There’s an evolution going on

Friday, October 1, 2004

It’s fair to say that when I began covering the security market six years ago, I never imagined the industry would be such a technology driven market or go through such a dramatic transformation as it has within the past few years.

As I have mentioned in the past, I came into this industry thinking that it was fairly basic in technology with its control panels, keypads, sensors, door and window contacts. It wasn’t long before I realized I was wrong. The security world was much broader than I assumed it to be. There is access control, video verification, transmission equipment, visitor management systems and the list can go on and on. The security industry is not about basic systems, but on the contrary it’s about solutions, technology and change.

Perhaps the most significant change for this market has happened within the last three to four years. Security has become a household word, in part due to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. And then there is the investment community, which appears to be more interested in tapping into this growing market to fund new technology and start-ups than ever before.

We’re now seeing the likes of IT people enter the security world - bringing with them their network expertise and knowledge of a generation that has grown up using computers and deploying software.

I can only imagine how advanced the market will become 10, 15 and even 20 years from now when we begin to see an even younger generation enter this field. Ten years ago, I, like many of you, didn’t know about the Internet or what it could do. I didn’t have e-mail and did not begin using it daily until eight years ago. My, how things have changed.

I think the same can be said of the security industry. Thanks to advances like the Internet, and e-mail, people are able to use security data like never before.

The owner of a business can now receive an email each morning with a photo from a surveillance system attached, showing him who came in, unlocked the doors and turned off the security system. Human resources can even use a security system to track an employee’s productivity, by tapping into information such as the time an employee entered the building and turned on his computer, and then follow what time he left at the end of the day.

We’re part of the digital revolution, where software is the backbone of a system and in many cases it is the system.

We’ve come a long way in this industry, but I imagine the biggest challenge for the people running security companies today is how to stay on top of all the new technologies and solutions. What are the latest product and software developments in this market? And, how are people deploying these new technologies to provide a total security solution?

We’ve watched the market change dramatically and heard from so many people in the industry talk about the challenges with keeping up with technology advances - from both sides of the industry. The integrators and end users need to know what solutions are at their fingertips, while the manufacturers and software developers want to educate people about their solutions.

Enter TechSec Solutions. Early next year, Feb. 27–March 1, we’re launching this niche conference to talk about IP solutions, digital technology and the overall advances in the integrated security market. It will provide people with insight about the revolutionary solutions available on the market today, and what’s in store for the future.

There’s an evolution going on. We know the market is changing, and that technology development is going to happen at a rapid pace. Because of that, I hope to see you next year at this innovative and informative event.