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PSA-TEC 2011: Ready to Educate and Entertain!
By Deborah L. O'Mara
PSA-TEC, scheduled for May 16 through 20, will head to its home turf this year in Westminster, Colo., where PSA Security Network has commissioned the Westin Westminster as the base hotel for its exhibits, educational sessions and various networking events.
Securityinfowatch.com and SD&I magazine, part of the Cygnus Security Media Group, will be an integrated partner to the event, streaming live audio and video from the show, including the kick-off Welcome and Keynote Speech Reception, scheduled for Monday, May 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This session will be broadcast live to SIW and other content, sessions and interviews will be part of the interactive coverage from the show floor as SIW and SD&I take an active role in promoting PSA-TEC.
The educational portion of the program is some of the best in the business, providing forward-thinking technology topics that integrators need to secure their success in the rapidly changing industry. PSA's President and CEO Bill Bozeman produced countless videos and other promotional materials to draw crowds to the event-and by all accounts it looks like those efforts will pay off big.
New sessions on managed services
One of the new educational tracks will focus on managed services, according to Lisa Cole, director of Marketing. "It's an important topic for the show," she added. Some of the managed services sessions include: The Dos and Don'ts of Service and Maintenance Contracts; Integrator Support Reseller Certification Program; The Importance of Fire Door Inspections for Life Safety and the Opportunity for New Revenue Generation; and Leveraging Flexible Payment Solutions to Generate RMR. In addition to the Managed Services Track, other sessions will focus on Business Optimization; IT; Physical Security and also include a Technology Showcase of targeted topics on both May 17 and 19. For a complete listing of other sessions, visit www.psatec.com.
In additional to the educational events, exhibits will give attendees time to speak to vendors about new products, or challenges they have in the field that might be solved with new or emerging technologies, as well as established products. Exhibit time is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 from 10:30 to 5 p.m. and lunch will be provided for all exhibit attendees and exhibitors that day.
The entertainment part
In addition, one of the informal but sought-after events is the music 'jam' where attendees get their musical instruments out after the day's end on May 17 to hear music from their peers and PSA Security Network members.
Remember that the entire electronic security community is welcome and PSA-TEC is an event open to non-PSA integrators, consultants, end-users, members of your staff or manufacturer's representatives.
MIPS 2011 Brings Out the Best In Integrators and Solutions
Milestone Systems, known for its open platform IP video management software, held its sixth annual Milestone Integration Partner Symposium (MIPS) early last month in San Antonio. Over 200 people attended from the Milestone ecosystem of distributors, systems integrators, consultants, Manufacturer Alliance Partners and Milestone Solution Partners.
Hardware appliance to come to market
The top breaking news at the conference was that Milestone would bring to market later this year a hardware appliance called the Milestone XProtect Essential NVR, a recording solution offering eight or 16 channels of recording. The historically software-only company said it is aiming the appliance at the small business market.
The first day of the gathering was devoted to training courses in sales and technical know-how for the high-end XProtect Video Management Software (VMS) offerings, and for the Milestone Integration Platform SDK (Software Development Kit), used for integrating third-party systems and devices. The remaining days included high-level management reports and guest speakers from a variety of vertical markets. Exhibitors introduced their latest offerings to the Milestone channel partners in the Technology Showcase: Allied Telesis, Arecont Vision, Axis, Basler, BriefCam, Canon, Firetide, FLIR, Gish Technology, Honeywell, HP, IBM, Intransa, Iomnis, IQinVision, Mobotix, Open Options, Panasonic, Pivot3, Rimage, SONY, SureView Systems, Vivotek and WYNIT.
Keynoter Thinggaard on Milestone success