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Meet the Editors, join the #ISCW14 Twitter conversation


YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Systems News and Security Director News invite you to a “Meet the Editors” event before the ISC West show floor opens on Wednesday, April 2.

Mission 500 seeks award nominees


MIAMI—Mission 500 is looking for applicants for its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Humanitarian Awards. Both awards will be presented at an April 3 reception during ISC West in Las Vegas. 

Tyco IS takes 'disciplined approach' to making margin

Imperial Capital’s Kessler says end users back up Tyco’s claims

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Taking a page out of SimplexGrinnell’s playbook, Tyco Integrated Security is following a structured approach to making margin on its commercial security jobs, according to Tyco executives and analysts who cover the company.

Final day at ISC West 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Back home on the East Coast today after a very busy ISC West. (Sorry for the delay in posting, my flights' wi-fi was not working. I also had flight delays, and it was a very long day getting back here.)

Friday I spent time with David Gurulski and Curtis Cole from BRSLabs discussing rules-based cameras vs. the company's behavioral recognition offerings. Management's time saved was a key theme. I wrote recently about one of their recent projects at Port Fourchon in Louisiana.

At Quantum Secure's booth, Rochelle Thompson introduced me the new "SAFE for CIV" software, which closes the physical identity management gap between PIV and non-PIV badge holders for government agencies

OnSSI's Moshe Levi, product manager, emphasized the importance of mobility in security surveillance. I also got a look at the LiveVest, worn by SWAT teams and security guards, that contains three cameras. Very Bond-esque.

David Bunzel, executive director of PSIA expressed his optimism that CSOs are becoming more accepting of industry standards. "They're becoming less proprietary," he said.

I floated around the trade show floor after the above-mentioned meetings and then had a lovely dinner with my co-workers before calling it an early night.

At the airport early on Saturday, the TSA officer I encountered was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! Such a welcome! I've written much about the problem-plagued TSA, but on this most recent trip, I found the security officers to be helpful, kind and personable.

I'll be writing more about ISC West findings in the coming weeks, but I'm headed to Chicago on Tuesday for the ASIS 2013 Media Tour in Chicago. I'm impressed with the agenda. More about that to come, of course.

Day 2 at ISCW13

Friday, April 12, 2013

Bob Hayes, managing director of the Security Executive Council, and Shirley Decker-Lucke, publisher at Elsevier, were first on my agenda on Thursday, my second day at the show. They have a new collaborative venture, announced at ISC West, to produce texts on security topics, both for practitioners and for the 400 colleges with security curriculums. They aim to serve next-gen professionals as well as gathering book ideas from thought leaders in the industry. "They'll tell us what they need and we'll write a book about it," Hayes said.

Next up was Mike Howard from Microsoft. We had an interesting talk about the prevailing challenge security professionals face: Reaching out to the c-suite. "It's getting them out of their comfort zone," Howard said. Having the business acumen to "evangelize" for security and prove ROI is vital, he said. He's in his eleventh year at Microsoft and even at that corporate giant he needed to do some evangelizing of his own, he said. We talked about what he looks for when hiring to his team. Gone are the days of just hiring former law enforcement personnel, he said. He looks for the right attitude, great interpersonal skills, a willingness to learn the business, dedication, selflessness and subject matter expertise. Howard also talked proudly about Microsoft's Global Security Operations Centers, and the ''showcasing" of best-practice use of Microsoft products in a real-world operational environment. You can check that out here: I know I'll be visiting that site when I have more time to really delve into it.

From Microsoft I changed course to learn about Delta Scientific's portable crash barriers. They were used at the 2013 Inauguration and are used at military checkpoints in Afghanistan and Iraq, at busy ports, university football games, graduations and other events requiring other crowd-control. Simplicity is the name of the game, said Garrett Gustason, project manager for high security systems. It only takes 15 minutes to set up one of the barriers, he said, and there's no need to dig up the ground.

Saw a demo of NFC at Ingersoll Rand, quickly being adopted on campuses nationwide, making smartphones even smarter, access-wise.

Polaroid, yes, that Polaroid, is getting into security video. VP Nathan Needel explained to me the full line of surveillance solutions that will be offered to end-users starting June 1. Their solution comes with a 10-year warranty and an integrator dedicated to the user.

On the media stage, I interviewed campus security expert Berkly Trumbo, national business manager for campus solutions at Siemens. He discussed the progress of "the easy button," social media's impact and usefulness in regard to emergency management and the integrated approach to campus safety. I also went on air with Brian Johnson, network systems analyst for the Escambia County, Fla., School District, responsible for security at its 60 facilities. Video surveillance, law enforcement's access to that and active-shooter training were among our topics. You'll be able to watch Trumbo's and Johnson's video interviews soon on the SDN website. You'll enjoy them and get great takeaways.

In addition, I met with Kostas Mellos from interlogix about the company's part in the migration from analog to IP, stopped in to visit with Onvif, attended the Security 5K Awards ceremony and then a couple of receptions.

It's been a very productive show for me. Headed out now for Day 3.

Heading out for ISC West!

Friday, April 5, 2013

I've been finalizing my schedule for ISC West in Las Vegas next week. I've got my work cut out for me, but it's a great lineup.

I'll be meeting with representatives and end users from, among others, March Networks, Tyco, Inovonics, Mobotix, Microsoft, Delta Scientific, Lumidigm, Interlogix, Ingersoll Rand, BRS, Quantum Secure and Cisco. Not to mention meeting up with some folks from SIA, PSIA and the Security Executive Council.

I'll be tweeting and blogging throughout the week, so, please, stay tuned.  

It'll be my first time at the show, and if I learned anything from the ASIS show in Philadelphia last fall it is to wear comfortable shoes. Actually, I learned a lot more than that because I flew in on my fifth day on the job, but the shoe thing stands out.  

If you're headed to Vegas, too, don't forget to come to the Security Director News/Security Systems News "meet the editor's event" at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. We'll be at the media stage, right outside the main entrance to the show floor. I would truly enjoy meeting my readers and hearing what's on their security-industry minds!

Please come visit the editors at ISC West

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I'll be attending my first ISC West show in Las Vegas next month. I've got lots of booth visits booked, and I plan to attend a couple of the educational sessions pertinent to end users. I hope you'll benefit from my posts from the show and soon thereafter.

If you'll be there, please stop by the "Meet the Editors" event from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the ISC West Media Stage, located right outside the entrance to the show floor.

After nearly seven months on the job, I still consider myself somewhat of a newcomer to the industry, so all introductions and insights—and news—are most welcome. I'll be at "Meet the Editors," along with Martha Entwistle, executive editor of SDN and editor of Security Systems News, and Tess Nacelewicz, managing editor of Security Systems News. Emma Procter, new managing editor of SSN Gulf; Tim Purpura, group publisher; Cath Daggett, advertising coordinator for the publications; and Kerry Rasor, Midwest advertising rep, also be there to greet you and answer any questions.

Looking forward to it! Please stop by and say hello.

SIA takes on school security

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Kudos to SIA for its initiatives to help lead the industry's efforts in school safety and security in the wake of the Sandy Hook mass shooting.

Chairman Jay Hauhn recently wrote to President Obama expressing SIA's support for specific, holistic school security measures, including funding for security assessments, investment in technology such as digital video cameras and access control systems and training for education and law enforcement personnel. Hauhn noted in his letter that those strategies and others can be quickly implemented if the Department of Justice's Secure Our Schools program is fully funded and if the president's Comprehensive School Safety Grant program is successful.

SIA board members Ron Zivney and Sandy Jones are working with CEO Donald Erickson to develop "Industry Groups" that will allow members to address common topics, including education and school security.

A new SIA LinkedIn group page, "SIA Safe Schools," has been created so that stakeholders can exchange ideas and concerns.

In addition, SIA will offer a four-session School Safety Series at ISC West in April that will cover monitoring remote areas, using smart phones as campus credentials, intelligent response to critical incidents and a case study on IP video surveillance in a campus setting.

At ASG Security, hosted video is hot

Small businesses are target customers

BELTSVILLE, Md.—ASG Security is touting its hosted video offering as its "pathway out of analog." In fact, its new ASG Video offering is taking off at such a rate that executives believe one year from now, the company's sales force will sell only IP cameras—no analog at a

New UL standard will rate camera performance

UL 2802 out in February; some products will be certified before ISC West

NORTHBROOK, Ill.—Underwriters Laboratories is launching the first digital-camera performance standard in February and plans to have some cameras certified in time for ISC West, according to Bob Jamieson, UL general manager, life safety and security industries.