Just in case consumers didn’t get enough high-tech home security products at the Consumer Electronics Show, ISC West has served up a second helping.
The International Security Conference & Exposition West wrapped up on Friday. While CES provides a showcase for personal gadgets, ISC West focused specifically on the security industry, such as alarm systems, surveillance cameras, and online protection technology. More than 1,000 exhibitors took part in the event, which will be followed by ISC East in October.
Familiar names among the exhibitors included Honeywell International, Bosch Security systems and Tyco Security Products — a division of Tyco International, the former parent company of ADT.
Riding the technology wave
The lineup of products and services reflected many of the cutting-edge trends driving the security business these days, responding to consumer enthusiasm for wireless engineering and remote access.
Here’s a look at some of the exhibits dealing with security systems for home and business:
- Smart homes: Samsung SNS looked to make a splash with Always On, Connected Home. The technology includes cloud-based user access and smart door locks that operate without keys.
- Master control: The Tyco/DSC PowerSeries Neo system introduces a wireless transceiver that can support as many as four keypads and 60 wireless zones.
- Sound the alarm: Residential and commercial security customers got a look at Visonic’s PowerMaster wireless intrusion alarm system, featuring two-way communication and a self-contained diagnostic tool.
- Screen star: Newcomer Qolsys Inc. made its debut by unveiling a touchscreen that incorporates home security, energy management and home automation. The features include how-to troubleshooting videos that users can watch on the 7-inch LCD screen and a built-in video camera.
- See more and do more: Honeywell has expanded its wireless systems with new capabilities such as severe weather alerts and a function that can close garage doors when they’re accidentally left open.
Focused on the future
This year, more than 170 new companies took part in the ISC event. It seems particularly fitting, since security companies — and security consumers — have one eye on today and another on tomorrow.