|from DIVERDAN at IHUB|
Trebor209 and I went to the Convention Center in San Antonio today for the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) international convention. There were thousands of vendors there on a HUGE multi-floor facility that covered three attached buildings. All the big names were present including Panasonic, Sony, Pinkerton, Bruns, IDT, Samsung, 3M, Vicon, etc. We saw everything from bullet proof glass to armored cars, digital video cameras, safes, metal detectors, laser technology, home and industrial security systems and what we came there for - secureview.
We had to find a directory to find Seaview in the huge place. On the way to the seaview display #855 we came across the supercircuits display. In plain view on the shelf was a secureview outdoor camera.
I had a smile on my face and Trebor209 and I played dumb about the product as I approached the attendant. He was a young man about 22 years old and initially passive. We had the impression this was his first trade show. I asked him about the light bulb up on the shelf and he was surprisingly knowledgeable on the secureview product. He explained it was a "hidden camera" inside a light bulb and all you needed to do was "Screw it in, plug in the box, and connect the box up to a TV or monitor". He explained that it needed no additional wiring and worked off existing wiring in any house or business. He had the sales pitch down as if he had said it a few times before. I asked the guy how much it cost and he had to ask his partner for cost. The supercircuits catalog had it listed for $499 but the guy explained it was $399 and not $499. He also said it was a popular item.
We made our way around and found the seaview display and were greeted by Mike whom we later learned was the COO. Next to him and talking with another visitor was George the CEO. A parking lot camera was on display along with the outdoor and indoor versions of secureview and a secureview was connected up to what I would call a mechanics style drop light. You could pick the light up and point the secureview and watch the display monitor.
Each of the thousands of displays there had multiple outlets for 120v electricity. There had to be 5,000+ electrical connections easily, maybe more. With all this potential interference around the secureview, the picture was very sharp and clear. I was able to point the camera at my name tag and read the fine print on my name tag from the TV monitor.
The secureview display was impressive. George read my name tag (I assume), extended his hand and began with "Hi Dan, Congratulation on the world record dive". He was well aware of the dive and the fact we used seaview cameras for the event. I was impressed with his demeanor and customer awareness.
I spent about 40+ minutes at the display talking with both George and Mike. During this time there were several inquiries from visitors including one guy from a security firm in California. He interrupt the conversation I was having with George by saying "Hey, I saw this in popular Science". He was interested in getting the secureview for installation with his home security business in California. I saw the company name of "HCIC" on his name tag but do not know what company it was. I didn't want to interrupt the productive talk between him and George and walked over to Mike for more jabber.
Mike said he had invested a great deal in SEVU and was very much looking forward to the next six months. He said the Wal-Mart system was working great and in less than 45 days the technical staff at SEVU had figured out how to make secureview work on the 440 system. George showed me pictures of the Wal-Mart parking lot with the secureview mounted on the light poles. I asked the next logical question - "If the system will work on 440, will it work on everything in between?". Mike and George both said yes and with what they had learned while putting in the Wal-Mart system, it would not take long to adjust the system to other voltages.
I also saw one secureview on display that I had not seen before. This was a secureview mounted in a black square brace with a strange mount. George produced the display and explained it was for track lighting. Upon closer inspection, it was clear that the camera was on a 90 degree twist track lighting system which George explained was for some "Haggar" clothing stores.
Mike named several pending contracts and was very excited about the outlook for the company. I mentioned to Mike how much I had invested in SEVU and told him that I was considering purchasing more stock since the price was very low, and before the anticipated SEVU stock boom. Mike said with a straight face, "You better hurry".
I was glad to see that the secureview was in a sturdy plastic housing and not glass as I had anticipated a light bulb to be. When I asked how study the secureview was, George grabbed the outdoor version off the table and dropped the bulb from chest height onto the floor. The bulb bounced twice and rolled in a circle. I picked it up and it worked fine.
I came away from the meeting with Mike and George with very positive vibes on the management, product, and company. This company is for real and enormous potential. By the time some of you read this message, I will have already purchased more SEVU stock, and will continue to do so. Trebor209 is doing the same.
As Mike said at the convention... "You better hurry".