From Images to Identities

Zalud's Blog is getting CDs, DVDs, emails, and phone calls about new tech at ASIS 2009. Not surprisingly, security video and access control/identity are top categories. Here are some selected introductions. Check previous days' Products postings on Zalud's Blog for more. Not at ASIS? Search Security Magazine's Web site for company backgrounders or search the Internet by company name.
Symmetry Series Video Servers and Encoders

The new Symmetry series operates on the edge of the network and is fully integrated with Symmetry Video Management software to provide a powerful digital video system. When integrated with any of AMAG’s Symmetry access control software, customers will have a vigorous security management solution that will accommodate any size installation. It works with existing pan/tilt/zoom and fixed analog cameras and supports a company’s migration to high performance IP cameras. Companies can upgrade to IP cameras at their own pace while maintaining a high level of security with no additional server upgrade costs.

AMAG in Booth 1623


Enterprise-class Video Surveillance from NICE for Small and Mid-sized Deployments

NiceVision eXpress IP video surveillance solution is for small- and mid-sized deployments. “NICE’s ‘entry to enterprise’ strategy with NiceVision eXpress is aligned with today’s security market needs,” said Bill Bozeman, CEO of the PSA Security Network. “Just because a security organization starts off small with their initial video surveillance deployment, doesn’t mean they should have to settle for less. Now they can have the best of both worlds by investing in a solution that is easy and cost effective to implement, yet fully upgradeable to enterprise-class capabilities.” NiceVision eXpress supports IP, megapixel, analog and hybrid environments, enabling a seamless upgrade path and investment protection, allowing organizations to expand their capacity and capabilities as their needs grow. Available as a software only solution or turnkey solution that can be hosted on a single server, NiceVision eXpress integrates with third party access control systems and other security systems, and is compatible with NICE’s existing line of world-class NVRs, DVRs and encoders.

NICE at Booth 1349


Identity on Demand Services from HID Global

At ASIS 2009, HID Global has launched Identity on Demand (IoD), a unique service offering that provides expertise and speed needed to make custom credential and ID badge projects successful. Offering card design, database management and card personalization, IoD services manages the administrative tasks of customer ID projects by producing credentials quickly, efficiently and within budget. The new service represents a consolidation of experience and process refinement for delivering card issuance services in a secure, fast and convenient manner. From laminated artwork and anticounterfeiting techniques to variable record printing and advanced personalization, IoD services delivers the global know-how, tools, delivery services, speed and ongoing support needed to ensure the success of even the most demanding credential program.

HID Global in Booth 2919


Modular Electronic Locks Protect Access Control Investment

The new Schlage AD-Series electronic locks provide options to truly customize the access control solution, quickly migrate to future needs and provide seamless integration, now and later, at a lower cost of ownership. The modular, open architecture AD-Series lets users customize door openings with options such as credential reader type, networking, finish and levers to create a perfect fit. Yet, as their business needs change, so can their access control solution to new credential technologies, a variety of network protocols, increased security levels and system expansions. Upgrades can be as simple as interchanging a module.

IR Schlage in Booth 2743


Brivo AppStack Complements ACS WebService

Brivo Systems LLC, in Software-as-a-Service applications for security management, used ASIS 2009 to announce formation of the Brivo AppStack, a catalog of complementary security management resources available with Brivo’s hosted ACS WebService. All of Brivo’s ACS WebService customers can take advantage of the AppStack’s resources, applications, and integrated products, which include software offerings from Brivo and partners Axis Communications, HID Global, Dedicated Micros, Pelco, Speco Technologies, Samsung Electronics, EasyLobby, Timeware Inc.,

EZ Inc., and Ultra Electronics. The AppStack is a menu of offerings that enable integrators to create just the right security management solution for each of their ACS WebService customers.

Brivo at Booth 1209


RF IDeas Launches Three New Card Reader Products

RF IDeas launched its pcSwipe magnetic stripe, pcProx PCMCIA and USB thumb-drive card readers this week. The new pcSwipe intelligent magnetic stripe card reader is an efficient solution for customers wanting to leverage their existing base of magnetic stripe card-carrying personnel. The reader is compatible with the billions of magnetic stripe cards circulated worldwide and has been designed to meet the identification and security needs of customers in many different environments and industries.

RF IDeas in Booth 2360


Bosch Intelligent Video Analysis Software

Enabling calibration of camera in 2 min, Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) software v4.0 includes a tool that reports on how accurately camera is calibrated. IVA 4.0 focuses strongly on ease of setup, and reducing false alarms. With the new interactive setup tool it takes an average installer about two minutes to calibrate a camera. The tool also includes 'accuracy feedback', reporting how accurately the camera is calibrated. In addition, a new head detection filter detects human head and shoulder contours to reliably classify people in a scene and further reduce false alarms. IVA 4.0 also comes bundled with a new vector-based direction-detection motion algorithm: IVA 4.0 Flow, providing in effect two powerful algorithms for intelligent video analysis.

Bosch Security Systems at Booth 2331


PSIM Software Monitors and Updates Situation Management in Real-Time

In the VidSys Booth, it unveiled its dynamic situation management capabilities available in the newest version of the company's PSIM software. Along with its existing ability to correlate multiple incoming events, the VidSys PSIM solution now has the unique ability to dynamically change the business logic and threshold conditions related to an evolving situation to respond to changes as the situation unfolds. A key component to the new release is a common operating platform, built upon the existing common operating picture, that enables real-time dynamic situation management by integrating information from multiple security and operational systems, monitoring the data for changes or escalation in a situation, and automatically redefining what actions need to be taken and the teams that need to be involved to match the changing environment. Additionally, the common operating platform enables more of the intelligence and policies being leveraged to be pushed to the network edge for faster diagnosis, more efficient bandwidth utilization and the ability to integrate a variety of disparate devices.

VidSys in Booth 3947