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Highlights from ISC West 2019: 5 takeaways from the giant security event

Roary Tigerpaw and Vice President of Business Development West McDonald took turns meeting the ZKTeco robot during ISC West 2019.

Last week I went to ISC (International Security Conference) West 2019 and can tell you that it was one of the largest conferences I’ve been to in quite a few years. With over 940 vendors and over 10,000 attendees I can tell you there was a lot to take in!

I thought I’d share some of the highlights, both good and bad, along with some pictures. Here are my 5 top takeaways ISC West 2019:

 

How many camera manufacturers can the market bear?

As a security provider I’m sure you offer a variety of cameras for your installations and customer monitoring. ISC West had more camera providers this year than ever. Maybe too many. Can you have too many?

It was cool seeing the advances in camera technology and related software systems which have come a long way in one year. 4K everywhere. Thermal recognition galore. Virtual parameter detection options a plenty. Facial Recognition options for days. Cameras are also getting a lot smaller and more affordable.

 


Vice President of Business Development West McDonald checks out a security camera set up during ISC West 2019.

Tigerpaw Vice President of Business Development West McDonald tests a security camera set up during ISC West 2019.


 


Robotic sentries are cool

Likely my favorite vendors were those providing robotic sentry units. There were some that reminded me of real-life Darleks (any Doctor Who fans out there?) and others that were smaller and more nimble.

The self-awareness of these units and ability for self-care, including wireless charging stations, was pretty amazing. The smaller ones were priced incredibly low and bring the possibility of stronger market adoption. If you thought that robotic sentries were only for big customers it may be time to think again.

 


A trio of robotic sentries from Knightscope strut their stuff during ISC West at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

A trio of robotic sentries from Knightscope strut their stuff during ISC West in Las Vegas.


 


I don't mean to drone on, but ...

The selection of purpose-built drones for the security industry was incredible! Small ones, big ones, even drones that are built to capture other drones!

There was a clear focus on using software systems to try and make legal navigation simpler and more foolproof. Regulation in this space is only getting tighter, so automation will be key in ensuring providers abide by the ever-changing rules.

 


The AFWERX booth displayed a drone during ISC West 2019 in Las Vegas.

The AFWERX booth displayed a drone during ISC West 2019 at the Sands Expo Center.


 


The Emerging Technology Zone was anything but

I was really excited to learn about technologies that will revolutionize the security space and thought the Emerging Technology Zone would satisfy. It did not. It should have been called the “Emerging Low-Priced Competitor Pavilion” as most of the vendors were selling cheaper and less known camera systems and related network and monitoring equipment.

That being said, there was one booth showcasing “Active Shooter” software that was definitely new and cool.

 


National Account Executive James Craig (left) speaks with a commercial integrator in the Tigerpaw booth at ISC West 2019.National Account Executive James Craig (left) speaks with a commercial integrator in the Tigerpaw booth at ISC West 2019.



 

Excel spreadsheets are no longer enough

I was at ISC West 2019 as a vendor myself with my fellow Tigers from Tigerpaw Software. We were far busier than the previous year talking with security installers and commercial integrators looking to automate more of their business processes because they have grown past using spreadsheets and other manual means of managing aspects of their businesses. Yeah, and managing businesses and introducing cool automation tools is what we do exceptionally well.

As you get busy managing your customers’ security needs we’ll do all we can to help you secure your bottom line!

Download the Tigerpaw One Features Guide for an overview of our automation tools and what they can do for your business.

Download this Tigerpaw One Features Guide for an overview of all the tools our robust business automation software offers.

 

Your experience at ISC West 2019

Were you at ISC West this year? What were some of the highlights for you? Was there an innovation or offering that grabbed your attention? What things do you think could have been done better?

Apr 18, 2019, 3:46:51 PM / Posted by West McDonald

Tags: Industry news/trends, Security and Alarm