The first day of the ASIS wrapped up with an impressive showing out on the floor. Held at the Orlando Convention Center's "West" area (the original part of the convention center, that you've probably seen if you've attended events here before), the show floor spread from end-to-end of the building. Elaborate booths, dazzling product demonstrations and great one-on-one networking sessions were the norm of the day.
The show hasn't seemed especially packed in terms of traffic, but with an impressive list of speakers, many attendees are here just to hit the educational sessions and to earn re-certification credits.
ASIS was predicting upwards of 19,000 attendees, and while we're not feeling that number here (no doubt, many of our industry professionals are actively involved in security facilities in the areas affected by Katrina and by the Monday blackout in Los Angeles), the exhibit space is still feeling a significant amount of traffic.
Our crew, representing SecurityInfoWatch.com, Security Technology & Design, Security Dealer and Locksmith Ledger, has been combing the show floor for the latest news and products, and we've built a "Live from ASIS" page to update you on the new technologies being introduced here. An early take-away is the proliferation of video analytics being touted by the manufacturers. From updates on motion detection that get beyond simple pixel changes to algorithms designed to follow persons and lay down policy-based rules on abandoned objects, this technology is really starting to mature beyond the clunky software of yesterday.
All-in-all, it's been a promising start to another strong show for ASIS. Check back for updates "live from ASIS 2005."