ASIS 2010 technology roundup: Day 2

A look at several new security solutions on the show floor


For those security managers worried about the vulnerability of their IP camera networks, Dedicated Micros' new Closed IPTV solution may be just what the doctor ordered. Winner of a 2010 ASIS Accolades Award for innovation, the Closed IPTV, deterministic IP video product, only gives authorized security personnel access to a camera system.

Not only is the solution user intuitive, Dedicated Micros President Mike Newton says that it also prevents against the potential of an Internet user on the other side of the world from hacking into a camera system and tampering with the video feeds.

"You need to know that that is your camera and that the footage is coming from that camera," Newton said.

According to Newton, Closed IPTV also reduces the cost of installation and makes it easier, as it doesn't require an installer to be an IT expert to install and configure cameras on the network.

Inovonics

While you may be familiar with them for their emergency alert pendants, Inovonics, a manufacturer of wireless sensor network technology for commercial and life safety applications, has launched a new standalone situational awareness system at the show called Radius.

Mark Jarman, the company's president, says that the new system, which is composed of Inovonic's wireless positioning technology, sends signals to an alert system and is ideal for school and corporate campus environments. Essentially, students or executives would be given pendants that can used to trigger an alarm. That signal is then transmitted through wireless sensors to an alert system that can pinpoint where the alert came from. Depending on the users individual settings, e-mail and text messages can also be sent out to warn others that an alarm has been triggered.

Schneider Electric

Continuing with the theme of situation management, Schneider Electric has developed a new platform called Andover Continuum, which integrates a variety of security systems and sensors into a centralized, user-intuitive interface.

"When something goes wrong and you've got to take action, you've only got seconds to do that," said Lonnie Laue, security center of excellence, buildings business, for Schneider Electric.

Essentially, Laue says that the company took a "powerful" alarm management solution and made it simple.

"The more integration (of systems) you have, the better opportunity you have to improve operations," he said.

Another integral part of the system, according to Laue, is its power management capabilities, which not only can save businesses money in energy costs, but can also be used for security purposes, such as when a guard is sent to search a room within a facility.

Avigilon

A major player in the high-definition surveillance space, Avigilon is showcasing its latest network video management system, Avigilon Control Center Enterprise Edition 4.6, as well as a new line of ONVIF-compliant IP cameras at ASIS 2010.

According to Dave Tynan, Avigilon's vice president of global sales and marketing, the company has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several years and its technology is now being utilized in over 6,500 security installations in 55 different countries.

In conjunction with their new enterprise NVMS solution, Tynan said that Avigilon is also working to address the needs of other users in the market and has released a standard edition of its signature video management software called Avigilon Control Center Standard Edition. Tynan said that the standard edition software costs 40 percent less than its enterprise-class solution.