Hot products: Day 2 of ISC West 2008

From quickly installed PTZs to designing a better alarm control panel, ISC exhibitors pushing the industry

If you've got a spare $99,000 sitting around you can have a Brijot imaging solution at your firm. Don't suffer from price shock, what we've been interested to hear is that these imagers (which can see threats hidden on a person  -- think: camera that can see through clothes!) have found adoption outside the world of homeland security. According to Leon Chlimper of Brijot, they've landed clients in the retail sector who have used the imagers as a loss prevention tool. Apparently, those retail employees have to be scanned by this passive millimeter wave device before clocking out and heading home. It allows store management to make sure merchandise isn't walking out with them, and Chlimper and company say that it has significantly helped speed along the daily employee exit process for the company.

JVC's V686U IP PTZ camera is one workhorse. Not only can it pan at up to 400 degrees per second and zoom 36 times optically, stabilize its image with a gyro type of system, but JVC also aims for the company to be very easy to install. The installer of this IP camera can install the base, running the wires and setting everything up, and then when it comes to camera installation it's as easy as snapping the lens and direct-drive motor unit onto the base. It looks simple quick to set up, and if you've got a dead camera head, it makes it all that much faster to get the new camera in place with limited downtime, because you're simply unsnapping the camera unit from the base. JVC's staff said the goal was to cut IP PTZ installation time down by 50 percent.

We may write a lot about IP video technologies, and you can't blame us – that's the overall forward direction of the industry on the video surveillance side. But whether or not you believe IP video will outsell analog on 2010 or 2015, the fact is that analog video is still the dominant seller today. On that note, we've seen lots of continued additions to the analog camera and DVR market. Panasonic, for one, introduced three new analog cameras at the show, including one really nice almost bullet style outdoor camera. Mitsubishi tackled traditional DVR storage with new products that attach to select models in the company's DVR line, boosting storage to those units. There are a lot of overseas manufacturers here at ISC West 2008 in the lower pavilion off the main tradeshow floor and we've seen dealers down there trying to find camera solutions. We've always been slightly suspect of many of those vendors because they often don't have the customer service and codified warranty programs in place like many of their "upstairs" competitors, but at least as far as image quality for their analog cameras, they're actually getting quite good. As Bosch's Dr. Bob Banerjee said in a Wednesday education session here at ISC West, it's obvious for most installing firms that analog systems and the push-button nature of DVRs is going to remain highly applicable for many small businesses where system owners want to be able to push a button to export a clip, push a button in an emergency situation to record at high quality, and don't want to worry about maintaining any sort of network when all they want is a couple cameras around the cash register.

There are a lot more than these technologies here in Vegas, so keep an eye out for additional reports from the staff on what's making news here.