Security Watch

ASIS 2011, Ackerman Security Systems opens new facility, more

This year's 57th annual ASIS Seminar and Exhibits, slated for September 19 through 21, is two-fold, collocated with the first annual (ISC)2 Security Congress 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Attendees of either ASIS 2011 or the Congress can attend networking and educational sessions offered by both organizations. Systems integrators can learn and network with IT security professionals, as well as physical security professionals, and attend new tracks for the security installer.

Get your education hat on

In addition to the opportunity to network with their IT peers, systems integrators and resellers will also have a chance to update their education and credentials. This year's conference will play host to a new Systems Integrator Educational Track specifically for systems solutions providers. Endorsed by PSA Security Network, Westminster, Colo., the new session track features practitioners in key vertical industries that will help systems integrators understand their biggest challenges and discover what end users expect from them. Topics include:

- Collaborative/Consultative Selling
- Design Your Best Physical Security Solution for the Corporate Security Campus
- Best Practices in Integrated School Security: K-12
- Securing the University: Meeting Threats Inside and Out
- Healthcare Security: Compliance, Protection and Diversity
- Transportation and Port Security Solutions
- Technology Solutions for Loss Prevention, Retail Security and Fighting Organized Retail Crime
- Critical Infrastructure Security Solutions (Energy, Water, Gas)
- Pharmaceutical Campus and Plant Security Solutions

"This track presents an exciting and unique opportunity for systems integrators to strengthen their knowledge of their customers' service needs and technical requirements," noted lead developer of the new programs, Steve Surfaro, security industry liaison for Axis Communications, Chelmsford, Mass. "Systems integrators will walk away from these sessions better equipped to address these markets, provide meaningful solutions and reinforce their value to current and potential clients."

Visit to find out what else this year's show has in store for you. And don't miss our sneak peek at what technology solutions are being debuted this year. Turn to page 86 and read all about it.

Smith Micro Software Talks Video Mobility

Video is hot and with the security industry continuing to ride the wave, dealers and integrators need to understand how the mobile solutions and services they offer transcend across the networks available; and target their approach in the reliability of those solutions and services that they offer their customer.

If they are going to mobilize certain solutions, they have to question how a device with wireless capabilities will work over 3G. Over 4G? Over Wi-Fi?" explained Sunil Marolia, vice president of Product Management, Smith Micro Software, Aliso Viejo, Calif. "While they may be creating services that are great for a single device which is popular, they can't assume they are going to have 4G or other high-bandwidth networks as they may not have that. This could affect whatever product or service they are offering."

An industry leader in the mobile space, Smith Micro's Vidio platform is an all-in-one video transcoding and streaming solution that can deliver live data to the Web or any Web-enabled device. The solution is one that could help alleviate concerns of dealers or integrators who want to deliver additional services for a span of developing mobile devices and those that are currently available.

The tablet market, others growing

"There are more tablets than iPads right now but Android is coming up very quickly," Marolia confirmed. "We're seeing a lot of differentiation there and that is going to cause some fragmentation." He confirmed integrators and others in the security space have to think of how they will be able to support existing devices as well as emerging ones.

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