The Deadliest Tradeshow Booth?

By Brian Rhodes, Published Sep 24, 2013, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

The ASIS show floor is awash with new access control products, but Stanley Security's Iris Reader integrated door might be the deadliest. Mixing an iris reader with an automatic sliding door makes a cool booth gimmick but has little practical use in real life, and may actually do more harm than good. We break down this crazy idea in the following note.

The Booth Demo

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Comments (15)

How was traffic to the Stanley booth and this demo in particular? Quite frankly, even if it is a terrible real world solution, I doubt their marketing people care, as long as it dazzled dopey security managers.

I hate to admit this as I am about as anti-marketing as they come but John is right... As long as it generates interest marketing has won. Barf!

Actually double barf.

As a former Stanley employee the people in charge of security and their marketing are very "out there"

There service and installation departments would never be able to handle it

One other negative to add - people will have to remember to look up while entering, which is an unnatural thing to do. People will forget and then get confused / frustrated.... Err, I mean assuming this is intended as anything more than a booth trick.

I walked the show yesterday and was standing for a few minutes next to that door.

After about one minute I got a weariness feeling in my eyes.

I was wandering is the strong IR projector they are using directly into my eyes, safe?

I suspect it's the glare from the artificial lighting. Yet another reason why asking people to look up is a bad idea. Eyes are sensitive to too much light, whether from a lamp or the sun.

I tried for 15 minutes to get it to work for me. No luck even after registering several times.

Any input or thoughts on height of the person and ADA/wheelchair access concerns?

Wow, you are taking this seriously. I bet you also check to see if the Northern Video hoop is regulation height ;)

My bad... back to normally scheduled sarcasm. :-P

No read range on the iris camera is given, but certainly to meet ADA it would likely need alternative entry methods or input devices available.

I'm sure a blind individual would find this solution a significant barrier. The chuckleheads who derived this gimmick would surely presume 'separate, but equal' entrance provisions in the field.

Geordi La Forge disapproves.
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