The first day at ISC West


Not surprisingly, the news on everyone's lips the first day of ISC West were the security professionals enroute to Las Vegas who restricted a manic JetBlue pilot. The gossip I heard on Wednesday night was that stories of what actually happened were beginning to differ among people who were there. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

I started the morning with a breakfast put on by Axis, which was introducing what GM Frederik Nilsson called "the world's smallest video recorder." It's called the Axis Companion Camera system and is built around storage on the edge. "Edge storage is the future and will have a huge impact on this industry," Nilsson said. What makes the Companion Camera solution unique, Nilsson said, is its ease of use and ease of installation, which consists of inserting a SD memory card into the camera, downloading the software that will find the cameras on the network. With that, you're good to go. A 32-gig SD card can hold about two weeks of video, Nilsson said.

Meanwhile, BRS Labs held a press conference to discuss the new patent it has secured for its behavioral analytics. As he did at ASIS in September, President John Frazzini stirred the pot a bit, claiming rules-based analytics are a dead end. He cited IMS Research data that forecasts the market for rules-based video analytics to reach $108 million in 2015. He said BRS Labs has surpassed that amount in three business deals, though he couldn't elaborate on the customers. Independent research conducted on behalf of BRS Labs forecasts the market for behavioral analytics to reach $2.1 billion.

Perhaps my most interesting interview was at the 3VR booth, where I interviewed Pablo Antonio Sanchez Urbina, who is security director for 10 prisons and the state police department in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. He has been installing 3VR's facial recognition software to aid in visitor management at the prisons, basically making sure the people who are leaving the prison are the same people that arrived to visit. They have the software installed in eight of the 10 prisons, but expect all prisons in the state to have the software by the end of the year, Pablo told me through an interpreter. From there, he expects to introduce it with the state police and city surveillance in the state. I'll be following up on this story with a print article, so stay tuned.

Security Director News and Security Systems News have set up the ISC West Media Studio at Booth #27065. I sat under the hot lights and interviewed people throughout the day, including Steve Van Till, CEO of Brivo and chairman of SIA's standards committee. We spoke about the progress the standards committee has made in the year since Steve assumed the chairmanship. For the first time ever, SIA's booth at the show includes a strong standards presence with equipment set up so that attendants can actually see standards in work.

I also interviewed Bryan Warren, senior security manager at Carolinas Healthcare System and newly minted president of the International Association of Healthcare Security & Safety. We spoke about the new security design guidelines the association just released, which were designed to help security professionals in the healthcare space get to the discussion table early whenever there's a construction or renovation project underway. I wrote about the guidelines, which are available for free at IAHSS' website, earlier this week.

I also spoke with Linda Florence CPP, the dean of the doctorate program in strategic security at Henley-Putnam University and a long-time member of ASIS International's volunteer leadership. We spoke about this year's upcoming ASIS conference in Philadelphia and 2012 being the 35th anniversary of the CPP certification. We also spoke about some of the new standards ASIS is coming out with in April.

Peter Miller, CSO of Florida's Orange County Government, swung by to give me an update on the facial recognition software he's been testing at surveillance systems throughout the county.

Ingram Micro made an appearance at our media studio. I sat down with Brian Wiser, SVP of Ingram's specialty solutions division, and Tom Burns, its GM of physical security, to discuss Ingram's inaugural appearance at ISC West and its big push into the security space. Wiser explained the company's dual approach. It wants to help its existing IT resellers move into the security space and help its existing security integrator customers expand their knowledge of IP-based technologies.

More to come... Day 2 is already here.