TMA Technology Summit to Take Up Tech Trends, Challenges

A new event produced by The Monitoring Association to be held in Salt Lake City is geared for CTOs, CIOs and IT directors of central stations.

VIENNA, Va. — The Monitoring Association (TMA, formerly CSAA) will present its first ever TMA Technology Summit, scheduled March 19-21, 2018, in Salt Lake City. The event is coordinated by TMA’s Technology Committee, which is co-chaired by Sascha Kylau, vice president of sales, Onetel Security, and Steve Butkovich, CTO, CPI Security Systems.

“We invite CTOs, CIOs, and IT directors of monitoring companies to participate in the first TMA Tech Summit to learn about and discuss technology issues that directly affect monitoring centers,” says Kylau.

Education is a prime component of TMA’s stated mission, with the association presenting high-level educational offerings at its Annual Meeting, Electronic Security Expo (ESX), Fall Operations Management Seminar, as well as online courses.

The Technology Summit will address the emerging education needs of security technology professionals. “By attending, these tech pros will learn about the newest technologies — hardware, software and services — to run their central stations efficiently, minimizing downtime and protecting them from internal and external threats,” Kylau continued.

“We also welcome dealers, owners, and interested participants from manufacturing companies,” says Butkovich. “We’ll be talking about all the things that matter when it comes to technology and running and securing an effective business.”

Sessions and topics will include:

  • Intelligent apps and analytics
  • MPLS, SD-WAN, Secure VPNs (What are they and what is best for my business)
  • Contact Center 2018 (Speech recognition for QC, text to speech, AI and more)
  • Data storage (New storage options and best practices for storage and data retention)
  • 3G, LTE, FirstNet, 5G and beyond
  • Next gen Linux mainframe
  • Cybersecurity (Gap & Risk Assessment: It’s a business issue, not just an IT issue)
  • Next gen firewalls and other cyber-hardware tools
  • Data backup and recovery solutions
  • Data encryption

The TMA Technology Summit is modeled after the annual TMA Fall Operations Management Seminar. Each of the two days will conclude with roundtable discussions of the day’s presentations. Speakers, session leaders, sponsors and vendors will be announced in the coming weeks.

The event housing block at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek in Salt Lake City will open in early January. The registration fee is $595 for TMA members, $695 for nonmembers. For schedule details, registration and to access the housing link, go here.

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