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Integrators, specifiers, manufacturers mix at AMAG Technology SES

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04/03/2012

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—With about 90 consultants attending, the AMAG Technology Security Engineering Symposium, an educational and networking conference held here March 4-7, was the largest in the event’s 11-year history.

Taking it all in at ISC West

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Quite the first day for a first-timer at ISC West, and for a first-timer to Vegas to boot. Now I can understand what all the fuss was about leading up to the show.

Day One started with a “Meet the Editors” session at the SSN booth—No. 27065, stop by if you get a chance—which was followed by a full slate of media gatherings and meet-and-greets. Here were a few:

— I got the lowdown from ASSA ABLOY on what it’s doing to fill the “medium security” gap for access control, or components targeting the void between $200 and $4,000. The company sees a growth market there and is moving to take advantage.

— Bill Hobgood, project director for the Department of Information Technology, Public Safety Team, for the city of Richmond, Va., gave a firsthand account of what ASAP can do for speeding the flow of information between central stations and PSAPs. If you’re still holding on to the phone as the future, Richmond’s experience will change your mind.

— Chris Holbert, CEO of SecuraTrac, told me how the company’s new app, SecuraFone, disables social media sites when in motion—hello, distracted teens—along with immobilizing email and texting. Other features include physical tracking and more importantly, emergency response for seniors. SecuraTrac is teaming with Mace CS to expand along this avenue in the future.

— Bosch acknowledged the hectic pace of the day with a 5 p.m. session that featured a truck giveaway and happy hour refreshments, which turned out to be a real crowd-pleaser. A great way to end a long day on the floor.

My day isn’t done yet—I’m about the step out the door to attend a UCC cocktail party—and Day Two and Day Three await, so I’ll sign off for now. Much more ahead, hopefully with a decent night’s sleep to take it all in. The young and lively door-bangers in the room next door may have something to say about that, though. This is Vegas, after all …    

Pilot shows smartphone potential

HID: Other applications in the works
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01/30/2012

IRVINE, Calif.—With the announcement today of the completion of its smartphones-as-keys pilot project at Arizona State University, HID officials hope more integrators will begin to investigate how NFC-enabled smartphones might fit into their access control offerings in the future.

ASIS 2011: News and notes from the show floor

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09/22/2011

ORLANDO, Fla.—There was plenty of news being made at ASIS 2011, which took place at the Orange County Convention Center Sept. 19-21. Below are some editor round-ups from ventured out onto the show floor to collect news and other goings-on.

Taking access control mobile

HID says its new platform will usher in a new era of digital keys and portable identity credentials
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08/11/2011

IRVINE, Calif.—HID Global executives are excited to talk about the official launch of its new mobile access control platform—called iCLASS SE. It’s a platform, previewed at ISC West this year, that HID predicts will “usher in a new era of digital keys and new portable identity credentials.”

Assa Abloy to acquire LaserCard for $80m

HID says synergy will expand capabilities
SSN Staff  - 
12/23/2010

IRVINE, Calif.—Following closely upon its announcement to purchase Cardo, Assa Abloy on Dec. 21 announced its intent to buy embedded-hologram credential manufacturer LaserCard for $80 million.
Further, HID Global, which is owned by Assa Abloy, said the teaming of LaserCard and HID represents an important advancement in HID Global’s worldwide market position in the government sector and will significantly expand its portfolio of technology capabilities.

Assa Abloy to acquire Cardo

Will look to sell non-entrance control businesses
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12/16/2010

STOCKHOLM—Access control giant Assa Abloy announced Dec. 13 that it had acquired 63.6 percent of shares in Cardo, a supplier of industrial doors and logistics systems and other systems. Assa Abloy also announced a cash offer to remaining Cardo shareholders of SEK 420 ($61.52) per share.

ISC Solutions opens

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11/04/2010

NEW YORK—The transformed ISC East, now called ISC Solutions, opened here with a new look and crowded aisles yesterday.

 

Was it a function of more people being at the show this year as opposed to last? Or was it the skinny aisles that gave the illusion that there were more people? The official audited numbers won’t be available for more than a month, according to Ed Nichols of event organizer Reed Exhibitions, but attendees who spoke to

Security Systems News

said it didn’t matter. They were pleased with the number and quality of people attending the event.

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