MONTREAL—The Genetec 2014 Press Summit, the first ever, is a wrap after a day-and-a-half of presentations about the company co-founded by President Pierre Racz in a basement more than 15 years ago.
Racz kicked off the summit with an overview of the company, a global provider of unified IP security solutions, including video surveillance, access control and license plate recognition. Those solutions are aimed at the retail, transportation, education and gaming sectors. The cloud factors in big, as does federation, unification and hybridization.
Genetec is also making a push to be more in touch with end users so customers can help design products and help Genetec customize solutions for them. [More to come on that.]
Racz spoke of one end-user, a courthouse, that wanted a separate judges-only elevator for security reasons. Rather than put in a new elevator strictly for judges at high cost, Genetec installed an access control system that would allow a credentialed judge to enter and then shut down all floor buttons so that he or she could be alone in the elevator, without disruption, until reaching the destination floor.
Executive VP Alain Cote discussed the company’s driving focus in key areas: Continuing to expand and innovate video capabilities; increasing investment to grow Genetec’s share in the access control market; leveraging the cloud to develop new products and capabilities; and extending enterprise marketing offerings.
From there on out we heard from Genetec project managers and others about specific products, along with live demonstrations of its Security Center and its AutoVu License Plate Reader.
Interesting facts: Genetec has deployed more than 100,000 cameras in education settings. Its largest deployment of cameras in a single airport overseas? 12,000. At a U.S. airport, 2,000.
All press participants at the summit, from the U.S., Canada and Europe, were provided personal access-control badges, which we had to use to get in and out of doors separating different departments within the, of course, highly secure headquarters building.
The company does practice what it preaches. Even at lunch.
In the company’s “Genetec Bistro,” an on-site eatery with surprisingly good, low-priced food (entrees about $2 Canadian each), we selected our choices and then paid our tabs by swiping our access cards and reporting via touchscreen what we’d put on our trays, just as the employees do every day. The money spent on food is deducted from the employees’ paychecks. No one has ever cheated, Genetec reps said. In fact, employees will sometimes report: Oh, I took a dessert today and forgot to swipe my card, so please charge my account.
An informative summit and a nice group of people, both Genetec folks and colleagues in security pubs, made for a worthwhile visit to Montreal, a delightful city, even in snowy and very frigid February.
Stay tuned for more news from the summit on the Security Director News website.