GSX 2019 Report: Security innovation and trends (Part II)
SecIndGroup.com has visited the ASIS event GSX 2019 in Chicago to learn what is current and new in the security industry. And of course we are sharing with you what we have learned and witnessed. In this second episode of the show report we are covering a mix of cutting-edge technology and smart physical tools. We try and cover the propositions of the well-know large brands, but also the solutions of the smaller start-ups or niche players. Here is another series of exhibitors that caught our attention…
Johnson Controls: Improved installability through smart poduct design
Johnson Controls usually has one of the larger booths at trade shows. GSX 2019 was no exception to that. A good portion of the booth was reserved for the Tyco Illustra video surveillance solutions. A full range of mini-dome, fish-eye, PTZ and bullet cameras was shown. Carlos DeJesus was kind enought to show us around and point out what was new and improved this year.
Besides the obvious investment in further technological advancement to improve the performance and resolution delivered by the cameras, additional effort was made particularly centered around the design of the new products. Not just for aesthetic reasons, but specifically to improve the installability of the products.
Carlos was kind enough to show some of these improvements, like cable entry, cable bushings and easy accessibility of the connector-block, while maintaining IP67 and IP68 outdoor ratings for the cameras.
Assa Abloy: Continuous improvement of wireless Aperio mechanical locks
Assa Abloy was showing their range of brands and products. A good portion of the booth was reserved for the Aperio platform. As you may know, the heart of Aperio is a short-distance, wireless communication protocol, designed to link an online electronic access system with an Aperio enabled mechanical lock. These locks, for example in door handles, can be installed without additional wiring, since they are battery operated. Aperio brings you the benefits of an online access control system with the ease of installation of an online access control system.
Integrated Solution Specialist Jeff Lane provided us with a tour, showing the latest locks and door handles. The portfolio has grown over the years that Aperio is available. The newest additions are Aperio wireless locks for cabinets and door handles with Aperio locks that can be mounted on glass doors.
Verint: Vertical specific video and security solutions
The friendly staff at the Verint booth took the time to explain how they focus on vertical and how they tailor their security solutions to meet the requirements of the clients in that vertical. Courtney Mamuscia (Marketing Director) and Matt Marshall (Solution Design Engineer) of the vertical “Banking and Retail” showed us the solutions they had available for their clients.
Verint’s video and security solutions enable security operators working in mission-critical, highly dispersed and complex security environments like banking to effectively manage multiple sites and thousands of cameras, using end-to-end solutions. Banks can, for example, use Verint Op-Center as an enterprise network video recorder (NVR) management solution to monitor, manage, and troubleshoot Verint networked NVRs from a central location, where data is encrypted both in rest and in transit.
Sabre: stopping chaos at a distance
The dangerous looking device in the picture below is a pepper spray gun. It was shown by Eric Groff at the Sabre booth. Sabre specializes in security products to keep individuals and their homes safe. Their portfolio includes pepper spray, stun guns and also home security systems.
The pepper spray guns in the picture enable you to precisely aim and place a pepperspray projectile into situations that need to be controlled without risking personal injury.
SpotterRF: 3D protection against flying intruders with radar
SpotterRF is about ‘protection without fences’, which means that they specialize in compact surveillance radar equipment. At their booth. which usually stands out from the rest of the booths because of the spinning radars, they were showing, among others, their 360 degree Counter UAS Radar. This dome radar is capable to measure latitude, longitude and altitude of all aerial targets inside a 500m or 1km wide hemisphere.
The radar was designed to timely detect the approach of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) like drones, and track the aerial object while it travels through the protected hemisphere. The radar only weighs 12 pounds and there are no coverage gaps.
The radar is capable of distinguishing birds and drones using radar metadata. Its size makes it ideal for temporary and covert operations, even in urban areas.
CyberLink FaceMe: Cross-platform AI Facial Recognition
One of the AI video analytics products that was shown at multiple booths was facial recognition. CyberLink from San Jose were showing their FaceMe product working live at the booth. They demonstrated how enrollment only took a second and faces were identified instantly.
FaceMe is an AI enabled cross-platform engine delivered as an SDK (Software Development Kit), allowing system integrators and solution providers to easily integrate facial recognition and facial attribute detection into their applications. FaceMe is compatible with Windows, Linux, Android and iOS platforms and can run on multiple hardware configurations, from powerful workstations to small low-power devices.
FaceFirst: A facial recognition platform for retail and other industries
Another vendor that was showing facial recognition solutions, to identify people or authenticate their identity, was Californian company FaceFirst. We spoke to their very friendly sales director Jason DeVinney, who told us that their platform was deployed very successfully in the retail industry. Their platform is used as a watch list to quickly identify individuals that require personal attention to prevent them from doing harm. This approach has often helped reduce shrink with 25% and improve associate safety with 95%.
The platform is also used for data analytics. It helps count customers throughout the day and throughout specified zones. It also helps profile the customer base. The platform has an open API and can run in the cloud or on-premise on edge servers.
Umbo Computer Vision: Autonomous Cloud-based Video Surveillance
Taiwanese company Umbo Computer Vision, with offices in San Francisco and London, is a true pioneer in cloud based video surveillance. Their own AI powered cameras, like AiBullet and AiDome, are self-learning cameras that do not require additional recorders or controllers. All cameras connect to the cloud-based ‘TruePlatform’. A single web login is sufficient for monitoring and camera management.
Umbo highlighted that their platform is very well capable of detecting humans in video images and understand their behavior. Most systems still rely on motion detection for video analytics. Umbo claims ‘light’ is a much better detection method for human beings.
Evac+Chair: Smart mechanical solutions for life-saving evacuations
Sometimes it does not require neural networks, artificial intelligence or machine learning to be amazed by a solution presented at a trade show. North American company Evac+Chair specializes in evacuation chairs and evacuation sleds. The company has over 35 years of experience and it is clear that their devices must have been used in many emergency situations. Jeff Wolvovsky explained to us the smart mechanical construction of their latest evacuation chair.
Jeff and his colleague were even willing to demonstrate the evacuation chair for us at their booth.
It was great to see the controlled way with which the chair is transporting an adult person from pretty steep stairs.
Stay tuned for more!
This was the second episode of our report of GSX 2019. It illustrates clearly the diversity of security solutions that were presented. Make sure to also watch the first episode in case you missed it. And please stay tuned for episode III which will be released later this week…