Live From GSX 2023: Day 1
By Matt Jones
Sep 12, 2023
The first day of GSX 2023 in Dallas, Texas, is in the books, and both of our partners in this year’s Live From program came out swinging. The booths for HID (2209) and IPVideo (3245) were packed solid from about mid-morning until closing time, debuting both new products and expanded versions of previous offerings. Remember to follow the GSX Live 2023 page from Security Today, as well as @CampusSecur on the social media site formerly known as Twitter, for live updates from the show floor.
HID is taking advantage of GSX to debut HID Linq, a centralized reader management system designed to streamline the configurations and updates of physical access systems. “Managing readers has become more time-consuming than ever, and we are excited to be showcasing our solution at GSX,” said Sanjay Roy, Senior Director for Device Management with HID, in a Monday press release. “Our initial HID Linq offering is compatible with our entire line of HID Signo™ readers and its capabilities will be extended over time across a wide landscape of devices, connectivity and management software. Our vision is to streamline the secure process of remotely managing access control devices and major credential technologies across the full spectrum of on-prem, cloud and mobile deployments.”
Visitors to the booth can also see demonstrations of how users can concurrently update multiple HID Signo readers that are connected to a Mercury red board controller via Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) or via a serial adapter over a USB connection. Other products on display include the Employee Badge in Apple Wallet, which provides cloud-based access control via HID Origo; government solutions like pivCLASS and Signo PIV reader products; and HID Fargo Connect, a cloud-based ID card printing solution.
Meanwhile, on the IPVideo side, IPVideo Corporation President David Antar graciously sat down with me amid a bustling crowd to walk me through their latest offerings. The gold nugget of the conversation came as he was showing me the functionality of HALO Cloud Application, which sends data from the vape-detection solution HALO 3C Smart Sensor straight to users’ mobile devices of choice. In addition to vaping, the sensor can also monitor the presence and levels of THC, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and more.
As he was scrolling on his smartphone, showing me the live data from every HALO sensor installed in a large metropolitan school district that I can’t name, Antar paused. The carbon monoxide level from one sensor was so high that he had to excuse himself from the conversation. He returned less than two minutes later—the school was aware of the situation. A classroom window had been left open, and exhaust fumes from a bus stopped right outside the window were trailing in.
Additionally, the SentryERS is a blue light system designed to go into each classroom. It gives teachers the ability to communicate directly with first responders via video and audio. It offers features like gunshot detection, keyword detection, and is compatible with previous HALO products. Teachers can also remove the device’s mobile piece and bring it along with them to recess or on field trips.
Also on display is VuroAI, which offers telematics for vehicles with analytics added in. We discussed the product as it would be used in a school bus. The device can autodetect distracted driving behaviors like texting or falling asleep. Front- and rear-facing cameras offer a 360-degree view of the bus’s entire field of vision. In combination with the HALO Cloud, Antar said, nothing happening in the bus—to students traveling to or from school—will go undetected.