The press room at the Dallas Convention Center was the place to be for the latest announcements from leading security companies. Executives took time out of the schedules to talk to members of the media during a series of press conferences held throughout the week. Following are some highlights from Tuesday and Wednesday’s press conferences.
XTRALIS (BOOTH #4111)
Xtralis, which specializes in the early detection of fire, gas, and physical threats, is launching a new hybrid camera and an environmental hazards detector at this year’s ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits.
Founded in 1980, the company has more than 350,000 systems installed at more than 100,000 customer sites in 100 countries around the world. Xtralis products are used to protect more than 3 billion square feet of corporate space. “More than 80 percent the world’s semiconductor manufacturing facilities use our products,” said Ian Ehrenberg, senior vice president and general manager for Xtralis.
Ehrenberg introduced the company’s V3100 Hybrid camera system. A merger of IP and analog cameras, the camera has standard capabilities but also includes post-motion analytics. “This allows for a highly effective search of events and recorded images within a large amount of stored video,” said Ehrenberg.
The camera also has a feature that detects loitering. For example, the camera can be programmed to alarm if someone loiters for more than three minutes in a company’s lobby.
Xtralis is also launching its new ECO gas detection system. Designed for numerous types of facilities, from underground utilities to warehouses, parking lots, and manufacturing firms, the product can detect 10 different types of gases. Each unit can detect two different gases. Several units can be used in a facility. The units can be integrated into HVAC and other building management systems to help companies save money. For example, a unit could be used to detect carbon dioxide levels, gauging the number of people in the building and adjusting the air conditioning system accordingly.
KEENEO (BOOTH #3667)
Keeneo, of France, made an announcement related to its line of smart software that can help improve the analytical ability of video software platforms. Keeneo announced that it can now work with a software platform from the vendor Milestone.
Keeneo’s SafeZone video software offers patented 4D technology that can intelligently analyze videos in terms of space, including depth, width, and height, as well as with time. Keeneo’s software can also count vehicles and cars moving through an area, for example.
The software can give users the ability to design their own security rules, said Dick Salzman, the company’s vice president of marketing. A company can specify a minimum amount of time necessary, for example, in which a person or vehicle can be in a certain area before Keeneo’s software produces an alarm.
Keeneo can help make security video more proactive, rather than after-the-fact, said Salzman. The software can analyze one or several surveillance scenarios simultaneously using single or multiple analog, Internet Protocol (IP), or thermal camera streams, according to the company.
Milestone’s software, XProtect, which is now compatible with Keeneo, is an IP video management platform designed for large-scale, multisite installations.
VISITOR PASS SOLUTIONS (BOOTH #2484)
Another vendor, Data Management, Inc. (DMI), recently made some improvements to its line of VisitorPass time-expiring paper badges.
The new passes include a tab that extends from one end of the badges’ self adhesive label. After information is printed on the badge, the label can be folded around onto the badge’s back. This then starts a chemical process that, about 12 hours later, makes the badges print the word “void” on the front.
Although the expiring badge technology was invented almost 30 years ago, the badge and the tab used to always be two separate pieces, said Brian Gallagher, DMI’s president. Having the tab extend from the badge can reduce errors and improve efficiency, he said, helping make the activation “virtually foolproof.”
The expiring pass can help prevent people from trying to regain admission into a facility the next day without authorization, said Gallagher. In some cases, it can also eliminate the need for people to collect badges after an event.
Gallagher said many VistorPass customers to date have been schools and universities, but that the badge is becoming increasingly popular in other industries.
BROWNYARD GROUP (BOOTH #3502)
Also introduced at the seminar was the Brownyard Educational Center. It consists of a comprehensive library as well as continuing professional certification and degree programs.
The Princeton, New Jersey-based center is being launched by the Brownyard Group, an insurance group for the security profession, as well Cardinal Point Strategies, a risk management and consulting firm working in national security. The center features three prominent educational partners: CiNet’s Professional Security Training Network, Kaplan EduNeering, and Kaplan University. Courses range from a continuing education certification on workplace safety issues to a master’s program in homeland security.
Training standards and industry regulation has failed to keep up with the growth of the security industry since the 9-11 attacks, said Paul Goldenberg, president and CEO of Cardinal Point Strategies. But, he said, in many violent and other situations, it is going to be someone from the security profession “who will be there to save a life.”
Security professionals often find themselves under-trained and over-exposed to risk, liability, and litigation, said Brownyard Group CEO Brendan Brownyard. He said the center was designed to reduce such risks and also to help improve employee productivity and retention and to give participating firms an edge when competing for contracts.
NC4 (BOOTH #3457)
NC4, a provider of situational readiness solutions for risk management, unveiled its new NC4 Risk Center. The center repackages some of the companies’ existing risk-based functions and adds new functionalities. The new center includes additional global predictive intelligence and enhanced analysis and threat information. It also includes a new component that assists customers with travel risk management.
The center can help customers quickly learn about threats to assets, operations, suppliers, and employees, according to NC4. It can also help ensure business continuity and streamline risk-related decisions, it says. NC4 has provided situational awareness and alert notifications for more than 10 years and operates two incident monitoring centers on the East and West coasts.
CNB TECHNOLOGY USA INC (BOOTH #4019)
CNB Technology, a leading manufacturer of advanced security products and solutions, discussed its best-selling product lines and new technologies. Included in these announcements was a new network IP video solution that introduces enhanced resolution and a new hybrid digital video recorder.