Security Watch

Make Way for the Installation Connection at ISC Solutions

Every week is security week when you're in this industry. But in November, Northeast-based Security Week attendees will get quadruple the punch with a number of events designed for security decision makers, dealers, systems integrators, end users, consultants/specifiers and technology providers' lined up. And for installation best practices, ISC Solutions, November 2 through 3 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City, is the place to be, where Westminster, Colo.-based PSA Security Network will host a program consisting of integrator case studies showcasing the best of integrated technology specifications and system design. See a solution you think would best fit your customer and want more information on how to install it? Visit the new Solutions Theatre on the show floor and check out the Tools of the Trade Pavilion, which will feature some of the everyday tools that will enable you to install a more comprehensive or detailed security system. Make sure you stop at the Security Connection, a designated area where dealers and integrators can network with end users, explain their services and hopefully garner more business.

"Based on the insightful feedback we received from the industry, we're convinced that this year's ISC Solutions will be different than any other in the past," said Ed Several, senior vice president and general manager, ISC Events. "With the Solutions Theatre and more exhibitors with new technologies, coupled with opportunities to meet end users, we know this year's event will be a valuable investment of time."

Check out to learn more about the events going on during Security Week.

Sneak peek: dealer and integrator education track

Add these show-floor sessions to your schedule by using the ISC Solutions mobile app:

Wednesday, November 2
1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
How to Secure Recurring Monthly Revenue in Today's Economic Climate

Hear firsthand from dealers and other session panelists, their experiences and challenges in generating recurring monthly revenue. Find out what works, what doesn't and learn new methods to grow your business.

Thursday, November 3
11:15 to 12:15 p.m.
Performing a Proper Risk/Vulnerability Analysis

Walk through the steps in implementing an accurate risk/vulnerability matrix to design the right type of long-term surveillance system-IP, CCTV or other-for your customer.

1 to 2 p.m.
Driving a Culture of Innovation in the Security Cloud

This case-study style discussion will help you address how, using the cloud, you can address your customer's security needs. In addition, learn how converging some of your solutions into the cloud will better benefit you in the years to come.

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The Third Revolution in Mobile Services: Near Field Communication

NFC credentials (mainly NFC-enabled handsets) are projected to increase dramatically in the next five years to reach 920 million shipments in 2015, according to IMS Research USA, Austin, Texas. Still, questions remain. Can all phones be converted to NFC? How secure will transactions across NFC-enabled devices be? Will consumers be able to use their NFC-enabled devices worldwide? Sit in on this session as industry experts from HID Global and ASSA ABLOY address some of these questions and discuss their application of NFC technology.

Calling All Consultants!

Head over to Hall 1A of the Jacob Javits Convention Center for the Crunch 'n Learn series presented by Held Wednesday November 2, 11 to 2 p.m., this course will provide intensive programming training and discussion of available design and product solutions on the market today. For more information, visit

IESA/ESA Talking Points: Monitoring Brouhaha Continues

The Illinois Electronic Security Association (IESA) and the Electronic Security Association (ESA) joined forces last month, hosting a legislative dinner to discuss industry topics affecting the private alarm monitoring business.

The meeting included a recap on the efforts and actions in IESA's fight to stop fire districts from entering the private alarm industry, which most recently resulted in the permanent injunction Judge Milton Shadur issued in July against the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District, barring it from entering the fire-alarm monitoring business.

"The ESA realizes that we are the ones plowing the grounds to stop this," explained Kevin Lehan, executive director, IESA and manager of Public Relations, EMERgency24. "We are the ones putting up the resources to debunk the life safety myth and they see that what we are doing is going to pay off in other states," he said.

In addition, State Representative Robert Rita, elected to the 28th District in 2002, provided insights into proper procedures the industry should take in acquiring licensure renewal in the coming years.

Industry sponsors of the legislative gathering include Interlogix, Honeywell, Telguard (a division of Telular) and Tri-Ed/Northern Video Distribution. IESA continued sponsors include Acadian Monitoring, ADI, Altronix, EMERgency 24 and Tri-Ed/Northern Video Distribution.

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Software Enables Buildings to Stay Connected

With the Rapid Eye Driver, software that integrates Tridium's Niagara AX systems with Honeywell System's RapidEye DVRs, facility managers can now integrate building events with video recordings. The product is designed to help integrators by enabling them to offer a solution to end users that keeps building systems interconnected (i.e. no more disparate technology/protocols administered in separate wings of a building).

"By integrating with the Niagara platform, the RapidEye video system interoperates with any system deployed within a building," explained Marc Petock, vice president of Global Marketing Communications, Tridium, Richmond, Va.

In addition, building managers can perform tasks such as diagnosing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) maintenance issues or detect water leaks using video.

"The interface bridges the gap between traditional video systems and integrates that functionality with building management systems, lighting and energy management-based systems," Petock added. "This enables the RapidEye solution to participate in energy savings ROI derived from intelligent, smart buildings which increase value in existing and new video investments."

The integration effort between the two companies also stems from evidence that security is becoming increasingly a part of building automation, as opposed to building automation becoming part of security, according to Scott Harkins, general manager, Honeywell Systems, Morristown, N.J.

End users who require or want to add the value video integration brings with building automation, lighting, energy management, fire and security systems would benefit most from the integration, Petock said.

"Due to the cost-effective and scalable architecture of Niagara, customers of all sizes ranging from a small retail location to multi-story building to multi-building campus can take advantage of this new driver," he added.