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Consultants' Forum: The consultant-manufacturer relationship in the physical access control market

Manufacturers depend on consultants to get their technologies specified in customer projects. Consultants often depend on manufacturers to provide them current information about the technologies that are the building blocks of their projects. It’s a symbiotic relationship, but not always a perfect one. We recently gathered three consultants to discuss what they want from manufacturers, and a representative of HID Global to add a manufacturer’s perspective. Manufacturers also look to...

Consultants' Forum: The future of mobile access, location services and BIM

Mobile access is probably the largest emerging trend in the security marketplace, but it is only one of several that are changing the face of the access control market. Another factor showing potential to change the market is the emergence of location systems and positioning systems, as reflected by HID Global’s recent acquisition of Bluvision, a provider of real-time location tracking system for assets and employees, and building information modeling (BIM) is impacting how consultants do...

Consultants’ Forum: Smart buildings and the importance of green technology

Security consultants are on the front lines of trends such as “smart buildings” and the increasing demand for green technologies. We recently gathered together several consultants to reflect on what’s new in these areas, joined by a representative of HID Global. Participants were Chris Grniet of Guidepost Solutions, Brandon Frazier of Elert & Associates, Terry Harless of Burns & McDonnell, and Harm Radstaak, HID Global’s Vice President and Managing Director, Phy...

PSA Security to host education track at ISC West 2016 and cybersecurity sessions at Connected Security Expo in Las Vegas

The PSA track at ISC West will cover best practices in systems integration, risk management, video analytics trends PSA Security Network®, the world’s largest electronic security cooperative, recently announced it will host an education track at ISC West 2016 and cybersecurity sessions at the Connected Security Expo @ ISC West in Las Vegas, NV. The PSA track at ISC West will feature a full day of training sessions on April 5, 2016 covering best practices in systems...

Sometimes security equipment is the solution (but sometimes it isn’t)

Abraham Maslow's "law of the instrument" says: If the tool you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail. To avoid the pitfall Maslow describes, let’s remember that the nature of a threat profile should decide the choice of security equipment, not the availability of that equipment. When we hear about a school shooting, for example, some of us immediately think “they should have had a camera system?” The ones thinking that probably sell camera systems. Although we...