Mesh Without Wires

November 17, 2010

How to Use #WirelessWednesday to Connect with Wireless Industry on Twitter

#WirelessWednesday holds as special place in my Twitter experience since this was how @firetide got its first @ mention when the account was just starting out. We probably had a dozen followers at that time, so it was new and exciting to see the Firetide name mentioned (please excuse the sentimentality).

What is #WirelessWednesday?


WirelessWoman, founder of #WirelessWednesday - follow her!

#WirelessWednesday hash tag was started by @WirelessWoman, aka Kent Huffman, CMO of Bearcom. Bearcom is a long standing channel partner of Firetide’s; they are the integrator behind the Dallas PD video mesh project which I extensively covered on this blog. (See: Dallas Police Department Tour at ASIS 2010 and ASIS 2010 Dallas PD Tour Goes Mainstream, among others.) The hash tag is used much as #FollowFriday, but focuses on the wireless and mobile industry.

Why participate in #WirelessWednesday?

#WirelessWednesday is a great way to connect with other industry folks, see who is active on Twitter and find new people to follow who are interactive and are in the same industry that you are in. Firetide wireless list is up to 140 accounts, and that’s one of my core lists that I check on regular basis. You can find out interesting things that you might not pick up otherwise: who is getting acquired, what wireless events are going on, what interesting articles people are sharing, and more.

How to join in

Starting with #WirelessWednesday is easy: just recommend your favorite wireless accounts. I try to participate every Wednesday; occasionally I use both the corporate account @firetide and my personal account @kseniacoffman. I check the stream in the wireless list in my Tweetdeck client, and select the accounts which (1) tweeted recently (nobody wants to follow ‘twitter-quitters” who have not posted in weeks; (2) tweet predominantly on wireless topics; (3) are sharing useful information. Then I assemble my list of recommendations, which is very easy to do in Tweetdeck. Don’t forget to use add the #WirelessWednesday hash tag!

I also check on who I recently added to Firetide’s or my wireless list, pick a few most recent ones, and add a link to the lists themselves, as a way to offer more suggestions for people to follow.

Here’s the sampling of #WirelessWednesday tweets from today:

From @kseniacoffman:

From @firetide:

Recommendations from the personal account tend to me more ‘personal’ (wireless folks I know on twitter), while recommendations from the corporate account tend to include distributors, partners, media and analysts.

Convinced yet in the power of #WirelessWednesday? Join today!

For other posts on social media for B2B, see:

By Ksenia Coffman – Connect with me on Twitter or LinkedIn.

November 11, 2010

ASIS 2010 Dallas PD Tour Goes Mainstream

The Dallas PD tour at ASIS 2010 continues to garner coverage.

A local news web site Pegasus News picked up the video tour recorded by Steve Titch: Video: Watch criminals strike, from the Dallas Police’s point of view. The author notes:

“The video takes a look into the Dallas Police Department’s video surveillance operations center, toured by Titch on October 11 during American Society for Industrial Security international seminar. Titch is a Houston resident whose business is sharing information about the latest in surveillance. He tells me via email, “I posted the video because it provided difficult-to-get comments from police officers who could speak to their experience with the technology, as well as footage from the operations center itself. For my audience, the video provides an example of an up-to-date implementation of urban video surveillance built incrementally with fairly economical technology (wireless), a topic on which many are seeking more information.”

Security Management magazine, the official publication of ASIS, published a comprehensive story on Dallas security in its October issue, including the Dallas PD use of technology and their camera system. The story also covers the Cowboy Stadium security, Dallas Fusion Center, and provides more details on the role of Downtown Dallas Inc in downtown security: How Dallas Does Security. Quoting from the article:

City surveillance system. Cameras survey the area according to a programmed schedule, but they can only pan down and move side to side so as to protect the privacy of businesses and residents. “All we concentrate on is what is in the public view,” says Lieutenant Tony Crawford, who serves as watch commander and oversees the camera system.

“The main monitoring center is located in the Dallas City Hall along with the police 911 dispatch center. Another monitoring station is placed in the Dallas Fusion Center (more on this later). Approximately 35 police officers work in shifts of four to watch the cameras around the clock. Camera feeds are continuously recorded at 25 frames per second and stored for up to 14 days. According to Crawford, the high resolution helps police capture details such as license plate numbers.

Dallas Fusion Center. The Dallas Police Department’s Fusion Center was founded in 2007 and operated during business hours with three officers until last year when it received $3 million in federal grants under the Department of Homeland Security’s Urban Area Security Initiative. Now, with 35 officers assigned to the center, it operates around the clock analyzing news, local camera feeds, and national security information.

“Officers monitor more than 25 databases from computer screens located around the center. The video from the city’s camera system feeds into the center, and officers there can control the pan-tilt-zoom features of the cameras if necessary. Also, all 911 calls are fed into the center and recorded. Television screens carry CNN and other 24-hour news stations.”

Since we are on the subject of the Dallas PD tour, here’s a picture I took in the Camera Unit, showing a real-time zoom onto a license plate from the wireless-networked camera. I asked the camera operator to zoom in, and there was no lag or hesitation from the camera:

Camera zoom - Dallas PD ASIS 2010 tour

Camera zoom onto a license plate (click to enlarge)

For more posts from ASIS 2010, see:

By Ksenia Coffman – Connect with me on Twitter or LinkedIn.

November 5, 2010

Firetide is Hiring: Marketing, Finance, Inside Sales

Filed under: Housekeeping — kseniacoffman @ 9:01 am

Things must be picking up in the industry; in “signs of recovery,” we have four positions currently open. Click on the positions below for more information and how to apply:

• Marketing Specialist, Los Gatos CA

• Staff/Cost Accountant, Los Gatos CA

• Inside Sales Representative (2 positions)

If you know of someone who may be interested, please forward the the open positions on!

November 1, 2010

Dallas Police Department ASIS 2010 Tour – News Clip

A short clip by a local news station shot on the day of the Dallas PD ASIS 2010 tour. (None of the technology providers are mentioned, but at least the news anchor emphasized that the system is wireless.)

Click on the the clip above to play, or view on YouTube.

More Dallas PD tour coverage:

For more posts from ASIS 2010, see:

By Ksenia Coffman – Connect with me on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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