How Embarrassing - 28 Security 'MVPs'

By John Honovich, Published Jun 03, 2015, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

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.

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I'd love for any of these to give a brief description on *why* a particular component was choosen, who the competitors/alternatives were and so on.

Until one of these entities is willing to back up their awards with something other than a glorfied softball team trophy they're really valueless.

And also please honestly explain why there is an entry fee. Don't tell me your "judges" spent more than 5 minutes with any given product. Shouldn't they generally be evaluating and testing and exploring the products they write about anyway?

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"Shouldn't they generally be evaluating and testing and exploring the products they write about anyway?"

Oh, so you have never read a trade magazine...

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Oh, so you have never read a trade magazine...

I did, once. In my defense someone switched the cover with one from The Onion and it took me a few pages before I realized they weren't just having an off-month creativity-wise for that issue.

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... A glorified softball team trophy.

Hardly. These SAMMYs are made from Solid Lexan®, known to be pound for pound as heavy as Gold.

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That remark does a disservice to honest, hardworking softball players everywhere.

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I try to offend at least one group daily in my online posts. I've been working down the list for a while and softball players were up next.

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I dont know who you are, but I like you.

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Sounds like a pretty good racket. I think I'll start my own magazine and only charge $250 an award.

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... only charge $250 an award.

Maybe instead of calling them SAMMYs, call them SLAMMYs, because of the discount.

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Point of information, 'Sammys' are free to enter, unlike the MVPs. Presumably integrators have less willingness to pay for awards than manufacturers.

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or maybe you could just do it on a website dedicated to video & security????

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! BTW where do I send my $500? ;)
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My Bitcoin wallet. I'll send you the certificate in the mail. Don't worry, you'll get a receipt.

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Nice Systems' Suspect Search does look pretty NICE.

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This is clearly a trolling post.

Without all the gamesmanship our business becomes very boring and geeky. In typical fashion, I'm driving us right off the road here. Following is a list of awards won by someone whom I wouldn't accept advice on whether it's daylight or dark. I think you can figure out who it is rather quickly. Awards are just part of the play. They have always had the taint of influence whether they are legit or not.

  • Inaugural member of the Internet Hall of Fame
  • Honorary Doctorate, Hamilton College
  • Honorary Doctorate, Tilburg University
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Berkeley Medal from the University of California, Berkeley
  • Roger Revelle Prize
  • NAACP Image Award
  • National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award
  • Foreign Policy Magazine's Top 100 Public Intellectuals
  • Honorary Doctorate, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dan David Prize
  • Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Primetime Emmy Award
  • Time Person of the Year: Runner - Up.
  • Gothenburg Prize for Sustainable Development
  • IATAS Founders Award for Current TV and for work in the area of global warming
  • Quill Awards: History/current events/politics, The Assault on Reason
  • Prince of Asturias Award in Spain
  • The Sir David Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking
  • Honorary Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Honorary Doctorate, Concordia University
  • Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2007.
  • Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence: for his contributions to the Environmental Design
  • Quill Awards: History/current events/politics, An Inconvenient Truth
  • Webby Award: Lifetime Achievement Award (interactive technology)
  • The Computerworld Honors Program Honoring Those Who Use Information Technology to Benefit Society: Toshiba America Leadership Award for Education
  • First Annual Cisco Systems Circle Award: "In recognition of his visionary leadership in building global awareness of computer networking through the National Information Highway Initiative"
  • National Defense Service Medal
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Thanks Obama? :)

Oh, you mean Al Gore...

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I was Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2006. You can look it up.

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That's the one! My grandmother was very proud when I told her.

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How many of these are hanging at your place?

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I think the "SHAMMY" is a better name

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C'mon now...that's taking it too far. It's TOTALLY real.

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I will never understand how the refs are so blind!

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The MVPs are back for 2016. And for the next few weeks, you can save $100 buying your shot/spot!

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Well, IPVM is a product and there would be no competition. Should we crowd fund?

The trophy would look good on Ethan's desk.

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The 2017 version is here:

The SSI MVP Awards will be bestowed during a special trophy ceremony at ISC West 2017. Too numerous to list here, awards will be given in subcategories from the following product types: Access Control, Business Operations, Central Station/Monitoring, Fire/Life Safety, Home Controls, Installation Aids, Intrusion Detection, Misc. Security Products, Security Apps and Video Surveillance.

Awards 'too numerous to list' are, by definition less prestigious than the contrary.

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