Day 1 at ASIS

Traffic at ASIS the first day of the show seemed a little light at times, but many companies weren't complaining, instead focusing on the quality of the attendee--and there were buyers there. As far as technologies, HD cameras are making inroads, coming from the consumer market to security surveillance. Another biggie: mobile surveillance from companies such as NICE systems and that ever-cool mantrap controller from Dortronics, perfect for money counting areas and safe and lock down locations within facilities. Manufacturers such as March Networks talked about vertical customers and their importance in the market, and again, many others such as Johnson Controls pointed to continued growth in the education vertical market, with grants and other monies being well-spent by the end users, who are setting their sights most often on integrated video and access control. The Stanley Convergent Security Solutions booth had its sports theme going--complete with cheerleaders and other distractions. Lots of pens and the great strawberry chapstick by AXIS was also a fine giveaway, especially appropriate to use in the 90 degree Anaheim heat. But the best giveways were the book reading clip on light from Alutiiq LLC and the digital voice recorder gift given to the media who attended a Sanyo press conference where the company announced it will keep its name and plunge into the HD camera market--with some nine feature-rich units to start. -- Deborah L.O'Mara, editor, SD&I magazine