OGUNQUIT, Maine—On Thursday I attended Advance Technology's 4th annual Technology Expo. The electronic systems integrator, based in Scarborough, put on a great show. The company serves New England and recently opened a Massachusetts office in Wakefield.
In addition to connecting with security directors at Maine Medical Center, Dartmouth College, Boston University Medical Center and others, I sat in on the keynote from David Ly of Iveda Solutions. His talk, "It's in the Cloud!" addressed software-as-a-service for the industry. The concept of cloud video is widely misunderstood, Ly said. End users need to know how the cloud is defined and how it will benefit them. "Customers are expecting more. They're more sophisticated in their demands. We need to stop speaking cloud and show them cloud," he said.
Mike Casey of SA Risk Management presented "How to Use Social Media and Investigative Intelligence to Mitigate Workplace Violence." This new company, based in Maine, works with employers who have identified a threat within their ranks or, possibly, from "public policy" groups targeting their companies. Casey talked about SA's software that tracks suspects on social media sites and its in-the-field surveillance. "Everything that can be lawfully known," that can be used in court, is the company's mantra. When there is a known threat in the workplace, spending upfront can eliminate future costs, Casey said. "If it can be proven that you recognized a threat but didn't follow through" the costs can be much greater, he said.
I hope to connect with SA in the near future to learn more about the company and how employers can further ward off violence on their turf. Stay tuned for that.
Tom Kelley with Axis Communications presented "No Servers, No Software, No Fuss! Video in the Cloud." End users, he's heard you. You want better and better video, he said. "They go home and they're watching HDTV. Then they go to work and, knowing they've spent thousands on their camera system, they're looking at a black-and-white monitor with zig-zags. The expectation has risen because of consumer electronics," he said.
On the show floor, I learned from Brian Middleboro about Stanley Healthcare's latest advances in safety, security and supply chain management solutions. A lot going on there, and I hope to write more about that, too.
Thanks to Advance Technology's Rob Simopoulos for inviting me to this productive day and for introducing me to end users in attendance.