‘Cutting-edge Products’ SpecialProduct Wonderland: SSI’s ASIS Top 30
If you attended ASIS Int’l this fall, you were probably baffled by the thousands of products on display. With so many cool items, you may have felt like a kid in a toy store who wants to buy everything, only to be disappointed because of a limited budget. That’s why SSI’s technical writers,…
These are a few of my favorite things … Although the holidays were more than three months away when the American Society for Industrial Security’s (ASIS) 49th annual convention took place Sept. 15-17 in New Orleans, that line from a popular holiday tune was dancing in the heads of SSI’s contributing technical writers Al Colombo (of “Fireside Chat”) and Bob Dolph (of “Tech Talk”). Their mission: Find the products and services at ASIS that security systems contractors want now.
It was no easy task, considering the sheer number of exhibitors at this event — 812 to be exact. Much like the Sears catalog that used to arrive in your mailbox just in time for the holidays, the volume of offerings at ASIS was overwhelming. To get through it all would have taken weeks, yet the exhibit hall was only open for three days. If you attended, you probably were enticed by all the bells and whistles, yet confounded when trying to decide which products you should choose.
SSI’s technical gurus, however, were up for the challenge and eager to uncover the goodies that just might become your favorites. Bob and Al made their lists, checked them twice and narrowed them down to 15 each of what they believe were the convention’s most notable offerings. Their selections run the gamut from software to fingerprint readers; voice evacuation systems to solar-powered telephones; PDAs to color strobes and more.
If you weren’t able to attend ASIS or did attend but couldn’t get to every booth, the special products that follow make up SSI’s 2003 ASIS Top 30.
Al’s Picks ...
DVR Series Interfaces With POS, ATM Machines
The Fusion DVR series by Honeywell includes models that range from an
eight-channel unit, 120GB HDD to a 32-channel unit with 1TB of storage. The
series’ ability to select resolutions up to 720 x 480 and capture up to 480
images per second allows critical information to be processed in an accurate
and efficient manner.
This series is compatible with CYA retail security software and users
can search recorded POS transactions combined with actual transaction
video. In addition to the POS interface, Fusion also interfaces with
ATM machines. Captured video, along with the ATM transaction details
are recorded. Both POS and ATM interfaces have the ability to view recorded
details locally and remotely. Reader Service Number 340
System Combines Paging, Messaging, Music
Diversity and expandability are the two most important cornerstones of the
life-safety market from a fire technician’s point of view. The Safetpath®4
system from Wheelock is a powerful communications system that offers
supervised paging, messaging, background music and emergency voice evacuation.
Starting with 40W of audio power, the system can be expanded to 3,200W
and beyond. The Safepath 4 also provides 2A of synchronized strobe power,
although this can be expanded to virtually any amount of amperage to
meet the customer’s need. Such expandability is achieved through the
use of Safetpath add-on modules. Reader Service Number 338
Interface Links Building Systems With Security
The Alliance System, manufactured by GE Interlogix, offers security
dealers and their clients a single user interface to link building management
systems with electronic security, such as burglar alarms, cameras, access control
and communications. Additional features include bid and as-built print generation,
badging and remote system troubleshooting.
The Alliance System can be configured to provide four different access
levels: installer, administrator, operator and master. This unique product
offers true integration as it provides the operating system for each
security subsystem. Reader Service Number 328
Server Provides Remote Access to Event History
What does network technology and fire alarm detection have in common these
days? The answer is everything. Recently, Notifier released the
Noti Fire Net (NFN) Web server that provides remote access to a wide variety
of facility management services, including ready access to fire alarm event
The NFN Web server utilizes the TCP/IP communications standard to enable
communication over both the Internet and private intranet systems. Security
is provided for individual operators using a secure connection in conjunction
with a unique password, all through a simple-to-use graphic user interface
(GUI). In addition, Noti Fire Net allows the end user to visually obtain
an overview of all system functions at a glance. Reader Service Number 329
Fingerprint Reader Simplifies Biometric Access
Biometric access control made easy is what the Zodiac Lite Fingerprint Reader
from Cansec is all about. Zodiac Lite is a single-door electronic
access control system, complete with fingerprint reader, door control module
and a hand-held programmer. A programmer provides enrollment and the execution
of a variety of access control criteria. Enrollment or deletion is as simple
as flipping a light switch.
Bypass keys are also available to those who cannot participate in enrollment,
as in cases of severe injury where the fingerprints may not be reliably
read. In addition, the door control module stores up to 1,000 events
according to time and date. Reader Service Number 330
Rackmounts Include Custom-Made Bezels The new LCD rackmounts
by Middle Atlantic Products add a touch of class to the LCD monitor.
The new rackmount design includes a combination of custom-made bezels
along with VESA 75 and VESA 100 mounting hole patterns.
Made of quality metal, these bezels functionally outline the LCD screen,
providing a most pleasing look where aesthetics means everything. Middle
Atlantic will custom-make LCD rackmounts and will ship within three days
of the initial order. Reader Service Number 331
Management System Enables Communication
The System 3T from Bosch is designed to provide seamless integration
of alarm, CCTV, access, life safety and building management functions using
a common Internet or intranet network sever.
Using the OPC cross platform standard, it is now possible for dissimilar
systems to “talk” to each other. Because a unified, single database is
shared between all network assets, an enormous amount of time and resources
are saved. Increased efficiencies are assured by command and control
of multiple systems into a single, unified whole. System 3T also saves
money in computer and peripheral hardware. Reader Service Number 332
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