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9 Show Highlights From ISC West 2014

SSI Editor-in-Chief Scott Goldfine reviews his top highlights from ISC West 2014.
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ISC West 2014 Can’t-Miss Technical Courses

Here's a look at technically inclined sessions that will be featured at ISC West 2014 to help installing dealers/integrators plan their schedules.

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If you are making the trip out to Las Vegas for this year’s ISC West Expo April 1-4 be sure to explore the educational opportunities offered through the organizer’s seminar program, and if you are not planning to go perhaps what I am about to share with you might entice you to make some hasty travel arrangements. As someone who has been attending this particular show for more than 15 years, I think I have a pretty good handle on how to weed through what’s offered to discern what is likely the best use of a installing dealer’s/integrator’s valuable time (not to mention money).

So here, in the first of two blog posts, I call out a few key seminars for your consideration, selected so as not to create any scheduling conflicts. One caveat is this list does not indicate who will be presenting the material. I recommend always trying to ascertain if the speaker is not only well versed in the subject matter but also primarily interested in sharing information that helps propel individuals and the industry forward rather than their own personal or promotional agenda. So for more info, go to

Related: ISC West 2014 Can’t-Miss Business Courses

In this round, I highlight technically inclined sessions; the other post focuses on business and operations.

High Priority Technical Sessions:

Tuesday, April 1

1:30-2:30 p.m. - PSIM 101: Understanding the Core Elements of PSIM

Wednesday, April 2

7:30-8:30 a.m. - Tapping Into New Markets With Cloud Technology
10-11 a.m. - How IP Audio Surveillance Enhances Security Management Systems
11:15 .am.-12:15 p.m. - Retrofit and Migration Strategies for Video and Access Control Systems
12:30-1:30 p.m. - How to Plan, Design, and Implement an Affordable Common Operating Platform Using Commercial Off-the-Shelf Software (COTS)

Thursday, April 3

7:30-8:30 a.m. - Getting the Most From Your CCTV System at Night Using Today’s Lighting Technologies
8:45-9:45 a.m. - Troubleshooting Network Video
10-11 a.m. - Security Applications and the Internet of Things
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Fire Alarm Installations: A Review of Applicable Codes and Standards
1:45-2:45 p.m. - The Command Center Experience: From Design to PSIM


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Scott Goldfine
Scott joined SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in October 1998 and has distinguished himself by producing award-winning, exemplary work. His editorial achievements have included blockbuster articles featuring major industry executives, such as Tyco Electronic Products Group Managing Director Gerry Head; Protection One President/CEO Richard Ginsburg; former Brink’s Home Security President/CEO Peter Michel; GE Interlogix President/CEO Ken Boyda; Bosch Security Systems President/CEO Peter Ribinski; and former SecurityLink President/CEO Jim Covert. Scott, who is an NTS Certified alarm technician, has become a respected and in-demand speaker at security industry events, including presentations at the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) Annual Meeting; California Alarm Association (CAA) Summer and Winter Conferences; PSA Security Network Conference; International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC); and Security Industry Association (SIA) Forum. Scott often acts as an ambassador to mainstream media and is a participant in several industry associations. His previous experience as a cable-TV technician/installer and running his own audio company -- along with a lifelong fascination with electronics and computers -- prepared Scott well for his current position. Since graduating in 1986 with honors from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Radio-Television- Film, his professional endeavors have encompassed magazines, radio, TV, film, records, teletext, books, the Internet and more. In 2005, Scott captured the prestigious Western Publisher Maggie Award for Best Interview/Profile Trade for "9/11 Hero Tells Tale of Loses, Lessons," his October 2004 interview with former FDNY Commander Richard Picciotto, the last man to escape the Ground Zero destruction alive.
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