Published on 30 September, 2014
A busy first day at the ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits in Atlanta ended with a surprise strategic announcement by one of the industry’s largest suppliers and one of its most successful up-and-comers. Axis Communications and Sightlogix announced a strategic agreement to sell both technologies cooperatively to end-user customers through dealer channels.
Despite the broad product range Axis brings to market, the company does not have a perimeter security solution, which is the strength of Sightlogix. Introducing the third generation of its SightSensor product at ASIS, Sightlogix provides an accurate security solution for outdoor and perimeter security applications at one-third the size and with reduced power consumption compared to prior generations. The new SightSensor avails solar and wireless capabilities that reduce infrastructure requirements often needed for outdoor security projects. Sightlogix’ growing mainstream presence will almost certainly get a boost from the association with Axis.
I also visited with Allegion today and heard about their Engage platform, which will extend the benefits of integrated electronic locks to more doors in a building. Typically, electronic access control covers exterior doors, while interior doors use hardware locks. The Engage series seeks to replace some of those hardware locks with electronic locks that can be programmed individually using an app or tied into a larger access control system. Taking electronic locks further inside a building, the Engage locks fit in the same space as hardware locks – no extra drilling of doors – and can use electronic (NFC) or physical credentials. Simple to install and commission, the Engage locks will complement Allegion’s range of hardware locks used for interior doors.
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Axis brings to market, the company
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More application flexibility is a theme at the show for Altronix, which introduced the Pace long-range Ethernet products, extending the Ethernet range five times without repeaters. The eBridge Plus product provides 100Mbps full duplex Ethernet over coax, and there are receivers available in 1, 4, 8 or 16 ports. The eBridge outdoor 2-port Ethernet-over-coax transceiver has IP66, NEMA4/4X-rated outdoor enclosures with lockable latches.
Among the first companies to introduce a 4K camera is DVTEL, and President and CEO Yoav Stern emphasised that the camera is part of a 4K system the company offers. Explaining that a system is only as strong as its weakest link, DVTEL has combined the 4K camera with interconnectivity, storage and a monitor that can take advantage of the higher resolution. DVTEL also has now integrated its video analytics with its HD cameras to provide advanced cameras with analytics. DVTEL, among other companies, opted to have a small booth on the ASIS show floor and to provide a private suite nearby that highlights its products and provides an environment more conducive to productive meetings with customers.
Just a sampling of what I saw and heard on the first day of the show … more to come during and after the show.