If you’ve never been toSecurity Essen, it’s quite the experience. By far one of the largest trade fairs for security technology in the world, the event is a global security microcosm, attracting over 39,000 attendees from 115 countries.
Security Essen takes place every two years. Prior to this year, my last trip to Security Essen was back in 2008. I can say quite emphatically that a lot has changed since then.
Four years ago, you would be hard pressed to find a single PSIM solution on display at the show, let alone hear the term “PSIM” uttered in conversation.
By sharp contrast, this year PSIM was a big topic of conversation on the show floor, so much so that companies that wouldn’t be considered PSIM in the true sense of the word were scurrying to re-invent themselves and ride along on the coat tails of PSIM. Interestingly, this phenomenon was not unique to Security Essen. My NICE colleague in the U.S., Dr. Bob Banerjee, observed a similar craze at ASIS 2012 in September.
Fortunately, I also observed that the buyers that came to Security Essen were a lot more informed and educated about PSIM. They were especially keen on the differences between PSIM and Video Management Systems, which VMS companies often try to liken to PSIM.
Dr. Bob Banerjee did a great job of shining a light on these fundamental differences in a Security InfoWatch article. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to read it and learn more.