ISC West is a premier venue for technology and
what’s new in the industry. Three products stand
out in my mind. The first is a consumer product
from FLIR that was introduced during the Consumer
Electronics Show in January.
Thermal camera. FLIR ONE is a powerful thermal
camera that connects to an iPhone 5 or 5S. With
FLIR ONE’s ability to see in the dark, people have a
powerful new tool to help them protect their homes
and families. If something goes bump in the night,
they can simply point the device in the direction of
the noise to see if someone is there, and see what
they are doing. I’ve also been informed that FLIR
ONE has the ability to tell whether a child is running
a fever. Being a newly-anointed grandfather, this feature
appealed to me because nothing is too good for
720-degree camera. IC Realtime is redefining highspeed
video with its new 720-degree camera. This duallens
camera’s test bed happens to be on top of the Scuderia-
Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia No. 63 car.
Why put a camera on a race car? The camera was
spec’d for automobile racing because, as Matt Sailor,
IC Realtime CEO said, “It is one of the most extreme
grounds we can get our hands on.”
From the car top, highdefinition
is streamed to mobile devices, though it is
only used during practice laps. Still, at 100 miles per
hour, that’s pretty cool.
Here’s how it works: Using an iPad, the end user
can access the camera and view an all-around scene.
It is 360 degrees left to right and another 360 degrees
top to bottom. The image is dewarped at the camera,
and the two images are stitched together before the
end user sees the image. It is pretty darn amazing.
Tomographic motion detection. From CES in January
to ISC West in April, Xandem has introduced
its tomographic motion detection product. This is a
powerful web and mobile interface, capable of realtime
monitoring and text/email alerts. There is a lot
of stuff like this out there; Xandem is the real deal.
A youthful Ph.D. from the University of Utah,
Joey Wilson, demonstrates that the product has easy
adjustment of sensitivity and other parameters from
one’s phone or web.
Even better, the company’s research team has been
hard at work developing a new system for SWAT
teams to safely locate the position of people on the
inside of a building. The product literally senses
through the entire floor plan of a typical home to give
commanders a real-time tool for critical decisions.
I always get this question at a tradeshow: “What
have you seen that is truly amazing?” Here are three
of a host of brilliant technologies from ISC West. I’m
sure we’ll be talking about more of them as the year
moves along, and as time and space permits.
Quick Focus on Biometrics
I’ve watched biometrics bloom, then wilt, and then
bloom and grow throughout my years in the security
industry. Right now, biometrics is blossoming.
When HID Global does something, such as buy
another company, it is worth paying attention. Not
long ago, HID Global bought the assets of Lumidigm,
a company dedicated to enabling convenient,
secure and reliable identification of people, products
and credentials. Real-world performance is a priority,
which is why Lumidigm fits so well with HID Global.
During ISC West, I spoke with Bill Spence, Lumidigm
vice president of sales, North America. He told
me that the company’s innovative software and biometric
fingerprint sensors allow the customer to know
“who” or “what” to a high degree of certainty, making
them especially suitable for industrial, commercial
and transportation applications.
The company and its strategic partners have met
challenging authentication requirements in banking,
healthcare, entertainment and government services.
Spence told me a story during our visit regarding
how the Lumidigm product is being used in Africa to
register babies and small children to match up with a
medical initiative for giving inoculations. Healthcare
officials were having trouble getting parents, mothers
especially, to bring their children to the clinic, and
the biometric device seemed to make it easier and
Upon departing the Sands Convention Center after
the ISC West event and heading to the airport, my supposed
smartphone was misplaced. I returned to Dallas
without my communications device, needing a new
phone. Visiting the Apple store, I upgraded to the newest
iPhone, the 5S, which comes biometrically-enabled.
I’ve not had a personal story to tell about biometrics
until now. From here on out, I do not have to remember
a passcode. All I need is my finger. Hoping it
stays attached for quite a long time, my finger and cell
phone have become best of friends. It is an amazing
technology that, so far, has worked every time.