Security industry awards are nonsense. This is not news.
From pay to promote Frost awards to trade show fluff awards to trade mag awards, media companies want money and manufacturers need someone to love them.
But the new SSI awards are truly spectacular.
They have gone for the 'over the top' title - 'Most Valuable Products' awards. And unlike most leagues with only a single MVP, the security industry evidently warrants dozens of MVPs.
Worse, there are only ~60 'players'/'products' in consideration for these awards because those were the only manufacturers who spent the ~$500 each to enter.
SSI gets ~$30,000. The industry gets more bogus awards.
Alas, it gets even worse. In 8 of the 'MVP' 'categories', there was only one entrant resulting in an automatic MVP winner.
The best network camera?
Why? Because it was the only one who entered.
And the best video surveillance app?
The fine folks at Intransa 2.0:
Another winner based on the only company willing to pay.
The trade mags need money and some way to attract attention but, really, do they need to step this low? SSI used to be, relatively speaking, one of the better and informative of the mags.
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