Merging of Video Surveillance, Access Control on Dazzling Display at ISC West

Senior Editor Rodney Bosch dishes on select highlights from a busy Thursday traipsing across the show floor.

LAS VEGAS — A big trend seen on the show floor at ISC West 2016? The escalating marriage between video surveillance and access control. That certainly plays out to some degree in the following summaries from just some of my booth stops on a busy Day 2.

I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below on what trends (or other insights, for better or worse) you are observing at ISC West this year. Here goes:

1. VMS provider Video Insight, a specialist in the education market, arrived at ISC West to feature its MonitorCast v3 enterprise class access control product, which James Whitcomb, co-founder and CTO, explained is designed to reduce the cost of entry into access control.

The simplified solution offers a paired down set of features geared specifically for end users that otherwise have little to no need for the copious, advanced functionalities common to an enterprise class solution.

James Whitcomb, CTO,
Video Insight

Make no mistake, however, the MonitorCast v3 can scale to very large applications, including unlimited card holders and simultaneous users. With seamless integration to the company’s v6 VMS platform, the Mercury-based access control solution is being offered for free for a limited time, Whitcomb said.

Also announced at ISC West, VideoInsight’s portfolio is being made available through current Panasonic distribution partners, which also gives the company’s dealer partners access to Panasonic products and solutions.

ISC West: 5 Product Demos From the Show Floor

Willem Ryan of Avigilon

2. Avigilon is introducing its H4 Edge Solution (ES) camera line, which Willem Ryan, director of product marketing, said combines HD imaging, self-learning video analytics, NVR functionality, and embedded Avigilon Control Center video management software. With onboard solid-state drive (SSD) storage, Ryan said the ES line eliminates the need for a separate NVR and reduces installation and system costs.

Deployment options range from standalone installation, multicamera solutions, to seamless integration into a conventional IP-based video surveillance system. Avigilon is also pitching its new Access Control Manager (ACM) Embedded Controller, which Ryan described as an entry-level access control system designed for small to medium-sized environments with 16 doors or fewer. It uses the HID VertX EVO V1000 controller, with Avigilon factory-installed software and a browser-based application.

3. Brivo Public Relations Manager Jennifer Skipper provided a quick demonstration of Brivo Mobile Pass, which eliminates the need for physical keycards and readers. Available on both iOS and Android platforms, the solution allows users to generate and distribute mobile credentials to unlock doors via E-mail. In a nutshell: A Brivo OnAir administrator creates a Mobile Pass invite and sends it to a user who then clicks the “add” button in the E-mail to activate the app on their phone. The user can then open doors as they would with a physical keycard. Conversely, the Mobile Pass can be revoked at any time by the administrator.

Steve Van Till

Steve Van Till, who founded Brivo in 1999, also discussed the strategic alliance to integrate Brivo OnAir and Eagle Eye Networks’ video management software to deliver a unified cloud-based access control and video surveillance system. It is always insightful to hear Van Till dish on future industry developments. Here’s one from my discussion with him on Thursday … integrating video surveillance management with access control may currently be all the rage, but get ready for the triple integration play, folks: video surveillance, access control and intrusion. Van Till explained it’s already being done by a couple large integrators, but manufacturers view the triple play as a huge opportunity. Be on the lookout for it sooner rather than later.

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About the Author


Although Bosch’s name is quite familiar to those 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, where he performed a wide assortment of editorial responsibilities, including feature and metro department assignments as well as content producing for Bosch is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Mass Communication & Journalism. 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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