More ASIS 2008 show notes

This is definitely not the complete review of technologies I saw at the 2008 ASIS show, but the following companies were making news, so let's break it here:  Matrix Systems  Matrix Systems, which has been around since 1979...


The company is coming along very strongly in the HSPD-12 market with its PIV station unit and is actively watching the TWIC market to see how the firm's biometric solutions can play in that area.

The last time I had the chance to sit down with the Bioscrypt team, they were actively promoting their logical access solutions, but this time it's clear that Bioscrypt recognizes that their strengths are in physical security solutions. Nonetheless, Morgan said that the firm is not leaving that space, but as part of L-1, they've been able to do really strong partnerships with L-1 subsidiaries like Identix that are even stronger in logical access solutions.

Samsung | GVI  Security

There are two Samsung branded companies doing business in the U.S. now that Samsung Techwin has entered the market and GVI's Steve Walin says that can admittedly be somewhat confusing. He explains that the push is indicative of the fact that Samsung, as a global business, wants to do a billion dollars in security sales worldwide in the next three years. And even though his branding became a little more confusing with addition of Samsung Techwin, Walin notes that it can't hurt that there are now two firms representing the Samsung security line-up here in the U.S. That's twice as much promotion for the Samsung name, he notes.

GVI is of course a Samsung partner; The company (Samsung Electronic) invested in Samsung | GVI Security over a year ago, and with Walin at the helm, the company has seen six straight quarters of profitable growth. Walin notes that the growth isn't solely in the U.S.; he notes that South America has been a very strong growth area for the company (they're supplying video surveillance for municipal surveillance systems in Bogota, Columbia).

 Sony

Here's the Sony update, and as you might expect for the top image sensor provider for all surveillance cameras, the company is always pushing forward with new technologies. Their cameras are showing the new ExWavePro image sensor, which is a very responsive, versatile sensor from what I saw in their video. Mike McCann also was noting that they've managed to reduce latency even more in the IP PTZs (networked PTZ cameras have been notoriously slow in responding over networks), and having taken the joystick controls on one of these cameras, I must say that the latency is getting very close to being imperceptible.

You can't talk IP video surveillance without talking bandwidth, and as those of you who understand bandwidth know, bandwidth usage can jump around greatly when you start dealing with IP camera controls and a lot of motion in the scene. Sony has some solutions for mitigating bit-rate (for MPEG-4) and stabilizing file sizes (JPEG) so that you don't see your bandwidth jump all around the chart. Here's a tip, says McCann: Use the free NetPerSec software from PC Magazine to study your network connection; it's a handy tool when it comes to watching bandwidth. 

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-Geoff