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ASIS 2012 Conference, Philadelphia, PA, September 10-13
Garrett Metal Detectors started in the hobby business in 1964, according to Steve Moore, but has been in security for 30 years and is now a major national and international supplier of walk-through metal detectors, ground search detectors for crime scene investigations and handheld scanners used at sporting events and other venues involving large crowds. Major clients in the U.S. and 170 other countries include governments, corporations, loss prevention, prisons, airports, mass transit and law enforcement.
ESRI is the innovator of GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, which Paul Christin describes as a way of managing information and understanding it geographically, or plotting information, visualizing the data, and analyzing the dots to make sense out of the data. The company sells to 40 verticals, one of which is homeland security. Christin describes how GIS technology is used for planning major events, such as political conventions or the recent NATO conference in Chicago.
John Bartolac relates that Axis invented the first IP Video camera in 1996 and is now the world’s largest provider of IP Video products, releasing about 30 products per year. In the government world, there is a higher threat level, requiring a very high frame rate with IP Video cameras, which led Axis to produce its Q 60 model that offers up to 1.5 kilometers of viewing.
Ameristar Security Products produces perimeter protection fencing systems, along with a line of vehicular barriers that includes bollards, wedges and crash beams, according to Adam Hall. The recent acquisition of the ATG Access company has enabled Ameristar to further expand its security product offerings with additional bollards, wedges and crash-rated vehicular barriers.
Dr. Banerjee points out that the typical command and control center of an airport, seaport, mass transit hub, utility or city center is a place with input from a number of different silos. The silos must be joined together, he says, so that management can first achieve situational awareness, then move on to situation management and situation reconstruction. That is what Physical Security Information (PSIM) is all about, he says, and it is what Nice’s Situator software offers to security personnel. It’s the ability to pull the silos together and know what to do next.
Categories: Military/Force Protection, Border Security, Infrastructure Protection, Access Control, CBRNE/Detection, Perimeter Protection, Education/Training, Security Services
Sony has recently announced a hybrid line of cameras, according to Mark Collett, which allows customers to use or replace their analog cameras with a hybrid camera that simultaneously streams HD video along with traditional analog, enabling customers to integrate HP quality video into existing infrastructure without changing the control room or any of existing procedures. He also describes the company’s new line of IPELA engine products that offer a common integration platform.
Dr. James Gunderson, Chief Technical Officer of Vigilant Robots, the sales arm of GammaTwo Robots, describes the company’s new product, a robotic Mobile Camera Platform that received one of the “Best in Show” Accolabe Awards at the 2012 ASIS conference. He says the robot was designed to patrol empty customs warehouses, event centers, transportation hubs and other facilities at night when it is hard to get qualified, bonded and reliable security employees at $8 – $12 per hour.
Chris Yigit, Product Manager at Montreal-based Genetec, describes the company’s “AutoVu Sharp” license plate recognition solution and takes GSN for a demonstration on the streets of Philadelphia. The camera mounted on the top of the vehicle contains two smaller cameras, one a military grade infrared camera which reads the license plate and the other a color overview camera that takes an overview of the subject car and sends a signal to the LRP processing unit in the trunk, which then sends the information to the in-vehicle laptop computer used by the officer.
SpotterRF, one of ten Accolade Award Winners at the 2012 ASIS conference, is a compact surveillance radar system, according to CEO Logan Harris. The technology has traditionally been sold to the military and border protection agencies for its wide area motion detection capabilities. Harris describes and demonstrates the company’s C40 radar system, which costs under $12,000 and can cover 20 acres of space, including the detection and tracking of moving persons or vehicles.