Secured Cities - Should You Go?

By Ben Wood, Published Nov 25, 2013, 12:00am EST (Info+)

Cities are huge users of surveillance, with controversial systems of hundreds and thousands of cameras commonplace. One U.S. show, Secured Cities, is attempting to specialize in city surveillance. We bought a ticket and headed over to the two-day event in Baltimore.

The show is a mixture of sessions, exhibits and optional tours. Unlike typical shows, the exhibit floor was secondary at this event. While it had a number of large vendors [link no longer available], they were small tabletop setups. The core of the show was the sessions [link no longer available] where attendees could pick from a number of choices each hour. We found some to be excellent and others terrible. A number were end user or consultant lead, offering highly informative seminars. Unfortunately, nearly an equal number where thinly veiled vendor marketing pitches (like one might listen to at an ADI demo day). For example, the Baltimore PSIM session started out promising with an introduction by the Baltimore PD, but turned into an informercial for Vidsys within minutes. A separate session linking bad posture to 9/11 was just bizarre.

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