Security Technology Executive

NOV-DEC 2016

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Page 22 of 71 • November/December 2016 • SECURITY TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE 23 but 10 years later, it's completely obsolete because it so severely limits our options and ability to respond to a changing landscape," recalled Grace. Other major vendor partners in the LPS project included Open Options, Aiphone, and Altronix for access control, while Bosch, Inovonics, and Optex handled intrusion detection. Staying Well Ahead of Obsolescence In the past, there were significant challenges that arose when school districts deployed security tech- nology. Often the older technology did not evolve with new threats and as a result became obsolete. A school district can overcome obsolescence by utiliz- ing a PoE infrastructure for its security technology deployments. PoE allows a school district to adopt non-proprietary technologies for access control, IP cameras, Intercoms, duress, asset protection, mass notification, to name a few. As a result, the school district is able to immediately adapt and mitigate new vulnerabilities. "As we looked out over the technology supplier landscape, we were looking for companies that were consistently evolving their technologies. In doing so, we could evolve alongside our chosen technol- ogy providers. Now, we can implement in different schools and move equipment around. Without PoE, we simply could not evolve. We're not stuck like 10 years ago, as long as the makers continue to innovate. We're avoiding being stagnant, and using our capital reserve money to invest for the future. We can now afford to do things we could never do before," said Grace. "Our overall security goal is pretty simple: we must have quality technology delivering quality results because we cannot have a successful educa- tional experience without safety and security well taken care of." TECHNOLOGY PARTNER S' CONTRIBUTIONS Physical Security Information Management System Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) is a category of software that provides a platform and applications created by middleware develop- ers, designed to integrate multiple unconnected security applications and devices and control them through one comprehensive user interface. It col- lects and correlates events from existing disparate security devices and information systems (video, access control, sensors, analytics, networks, build- ing systems, etc.) to empower personnel to identify and proactively resolve situations. PSIM integration The team that spearheaded the LPS security project: (left to right) Race Seymore, Project Manager from Linx, Joe Currier Project Manager from Linx. Guy Grace, Director of Security for Littleton Public Schools and Johnathan Hasserd, Project Manager for Beacon Communications. Photo Courtesy of LPS

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