IFSEC 2008

I’ve spent the last two days at the annual International Fire and SECurity (IFSEC) show in Birmingham.

I’m an old hand at it, having visited many times before. This year was definitely the year for launching H.264 video compression and Megapixel cameras.

Each year has its unofficial theme, in previous years it has been video analytics, MPEG4 compression, the DVR boom, day/night switching …….

Caveat emptor (or buyer beware) should be writ large above these new launches. Often the products you are shown are simply not actually available, in the worst cases they are still not available when IFSEC comes around in the following year. So, beware the vapour ware!!!

Equally worrying as you trawl the stands are the oft-heard quotes from the staff “I only saw this for the first time yesterday” / “we only finished the software on Sunday” / “the chap that can demonstrate that has just gone to lunch, can you come back later?”.

IFSEC remains a unique opportunity to see all the security market manufacturers side-by-side, and remains a must-see show for anybody in the business of selecting and specifying equipment.

More later ……



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