I f I start off my morning saying “excuse me” to a robot, I know it’s not going to be a business-as-usual day. That was my welcome to ASIS 2016 in Orlando. The robot I brushed past, from Knightscope, was autonomously patrolling the entry of the convention center with an array of cameras and sensors, but thankfully no weapons (it looked more like R2-D2 than RoboCop). What struck me was how quickly I grew accustomed to the idea of robots strolling the hallway, observing and reporting. (I shouldn’t get too casual about it — one recently ran over a toddler in a mall.) But it was also a vivid example of how the Internet of Things (IoT) is so quickly becoming an accepted part of our everyday lives.

Both robots gathered a lot of interest from attendees. Many people stopped to take pictures with them.
Both robots gathered a lot of interest from attendees. Many people stopped to take pictures with them.

ASIS is the place to be for anyone responsible for integrating security systems into any infrastructure. Some 22,000 security professionals were there to discuss topics such as the rise of lone-wolf attacks, the risk of cyberattacks on infrastructure, and the need for greater public-private sector collaboration. These are the people who are on the front lines of our security in an increasingly hostile world, and they have a true passion for their role. Quantum was there, as were many of our surveillance and security partners that are part of our rapidly expanding partner ecosystem, including Aimetis, On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. (OnSSI), Qognify, and Verint, which have all recently certified their Video Management System (VMS) with Quantum offerings. Quantum was on hand in both the OnSSi and Axis booths to demonstrate the latest integration of our storage offerings with their VMS and security cameras, and to discuss how storage has become a foundational element of new security infrastructures.

One topic of discussion was how security environments have evolved from having dozens of cameras to incorporating tens of thousands of cameras and sensors with higher definition — and in places few dreamed of just a few years ago, such as parking meters or roaming robots. Security professionals are grappling with the challenge of aggregating disparate systems in an IoT world, including increasingly intelligent cameras. The ability to scale to address this proliferation of cameras and sensors makes the capabilities of Xcellis particularly interesting to this crowd. They also place enormous value on the ability to access this array of data from a single point of entry. This is not just a storage scope challenge, but a storage access and management challenge.

If you missed Quantum at ASIS, you can catch us at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in San Diego on October 16, the Secured Cities conference in Houston on November 15, and the International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC East) in New York on November 16. I’ll be the guy dodging security robots.

For more details about Quantum’s expanding partner ecosystem, check out http://investors.quantum.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=69905&p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=2200503

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