• Tough Times on the Virtual Border

    By Geoff Kohl - Thursday September 20, 2007
    Exactly a year ago in my weekly recap, I wrote about the news that Boeing had landed the Secure Borders Initiative (SBInet) contract to build a virtual fence using things like radar, surveillance cameras, a command and control system, field sensor and...
  • ISC East 2007 Photo Report

    By Geoff Kohl - Thursday September 13, 2007
    Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007, opening morning at the Javits Center, where the jointly held ISC East and InfoSecurityNY were being held. Traffic was surprisingly good. Inside the show, I ran into Clive Gillon of Transdyn, an integrator and engineering...
  • ISC East. New York. 9/11.

    By Greg McConnell - Tuesday September 11, 2007
    So the ISC East show in New York began today. Early on the foot traffic was a bit light (rainy weather could have contributed to this), but later in the day things picked up. Some of the new product demos that stood out to me were NAPCO's iSee Video...
  • Windy City Wild!

    By Greg McConnell - Tuesday August 21, 2007
    So this past Friday I made it over to Bolingbrook, Ill., for the grand opening of Windy City Wire's new headquarters. The company threw a huge party extravaganza with entertainment that included rock bands, exotic animals, and Chicago's very own...
  • Time to Run off the Riff-Raff

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday August 10, 2007
    Alarm sales is a competitive business; there's no doubt. I was at a conference back in June hosted by the NBFAA and listened to speakers like Bob Harris of the Attrition Busters, speak on how alarm dealers can retain their competitive...
  • Security Goes on Auction: “Do I hear $450?”

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday August 10, 2007
    About a month ago, a Swiss firm launched an online auction site http://www.wslabi.com (aka Wabisabilabi) that claimed to help bring the world "one step closer to zero risk." Now, the interesting thing about this online auction site and it's auspicious...
  • Casinos and change

    By Greg McConnell - Monday August 6, 2007
    First off, I fully realize that I nearly had my blogging license revoked.  A month without posting?  Yikes!  (My apologies.) Anyway, a week ago I was up in northern Michigan for a wedding on the beautiful Lake Charlevoix.  It was a nice...
  • Security in the Movies

    By Geoff Kohl - Wednesday July 25, 2007
    I was on the phone yesterday with an assistant of Simon Kinberg, the screenwriter who penned Mr. and Mrs. Smith and  X-Men: The Last Stand . His assistant, a former writer for E! Online , is telling me that he's working on a movie plot in which...
  • Spammer: “Sell me some smoke detectors”

    By Geoff Kohl - Thursday July 19, 2007
    I wrote an article about this a while ago, but apparently my email address, that of a simple online security trade journal editor, has been misunderstood as someone who sells "products". Thus this morning, I got hit with the classic scam; it also...
  • Friday funny

    By Greg McConnell - Friday July 6, 2007
    The next time you're burglarizing a home and happen to find a nice webcam to steal, you might also want to grab the hard drive that recorded the whole thing . -Greg