Industry travels for education on IT, security convergence

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Friday, March 31, 2006

SAVANNAH, Ga.--At this year's second annual TechSec Solutions conference in Savannah, Ga., approximately 300 end users, integrators and manufacturers joined forces to discuss the issue of physical security and IT convergence.
Attendees heard speakers tackle various topics surrounding the issue from industry experts, including a keynote speech by David Tubbs, senior vice president of SAIC, the corporate official who led the company's support of the Athens Olympics security efforts. Tubbs gave an overview of his experience securing the 2004 Summer Games and commented on the advent of IP technology -- noting that adoptions in large applications such as the Olympics will increase as the technology is proven in the market.
Steve Hunt, president of 4A International, said IP technology is still in the beginning stages of its emergence and as it moves through this it will begin experiencing increased adoption rates in the market. At this point, it is mainly end users who are characterized as innovators in the implementation of networked systems.
In addition to Tubbs' presentation, Hunt moderated a panel that discussed how manufacturers are leveraging IP technology to improve security products. The panel included representatives from Bosch Security Systems, S2 Security Corp., HID, Pelco and Panasonic Security Systems.
This year's conference, sponsored by Security Director News and its sister publication Security Systems News, included 26 educational sessions over two days. Other speakers included Jack Johnson, managing director of the Washington Federal Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Steve Colo, chief security officer with SAIC, John Daniels, director of facility security at the NBA, and Dennis Cochran, director of corporate security for Sony Electronics.
Next year's event is scheduled for Feb. 26-28, 2007.