SSI Editor Hits the ASIS 2015 Exhibits

Senior Editor Rodney Bosch met with numerous technology and service providers – big and small – at the Anaheim Convention Center.

SSI Senior Editor Rodney Bosch made the ASIS 2015 show floor rounds throughout the three-day exhibition. Following are capsule reviews of booth stops featuring a wide range of security products and services.

Day 1

Altronix – Kirby Hahn, art director, provided an overview of the company’s LINQ technology, which enables network communications, reporting, programming and control of both analog power and PoE. Included is a new network power distribution module (LINQ8PD) that facilitates remote control and monitoring of diagnostics with alerts via E-mail or Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) to help reduce system downtime and eliminate unnecessary service calls.

Universal Surveillance Systems (USS) – Converting an analog camera stream to IP can sometimes entail several hours of installation time and involve connecting an encoder, network switch and a video recorder. Gerald Becker, vice president for physical security, said USS’s NDVISION open architecture hybrid NDVR platform eliminates the need for the encoder and network switch, thereby creating cost savings on equipment and labor. For example, Becker said an 8-camera conversion can result from 20% to 30% less expensive than a typical solution. For 16-camera and 32-camera systems, the savings range from 30% to 40%.

DMP – Melissa Pitfield, director of marketing, highlighted alarm system remote control features sets available with the latest Virtual Keypad App versions (v4.5/App Store; v4.4/Google Play). The new release includes a number of added benefits for both commercial and residential users that can help security dealers generate recurring revenue. A Traffic Count feature provides analytics for retail or other commercial businesses. It works by keeping track of the number of trips a programmed zone gets during the disarmed period. A beam detector can be installed to count people walking down a hallway, or use a front door contact to record the number of enters and exits throughout the day. Analytics compare daily traffic to previous day, week, month, three months or six months.

Viscount Systems CEO Scott Sieracki

Viscount Systems – Recently appointed CEO Scott Sieracki discussed how the company is changing the way access control is deployed and managed in the enterprise. He said Viscount spent the past five years “perfecting access control within the government space” and bills the FICAM-certified
Freedom software as the first access control system that allows ID devices to be connected to standard IT networks without requiring local control panels. Freedom can result in “20% to 30% cost savings for mid-market and enterprise” installations, and “bring back margin to integrators,” Sieracki said. 

Allegion – Brad Aikin, product management leader, commercial electronic locks, for the company’s Schlage brand, provided me a rundown of the ENGAGE Gateway. With its small form factor and plug ‘n’ play connectivity, the device leverages existing IP-based or RS-485 infrastructure. The gateway is designed to be used with devices that feature ENGAGE technology, including Schlage NDE Series wireless locks, to deliver real-time networked connectivity with systems by Allegion’s access control alliance partners. Aikin said each gateway supports up to five wireless devices for a wide range of applications including interior suite entries, offices, conference rooms, sensitive storage areas, etc.

ComNet – Skip Haight, vice president of marketing, explained the provider of fiber optic transmission and networking equipment continues its mission to mitigate the complexity of IP video networks and to become “a one-stop shop for transmission products.” Among its booth wares, the company displayed its newly introduced four-port self-managed Ethernet switch, the CNGE2+2SMS. The switch features two copper TX ports and two Gigabit SFP (small form-factor pluggable) Ethernet ports. The switch was designed to allow IP video to be introduced in multiple locations on a ring network topology without the cost and complexity a managed switch requires.

Stanley Security – The company officially lifted the curtain on its Stanley Insights Professional Services and Analytics Solutions Software during ASIS 2015. Jeremy Morton, vice president, Software & Controls and Business Development, explained the business intelligence solution and consultancy program provides the ability to correlate data streams, analyze trends and measure business activities and operations. The end game here is to help the end customer optimize business performance. Among the program’s services, Stanley’s data scientists and business consultants will create business case templates and customize models to help end users anticipate trends, behaviors and profitability factors to drive results.

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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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