30 That Set 2013’s Technology Course

SSI’s 2013 Top Technology Innovations picks the 30 standout products from the past year not only notable for their technology but also their practicality.

Bob Dolph (right)Bob Dolph’s Picks

BlueBolt SmartPlug Energy Management

The BlueBolt SP-1000 SmartPlug provides low-cost energy monitoring, load control and scheduled conservation in a compact form factor that plugs directly into any standard 120V, 15A outlet. Utilizing ZigBee (ZB) wireless communications, the SP-1000 can be monitored, controlled, programmed and remotely accessed through the cloud-based BlueBOLT (BB) energy management and control platform via a wired BB-ZB1 gateway.

The BlueBOLT network management feature allows users to query (ping) any device on a network with an IP address from a BlueBOLT-enabled component equipped with a BlueBOLT-CV1 card. In the event of a failed ping response, BlueBOLT can send E-mail notifications, reboot an outlet, reboot a series of outlets in sequence, or any combination of the above. A boon for integrators, the network management feature facilitates a self-healing network, which drastically reduces service calls, limits truck rolls and ultimately provides a better experience for the end user.

Digiop Video Management System

The Elements 8.1 video management system (VMS) adds expanded event notification capabilities, advanced traffic and queuing analytics, additional IP camera, point-of-sale (POS) and electronic access control (EAC) integrations than its predecessor. The company’s enhanced event notification engine allows users to customize alerts for a variety of system health events, including system availability, recording issues, video loss and scene loss.

The latest release also integrates with the company’s 3D intelligent IP camera, which features counting intelligence that allows users to monitor traffic levels and capture detailed data about object height, velocity, direction, shape and size. New queue and service metrics enable the tracking of customer movements and actions throughout a retail store, allowing users to measure the effectiveness of displays and promotions, and to optimize checkout and customer service staffing levels.

Fluidmesh Networks Wireless Radio

A 2×2 MIMO-based wireless radio, the FM1200 VOLO is designed for backhauling mission-critical video, voice and data. With a fully redesigned hardware platform, VOLO is a data-processing powerhouse that is intuitive, easy to deploy and can be used to create point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, mesh, and mobility networks with a throughput of up to 180Mbps. The company’s FluidThrottle technology allows selecting only the amount of throughput required and thereby limiting the cost of ownership.

VOLO includes the FMQuadro Web interface that allows you to configure, monitor and troubleshoot the wireless network in real-time, without any additional software. To simplify t
he configuration of the wireless network, the radio has a built-in spectrum analyzer and a real-time bandwidth monitoring tool. VOLO also supports the FLUIDITY broadband connectivity solution for high-speed vehicles traveling at up to 200 miles per hour.

FST21 Digital Doorman Access Control 

Digital Doorman is an all-in-one In Motion Identification access control kit that contains the SafeRise software, hardware and instructions you need to finish an installation quickly. When connected to your network and electronic door lock, SafeRise will be up and running in just minutes, making your customer’s life more secure and convenient. Digital Doorman changes the way people enter their homes or offices. Just walk naturally toward the access point and the system will identify you and unlock the door while keeping intruders out.

SafeRise is FST21’s signature, state-of-the-art software and the driving force behind Digital Doorman. It incorporates biometric fusion technology, which provides identification and authentication of individuals using a combination of facial, voice, and behavioral recognition. No keys, cards or codes are required. Once you get the access kit, installation is quick and simple. Just use the light meter to survey the access point, mount the mini server, IP camera and intercom, connect all components and the network equipment, and then enroll people in the system.

HID Access Control Card Encoder

HID Global now has its new iCLASS SE encoder, a desktop solution and developer toolkit (DTK) that enables organizations to encode and instantly issue cards using a single device. The multitechnology encoder makes it easier for customers to migrate from current technologies to the higher security, adaptability and portability of the company’s iCLASS SE access control platform.

This solution gives organizations the convenience of encoding a broad range of current and future technologies, with the option for customers to create and manage keys and configure readers locally or through HID Global’s iCLASS and SE Elite program. The encoder makes it possible for users to enhance their overall system security by adding secure identity objects (SIOs) to credentials, completely independent of card technology.

About the Author


Paul C. Boucherle, Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Certified Sherpa Coach (CSC), is Security Sales & Integration’s “Convergence Channel” columnist. A principal of Matterhorn Consulting, he has more than 30 years of diverse security and safety industry experience including UL central station operations, risk-vulnerability assessments, strategic security program design and management of industry convergence challenges. Boucherle has successfully guided top-tier companies in achieving enhanced ROI resulting from improved sales and operational management techniques. He is a charismatic speaker and educator on a wide range of critical topics relating to the security industry of today and an accomplished corporate strategist and marketer whose vision and expertise in business performance have driven notable enterprise growth in the security industry sector.

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