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TechSec 2012 preliminary educational program announced

TechSec 2012 preliminary educational program announced

ORLANDO, Fla.—Details of the TechSec 2012 educational program were announced by conference organizers on Sept. 20, the second day of the ASIS show here.

The eighth annual TechSec conference, sponsored by Security Systems News and Security Director News, will take place Feb. 7-8 in Delray Beach, Fla.

"TechSec is the place for integrators, end users, consultants and manufacturers to discuss and debate how new and emerging technology is affecting the security landscape,” said Tim Purpura, group publisher of Security Systems News and Security Director News. “At TechSec 2012, the educational program will focus on eight technology and issue areas identified by our editorial staff in consultation with our advisory board. Join us in Delray Beach this February to explore how technologies such as mobile apps, video analytics, identity management, PSIM, and cloud services will affect your business and your bottom line."

TechSec 2012 draws from the industry's best and most well respected thought-leaders for its panel discussions and presentations. New this year will be the TechSec Networking Hall featuring presentations from leading technology developers and integrators. Click here for more information on these sponsorship opportunities.

The conference will also include a reception to honor the best and brightest future leaders of security who will be featured in Security Director News' “20 Under 40” list, which was also announced today. Click here for more information on the list and for a link to nominate a security practitioner for consideration.

Below are some details of the TechSec 2012 educational program. Look for more details about these sessions and information about additional sessions within the next month.


Is your cloud provider secure?

While physical security integrators are well acquainted with IP-based security systems these days, and many are beginning to sell more cloud-based services, questions about safety in the cloud persist, from both the integrator and end user. Speakers on this panel will address what the concerns should be for integrators and end users and what both can and should do to ensure that their cloud provider is safe.


• Moderated by: Chris Peckham, VP, Technology Initiatives and Special Projects, Kratos Defense and Security Solutions

• Morgan Hertel, Vice President and General Manager, Mace CS

• Representative from an IT certification organization to be announced



Mobile apps: Where will they go next?

The ubiquitous smartphone keeps getting smarter. Steve Van Till, CEO of Brivo, will lead an interactive discussion about the future of mobile apps in security. What mobile applications will end users be able to leverage to make their security apparatuses more efficient in the next year or two?


• Moderated by: Steve Van Till, CEO of Brivo

• David Marra, InterTouch Media Technologies, an application development firm

• Representative from an NFC provider to be announced

• Representative from an access control mobile app provider to be announced

• Representative from a video mobile app provider to be announced



Implementing current vs. emerging technologies in long-term projects

When planning a project that's several years away, how do you ensure the technology is not out of date by deployment time? Representatives from Diebold and Ducibella Venter & Santore (DVS), the integrator and specifier that worked together on some major projects at the new World Trade Center, discuss the product selection process and answer questions such as: When do you use bleeding-edge versus cutting-edge technology? When do you use a proven solution versus new technology? What aspects of projects are appropriate to go with the newer, cutting-edge, less-proven solution? When is it absolutely the wrong idea? And, how do you incorporate emerging technologies even if the time frame for the project is more immediate?


• Kevin Engelhardt, GM and VP of Enterprise Security Systems, Diebold

• Phil Santore, Principal, Ducibella Venter & Santore



Software as a Service: We've heard about RMR for the provider. What about ROI for the end user?

Integrators have been hearing the RMR sermon for a while now. For cloud service providers, the promise of revenue generation is there, and the tools to put these services in place are available. But what's the ROI for the end user who's contemplating sending some security services to the cloud? Moderated by PSA Security's Sharon Shaw, this panel will include an integrator and end user and will cover realistic ROI calculation and expectation for cloud services.


• Moderated by Sharon Shaw, Director of Education, PSA Security

• End user to be announced

• Integrator to be announced



PSIM, PSIM-light, VMS: Solving problems outside of the acronym box

How do you choose the right solution for your needs? In this session, Dr. Bob Banerjee, Security Americas' Senior Director of Training and Development for Nice, talks about how he defines a PSIM and how a PSIM solution differs from those solutions that offer “PSIM components.” In this session, you'll also hear from two end users—one from the Virginia Port Authority; and the other from Manheim, a global vehicle remarketing company with 26,000 employees and 122 operating locations—about how their PSIM and “PSIM-light” solutions helped solve their very different security needs.


• Moderated by: Dr. Bob Banerjee, Security Americas' Senior Director of Training and Development for Nice

• Donna Jones, IT Manager, Manheim Atlanta

• Ed Merkle, Director of Port Security & Emergency Operations, Virginia Port Authority


Video analytics: When do they really work?

Video analytics may not have delivered on early promises, but the technology behind the next-generation video analytics has come a long way. Hear about the applications where analytics have a proven track record, and the applications where the technology should still be avoided.


• Moderated by Jayson Swope of G4S

• Jerry Cordasco, VP of Integrated Services, G4S

• Holly Tsourides, VP of Sales, VideoIQ

• End user, from behavioral analytics company BRS Labs, to be announced



The Smartphone: ID of the Future

Explore the emerging Near Field Communication technology that will turn your smartphone into a secure identity credential for use in various physical access control applications. This panel discussion will include end users from three different vertical markets—corporate, hospitality and education—that have participated in NFC pilots. You're invited to participate in a discussion led by HID Global CEO, Denis Hebert, and including an integrator and three end users. The session will cover the success of the pilots, how and where this next-generation access control platform works best, as well as the industry-wide implications of this technology.


• Denis Hebert, CEO, HID Global

• End users from higher education, corporate, and hospitality to be announced.

• Integrator to be announced



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