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Daily dispatches from ISC West

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

On Monday I’m headed out to ISC West. I’ll have my boots—well, actually, my sandals because it is Vegas, after all—on the ground Tuesday through Friday.

I’ll be adding to this blog post each day, keeping you updated with the news I find and the people I talk to on the show floor. So check back here often. You may just read something you’ll want to check out on your own while you’re there.

One of the best things about ISC West is the opportunity it gives me to meet with our readers. It’s helpful to know why they read Security Systems News, learn more about their work and what they’re seeing as industry trends on the frontlines. Please stop by our Meet the Editors event from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday and say hello. It’s informal, just a chance for the editorial staff to say hello and in many cases put faces to the names we’ve interviewed and talked to so often on the phone. The event will be held at the SSN Media Stage, right near the main entrance to the show floor.

My schedule is pretty full, but if you can’t make it to Meet the Editors and would like the chance to say hello in person, shoot an email to and I’ll work hard to make it happen.

Tuesday I’ll be attending the DMP Owners Forum and then, that evening, the Women in Security Council’s 2015 Women of the Year Awards and Networking Reception.

Wednesday, after the aforementioned meet-and-greet, I’ll be hitting the show floor, interviewing and visiting with, among others, Honeywell, 2Gig, Qolsys, Interlogix and Icontrol. 

Bright and very early Thursday I’ll be participating in the Mission 500 5K/2K with SSN’s Security Sys-tahs team. I’ll be doing the 2K walk. (Maybe the 5K race next year?) Then it’s back to the media stage where from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. I’ll be conducting interviews on camera with four key players in the industry. Want to know who? You'll have to come and watch live! The videos will be posted later on the SSN website, but we do have comfy audience chairs if you need an informative break. After that, it'll be back to the show floor for meetings that include those with, Guardian Protection and Genetec, before returning to the SSN stage for the Mission 500 5K/2K awards ceremony.

I have a few other appointments set up for Friday and hope to spend some time meandering through the exhibits and booths on my own.

I’ll be tweeting throughout the week, and you should, too! You could win a prestigious plaque from Security Systems News for being the Top Twitterer on our Twitter Wall. Use #ISCW15. Read more about our Twitter Wall and contest here.

My colleagues, Martha Entwistle and Spencer Ives will be providing their daily news from ISC West as well. Be sure to check out their blogs, too.

Meanwhile, have a great show and I hope to see you there!

Who will be the top twitterer at ISC West this year?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The top Twitterer of ISC West 2014, in terms of both quantity and quality, was the Security Industry Association.

Who will be the top Twitterer of 2015?

Once again Security Systems News is sponsoring a Twitter Wall at ISC West. This year it will be located near the ISC West Media stage, just outside the entrance to the show floor.

Stop by to check out real-time,140-character ISC West news and notes from a variety of sources. Better yet, join the conversation using this hashtag #ISCW15

Remember to turn out tweets that are newsy and original. Extra points for breaking news and also for making us laugh.

What's the reach of an ISC West tweet? Well, check out these stats:

Also tweeting  A LOT last year were: ISC West News, Microsoft Global Security, some of our friendly trade publication competitors, Identiv, Inovonics, Pelco, Tyco Security Products and yours truly @ssn_editor

If you're the Top Twitterer, you'll not only get your message out, you'll be the recipient of a Top Twitterer plaque. If you visit the SIA office, you can see their handsome "Top Twitterer" plaque in the office lobby.

Please visit us at ISC West

Meet the Editors of Security Systems News

YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Systems News will hold a Meet the Editors session from 9:30-10 a.m. April 15 at ISC West.

Tyco wants to invest in your startup

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Tyco Security Products announced yesterday that it wants to invest in tech startups and other “innovators.” TSP, a division of Tyco International, launched InnovationWorks, a program designed to “help innovators and entrepreneurs bring new and advanced ideas to the marketplace.”

TSP is soliciting applicants who will present their “business ideas and goals” at the InnovationWorks Summit that will take place during ISC West (April 15-17) in Las Vegas.
Interested? You need to apply online at You’ll have to answer questions about your company/product profile, present funding, channels and unique selling points.

Applications will be reviewed by TSP VP of marketing Anita Santos (Santos is also an SEC accredited investor and owner of Ascend Investments), Tyco VP of corporate development Robert Locke, and other TSP managers.
I have an interview request in to Santos. In a prepared statement, she said: “We encourage all those with creative products and ideas to submit an application on the InnovationWorks website.”


Let's meet at ISC West

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

As some of you may know, I joined the industry in November when I started at Security Systems News. This means that 2015 will be my first time at the ISC West show. I'd love to meet everyone, and hear everything, but that might not be possible, so reach out to me when you can. I already have several appointments set up, but I’ll be as accommodating as I can be.

Also, give me a heads up on what you’d like to talk about. Definitely tell me if your company will be showcasing something big at ISC West, like mergers and acquisitions, new directions for the company, opening another central station or releasing a new software platform—or anything else notable.

If you want to meet me, or have something new to talk about with your company, feel free to reach out to me by email at to set something up. Just let me know what you’ll be doing at ISC West and where.

I look forward to seeing those of you who will be at the show in person!

Tri-Ed stuffs backpacks with school supplies for 450 Mission 500 children


WOODBURY, N.Y.—Employees of Tri-Ed and its parent company, Anixter, filled 450 backpacks with notebooks, folders, rulers, pencils and other items for childhood education for Mission 500.

Ferguson shooting topic of ISC West keynote


LAS VEGAS—Major Greg Smith of the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be the keynote speaker at ISC West. His speech is titled “Responding to Ferguson.”

ISC West coming up fast

Monday, March 2, 2015

Will you be at ISC West? Will you have news about residential security, home automation, impactful legislation or end-user focuses that our Security Systems News readers need to know? If so, please let me know.

I’m putting together my show schedule now. Because the show is so huge and offers up so many opportunities, it’s difficult to meet up with everyone I’d like to, but I do my best, as do my SSN colleagues.

I’d like to hear about new and emerging resi securty technology, its current uses and successes. I can’t write about every new product out there, but if you’ll have end users in attendance to tell me how it works for them, that works for me.

It’s a busy show so let’s—and I mean this politely and beneficially to all—try not to waste each other’s time. I’ve booked booth visits and attended ISC press conferences before that have promised news for our readers that just haven’t panned out. As readers of SSN, you know the types of articles we report on and print.

Please contact me at with your news items.

Also, we’ll be holding our annual “Meet the Editors” event from 9:30-10 a.m. April 15 at our media stage right near the entrance of the show floor. Please stop by to say hi to us. It’s completely informal, no presentations, just a way to reconnect and in some cases put names with faces.

I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Meet with SSN editors at ISC West

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ISC West is a short seven weeks away and the editors at Security Systems News have already started to book appointments.

Are you interested in talking to us about your new products, your business plan, trends in the industry? We want to meet and talk to as many SSN readers as possible in Las Vegas, but since there are only three of us, we cannot meet everyone. We do have to make some choices. Below is some information you may find helpful.

NEW PRODUCTS Will we cover your new product? Security Systems News is dedicated to breaking business news and does not do much pure product coverage. However, we do much more product news at ISC West than we do elsewhere, so please let us know about your new product launch at ISC West. If you can also tell us how and why our readers—the integrators, installers and professional monitoring companies—will be interested in this new product, we will try to fit you in to our calendars.

An excellent way to get coverage of your new product is to have it featured for free in Security Systems News April (ISC West Show)  printed publication. If you're launching a product at ISC West, you can get a nifty description and photo in our April issue for free. Click here to find out about that.

NEW COMPANY or NEW DIVISION, TECH TRENDS, M&A ACTIVITY, BUSINESS PLANS FOR 2015, OTHER NEWS TIPS?  We want to hear about this stuff. Our coverage areas are divided this way: Spencer Ives sives@securitysystemsnews covers monitoring and general news; Amy Canfield covers residential security and home automation, fire, legislative news, end-user related news;, I cover commercial and systems integrators, and suppliers (manufacturers).

NEWS CONFERENCES Will we come to your news conference? Yes! On one condition though—please have news to share. Every year we get some "Announcements!" that so-and-so is having a news conference and they would like us to commit to attending. What's the news conference about? Well that information will be forthcoming, we're told. We understand that you may not want to announce every detail ahead of time, but we do need some information.

TIMING FOR EVENTS and NEWS CONFERENCES We love news conferences that are coordinated with the organizers of ISC West. We like news conferences that take place in the press room or on the show floor while the show is going on. If you coordinate with the organizers of ISC West, your event won't overlap with someone elses. We do not like breakfast or dinner news conferences. We'd rather just have breakfast or dinner. Lunchtime news conferences can work in our opinion. HID used to do a well organized, informative, news conference with boxed lunches in a room close to the show floor. It was crowded too.

THINK ABOUT MAKING YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT AHEAD OF ISC WEST  So much happens at the show that we can't possibly cover it all. The really big news can bury some important news items.  If you can talk to us three or four weeks ahead of time, we can probably give you more complete coverage. Reach out to us now if you want to talk about ISC West announcements ahead of time.

IF WE CAN'T MEET YOU AT ISC WEST If your news falls within our coverage area, often times we can do a call a few weeks after ISC West.

IS YOUR EVENT HAPPENING DURING THE Security 5k? Between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 16? Oh Well. You should be at the Security 5k, running, walking, or cheering the runners on. Get your company to put together a team and support the sixth annual Security 5K, (which was founded by Security Systems News). You'll get some exercise during ISC West and you can literally help save a child. In 2014 we raised more than $110,000, used to provide food, water, education and healthcare for more than 260 children for one year through a wonderful organization called Mission 500. Click here for more information.  Some folks do have other commitments during that time--If you're one of them, consider sponsoring a runner. You can make a difference.


Time to nominate for WSC Women of the Year awards


TAMPA, Fla.—Nominations are now open for the Women’s Security Council’s2015 Women of the Year awards, given to women who have exhibited leadership in the physical security industry and at their companies.