Security Watch: ASIS does Dallas right

Record crowds gather for education and networking

It's a wrap: 2010 ASIS drew thousands-some 20,000 to be precise-to the hometown charm and big city heart of Dallas.

While we predicted the ASIS exhibit show would be the year of HD, we stand corrected. Yes, HD cameras were prevalent, but the overriding theme of the 56th annual gathering of security industry professionals and end-users was total solutions, interoperability and products working together to bring much needed solutions to businesses and other customers. It was a far cry from other shows that focused on single product categories. In fact, many of the booths highlighted the different partnerships they have with other manufacturers, through displays and signage.

There were tons of cool booth gatherings. Tyco's Mark VanDover, president, hosted a media event around the Victor, a new digital video management system designed to incorporate legacy systems in a streamlined approach. It unifies security video feeds from DVRs and NVRs into a single management interface. Its unified client provides hundreds of thousands of customers with legacy Intellex DVRs and analog surveillance cameras with an easy migration path to IP technology while allowing them to maximize their existing analog camera and recording investments.

Media also got a sneak peek at new color night vision cameras from FLIR Systems Inc. The color thermal imaging cameras, called Color Night Vision, also won a 2010 ASIS Accolades Award. FLIR's specialized EMCCD technology gives security professionals a single camera that has the power to capture clear, high quality color video in full sunlight, starlight and everything in-between; without auxiliary lighting.

Integrator angle

Integrators had their full court press on the second day of ASIS. Visits with Stanley CSS, Johnson Controls and Protection One found these integration firms focusing on the end-user customer and their needs and rightly so, this being an end-user show. Diebold talked to SD&I about its superior services, managed video and access control, new dealer partnerships and how the company is growing into the future.

Tony Byerly, president of Stanley Convergent Security Solutions North America and the United Kingdom spoke about new eServices for commercial customers, Web-based value offerings that help position the company as a partner in their business with an executive dashboard providing the managerial tools and information these customers want to see to gauge how effectively their operations run-and how well Stanley CSS is aiding them with these and other mobile solutions. New commercial scorecards also let customers see how quickly and responsive the company is. "Our central stations handle some two million calls per year from our customers and these are answered in 10 seconds or less," Byerly said. He added that preventative maintenance as a service is emerging strong and helps the end-users plan for and manage their costs more effectively. "The customer doesn't pay for eServices and we continue to bundle premium services such as these," he said.

Johnson Controls continues to focus on hot vertical markets which include hospitals, education and government, with building automation the beginning of an important bundle for end-users, according to Denise Gadowski, program manager, Marketing Communications, Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls.

ADT unveiled ADT Pulse(tm), an interactive solution which integrates home controls and security with consumers' personal lifestyles. It also announced its foray into managed video services with the launch of the ADT Select View platform.

"For our customers, managed video services can reduce the total cost of ownership when considering the operation and maintenance of a system. It can help any size company improve employee safety, optimize guard resources and deter theft," said John Kenning, president of ADT North America Commercial.

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