube.)

  • *N2WS was also recognized in the 2020, 2019 and 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs.


nanoFIBER (Formerly Point 2 Point Communications)

Best Security Wire & Cable Solution (Tie**)

  • Armored Fiber Optic Cables 

  • Airport information, security, video surveillance, alarms, fire suppression systems, and communication pathways fiber optics must pass through miles of overhead trays, countless wall conduits, and pathways as well as conduits carrying miles of cable between buildings, concourse terminals, and towers, and cannot afford downtime due to faulty cables due to vermin attacks, crimping, and breaking, etc.

  • They require the smallest outer diameter (OD) fiber optic jacket qualified to protect the inner fragile glass fiber optics that can be prone to cracking and breaking, while also being cognizant of future cabling requirements without the need to disturb existing cables.

  • nanoFIBER’s CPR Certified LSZH Stainless Steel Armored nanoFIBER fiber optic cables provide the safest and Secure armored cable solution in aviation the market today.

nanoFIBER is 65% smaller in size and 75% lighter than standard Aluminum Interlock Armor (AIA) and easy to install as a one-man project.
  • The nanoFIBER fiber optic cable provides aviation with a very small OD secure cable that is crush resistant, hard to cut through and safest for humans in a fire scenario.

  • The stainless-steel armored cable is impervious to harsh weather and ideal for indoor and outdoor environments, and when pulling nanoFIBER throughout aviation security and building management systems, the cable takes up minimal space and simplifies installation.

  • Additionally, nanoFIBER has the highest-level EU certification for low smoke zero halogen outer jacket that provides the best security to protect life in case of a fire at the airport or in a plane.

(nanoFIBER is a leader in the stainless steel armored fiber optic cabling structures for both patch cords and bulk usage. Courtesy of Steve Stark and YouTube.)

  • *nanoFIBER (Formerly Point 2 Point Communications) was also recognized in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.


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