More show floor pictures from ASIS 2010

I didn't take as many photos at ASIS 2010 as I normally do. I think that means I must have been talking too much. I finally had a chance today to dig into my camera's memory card to post some pictures and explain them a little. Let's run through them...


I didn't take as many photos at ASIS 2010 as I normally do. I think that means I must have been talking too much. I finally had a chance today to dig into my camera's memory card to post some pictures and explain them a little. Let's run through them:

security camera fail

OK, I had to start with something funny. This is a security camera "fail" in the seminar level of the convention center. The convention center's video surveillance system is woefully out of date, is clearly not being maintained, and I wouldn't be surprised to find out that it probably is no longer even functioning. Cases in point: There was an old bubble-style PTZ on the loading dock that was so dirty that, even if it is working, isn't going to be of much value. But this one I took a picture of, well, it's pointing at the ceiling tiles!!! I don't really know why I'm pointing this out other than to perhaps remind everyone that security cannot be treated in a "set-it-up-and-forget-about-it" manner. Any integrators reading this? If so, go put in a proposal to the Dallas Convention Center for at least some service on their existing system. Maybe that overall lack of security is why Milestone recorded a laptop robbery on the show floor after hours...

USR vehicular controls

I was talking to some old-timers from ASIS who were telling me about the days when it was a small collection of 10x10 booths that you could checkout in one day's time. Today, this show is massive. Companies like Universal Safety Response (pictured above) even set up full demonstrations of heavy equipment like these vehicular controls.

Vicon booth

Vendors will do just about anything to get you to pay attention. They have to do so; there are just so many competing products on the show floor that sometimes you need a guy in a straight jacket balancing on a rolling domino to get people's attention. That's what Vicon did, and judging by the traffic at their booth, it worked.

Panasonic 2010 surveillance cameras

Panasonic 2010 surveillance cameras product line

Panasonic was straightforward in the manner that they showcased the firm's surveillance camera product line-up. They put together this massive wall display, but that wasn't the entirety of their booth...

Panasonic booth at ASIS 2010 tradeshow

...Panasonic also showed vertical market solution focuses. I liked this education one. The camera (A) is used like an overhead projector to push the teacher's notes or textbook onto the (B) digital whiteboard. The teacher wears a pendant (C) around his neck, but you can only see the lanyard for the pendant in this photo. That pendant that serves as the microphone for the speaker/amplifier broadcast system (D), but the pendant can also serve as a panic button device. A good integration would mean that (A) IP PTZ camera would go to a predefined view or tour if the teacher hit the panic button -- instead of remaining focused on overhead projector materials. The video could also be sent to the command center. Nice job, Panasonic, on showing some possible integrations!

Sony XI's long range surveillance solution

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