LIVE From IFSEC 2006: Day 1 Report

From across the pond, Security Dealer’s publisher Peter Harlick reports in on the UK’s biggest security show

Also on hand to talk about a new line of products was Shlomit Hershko of Rokonet, the intrusion division of the larger RISCO Group. Very new to the market is a new GSM system which provides primary or backup cellular communications for reporting to end-users and central stations. The company is billing the product as the WisDom wireless security system, and it has become very popular in Europe and will be making a splash very soon in the US market. Hershko touted the system as the simplest and fastest wireless security system to install.

Also launched for the first time at IFSEC was SynopSYS, which is the new security and building management solution from the RISCO Group. This system is designed with the integrator in mind, and to that end, the RISCO Group is currently actively looking for U.S. integrators that they can talk to about this new product launch. In a nutshell, SysnopSys is a sophisticated software solution that enables simplified and completely integrated site management and control via intuitive, drag-and-drop based, synoptic maps. The solution is ideal for commercial and public buildings, multi-facility complexes and distributed organizations.

Also on hand to demonstrate their products was Dublin, Ireland-based Zandar Technologies. I had a chance to sit down with the company's marketing manager, Sharon Smyth, who demonstrated the benefits of having one of their multi-viewer/multi-image display systems and its ease and versatility of use. Their newest product, Fusion Pro+ is the next generation of future pro multi-view products. Designed for applications that use a high level of CCTV monitoring, their products are in several high-value security installations in the U.S., including federal and state locations as well as chemical and water treatment plants. According to Smyth, Zandar prides itself on their technology, specifically their "live video, high resolution capabilites."

At the end of the day and as the show was winding down I had the chance to catch up with Joanna Black, marketing coordinator for CMP, which hosts the show. According to Black, IFSEC has 700 exhibitors this year, up from 633 in 2005. Although final numbers have yet to be audited, Black felt that they were significantly up in pre-registered attendees. New to the show this year were the following sections: Fire Solutions, a Biometrics Pavilion, The Security Man Guarding Pavilion, as well as the International Media Village. This "media village" is where an attendee could relax and pick up one of the 18 partner publications that helped to promote IFSEC. I am proud to say that Security Dealer, Security Technology & Design and Locksmith Ledger magazines were the only U.S. security magazines represented at the show.

I had also heard some breaking news that Milestone Systems has formed an alliance with ObjectVideo. ObjectVideo’s intelligence will be combined with Milestone's software for a new analytics offering. Ed Troha, director of marketing and communications for ObjectVideo, and Courtney Dillon Pedersen of Milestone Systems described the alliance as a best-of-breed partnership. "When two clear technology market leaders get together it's always better for the integrator and end-user," said Troha. [See the full press release on the ObjectVideo/Milestone Systems partnership.]

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