Live from IFSEC 2007 - Day 3

From video servers to high-tech buried intrusion detection, a tour through the IFSEC 2007 tradeshow

"We are here to introduce a scalable intelligent video solution running up to 60 D1 video channels with analytics," said Oren Feldman, Mango's marketing manager, who was talking about their high-performance RavensNest unit. "The RavensNest sets a new standard for high density video solutions allowing D1 resolutions and analytics from many leading vendors on all channels."

Mango DSP worked with Texas Instruments, MICRON and Object Video to deliver the Raven system. The goal was to create "an integrated video server designed to meet the requirements of outdoor and mobile surveillance needs."

"What we have here is a rugged intelligent video command and control system that was originally designed for the Israeli military. We have created a surveillance solution for evolving market needs such as police cars and unmanned devices," added Daniel Peled, V.P. of sales for Mango DSP.

IFSEC wouldn't be complete without a stroll through the Fire & Rescue halls to see the latest products for the fire service. One could not miss the impressive both from Michigan's own Safety Technology Inc. On hand were STI's President Margie Gobler, Executive Vice President John Taylor and National Sales Manager Michael Mikaelian. Showcasing their full product lines, Taylor pointed out that the new STI Universal Push Button, which is targeted to locksmiths working in electronic access and egress, should debut sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.

As the show wound down for the day, a visit to UltraVision Security Systems out of New Hampshire was in order. Bill Lozon, their V.P. of sales and marketing, had been following's coverage of IFSEC and wanted get us a firsthand view at their intrusion detection products.

This is the U.S. manufacturer that walked away with the "Best New Intruder Alarm Product" during the prestigious IFSEC awards competition for the company's UltraSensor. According to Dennis Johnson, president of UltraVision, the UltraSensor is a proven and effective implantation of ultra-wideband technology in motion detection sensors for life-safety and security applications. "The UltraSensor product line has the world's first motion sensor that is completely buried," said Johnson.

"The motion detection system can effectively see through materials such as concrete, earth and asphalt to detect intrusion by humans or vehicles in areas with high security needs," added Lozon. Also on display was the LifeLocator, the standard in rescue detection when such disasters as earthquakes, floods, explosions or similar occurrences that result in victims trapped under debris piles, from man made to natural debris that result from structural collapse.

Wrapping up today's show with a wonderful cocktail reception was the announcement of the launch of CMP's IFSEC India, scheduled for Oct. 25-27, 2007 in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. According to IFSEC officials, India along with the entire South Asian region, is one of the fastest growing emerging markets in the world. Having seen the show floor plan, many leading security manufacturers have already secured their stand.

Signing off from Birmingham. England ... next stop, Boston, Mass., for the NFPA show!

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