I started off the a.m. with the "Meet the Editors" event. Tess, Martha and I were more than pleased with our visitors. I met George Siegle from idvsolutions and learned about its work across the verticals with risk visualization. Ron Risley, coordinator of Security/Emergency Management for Winnipeg stopped by and filled me in on how he and his team are using the Carver Threat Assessment model to their advantage.
Also stopping by our event was the Advance Technology guys from Scarborough, Maine! Go figure. They're based about 15 miles from my office and I met them in Vegas! Rob Simopoulos told me about their fourth annual Technology Expo slated for May 16 in Ogunquit, Maine. The expo will include lots of end users, he said. Check it out at: http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=b5605171d47b18a27ce3ca9e2&id=d97f250...
As for booth visits, I met with March Networks' Dan Cremins, director of product management, and Net Payne, chief marketing officer, about the next-gen retail platform they debuted at the show. Chief takeaway? "How good can you get it?" That's what Payne emphasized. March Networks is growing fast in banking, retail and transportation sectors.
I also attended a great panel discussion moderated by Sieman's national business manager Berkly Trumbo, who I will be interviewing on the ISC West media stage tomorrow. The topic was "Critical Incidents in Higher Education: The Case for an Intelligent Response." Panelists from MIT, Santa Clara University, Arizona State University and the Clery Center for Security on Campuses had much to say about the usefulness of social media, the ROI of RFID and more.
"Train, train, train" was the mantra of David Burns, manager of Emergency Management at Santa Clara, formerly with UCLA. Trumbo reiterated that point in his closing remarks. I was particularly intrigued by Thomas Komola's assessment of how MIT has changed its practices in the wake of a "fictitious report of a person with a gun wearing body armor" in February of this year. Emergency response to that incident didn't go well, he said, forcing the highly acclaimed school to change its protocols. Stay tuned, because I want to report more on that for you.
At my meeting with Inovonics, we talked about the company's focus on "people protection" as a part of physical security. Dan Commare, VP of marketing, filled me in on the Enterprise Mobile Duress System and where Inovonics is headed with that. "People protection," especially in the case of hospital workers, is key, he said. And it's a growing market. More than 1 million individuals carry the EMDS technology with them, from government employees to senior care facilities. It's more than just a panic button.
Tyco's Jim Stankevich, manager of health care security, former director of security at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC and former president of the International Association of Healthcare Security & Safety and current IAHSS board member, had high praises for the Lynx panic/duress and instant notification system for hospitals, and now, increasingly, for K-12 schools. Lynx is now in more than 300 hospitals, Stankevich said. I'll be in touch with him for more info for Security Director News as well.
I capped off the day with a tour of the ultra-luxury condos of Panorama Towers about two miles from the Vegas strip. (J-Lo is reported to own one of these most-expensive living quarters you can buy in Vegas. We checked the listings: Six bedrooms/nine baths? Listed for $3.9 million. For those of us less flush, two bedrooms/three baths is going for $1 million flat.) Anyway, Motobix sponsored this media tour to show off its teeny-tiny, unobtrusive cameras that can provide 360-degree surveillance in Panorama's common areas. It was a great overview. I hope to speak with River Polson, Panorama Towers' security director, for a more in-depth discussion soon.
I'm probably forgetting someone, some company I visited, but I don't mean to. It's just been that kind of a whirlwind day.
Tomorrow kicks off with the Security 5K. Followed by more meetings to learn more about what's going on out there in the world of physical security.