Apple Computers interested in surveillance?

You've probably heard plenty about video and access control companies working with Microsoft technology for their platforms. In the last year, a number of companies have promoted the fact that they are designed to interface to Microsoft's .NET platform, including HID, Lenel, Brivo and many other networked technology and security software companies.

Now, if a panel session at this upcoming ASIS show is any indication, Apple Computers may be following suit and interested in the security industry.

Video surveillance company videoNEXT announced this week that it is co-hosting a panel with Apple at the ASIS show. The panel features Garret Rice, senior manager of enterprise solutions for Apple as moderator, plus panelists Chris Gettings, founder and chairman of videoNEXT; John Honovich, founder of; Steve Hunt of Hunt Business Intelligence; Peter Michael, principle engineer for surveillance and security at SAIC; and Fredrik Nilsoon, general manager of Axis in the Americas.

Although Apple has not yet publicly announced any details about its market play in the security industry, the company has been notably absent from many computer-based software solutions for security. Most common software programs have been designed specifically for a Microsoft Windows environments.

"Most of the DVR/NVR/IP video management software companies use the .NET framework and program in Microsoft languages (Verint, DVTel and Genetec all are examples)," said John Honovich, founder of and a contributor to SecurityInfoWatch. "They have been doing so for years."

The panel is being held from 4-5 p.m. during ASIS 2008 at the Georgia World Congress Center Room C304 (Building C, Level 3). The cost is free, however, co-host videoNEXT is asking interested attendees to register at the company's booth (#3465) or via email at A reception and a technology demonstration will follow the panel discussion.

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