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NOV-DEC 2014

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November/December 2014 • SECURITY TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE 19 www.SecurityInfoWatch.com Situational Awareness AGRC Security and QP worked closely to identify a monitoring approach that would support super- vision and monitoring for the existing site and the estimated 3,000 additional cameras that were monitored at off-site locations. The security control center is the nerve center for the project and is powered by a state-of-the-art, redundant security operations room which sup- ports supervisory situational awareness via three ergonomic Evans consoles, while 10 20-inch LCD monitors provide direct access to camera, access control, and visitor management systems via 15 workstations. All operators have visual access to the video wall via 10 Mitsubishi DLP thin beveled mon- itors for a fluid arrangement of any video source. The heart of the system (head-end equipment) is located in a data center, where the security systems — primarily the video storage — take up 10 full- height, extra-deep equipment racks for the Honey- well MAXPRO Video Management System R-400 camera servers. The Complete Program The security installation contractor, JBK Controls, is using Aon's integrated design to implement the technology solution. JBK Controls, headquartered in Qatar, is one of the largest systems integrator of life safety, IT software and services, building man- agement and security systems in Qatar. "Our people design, maximize and extend prod- uct applications, and manage projects with good governance and controls to deliver on time and budget," says Rajan Jagdish, JBK's Director for IT and security. "Our customized software solutions reduce operating expenses by simplifying and inte- grating the user interface — minimizing the skill levels needed and reducing training hours." ❚ vehicle lanes were modified to prevent acciden- tal or deliberate vehicular access to the parking garage from the public street. The team developed a plan that would lever- age technology and the effective use of guard booths. The plan used active transponders to validate access for vehicles authorized to access the site. Figure 1 below, illustrates the successful approach. Authorized vehicles (green) entering the site, would pass over a vehicle loop pres- ence sensor. The vehicle presence sensor would activate a long-range RFID access control read- er, which authorized the vehicle and shunted the alarm for a second presence sensor that the vehicle would cross immediately after the first sensor. In the event that the second presence sensor was activated without being shunted, then video would be simultaneously activat- ed for the area so security could approach the vehicle to manually process the vehicle or have the person present their ID badge to authen- ticate access (orange). This process envisioned individuals who either forgot their transpon- ders or the transponder malfunctioned. The process also envisioned random screening and a method for reintegrating vehicles that were authorized to access the site either by present- ing a personal credential or after the initial screening point. The innovative part of this design used cars entering the auto-court as a natural vehicular barrier and traffic calming element. When cars were not authenticated to be on-site, they were dismissed back onto the public drive (red). Compartmentation Another major challenge for this project was space planning. While pedestrian and vehicu- lar access was important, understanding where people were allowed to go once they gained access to this facility was equally important. First, security zoning diagrams were developed to clearly annotate public/quasi-public and secure areas. These color-coded drawings were instrumental in recognizing the locations for access control, but additionally identified life safety and egress concerns. Design planning progressed rapidly based on these diagrams which also defined vertical and horizontal access segregation. Separate shuttle elevators were provided for the parking areas to prevent direct access to the tower and access control readers were placed in the stair enclo- sures at every floor entrance/exit for each of the nine towers. A distributed common loca- tion for access control panels and links to QP's computer network was established. Space plan- ning was also addressed. Project Partners: • Aon Global Risk Consulting/ Security Design • JBK Controls • KEO International Consultants • Evans Consoles • HID Global • Honeywell Security Systems • Pelco Figure 1: QP's approach to vehicle security. SECURITY INNOVATION AWARD GRAND PLATINUM PROJECT About the Author: Sean Ahrens, CPP, BSCP, CSC is the Practice Leader for Security Consult- ing & Design at Aon Global Risk Consulting|Security Consulting & Design.

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