4 Can’t-Miss ISC West Sessions on Security Systems Design

ISC West 2021 is coming up July 19-21 in Las Vegas, and the Security Industry Association (SIA) and ISC West recently revealed full conference details for the SIA Education@ISC West program, including keynote presentations from top luminaries and 65+ sessions on the most current business trends, technologies and industry developments.

Among the robust lineup of conference sessions are several dynamic presentations sharing expert guidance on designing security systems that are ready for the future. At ISC West, you’ll discover how to standardize system design and explore the impact of digital transformation and emerging technologies on physical security systems. Here are four sessions you won’t want to miss; make sure to add them to your ISC West calendar!

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How Physical Security Is Quickly Transforming to Business Intelligence

Wednesday, July 21
9:45-10:30 a.m.

Technology continues to evolve at an incredible pace driven by advancements of the Internet of Things (IoT), analytics and artificial intelligence (AI)-driven devices and software. New and emerging intelligent edge solutions, processors and algorithms, sensor technologies and software solutions like access control, health monitoring and numerous analytics deliver extreme levels of detection and situational awareness for conventional security applications, while providing data for business intelligence applications across virtually every vertical market. This is dramatically changing the overall technology landscape and industry dynamic with myriad benefits across the enterprise.

“The business of physical security is rapidly shifting to ‘business insights and intelligence,’” said speaker Kasia Hanson. “The amount of data and the use of technology to extract business intelligence in physical security is advancing with the use of AI.”

In this session, experts from leading industry solution providers will discuss how this significant shift in mindset impacts and benefits chief security officers and chief information officers, citing actual use case deployments.


  • William Brennan, president, Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions Corporation of America
  • Bud Broomhead, CEO, Viakoo
  • Kasia Hanson, global IoT partner sales director, video, safe cities and sports, Intel
  • Kurt Meason, vice president, technology and product support, Boon Edam

How Emerging Technologies Are Shaping the Future of Physical Security

Wednesday, July 21
11:00-11:45 a.m.

During this session, panelists will discuss the emergence of 5G somewhat constructively and break down common misconceptions about what 5G networking brings to the security industry.

Panelists will also discuss the rising trend of virtualization and hybrid-cloud storage, as it has revolutionized the way we work, both at home and in the office. While the shift to the cloud and a more virtual workspace has had a significant impact on the way people work, it will have an even more substantial impact on AI and machine learning in the future. The future implication of this technology will also be discussed, along with how to differentiate what data should move to the cloud or stay on premises.

“5G has the potential to be a massive enabler driving storage,” said speaker Maureen Carlo, director of strategic alliances at BCD International, Inc. “With the growth of IoT and AI, the demands on storage and integration will be key as we continue to converge physical security systems to leverage the copious amounts of data being produced. For this session, we’ve brought together powerful partners to deliver an insightful conversation about positive market disruption, including virtualization and its impact on public, private and hybrid cloud networks – as well as methodologies for distinguishing which data should be stored on premises versus in the cloud.”


  • Maureen Carlo, director of strategic alliances, BCD International, Inc.
  • Darren Giacomini, director of advanced systems architecture, BCD International, Inc.
  • Brian Karas, vice president, sales, Airship
  • Lance Kelson, executive vice president, Tiger Technology

Multi-Site Security in a Post-Pandemic World: How to Standardize System Design

Monday, July 19
2:30-3:15 p.m.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, enterprise security leaders felt pressure to standardize their system design across multiple sites. Doing so strengthens security, speeds crisis response, simplifies operations and streamlines budgeting and planning processes. It also prepares the organization to confirm security and risk compliance at a moment’s notice. In a post-pandemic world, it’s even more important to carefully manage physical security across sites. Vulnerabilities have emerged, such as disparate systems across sites that cannot be centrally monitored. In addition, digital transformation has become an imperative, especially for remote collaboration and management. This session addresses how to standardize your approach to system design, whether you are managing a handful of sites or hundreds of locations locally or globally, providing a look at collaboration technologies and processes that make working with your vendor and subcontractor ecosystem quicker and more secure and effective.


  • Chris Hugman, CEO, System Surveyor
  • Rob St. Jean, senior safety and security manager, Boston Consulting Group
  • Ken Walker, director, enterprise security, safety and systems, Assurant

Digital Transformation for a Safer World: Integrated Systems Design

Wednesday, July 21
1:00-1:45 p.m.

True intelligent buildings respond to the needs of occupants and society, promoting the well-being of those living and working in them and providing value through increasing staff productivity and proper management tools for environment monitoring. Intelligent buildings take into consideration the business context of the building as well as cultural changes affecting the way people live and work. The importance of an integrated approach to design and management and the benefits technological developments can bring in developing sustainable buildings that meet users’ direct and indirect needs. This session will discuss the importance of user-centered design and digital transformation technologies in the successful implementation of intelligent systems to create an environment capable of continually interacting with occupants to optimize environment management.


  • Sheldon Gabriel, chief technology officer, Ai-tronics Systems LLC

Learn more about SIA Education@ISC West, view the full session lineup and register for the conference on the ISC West website.