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Answers in Austin

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

When I looked at the SIA update this morning, I saw a headline about the cloud and cybersecurity concerns. Want to learn about cybersafety in the cloud? Come to Cloud+ in Austin in November!

Cloud+ is the only conference where you can learn how cloud technology is reshaping the security industry, what the potential is for your business and what steps you can take now to enhance your bottom line with cloud-based technology. Cybersecurity is on the agenda.

Sponsored by Security Systems News, the inaugural Cloud+ took place in Silicon Valley in December 2015. This year we’re thrilled to be holding the event in the high tech hub of Austin, Texas. Cloud+ 2016 will take place at the Lost Pines Resort in Austin on Nov. 29 and 30.

SSN launched this conference because we believe that cloud-based technology is the new frontier in physical security. Just as early adopters jumped on IP a decade ago, early adopters today are moving to the cloud.
We’re looking forward to building on the success of last year’s event, which featured speakers from Google and Microsoft.  

As usual, we'll take a TechSec-style approach to the educational program. Expect interactive educational sessions featuring cloud experts from inside and outside of the security industry.

I’m putting together the conference educational program right now. Have a great idea for a speaker or session topic? Call me.

One of the sessions that's already lined up will address central station capabilities in the cloud. It will include cloud providers and will be moderated by one of the country's leading integrators Jeffrey Nunberg of ISS in Miami. Nunberg will be asking the hard questions that all integrators want answered: How is it done? What are the options? Which integrators will benefit the most from moving monitoring to the cloud? What kind of the front-end investment is required and what kind of ROI should integrators and end users expect?.

Stay tuned for more on the educational program.

One of the coolest things about Cloud+ is the exhibit hall: It’s solely focused on cloud-based technology and it’s the only place you can see physical security cloud technologies side-by-side in one room.

Steve Van Till, CEO of Brivo, and one of my Cloud+ advisors, had this to say about Austin: “Austin is perfect because it combines great accessibility for travelers, a very strong tech-focused business community, and lots of local culture for those who want to get out and do something memorable with colleagues or customers.”

Yes! Austin is not your old-school, typical-security-industry-style convention location. In addition, to the fact that every important high-tech end user has an office here, I’m convinced you cannot find a bad musician in the town.

It’s also home to a first -class university, restaurant options galore and there’s easy access to the great outdoors.

Mark your calendar for Cloud+, Nov. 29-30, 2016. Here's a link to the Cloud+ website.

Market Trends: Mobile access control today—where are we?

Smartphone usage for access control and security management increasing
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05/19/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—Access control is one of those areas in commercial security that just screams for smartphone compatibility. People seldom leave their home, car or office without their phone in tow, and scanning a prox card or identity badge seems so, well, 2006.

Microsoft's Michael Korgan to keynote Cloud+

Korgan to discuss how physical security integrators, end users and manufacturers can profit from cloud
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10/23/2015

FOSTER CITY, Calif.—Michael Korgan, Microsoft National Security Officer, will be the keynote speaker at Cloud+, the first ever physical security conference dedicated to cloud-based security technology, conference organizers announced today. Cloud+ will take place here in Silicon Valley, Dec. 7-8.

Brivo ‘Mobile Pass’ brings smartphone access control to all

Brivo's digital credential enables smartphone door access without hardware upgrade
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09/23/2015

BETHESDA, Md.—Cloud-based access control provider Brivo Sept. 21 introduced a new "mobile pass" that will enable 7 million current Brivo users to use their smartphones for access control.

Strategic Security likes the simplicity of cloud

When you talk total cost of ownership 'a case can be made for cloud'
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09/02/2015

RALEIGH, N.C.—As Strategic Security managing partner Jay Slaughterbeck makes plans to grow his business and expand geographically, he’s undertaken an initiative to expand his cloud services.

Clearing up cloud confusion

The promise of the cloud, definitions, trust
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08/17/2015

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Cloud pioneers—security manufacturers who say they’re fully committed to cloud-based systems—believe it’s only a matter of time before all security systems rely, to some degree, on the cloud.

Idesco goes cloud

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09/11/2014

NEW YORK—Idesco, a security systems integrator based here, on Sept. 2 announced its partnership with Brivo, a provider of cloud applications for security management.

ADT Small Business specialization continues

Luis Orbegoso announces new video storage solutions
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07/02/2014

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT, which announced in April that it is going after small business,* has two new video offerings for its small business clients: hosted video with cloud storage and, for onsite storage, “smart” DVRs.

What's your advice for customers and BYOD?

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July holiday. Here in Maine it was rainy and foggy, but it was still glorious. You see, I was off the grid with my husband and teenagers. We all BYODs, like we always do, but they didn’t work—and guess what? No complaints

So, I didn’t read this BYOD story until today. It’s from publication called PCAdvisor and it has some interesting statistics about people bringing their own devices to work and using them to access corporate resources.

The story does not address employees accessing corporate physical security systems specifically—but the statistics are still relevant. And it seems to me that integrators and end users need to be thinking about policy options for managing BYOD for physical security employees and physical security applications.

We did touch on this topic at TechSec in February. Steve Van Till moderated an excellent mobile apps panel, and Axis’ Fredrik Nilsson talked about this question specifically.

He suggested BYOD could save money and increase efficiency for the physical security operations because workers want to use their own devices (security guards for example), but there are many ifs (what if a device is lost? How do you know for sure who is using the device?) All panelists agreed that BYOD brings up many concerns.

This writer suggests that the move toward BYOD is “unstoppable.” I don’t know about that, but it’s certainly got momentum, and probably a good idea to assess BYOD workplace policies even if your customers aren't asking you about them.

I liked the following stats and this question: Will employees be bringing more than one device to work?

“Gartner predicted that 90 percent of businesses will support corporate applications on mobile devices by 2014. And Cisco survey data suggests that we can expect to see 3.47 devices per person in 2015 and a whopping 6.58 devices per person in 2020. This begs the question: How many devices per person will the enterprise ultimately need to manage?”

Brivo works out access to gyms

Partnership with ClubReady opens doors for integrators
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06/19/2012

BETHESDA, Md.—Brivo dealers have a foot in the door of the $25 billion fitness club business, thanks to a new integration between Brivo’s Web-based access control software and systems and health-club management software provider ClubReady.

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