Trend 4: Integrated Access Control
Biometrics were a hot item, with multimodal verification adding extra security. HID Global showed card and fingerprint solutions. FingerTec integrated fingerprint and facial recognition as well as smart cards, said Teh Hon Seng, MD and CEO of FingerTec. Face-Tek Technology used its own facial recognition algorithm in a biometric card reader with a keypad for strong security.
More biometric card readers offered users choice. "Our reader combines a 1.3-megapixel camera, an optical fingerprint sensor and a sleek keypad for identity verification," said Cheryll Medina Ann Chiu, Marketing Executive for Intercorp Solutions. "The unique, keyless panel is patented as FeatherTouch, making it stylish and easy-to-maintain." Fingerprint recognition with a Hitachi finger vein module ensured accurate identification, said Salem Ahbari, Business Unit Manager for Middle East, Sagem Securite.
Access control management software featured better flexibility. "We have a visitor management system to register visitors," said Tan Fong Lu, Executive Director of ASIS Technologies. “The solution for identification can use a passport, ID card or driver's license, so visitors can use multiple credentials." Some systems are designed for scalability. "Our system can support up to 4,000 readers; and for video surveillance, our system can support up to 2,000 analog cameras," said Ivan Tse, Regional Sales Manager of Asia Pacific and Middle East, Rosslare Security.
A WaferLock wireless lock with a keypad and mechanical lock can integrate with third-party intrusion alarms, reflecting a trend toward cohesive solutions. GIGA-TMS offered smaller RFID reader modules with greater power efficiency, as more users wish to shrink their carbon footprint.
Trend 5: Cohesive HA
Home and building automation solutions featured more modular designs, such as those by Amroad. Heitel, a video-alarm monitoring company, integrated a transmitter and video server box for easy communications.
Microsoft is deploying software for building solutions. "Microsoft has witnessed a number of trends in the IT and security industries and is making Windows Embedded available for the following applications and technology rollouts: software and services (cloud computing), IP and wireless, smart and connected experience, video analytics, biometrics and natural user interfaces," said Michael Feng, Senior Account Manager for the Taiwan OEM Embedded Group, Microsoft Corporation.
RFID is also playing a greater role in security and safety, with Hundure's detection solutions integrating tags with carbon dioxide and oxygen sensors. Summit Automation had patient tags for health care applications, making sure patients stay safe.
The show had more to offer, including homeland security offerings. Brijot Imaging Systems' passive millimeter wave detection allowed for noninvasive imaging. Nonlethal force was the emphasis for Taser, which displayed consumer and military solutions. For fire, Honeywell displayed its safety solutions.