Looking Back at ASIS
Editor's note: The following is a brief collection of items from ASIS International's 50th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, which took place Sept. 27–30 in Dallas, Texas.
When asked why there was a more visible fire presence at a security show, Peter Ebersold, director of marketing for Notifier/Honeywell Fire Group, said that security shows, of late, have been seeing better attendance than fire shows. Also, he noted, more companies are offering integrated fire and security systems. Anthony J. Diodato of Cypress Computer Systems agreed, saying that the price of integration has come down. He added that the "fire is fire, security is security" mentality of 20 years ago is going away.
Steve Fisher, president of Open Options, a provider of access-control software, is a big proponent of open, non-proprietary architecture in access-control systems. He noted that 80% of the cost of an access-control system is hardware, so it's obviously very sizable and expensive to change out. Installing open architecture software, on the other hand, is a much more economical option. In demonstrating his company's nPower DNA enterprise-level security management software, he noted that a key advantage of the system is its drag-and-drop, multiple-document graphical user interface. He also pointed out the product's ability to eliminate the need to print reports, as all information is instantly accessible. Visit www.openoptionsinc.com for more.
Stanley Security Solutions, Inc., an access and security solutions provider, announced its official launch. The new company is a fully owned product group of the Stanley Works and is comprised of nine operating divisions: Best Access Systems, Blick, c.j. rush industries, Frisco Bay, Integrator.com , Intivid Solutions, Senior Technologies, Stanley Access Technologies and Stanley Hardware.
Lock supplier ASSA ABLOY and validation and authorization technology provider CoreStreet announced a new line of access-control door locks that are said to be the first to merge physical and logical security. The system allows connected and disconnected doors to be centrally managed, thus eliminating the need to hard-wire additional doors, which can cost $3,000%%MDASSML%%$5,000 per door. Essentially, hard-wired doors act as "refresh" points for updating information on employee access cards. And the practice of "tailgating"—or entering a main door behind someone else without scanning one's own card—is eliminated, because a person won't be able to go through a disconnected door without first having their card updated at the main door. Go to www.corestreet.com for more information.