Dedicated Sources, Et Al.
On Feb. 2-3 in Las Vegas the National Training Center (NTC) will host its NTC Conference 2009, which will offer for the first time an IP video and access control track. The IP curriculum will provide two days of applications-based training for the low-voltage specialist in infrastructure, bandwidth, solutions and more.
NTC, based in Las Vegas, will also begin to offer an extended networking Webinar that is specific to IP video and IP access control. Beginning in January, an eight-hour session will focus on how IP specifically applies to access control and video equipment.
But can such a technical, hands-on subject translate well to the online environment? “It relates pretty well. We generally leave the hands-on training to the manufacturers,” says NTC Vice President Bryan McLane. “Hands-on training is great stuff if you are sticking with a particular vendor, but generic training is extremely helpful if you have not decided on a vendor or if you want to become more widely versed.”
In fact, most manufacturers, including the aforementioned vendors, offer a wide assortment of online training via Webinars and other digital means.
“With ours we will tell you how to evaluate a product, how to design from a generic perspective and then using that you are now able to design just about any system,” says McLane. “Now when you read a spec sheet, you’ll know about Power over Ethernet and how a megapixel camera will affect bandwidth. Things like that.”
The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) is sticking its proverbial toe into the IP training pool in earnest by way of its National Training School (NTS). According to NTS Director Dale Eller, the association has begun deliberations to devise a basic networking course that is specifically geared toward the “Ohm’s Law crowd.” While there is plenty of opportunity to receive networking and IP technologies training, Eller says the “conventional alarm guys are struggling with it.” In fact, he says, the manufacturers are seeing pushback on the training from some dealer/installers because of the absolute unfamiliarity with the topic.
“We will stay with our core audience. We will develop a course for the prototypical alarm guy,” Eller says. “Taking IP and presenting it in an alarm context would fit very nicely into the building-block approach that we already have.”
If all goes to plan, in mid-2009, NTS would like to introduce a one-day course in a classroom setting and also fashion an online version of it as well, says Eller.
The PSA Security Network recently launched a Web-based training portal in partnership with The CMOOR Group, which specializes in online instruction for the electronic security industry. Members of the integrator cooperative, along with nonmembers, can access online, instructor-led certification courses such as IP-based video. Each year the coop hosts its PSA-TEC (Training, Exhibits and Conference) where nonmember attendees can also take part in IP/IT-related coursework.
ISC, ASIS Seek to Inform
Among the array of conferences and trade shows held each year throughout North America, three shows in particular can be looked to for IP training among their respective educational line-ups and manufacturer-hosted product training sessions.
Each year the annual ASIS Int’l Seminar and Exhibits offers a comprehensive education program. New technologies and systems integration instruction is offered among the more than 150 seminars. Of course, training is also available for the organization’s professional certification designations, including the Physical Security Professional (PSP), Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Professional Certified Investigator (PCI). There are also regional workshops, online degree programs, virtual forums and much more.
Away from the enormous ASIS show floor, the organization provides an assortment of intensive three-day sessions to keep security professionals abreast of industry changes, convergence, among them. For example, the 2009 classroom calendar includes “Managing Your Physical Security Program: Moving Forward by Managing Smarter,” which includes instruction on security administration and IT collaboration.
International Security Conferences (ISC) and expos - West and East - offer the IP Institute through the ISC Education program of educational learning. Reed Expositions, organizer of the ISC events, signed up integrated security consultant Gompers Inc. to develop the programming. The one-day seminar, resulting in PSNA certification, delves into IP training for an integrated security system, including video, access control and storage.
IP Institute will expand as more and more security professionals receive the PSNA designation, enabling them to progress through a series of additional certificate-type programs, according to Christine Ford, director of industry development for the ISC portfolio.
“Like any professional designation, our hope is that this training will enable additional career opportunities for those individuals looking to have a career in, or advancing in, the electronic security sector,” Ford says.
Although Bosch’s name is familiar in the security industry, his previous experience has been in daily newspaper journalism. Prior to joining SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in 2006, he spent 15 years with the Los Angeles Times. In 2007, he successfully completed the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association’s National Training School coursework to become a Certified Level I Alarm Technician.
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