Against my wishes on a September weekend I found myself, wife and daughter at a little soiree called “RiotFest 2014.” Seven stages, four inches of mud, and 120 dB of 30-plus punk rock bands for three days in Humboldt Park in Chicago. The crowd was huge, more than 20,000 people on Sunday. I had managed to get out of going on Friday and Saturday, but my attendance was mandatory for the Sunday Cheap Trick show. The attendees sported bizarre hairdos, lots and lots of tattoos, and apparently some people think that they can now self-medicate because Illinois recently passed a medical marijuana law.
Technology certainly has changed our lives. I remember family car trips in the 1960s when we had three kids fighting in the back seat while my father insisted that we make 350 miles between bathroom stops.
My recent visit to the ASIS show in Chicago demonstrated that my “18-year-old” brain just does not work the way it did when I was younger. Walking through the show, I saw a number of people that I’ve known in our industry for many years, but in many cases I could not remember their names.
Recently I have started watching a show on the Travel Channel called “Hotel Impossible.” The star is Anthony Melchiorri, a hyper fellow who helps old hotels freshen up their look, straighten out their personnel, and increase their bookings and profits.
This past Christmas was another networking nightmare for this security professional. After the boxes and wrapping paper have been recycled, I am left with my family members demanding that I hook up their new devices to the existing Wi-Fi wireless LAN in our house.
The tremendous market penetration of smart handheld telephones and tablet computers has developed a growing market for the ubiquitous apps: software programs specially written to function on smart devices. Virtually every human endeavor now can be tested, timed, or planned using an app, including where to eat, when your train should arrive, and whether you should listen to ZZTop or Justin Bieber.
The older I get the more stuff I accumulate. And while the saying goes that “opposites attract,” it turns out that my lovely wife and I are both minor league pack rats who keep just about everything; anyone for a Motorola brick cell phone, circa 1989?
There has been an avalanche of media material regarding the Navy Seals after their successful mission against Osama Bin Laden. Tell-all books, movies and television shows have been presenting America’s elite warriors, with details regarding their missions and training activities. I’ve read or watched them all, mostly while sitting at Midway Airport waiting for my next flight out of town.
Having watched the electronic security industry grow over the past 35 years, I found that what happened in the 1980s is here again. Before the introduction of the digital communicator around 1977, each alarm company had its own central station with leased, direct-wire types of connections to clients’ systems.