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Body parts battle: See it at TechSec

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Body parts battle?

Yes, among the highlights of TechSec this year will be a session we've dubbed "Battle of the body parts," and not just because it's a catchy title. We're going to have a little competition at TechSec.

I've been hearing from more and more integrators that biometrics are coming of age. They're more affordable and they're more reliable, you've told me.

So, we decided to take a look at which biometric technique works best and where the promise still exceed the reality.

SecuritySpecifiers' Ray Coulombe will lead the session and he's gathered experts on four biometric technologies—facial recognition, eye scan, fingerprint, and hand geometry—to speak. Those representatives will state their cases. These will not be manufacturer' pitches. Those are not allowed at TechSec and would be booed off the stage. Rather they'll be biometrics experts talking about specific technology fundamentals (rather than their companies or products), advantages and best application areas.

To help figure out who wins the battle we'll have a panel of judges drawn from our "20 under 40" award winners.

Face, eye, finger, hand ... Come to Delray Beach, Fla. Feb. 2-3 to find out which body part is victorious in 2016. Here's a link to the program.

And, stay tuned for the announcement of our super cool keynote speaker early next week.

TechSec educational program announced

IoT, biometrics, and securing hospitals, Super Bowls and casinos
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12/21/2015

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—TechSec Solutions, the industry’s premiere conference dedicated to new and emerging security technologies, announced its lineup of educational sessions for 2016.

SIA honors Coulombe of SecuritySpecifiers

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09/24/2015

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association will present the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award to Ray Coulombe of SecuritySpecifiers at SIA Honors Night Nov. 18.

PSIM—Just another four-letter word

Manufacturers define PSIM differently, what’s important for integrators to understand here?
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06/15/2015

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Jim Henry of systems integrator Kratos PSS described "physical security information management"—PSIM—as a term that has confounded and bamboozled the security industry for 10 years.

Avigilon has video analytics news

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

There was lots of video analytics news today.

Avigilon, which acquired VideoIQ at the end of 2013, today came out with the first combined offering of VideoIQ and Avigilon products. Avigilon added Rialto to its portfolio. Rialto has three appliances (for IP, analog and thermal cameras) that will enable end users to add VideoIQ analytics to existing Avigilon or other manufacturers’ cameras. I have a call into Avigilon for more details.

Avigilon's analytics play is a good move according research firm TechNavio which announced today a new report that predicts global intelligent video analytics market will have a compound annual growth rate of 34.12 percent over the period 2013-2018.  

What will drive that growth? TechNavio said it’s the need for sophisticated tools to analyze the “unstructured data" generated by video surveillance systems, as well as increased security concerns.

The other, important driver is the “increasing demand for intelligent video analytics with business intelligence tools,” the report said.

“When operational data is integrated with BI features, companies can generate profits by identifying and implementing profitable projects, increase sales by applying fact-based selling tools, enhance customer loyalty, and retain customers by optimizing customer experience management,” said Faisal Ghaus, VP of TechNavio, in a prepared statement. “Organizations can use IVA solutions combined with BI tools to predict the future behavior of potential and existing customers, which is a major driver for the growth of the market over the forecast period.”

This all made me think about the very excellent educational session at TechSec 2014  “The IP camera of the future,” where there was lots of talk about the crucial nature of video analytics that work.

“The full potential of the business value of security cameras has yet to be realized,” said Ray Coulombe, an entrepreneur and CEO of SecuritySpecifiers.com, who moderated the panel.  “Analytics, big data implementation, and the proper mindset of security practitioners will develop to the point where security cameras, and other devices, will be viewed as a more integral part of the business fabric.”

The vendors involved with the TechNavio report were listed as: Agent Video Intelligence, Axis Communications, Honeywell, Bosch, Cisco. IBM, Infinova, Intellivision, Nice Systems, ObjectVideo, Verint, VideoIQ.

 

Security entrepreneur unveils new website

Ray Coulombe, who founded SecuritySpecifiers.com, has debuted a database-driven resource that connects manufacturers and reps
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02/26/2014

SOUTHBURY, Conn.—Three years after launching SecuritySpecifiers.com, security industry entrepreneur Ray Coulombe is introducing RepsforSecurity.com, a database-driven website that helps manufacturers identify security reps who can optimize their sales presence in a given region or market.

TechSec 2014 to feature security directors from salesforce.com, MIT, leading banks

New and emerging technology conference will also honor 40 young professionals
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10/15/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Organizers of TechSec Solutions 2014 announced the educational program for the conference, which will take place Jan. 28-29 at the Delray Beach Marriott in Delray Beach, Fla.

Designing security

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Every month I call Ray Coulombe at SecuritySpecifiers.com to get the name of a specifier/consultant for “Specifically Speaking,” a Q&A column we run in our monthly printed publication.

These conversations give me a chance to talk to security experts who have a much different perspective from the integrators, dealers and manufacturers that I spend the rest of the month talking to.

This morning I spoke to Jim Elder, owner of Secured Design. We started talking about something I wrote about several years ago, CPTED, which stands for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.

Elder advocates for security specifiers getting involved really early in the design process of a building. Where a parking lot is located, which way elevators face, etc. can greatly affect the physical security system needs of a building/organization. These things can be changed early in the process, it’s much more difficult, or impossible later on—generally about the time the security consultant is called in to make recommendations.

The environment also affects how people (including criminals of course) feel in a certain location—which is anoth

Often specifiers are brought in much later in the design cycle and told “there’s not much money for security.” If the needs are high, the cost of the system will naturally be high as well.

A building that’s properly designed can be artful and efficient and designed with security in mind, Elder said. Cameras, readers and guards can be eliminated when the design is not “porous.” And, Elder points out, that money can be spent on paintings, finish elements, or maybe on an upgraded security system.

Check out the November issue of Security Systems News for the Q&A with Jim Elder.

SecuritySpecifiers.com expands

Consultant site launches new searchable database of security products
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11/22/2011

SOUTHBURY, Conn.— SecuritySpecifiers.com is expanding. Managing director Ray Coulombe announced Nov. 21 that he’s launching a complimentary new service on the site, a comprehensive online database of security industry equipment and software suppliers.

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