Blades on the Floor: A Technology Report from ASIS 2006, Day 1

Sept. 26, 2006
ST&D managing editor Marleah Blades reports on new technologies live from the show floor

I spent the majority of today walking, or running, the show floor, meeting with vendors about their new initiatives and product offerings. There are plenty of interesting announcements this week on the long hall. While I soak my feet, let me give you some of the highlights.

Integral Technologies announced the launch of a government security initiative to help the company produce HSPD-12 and FIPS 201 compliant products for government installations. They also announced their "Pure IT" end-to-end solution - with the company's Digital Sentry Network Video software with IP cameras, its Intelli-M PoE for access control, and a PoE switch.

Paul Bodell of IQInVision talked with me about the company's transition to 5-megapixel models, which offer clearer images and a wider field of view than its previous 3.1-megapixel versions. New 5-megapixel models will be available in January. Paul also focused on IQVerify, the company's video alarm verification solution.

Mitsubishi Electric announced a five-year warranty on its DX-TL4509U, DX-TL5000U and DX-ZD5UE series DVRs. Mitsubishi is also extending its express replacement program to five years. The program provides for replacement of a product in 24 hours if it suffers a system failure.

Stanley Security Solutions' Bill Merrill focused on the company's announcement that it is now offering its own security cameras and monitors. Stanley also announced an upgrade to its NT500 solution to add some perks and make its interface more user friendly.

Some interesting comments about industry trends cropped up

1. Users are doing more and more of their own research online and making more of their own decisions about specific product needs, and many vendors are beginning to revamp Web sites and services to help them find the information they need.

2. HSPD-12 is on its way to impacting the commercial market in a tangible way. After so many years of asking for standardization, the industry finally has a roadmap. Now it's up to private industry to take advantage of the work the government has done and commission it for their own uses.

3. More vendors are taking a serious look at mid-size businesses and tailoring solutions to meet their needs, with upcoming releases of out-of-the-box solutions that are easy to configure but that include some of the more sophisticated features available in enterprise systems.

[Marleah Blades, the managing editor for Security Technology & Design, also blogs about security at the blog, Blades Unsheathed.]