The Electronic Security Expo (ESX), the national trade event for electronic security and life safety professionals, announced Qolsys as the winner of ESX 2016 TechVision Challenge. 
This event is a head-to-head, interactive competition in a “Shark Tank” style format for the 10 most innovative products and services chosen from the field of 25 ESX 2016 Innovation Award winners.
Qolsys’ winning product is its IQ Panel 2, an all-in-one security and smart home platform that combines advanced hardware and interactive software services designed to deliver a best-in-class experience and long-term investment protection for dealers and end-users. Accepting the award on behalf of Qolsys was Mike Hackett, co-founder and vice-president of sales & marketing; Ken Parker, vice president of sales; and Jeremy McLerran, director of marketing, who were thrilled to have earned “Best in Show.”  
“This is a great recognition for the hard work and effort our entire team has put into innovating and bringing a fresh approach to the market,” said Mike Hackett, senior vice president, sales and marketing for Qolsys. “With 7-inch touchscreen control panels becoming the new standard in our industry, it made sense to develop a smaller, more powerful platform that met the expectations for today’s consumer technology.”
Presiding over the competition, a group of industry judges, who in “Shark Tank” fashion, heard 15 minute, energetic presentations on why their product or service was deserving of the top spot. The industry sharks who judged the TechVision Challenge were John Cerasuolo, president and CEO of ADS Security; Robert Few, director of regulatory, sales operations and customer experience for Time Warner Cable – IntelligentHome; and Steve Firestone, president of Select Security.
The purpose of the event is to choose the Best of Show, an award that exemplifies the most innovative product or service for 2016. ESX continues to highlight next-gen technology for the industry and celebrate those products and services that help security  
and life safety dealer, integration and monitoring companies enhance the customer experience, improve top and bottom line results or achieve operational excellence. 
The results of the 2016 ESX TechVision Challenge were announced in the new ESX Central on the show floor, before a crowd of security and life safety professionals. George De Marco emceed the event and acknowledged the 10 companies chosen to participate in the challenge:
  • Appostle Concepts LLC for LowVo
  • Bold Technologies for Manitou Cloud Services
  • Bristol ID Technologies for Dual Technology Student ID Card with Prox and MIRARE 1K Short Range RFID ad Low Energy Mag Strip
  • Eizo Inc. for DuraVision FDF230W-IP
  • Essence for VPD – Voice Panic Detector
  • Honeywell for SWIFT Wireless Fire Alarm Solution
  • I-View Now for Advanced Video Management & Device Health Monitoring Platform
  • M2M Services for MiNi01-4G Interactive Cellular Alarm Communicator
  • Qolsys for IQ Panel 2
  • Telguard for ARLO Wire Free Video System Supported by Telguard
“As we anticipated, the ESX TechVision Challenge proved to be an exciting competition,” said George De Marco, ESX Chairman. “All the competing companies delivered great presentations during the event, highlighting next-gen products and services for the industry.”