Kenton Brothers at ISC West – The largest security conference in the United States

ISC WestISC West is the largest security conference in the United States. This year, over 1,000 vendors showed up at the venue. The amount of information as you walk into the show floor is overwhelming. The number of people is staggering. Among all the booths there are standouts of emerging technology that is really exciting for our industry.

Today, I’d like to talk about a couple of things I saw at ISC West that are worth mentioning.

As an IT guy, I get really excited when something really geeky comes out. Sometimes it’s very cool, but not practical. This year though a cool and useful trend is emerging, Deep Neural Network (DNN) Learning. This is a technology that allows a computer system to make educated guesses about something and then learn from its mistakes.

Think of an infant learning to walk. They make lots of mistakes at first, but each try gets better and better until they no longer even think about it. Then they progress from walking to running and then jumping. DNN Learning is kind of the same process. We’re in the “learning to walk” phase, but it will only get better from here. Deep Neural Network Learning is the same technology that allowed Google to beat a human player in Go.

Umbo CameraIn the world of security, DNN can learn the difference between the background image and a person in the foreground. One such camera that we saw was Umbo. The Umbo camera can alert on just parts of a body; in the demo, just a human hand set off the camera analytics. We saw many applications of DNN from computers being able to tell whether a person was young or old, boy or girl, wearing glasses or riding a bike or a Drone being able to track a vehicle as it’s driving through traffic.

An entire section of the show was dedicated to unmanned technology.

Nightingale Security DronesThere were several new technologies using drones, both on the ground and in the air. Some companies like Nightingale Security are using air based drones to do tours of a facility to identify threats. Robotic Assistance Devices is doing tours with ground-based drones. Then there’s a whole section of the drone sector dedicated to anti-drone technology. Drone Shield and Dedrone are two such companies that have unique ways of detecting drones. Disabling or jamming un-authorized drones seem like the next logical step after detection and there are some technologies out there already, but current laws don’t allow for easy application of the technology.

I’ve not been able to evaluate these companies yet, but I’m excited to see the new technology becoming available. It will be an interesting few years to see how much smarter our cameras and control systems are going to become. I believe that we witnessing the next major leap of camera technology!

ISC West, 2015

ISC West, 2015

Kenton Brothers Systems for Security attended ISC West last week in Las Vegas, NV.  

The largest security event in the United States, ISC West hosts over 1,000 venders and security experts sharing the latest in products and training with security integrators from all over the country.  As technology improves, physical security continues to become more integrated, more portable, and more secure.

Kenton Brothers Systems for Security is dedicated to providing the latest in security solutions to the Kansas City area and beyond.  Please enjoy this video recap of the show, then contact Kenton Brothers for a complimentary security evaluation.

Assa’s Intelligent Openings Showroom is coming…

Assa Abloy IOS invite

Typically, when one of the Assa Abloy mobile showroom’s is in the lot at Kenton Brothers you smell BBQ in the air, feel the first heat of Summer, and see customer’s being appreciated under our tent.

This year our customer’s are getting a special, added bonus visit from the Assa guys–a 2nd mobile showroom–where you will discover how to implement locking solutions to provide the right level of security to protect specific assets behind each and every door!

The ASSA ABLOY Intelligent Openings Showroom will present an overview of security technologies ranging from simple mechanical locks to the latest in highly intelligent locking solutions.  You will see, touch, experience, and demo:

  • Mechanical locks & keys.
  • Keypad locks.
  • Offline locks and eCylinders with audit trail functions.
  • Locks connecting to an IP network.
  • Open-architecture integrated wiegand locks and strikes with 3rd party software.
  • Campus security locks in offline, IP, and wifi configurations.
  • Intelligent doorway components to connect, communicate, and relay continuous status to your security network.

It’s bigger, sleeker, and has more innovative products than ever before.   Such exciting things going on around Kenton Brothers Inc….mark your calendar’s for October 8th and join us at 1718 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Mo 64108!

The KB Hide-Away makes it’s debut…..

The beautiful blue Kenton Brothers Hide-Away Shelter made it’s debut yesterday in Warrensburg, Mo. at the Claire McCaskill MO Procurement Conference.  It was a day filled with such noted speakers as Senator Claire McCaskill; Mr. Elliott Branch, Deputy Asst. Secretary of the US Navy; and Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force.  The day also included representatives from such noted organizations as the GSA, Boeing, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the SBA, and ATK Small Caliber Systems.  All in all, the room was filled with some very smart men and women!

Kenton Brothers brought a Hide-Away shelter painted in KB blue for a hands-on demo.  Though there were not many government buyers in attendance, nearly every one of those attendees have children or grandchildren they want protected in his or her school.  The shootings earlier this week at the University of Santa Barbara prove our society will always fight school violence; no matter where you live, no matter what age.  It’s not going away.

We debate gun control.   The media talks about better services for the mentally ill.  Experts discuss why no one ‘saw this coming’ when looking at past behavior of the shooter.  I say, wouldn’t it be easier to provide protection for the innocents?

$600.  $600 per student is approximately what it would take to save lives.  Compare that to the $16,833 per student a school district recently spent on a new athletic complex and renovations to a parking lot and cafeteria.  $30.3 million on athletics vs. $1.1 million to save 1800 lives.  3.6% of the spend on athletics and renovations could save the life of every student in that school.  Just something to think about…..



KB Engineers Attend the ISC West Trade Show in Las Vegas

Kenton Brothers is devoted to learning about new technology.  We work every day to ensure we are bringing you the newest and the best in available and emerging technologies.  To help meet this goal, Tom and Neal traveled to Las Vegas recently to attend the biggest security industry trade show:  ISC (International Security Conference) West.

ISC West is the security industry’s premier launching pad for new products, solutions and technologies in the US.  Each year, the convention hosts over 900 international and domestic security product manufacturers and over 23,000 security professionals.  One of the highlights of the show was the new Ocularis-X software which was the winner of SIA’s (Security Industry Association) New Product Showcase (NPS) Award for “Best Video Surveillance Wireless” .Ocularis-X enables users to perform live monitoring and synchronized playback of multiple megapixel cameras via any wireless device. Users are presented with much smoother video and are able to zoom into an image without losing detail, resulting in superior detection of incidents and identification of individuals. Compatible with all recent versions of Ocularis, Ocularis-X will also allow VSaaS (Video Surveillance as a Service) providers to deliver high-speed, high-resolution, multi-camera video to their clients.

In celebration of OnSSI’s 10th anniversary, clients can get special pricing on a Software Upgrade Plan.   Whether you have an existing SUP or even if you have never purchased one before, between now and July 31st of 2012 OnSSI is offering the latest version of Ocularis along with 2 years of upgrade  at a fraction of the normal price.  Your Kenton Brothers account manager would be happy to take a look at your Ocularis system and work up special pricing.  Just give us a call at 816-842-3700.