Seminars, Press Conferences Hit Networking, Digital Video, Other New Technologies

LAS VEGAS—The future of technology, the digital age of CCTV and the latest in products were widely discussed during ISC West.

One particular panel of security industry technologists cast their eyes to the future during a two-hour seminar entitled “The Impact of Technology on the Security Industry.” Moderated by Joe Freeman of J.P. Freeman Co., panel members talked about the potential emergence of smart cameras, where all functionality is contained within a single box, and how security and manufacturers must learn more about data security and develop more broad skill sets.  The panel also discussed the coming of 10GB local area networks (LANs) and “Smart Dust” sensors, which could be thrown around an area, and communicate with each other, and perform security functions.

However, panelist Frank Abram of Panasonic Security Systems sharply contrasted with his colleagues as he cautioned, “The transition in this industry to new technology is going to be slow.  We need to set standards for these things to happen.  We will have to take small steps.”

The most popular seminars were those that covered CCTV and access control. In one such session, “Designing Effective Video Storage Systems,” Bob Wimmer of Video Security Consultants presented plain-talk, practical instruction on video compression and storage. His presentation included information on compression basics and methods, video resolution/quality, and frame rates.

As far as press conferences, GE/Interlogix, HID Corp., Panasonic and Ademco Group were some of the companies presenting new products and/or dealer services. GE/Interlogix introduced its Upselling in a Mass Market program; HID presented its iCLASS(tm) contactless smart card technology; Panasonic featured its new matrix switcher, minidome cameras and more; and Ademco Group unveiled the latest member of its AlarmNet service offerings for Internet and intranet alarm reporting.

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