Kind of last minute we’ve decided to join this years ISC east as exhibitor. We’ve participated last time about 2 years ago and it wasn’t blowing our minds that time. But we have to admit: The past two days there was a fresh physical security wind blowing in Javits Center. Here are some of the reasons:
Small vendors ramp up, big ones scale down
It was refreshing to not get greeted by in-your-face Tyco or ADT commercials. The prime space was taken up by startups like Ring who had the first booth at the entrance of ISC. Even traditional vendors like Boon Edam presented slick new products that we definitely want to see in a few more skyscrapers around Manhattan.
Deeper in the ISC East territory, we were surprised to see many familiar automation brands like Nest, Doorbird or Meraki. The industry titans seem to get challenged by younger companies with superior products.
The visitors on the yellow carpet just before opening ISC East 2016
The crowd looks for innovation in IT
We got many visitors from the IT side who were very open minded and had innovative approaches in mind without risking their security. For us that was probably the major change to previous years where we got a lot of interest from legacy providers who saw new technologies as “gimmick”. They definitely took the technology vendors serious this time around.
Everyone was interested in new cloud software products, nevermind their background or age!
ISC east SIA education
A great resource we found the SIA education sessions. They had great topics but we discovered them way too late to participate in most of them.
Some of the highlights:
and many more – of course we were also psyched about the ISC east tech tank. It is great to see that technology companies get more recognition from SIA and ISC participants.
Really awesome security products
Last but not least we found some amazing new security products, here are some random examples:
Biometric Face Recognition for Access Control
Obviously the issues with this technology is that it keeps scanning and it doesn’t know when the point of intent is to access a door. During the time we stood at the booth, we probably got reported around 20 times as “unkown person”. Getting the data is the first step, next is smart filtering!
Cloud managed security cameras
Meraki did a great job presenting their cloud managed security cameras. Our favorite feature: The topology view of the cameras. Provides an easy and fast understanding of which camera is connected where.
Drone defense systems
Of course Drones are on everyone’s mind: DeDrone provides the intelligence behind where to deploy jammers, lasers, EMP, counter-drones, fog bombs or shutters to combat drones coming too close. Looking forward to deploy in our backyard!
All in all was a great show, for us the best so far! Thanks to ISC east for organizing and for SIA to make it even more educative! See you all soon!