A Look At ASIS

 Even though I had to cut my ASIS experience short and return to a relatively cool Dallas on Tuesday, I did get the chance to sit down with some major companies to explore new products and talk about the industry in general. Despite a light crowd on Monday, the show floor really seemed to pick up Tuesday with an influx of attendees.

After meeting with ADT early in the morning to discuss some new and exciting content for the Security Products Web site, I stopped by to talk with Tim Dreyer from Zebra Technologies. He showed off the company’s new ZXP Series 8 retransfer card printer that operates nearly twice as fast as competing technology.

I then chatted with Dave Tynan with Avigilon. Along with showing off the company’s new online system design tool among other things, we talked about Avigilon’s founding partnership with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security.

Large spectator sport venues have always been a possible target for terrorist attacks, and it’s great to see a security company supporting the organization and showing how technology can protect sports fans all over the world.

After shooting a video with Security Products managing editor Megan Weadock and Bryan Sanderford from Dortronics, my last stop of the conference was with Verint’s Courtney Jaret. A new version of the Nextiva Enterprise Video Management software and new multiport encoders highlighted some of the product releases from the company.

Even though I didn’t get the chance to stop by and visit either company, Pelco and Cisco were making waves with big news at the show. The two companies announced Monday a “strategic technology agreement” to jointly develop IP cameras using Pelco’s Sarix platform.

The news was definitely a hot topic, and we’ll make sure to talk with both companies soon after the conference and delve deeper into the agreement.

Even though the show wraps up on Wednesday, we’ve got tons of new and exciting videos and other news we’ll be putting on our Web site in the upcoming days.

For more up-to-date information from the editorial staff at the conference, feel free to follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/BrentDirks. It was also great to finally meet some of the people I’ve been talking security with on the social networking site over the last few months. Even though my tight schedule forced me to miss the schedule Tweetups at the conference, it was great to put faces with names.

About the Author

Brent Dirks is senior e-news/Web editor for Security Products and Network-Centric Security magazines.

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