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In the second of a two-part interview, GlobeSt.com talks with Sean A. Ahrens, project manager, security consulting and design services of Chicago-based Schirmer Engineering, about the risks of beta technology and the issues it can pose for CRE professionals. Schirmer is part of Aon’s Global Risk Control and Engineering Group.

GlobeSt.com: What questions should CRE pros keep in mind to determine whether a technology is in beta testing?

Ahrens: They’re not so much questions, but signs to watch for. Ultimately, many security technologies are surrounding and embracing the use of TCP/IP. To the salesperson, it is simple plug-in technology. Rest assured that when a meeting to present the technology finally arrives, someone in addition to the sales person will greet you. This person will be furiously working to set-up the product, while the salesperson engages you in idle conversation–distracting you. That’s your first cue that you are dealing with beta-technology. Ask yourself, “If it is so easy to set-up, then why does there have to be a second person here?”

Here are some other things to watch for, which could mean that you are dealing with emerging or “bleeding” edge technology:

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