Best of ISC West 2009, Volume 3

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 third of several summaries.


Spent some quality time with Alan Forman, president of Altronix, for an enlightening presentation on how the industry’s best-known manufacturer of power supplies is keeping up with networked technologies. NetWay is a midspan PoE solution designed to deliver greater functionality and efficiency for IP video systems in one-, eight- and 16 port-configurations that accommodate both PoE and conventional IP cameras – including networked pan/tilt/zoom models. Also, HubWay video/data/power transceivers offer a flexible solution for video surveillance applications, sending centralized UTP video, data control protocols and camera power over a single structured cable. Finally, Altronix’s new ReServ1 video surveillance UPS provides simultaneous power for 12VDC and 24VAC cameras during normal and power outage conditions regardless if external power fails. And as with all Altronix products, they are designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the company’s Brooklyn, N.Y., headquarters.
Altronix’s HubWay video/data/power transceivers send UTP video, data control protocols and power over one cable.


Over at Canon, the optics specialist showed off its new high-performance VB-C500D fixed mini dome network camera. This camera is the company’s first fixed model featuring an 82-degree wide-angle view. The product also works amazingly well in low light conditions thanks to its digital night mode, and has a powerful onboard processor to accommodate the computing demands of H.264 compression. The camera also features 2.4x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. Finally, its image processor offers Smart Shade Control, which automatically adjusts the contrast between bright and dark areas of an image for optimum detail display.
Canon’s VB-C500D mini dome network camera is its first fixed model featuring an 82-degree wide-angle view.


In the fire/life-safety area, I sat down for a fascinating conversation with Ray King, the president of VES Fire Detection Systems. Although its current U.S. marketshare is miniscule, this is a company that the industry’s giants better pay attention to because VES has some very forward-thinking products and programs. It is the first and only fire alarm manufacturer to allow true Web-enabled programming, troubleshooting and servicing of engineered systems. It is all based on the company’s eSP Business Suite, which is a comprehensive set of tools that allows installers to manage every aspect of their fire alarm installations, from bidding the job to servicing the systems long after installations. What also makes VES unique is that the company offers monitoring through its own UL central station. Ray says AHJs have been very receptive to VES’ solutions. Check this company out and ask about its authorized dealer program.

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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