Best of ISC West 2009, Volume 4

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 final installment of four summaries.


Jeff Knapp clued me in about Ocularis Video Synopsis, an optional module resulting from a collaboration between OnSSI and BriefCam, that uniquely enables the compression of video activity into a very short timeframe for faster identification of key events. A day of video footage can be compressed into a 60-second video clip. I saw this in action and it was quite impressive. The feature is soon to be made available in the company’s Ocularis product, an innovative, intelligent IP-based video surveillance management and control software solution. I had always thought this was one of the advanced video management systems on the market and it just got even better. It’s the closest approximation to the high-tech future depicted in the film “Minority Report” that I have yet seen. The company also announced it is extending its open platform even further to facilitate off-the-shelf compatibility with a host of suppliers’ wares.
OnSSI’s Ocularis Video Synopsis module compresses a day of video footage into a 60-second video clip.

You would think that manufacturing equipment racks would not include much innovation but Middle Atlantic Products, which made SSI‘s Top 30 Technology Innovations of 2008 list, keeps coming up with creative and useful products. Take its new UPS with an easy-to-install design and benefits security applications with extended run times for critical loads. A sliding rear rackrail mount with unique four-point support provides single-person UPS mounting capability. The UPS features a 4ms transfer time that prevents system disruptions and equipment lockup. It also incorporates high-capacity, heavy-duty batteries to provide longer runtimes. Having spent most of my life in Los Angeles, I also appreciate that Middle Atlantic Products has expanded its seismic-certified product categories to include two-post racks, server racks, security racks, cable management racks and slide-out racks, the latter exclusive to Middle Atlantic.
MAP’s UPS features a 4ms transfer time to prevent system disruptions and equipment lockup.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do in depth about all the stuff I explored at ISC West 2009, but I will try to cover a few more bases here.
Talked with Ingersoll Rand‘s Jennifer Toscano about the latest developments there and was told around June the company will announce a major initiative that will radically alter the access control landscape. Can’t wait for that one! She also gave me a thorough tour of IR’s nice line of wireless door access options.

Sat down with my ol’ pal at Pelco, Joe Olmstead, who updated me on all the exciting develops with the company’s IP-focused product lines. It was quite impressive to see the Sarix cameras after having taken in a demo of the new imaging and color technology platform at ASIS Atlanta. I also took a look at Pelco’s latest “2.0” versions of Endura 2.0, Spectra IV 2.0 and DX8100 2.0 hybrid video recorder.

Speaking of Pelco, I chatted in the aisles with former Pelco executive Scott Schafer, who was recently named executive vice president for Arecont. He gave me the lowdown on the company’s aggressive push to become the leader in megapixel IP cameras. We talked about how prices are rapidly dropping on these types of cutting-edge products.
My old chum Kim Rafeldt of AMAG Technolgy explained how the company’s flagship product, the

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