The 30 Top Technology Innovations of 2016

A unique compilation of the year’s top electronic security industry products and solutions handpicked by SSI‘s tech editors.

Gentlemen, you can build it. We have the technologies. You have the capability to build a world-class security business. Your company will be that business. Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster.

OK, so there may not be any bionics (although there are biometrics and robotics) involved and fewer than six million offerings, but with all due respect to Steve Austin, Security Sales & Integration‘s 2016 Top 30 Technology Innovations list likewise offers security practitioners enhanced vision, agility, speed and power.

Although its legacy does not harken back as far as TV’s “The Six Million Dollar Man” show, the Top 30 has actually more than doubled the number of seasons that classic 1970s’ series ran.

For more than a decade now, SSI‘s tech editors have handpicked the electronic security industry’s most unique compilation of products and solutions. And just as Austin was equipped to take on virtually any mission, these annual selections represent some of the most interesting and intriguing market offerings to support installing and monitoring systems providers’ quest for success.

Once again SSI columnists Paul Boucherle and Bob Dolph have each identified 15 items that strike a formidable mix.

Boucherle tends to focus more on access control, video surveillance, integration and even end user-oriented solutions. Dolph, on the other hand, favors intrusion detection and fire/life-safety systems with an especially sharp perspective on installation tools and testing gear, and even sprinkles in some DIY-oriented fare.

That is not to say they do not individually venture out into the full spectrum of technologies. They both independently tab anything (limited to one entry per brand) deemed worthy based on its value, relevance or interest to security contractors.

The 2016 roll-call of customarily broad VIPs (very important products) includes megapixel cameras, video management and storage systems, network infrastructure devices, proposal generators, security/automation control panels, mobile offerings, wireless gear, cloud-based solutions, field testers, takeover modules, video verification,  solar power, integrated access control, network security, smart locks, and cash handling to boot.

With this year’s list just ahead, you don’t have to survive a near-death experience like our retro TV hero to obtain these fantastic technologies. It is with the utmost enthusiasm that SSI congratulates all those among 2016’s Top 30 Technology Innovations.

So cue the familiar pinging echo sound effects and embrace the adventure!

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About the Author


Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is nationally recognized as an industry expert and speaker. Goldfine is involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), ASIS Int'l and more. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the SIA Marketing Committee, CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee, PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Robolliance. He is a certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast. Goldfine joined Security Sales & Integration in 1998.

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