Top View: ‘Intelligent’ Dawn

Digital systems technology can be integrated more effectively, says Frank DeFina, president of Panasonic System Solutions.
This is one in an ongoing series of columns by key top executives at firms developing and marketing technology in the security industry.

SEC: Is there any specific direction you foresee the industry and Panasonic will take in 2005?

DeFina: The security industry is on the cusp of a new era in technology that will have a significant impact the way security systems will be designed, implemented and controlled. It’s the dawn of “intelligent technology.”

This is the impetus behind our strategic corporate initiative for 2005: “We get IT.” We define IT two ways: information technology and intelligent technology. Given advancements in IP systems over the past few years, the IT terminology applies perfectly since it addresses both the networking and intelligence issues simultaneously – both of which are keys to the future.

SEC: Do you foresee the continued integration of technologies impacting the security industry?

DeFina: We believe that systems integration is one of the key areas of development and growth for the security industry – not only the integration of related systems, like video surveillance and access control, but also the integration of other previously unrelated systems such as point-of-sale onto a single control platform.

There is no question that digital video solutions are steadily replacing analog on an enterprise level. Digital can be integrated more effectively with an organization’s overall protection and asset management needs.

A fully integrated security system allows security personnel to simultaneously view live or recorded video images and the associated data captured from a point-of-sale terminal and save or export information to any point on the network. Specific drives on a digital network recording system can be designated for a parking facility’s checkout lane, for example, so the personnel in this specific location only have access to the video and information that concerns them. This level of file control and distribution can be accomplished locally and/or remotely depending on the system’s configuration. In addition to the video footage, security professionals and department managers have instant access to vital data simply clicking a mouse. Conversely, they can quickly conduct searches via the data stream for specific video.

SEC: What about IP-based systems?

DeFina: There has been a steady increase in the implementation of IP-based systems for a variety of reasons over the past year. However, we’re seeing consumer IP cameras used in industrial applications with less than satisfactory results. So we are developing robust IP camera systems that will meet the needs of more demanding business applications.

We’re concentrating our efforts to deliver more IP-based systems products – specifically more network cameras – to provide a total network solution. During the interim of this developmental stage, there are new high performance IP interface devices available that allow analog systems devices like matrix switchers to operate in a LAN/WAN environment.

SEC: If networking becomes standard practice, who will control the network – security or IT and why?

DeFina: This continues to be such a widely debated issue which, I believe, is being overplayed in the industry. As we venture further along on the migration to a networked system environment, in some cases high performance video systems may require their own dedicated networks for a variety of reasons. The two main ones are bandwidth availability and network security. I think IT professionals will play an increasingly prominent role. However, I believe security professionals will retain their autonomy within organizations given the nature and importance of their function.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Security Magazine. 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

ASIS 2013 Product Preview

ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 24-27 in Chicago, Illinois, will include an exhibit hall packed with innovative security solutions. Here are some of the products that will be shown at ASIS this year.

Podcasts

Virtualization and Data Center Security: What You Need to Know for 2014

Data centers are increasingly becoming the center of the enterprise, and data center and cyber security is following the same path for security departments. According to Justin Flynn, a consultant at the Burwood Group, the virtualization of data centers allows enterprises to scale more easily and faster, with a smaller footprint.

However, hosting enterprise data in the cloud can make intrusion detection more difficult – how can enterprise security leaders team up with other departments to keep aware of cyber risks and traffic, and physical and data compliance during the virtual transition? How can CISOs and CSOs discuss cyber threats with the C-Suite to get the resources they need? And how can the proper infrastructure test and verify possible malicious attacks? 

More Podcasts

Security Magazine

Security May 2015 Issue cover

2015 May

In the May 2015 issue of Security, learn how to be the bridge between busieness and security with "customer facing," how to effectively work with your CFO, and covert security.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Body Cameras on Security Officers

Body cameras are being used increasingly by police in cities across the U.S. Will you arm your security officers with a body camera?
View Results Poll Archive

THE SECURITY STORE

Effective Security Management, 5th Edition.jpg
Effective Security Management, 5th Edition

 Effective Security Management, 5e, teaches practicing security professionals how to build their careers by mastering the fundamentals of good management. Charles Sennewald brings a time-tested blend of common sense, wisdom, and humor to this bestselling introduction to workplace dynamics. 

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook 40px 2-12-13 Twitter logo 40px 2-12-13  YouTube  LinkedIn logo 40px 2-12-13Google+

Vertical Sector Focus: Critical Infrastructures

criticalhomepagethumbFrom terrorism to vandalism, it’s preparedness, response, training and partnerships. Learn about some of the critical security issues facing this sector.

Visit the Critical Infrastructure page to read more.