Winner of Inaugural Award Revealed at ESX on June 19;
Ackerman Security and COPS Monitoring Were Finalists
The Monitoring Association and Security Sales & Integration announced that NMC (National Monitoring Center) has won the “the Marvel” — the inaugural TMA/SSI Monitoring Technology “Marvel” Award. This new award honors innovations in monitoring center technology. It is co-sponsored by TMA and Security Sales & Integration (SSI) and coordinated by the TMA Technology Committee.
NMC submitted an application that outlined how the company has used video technology to tie video verification to an alarm, which in turn triggers a video camera to generate a clip in an intrusion/reaction model that records criminal activity. They recently partnered with Netwatch to be the first and only entity to offer proactive video monitoring tied to a vast analytics program that filters non-suspicious activity and IDs threatening ones.
From left: TMA President Ivan Spector, TMA Technology Committee Co-Chair Steve Butkovich, NMC CEO Woodie Andrawos, SSI Editor Scott Goldfine, TMA Technology Committee Co-Chair Sascha Kylau with the Marvel Award at the ESX Expo on June 20 in Nashville.
“This kind of service is impressive and raises the bar for new video monitoring capabilities,” said Steve Butkovich, co-chair of the TMA Technology Committee. “This is where the industry is going next in our goal to protect life and property, and NMC is leading the way.”
The purpose of the Marvel is to provide recognition for monitoring centers creating and/or using cutting-edge technology and to raise awareness of these new technologies. “Technology is consistently mentioned as one of the most important challenges our industry faces. We are pleased to team up with SSI to spotlight these innovators in our industry,” said Butkovich.
The winning Marvel entry was chosen for the “best adoption of new technology to advance your business.”
NMC was announced as the winner of the Marvel on June 19 in Nashville (as part of the 2018 Electronic Security Expo). NMC will be featured in the August 2018 Monitoring Issue of SSI. Runners-up Ackerman Security and COPS Monitoring will also receive coverage in the issue.
Ackerman detailed their move to a new cloud hosting solution which they believe provides customers with increased protection without the concerns of alarm errors due to legacy panels or aging infrastructure. By being an early adopter of hosting alarm monitoring software in the cloud, Ackerman has been able to set the trends for what is possible for an alarm monitoring company.
COPS Monitoring submitted an entry focusing on redundancy to provide “failsafe” monitoring above “disaster recovery”. Their technical architecture of 6 UL listed monitoring centers along with off-site servers in one of the world’s most advanced data centers provide a higher level of redundancy than other professional monitoring companies.