Good To See Old Friends At ISC West

Ralph JensenOf course the economy raised some concerns about attendance at ISC West this year. I’m not sure where attendance figures stand, but there seems to be lots of security people here in Las Vegas, all serious about new products and technology.

It seems to me that there are more people attending this year than ever before. It’s crowded, and people seem to be asking all the right questions. Attached to today’s ISC West daily e-news update is a podcast with Jeremy Hockham, president of Bosch’s efforts in the Americas. Jeremy and I talked about the economy, his vision for 2009 and beyond and the importance of standards.

I hope you take a few minutes and listen to his thoughts and opinions.

Old friends are an important part of ISC West. On Thursday, editors from the trade publications were part of a Meet the Press. The ideas shared were important to help make your marketing efforts successful. In the case of Security Products, we’re excited to be part of your new product launches, printing news of interest and doing all possible to be a responsible steward of the media.

E-mail me your news releases of new products and news and I’ll send them to the right editor on my staff for the proper section of the magazine.

What a pleasure it was to visit with Frank Abram. Frank is now running operations at Vitek. The company has an exciting product line, and with his help good things will be jumping off the shelves to integrators and end users.

Products to watch include Silent Knight’s IFP-2000 fire alarm control panel. It’s targeted at medium- to large-sized customers, equipped with addressable architecture, such as individual point identification, drift compensation and maintenance alert. The system has interconnection capability for up to eight panels, and the networked system can either be configured to emulate one large virtual system or segmented into separate sites for multiple building applications.

System Sensor has released its new carbon monoxide detector. The RealTest technology allows the end user to hold down the test button for a couple of seconds, which signals the detector to go into alarm. This shows the circuitry is working.

Day three begins this morning. I’m hopeful the crowds will keep up the welcome questions. I look forward to sharing my experiences in the wrap-up next week.

About the Author

Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Today magazine.

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