Best of ISC West 2009, Volume 2

I wanted to share with you a few of the cool technologies and opportunities to be on the lookout for as a result of my meetings at ISC West 2009 in Las Vegas. This is the second of several summaries.
I had an interesting sit-down with Len Friedman, former marketing manager for Bosch who is now president and CEO of RISCO Group. RISCO who? RISCO is the parent company of long-time Israeli intrusion sensors leader Rokonet. That brand is being folded into the RISCO name in an effort to better reflect the company’s new multifaceted suite of offerings that span access control, video surveillance, integration and, of course, intrusion. In fact, RISCO is actually an acronym for Rokonet Integrated Systems Co. Len was very excited to share with me that the company is rolling out a single, integrated intrusion/access control/video surveillance platform he believes could revolutionize installing security contractors’ present technology and business models. Now I did not get to actually see this product, but it does sound immensely intriguing, and Len’s enthusiam is infectious.
Spent some time with my friends Miguel Lazatin and Amado Zavala of Sony. I was able to see the company’s (Sony says industry’s) first high-definition pan/tilt/zoom IP network security cameras, which are part of the new SNC-RH Series camera lineup. The cameras have the ability to pan 360 degrees while capturing and streaming HD video using H.264 compression technology at up to 30 frames per second. The cameras are also extremely flexible, being capable of intelligent motion detection (IMD) and wireless deployment. And I really liked their easy-install features, such as tethers that hold the camera from a ceiling allowing a technician to have free hands to deal with the mounting, which is also very simple. The cameras can also quickly be removed for adjustments or servicing. I also perused Sony’s line of seven new network video encoders that can be used to convert signals from analog to IP.
Sony introduced its first HD p/t/z IP network security cameras, which are part of its new SNC-RH Series.


Caught up with my friend Kim Carito of Tyco. She introduced me to Warren Brown, the company’s new director of product development for both access control and video systems. Those areas had previously been handled separately and their combination under a single product manager is indicative of Tyco’s new initiative to really begin to bring everything together in the name of integration. Warren shared with me how Tyco is looking to create less of a division not only among its technologies but also its American Dynamics, Software House and Kantech brands. This is further reflected in the company moving away from proprietary models (e.g. its own compression technology vs. H.264) toward more widely accepted industry standards.

What did you see at ISC West that knocked your socks off? I want to hear about it. Be sure to be on the lookout for more summations of what went down at the big show.

As always, thanks for reading,

Scott Goldfine



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