AI & Innovation at ISC West 2018

Casey with Kenny from our partner SnapAV

To say it felt ironic that the security industry’s largest trade show coincided with Mark Zuckerberg’s senate hearing would be an understatement. While most of ISC West’s featured exhibitors showcased technology focused on physical security, safety is an increasingly evolving playing field. We are in an age where the internet of things and personal data vulnerabilities present security challenges like never before.

However, as an attendee roaming the show floor there was plenty of intriguing technology to see. Between the meetings and networking, these are my takeaways from a couple of days in Las Vegas.

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It will be interesting to see how artificial intelligence is used by access control systems going forward. Not only to assess, but also to proactively automate responses depending on who is on the premises. With sensors collecting exterior data, like weather conditions, your home will have the ability to adjust its devices based off of environmental conditions when certain threshold values act as the trigger. For example, if the outside temperature goes over 100 degrees, then the data from your exterior sensor will provide feedback that will close the shades, dim the lights, and turn the thermostat down to keep your house cool.

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It seemed like every camera and access control system manufacturer was incorporating facial recognition in some way. Having the ability to know who is entering the home is especially interesting for us at Josh, since we want to automate experiences on a user by user basis. I was stopped in my tracks by a company out of Beijing whose chip technology provided not only face mapping, but also real time data about the characteristics of the subject. For example, the side of the screen started populating with information about me being 6'1, male, having brown hair, and wearing a black shirt.

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A primary concern in the connected home is the security of user data. The convergence of physical and digital security is an evolving challenge as more devices join the internet of things. While I kept an eye open for any updates or new solutions, the lack of companies addressing this challenge was noticeable.

Whether it was the autonomous robot cone gliding around the show or drones being able to adjust course based off of their various sensor readings, there’s plenty of exciting technology to be on the lookout for. At Josh, we are particularly interested in the coming advancements in sensor, user recognition, and remote access technology to give our clients and partners the best experience possible.

With only two days in Las Vegas it was difficult to fit in every meeting and networking opportunity. If we unfortunately did not have a chance to connect at ISC West, let us know if you would like to meet up at the CEDIA Business Xchange next month in Phoenix or InfoComm in Vegas!

Casey is a member of the Business Development team. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Casey graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration. A former collegiate athlete, he enjoys staying active and going on new adventures. is an artificial intelligence agent for your home. If you’re interested in learning more, visit us at

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