Industry out to beat spies
IN the land of capitalism, keeping an eye on things has become increasingly important. A more competitive market in recent years has seen a rise in corporate espionage. Along with it, there has been a rapid rise in the level of sophistication of security technology.
From tomorrow until Thursday, the Asian security products' market will revolve around Hong Kong for Securitex 94 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Securitex 94, the 3rd Asian International Security, Safety and Fire Protection Show, features the entire spectrum of security items: electronic surveillance; security lighting; access control; computer security; property marking; and car security equipment.
Exhibitors include Chubb, Gammon Alarm, Guardforce, Honeywell and Shun Hing Technology. For the most security-conscious companies, Shun Hing Technology will be featuring Panasonic's high-end video surveillance equipment. It claims the WV-CS300 is state of the art in remote cameras. From a control centre, the operator can make this colour camera pan and tilt, zoom in to 10x-power and listen and speak through the camera unit.
It compensates for low light conditions and can adjust for a clear image of an object in shadow against a bright background. Shun Hing is pairing the unit with Panasonic's System 300 closed-circuit operating platform. The system provides for a network of up to 64 cameras within a 1.2-km range that can be operated and monitored from a single post.
Securitex 94's organisers call the show Asia's most important for the security industry. This year, the biennial event has attracted more than 100 exhibitors and is supported by The Security Association, a Hong Kong-based industry organisation, the Royal Hong Kong Police Crime Prevention Bureau and the International Professional Security Association. The trade show is part of the Elenex 94 group of trade shows for the electrical industries.