Proof in the Pudding

There are several leading indicators whether a tradeshow is a success or not. For starters, products and technology, a good location and plenty of attendees. I would be remiss if I didn’t add good food after each day at the tradeshow.

At ISC Solutions in New York, good food is easy to come by.

I met up with a group of good friends from ComNet, where we dined at Carmines on 44th St. Skip Haight seemed to be the instigator of the evening meal, who also included Steve Carrozzo, Becky Jay, Kevin McKeeven, Guy Walker and Bruce Miller.

Of course we talked a little business, but we didn’t let shop talk get in the way of excellent Italian, family-style dinner. For a guy who spent all day on his feet, it doesn’t hurt to have good friends who dine like a family.

I’m impressed with ISC Solutions, although the floor space seems smaller, the number of people on the floor exceeds what I expected. I think exhibitors were pleased with the traffic on Day One.

And on the first day, Axis Communications announced a new program -- Axis Certified Professional program  -- where installers and integrators become certified through a third-party test center to demonstrate their competence and skills in IP video surveillance.

Fredrik Nilsson, general manager of the Americas said this program will increase quality of installations and help and integrator while bidding jobs.

“The growth in demand for network video has stimulated a great deal of interest from security professionals who want to learn more about the latest trends in IP surveillance,” said Bill Murtagh, senior vice president of client services with Prometric.

JVC showcased a new NVR and a new 5.4 firmware upgrade for current VR-N1600U customers during ASIS, but also brought the improvements front and center to the ISC Solutions crowd. The software features a master/slave configuration that allows multiple NVRs to be connected over the network and share resources between them without a PC.

For example, a camera connected to one NVR can be monitored through other NVRs -- or remote users can see images from multiple NVRs on one screen. Additional software or camera licenses are not needed.

Silent Knight has introduced a 25-point alarm offering all the high-tech benefits of addressable technology. IntelliKnight 5600 fire alarm control panels support any combination of addressable HFS detectors and modules that are conventionally priced.

Looking forward to today’s outing at the Javits Convention Center, and reporting back tomorrow.

About the Author

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

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