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View from the top - New leaders share thoughts on the reseller community


Feeling Software, located in Montreal, Can., provides such a system now called Omnipresence 3D. The system is especially useful for critical infrastructure, citywide surveillance, transportation, campus, military and casino/hospitality applications, and will enable IP video security to be more efficient, easier and more effective. Feeling Software is an OnSSI Verified Technology Partner, and Omnipresence 3D software operates with OnSSI's Ocularis Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) platform."

It's a 1st: ONVIF Developer's Plugfest Hits the U.S.

Think of it as speed dating, only with the security industry's leading camera manufacturers and software companies. Hosted by Anixter, Glenview, Ill., a global distributor of communication and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small parts, last month's Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) Developer's Plugfest brought together 17 companies in a three-day event to test the interoperability of IP-based video products (i.e. IP cameras and VMS software) at the logical and protocol layers.

Held for the first time in the U.S. at Anixter's Infrastructure Solutions Lab, while the software companies moved around the room in a round-robin setup, camera manufacturers implemented a test tool specification to make sure their devices are recognized by the different software platforms present. Participants tested their product's implementation of ONVIF's specification 1.02.

And while it was important to bring these different companies together under one roof to test the implementations of the devices and software working together, it was also important to have the middleman involved, reseller and distributor Anixter, according to Markus Wierny, product manager, IP Video, VCA, Bosch Security Systems, Fairport, N.Y., and member of the ONVIF technical services committee.

"The importance of ONVIF came from the industry," explained Wierny. "The trend is that people are asking for ONVIF compliant products. At the end of the day, my wish is that the industry would have one standard defining interoperability."

"The idea of ONVIF is to make these devices operable at the handshake or software level," explained Pete Lockhart, vice president of Emerging Technologies, Anixter. "As a facilitator and distributor, we bring the viewpoint of the integrator to the table-we want to distribute product that does what it says it does."

Established as an open industry forum, ONVIF works to standardize and promote interoperability and communication between network devices for the security industry. With a growing base of 220 members and 220 ONVIF conformant products available, released by 27 companies, it becomes easier for integrators to converge solutions.

FIRE SAFETY A 'HOT' TOPIC FOR FALL

Although Campus Fire Safety month is officially over with September behind us, there's still lots in store for the months ahead.

Nearly 1,000 attendees listened in on SimplexGrinnells' latest Webinar, within its "Learn from the Leader" Program series, hosted last month. The Webinar, presented by Paul D. Martin, president of the Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) and Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention with the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, provided an overview of campus safety requirements in the Higher Education Opportunity Act.

Missed it? The recorded Webinar can be found online. Just go to http://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/963058249, register and listen in.

ISC Solutions-All New & Revamped!

It's not just a new name-it's a reinvention. Held November 3 to 4 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, ISC Solutions will present technologies and applications in a new light-emerging markets that are among the verticals that continue to grow and drive solutions from within the security industry: healthcare, retail and education/campus and government.

And with a new focus comes new sessions that provide content for dealers and systems integrators. Make sure to add these sessions to your educational schedule while at the show: