ISC East Bustling With Activity

I missed ISC East in 2008, but it has certainly been worth it this year. As always, New York is alive and in full bloom and the tradeshow is bristling with activity. I’m sure glad I’m here.

What I’ve seen so far is aisles are packed with security professionals, and our first theater session in the IP-TAC area was exceptional. Tim Holloway, vice president of technology, security solutions at Anixter pointed out the advantages of joining ONVIF --  the standards and interoperability group seeking to bring order to the security world.

Plans were made to include PSIA, but the representative failed to show and state a case for this group.

I’m not endorsing one group over another, but when it comes time to state your case, every opportunity should be taken.

Our final guest at the panel was James Henry, founder and CEO of Henry Bros. Electronics, based in New Jersey.

Henry pointed out that his group has been advocating the needs for standards for years, and have been working in that direction by integrating best of breed, meaning he approves of and endorses interoperability. Luckily, we video recorded the entire panel discussion and it will be posted to our Network-Centric Security Web site. Look for it to by the middle of next week.

I also took a tour through the Speco Technologies booth and checked out an interesting mobile DVR. I plan to video company officials tomorrow, and will share that feature with during a later issue of the show e-newsletter.

On the homeland security front, I spent several moments with officials at BioDefense Corp. The Boston-based company offers a device that kills anthrax and other dangerous substances concealed in mail in the office environment. Now, the company has joined forces with Biotest Laboratories to create an incoming mail diagnostic tool called Mail Safe Check. The product can ensure that dangerous pathogens found in in-coming mail, such as anthrax, smallpox, Ricin and H1N1 are neutralized.

I’m looking forward to the final day of ISC East Thursday. Thanks for joining me on this adventure.

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

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