Editor’s note: Trendsetters is a regular feature of Local Tech Wire, focusing on new technology, trends and emerging companies.Two booths seemed to really “capture” attendees strolling through the exhibit hall Wednesday at the B2T Conference at NC State’s McKimmon Center.

After all, in the days following 9/11/01, most people and companies do seem to take security more seriously.

Microstate Inc. and Abacus Research demonstrated computer-driven digital surveillance cameras installed for the event to showcase their latest technology. Both systems allow users to remotely view live or recorded video over the Internet from their home or office.

Microstate calls its system Multicam Remote Surveillance (MRS) and is just starting to market it after six months of development, according to technician Dominic Obermiller. Obermiller says the system, which ranges from one to 16 cameras, can be used for anything from daycare centers and apartments to construction sites and storage units. Next week, he says Microstate hopes to finalize its first customers for the MRS system.

“Multicam Remote Surveillance is cutting edge technology in video surveillance,” Tony Kattan, president and founder of Microstate, added. “Just as DVD is replacing VHS for movies, I believe that digital security cameras will replace traditional security systems, because the digital systems are so adaptable and have so many advantages.”

From its roots as an IT support company since 1995, Microstate made the transition into surveillance recently. The Raleigh-based company also provides system integration service, network integration and technical support.

Abacus began as an investigative firm in 1994, when Paul Seguin founded the company. What it calls the DVR remote video system was introduced last year. Two weeks ago, Abacus released an updated version of the system that works with Windows XP.

Seguin said his company’s DVR system is ideal for everything from gas stations to factories. One particular deal he points to that Abacus has is with Hickory-based Shurtape. Abacus, which has seven employees in Raleigh, is providing the adhesives company with an 18-camera system, Seguin said.

“We know what it takes to solve investigations,” said Seguin, who’s served in the military police and as a corporate investigator. “We build our own systems.”

Like Microstate’s MRS system, the DVR system from Abacus allows viewers to remotely connect to and view video via the Web on up to 16 cameras. Both systems also offer motion detection, which prevents the cameras from recording inactivity. The complete DVR system from Abacus costs approximately $5,000. Pricing for the MRS system from Microstate was unavailable.

Microstate Inc.: www.microstateinc.com

Abacus Research: www.abacuspi.com

B2T Conference: www.theb2tconference.com