Security Technology Executive

NOV-DEC 2017

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www. • November/December 2017 • SECURIT Y TECHNOLOGY E XECUTIVE 21 The facility opened in 1988 and a cco rd i n g t o b o t h Wyd i ck a n d Pronschinske, the technology had remained frozen in time. From the door controls to the video system, it was substandard technology. "Technology has just changed so drastically since then. Everything in the facility was analog , it was all hardwired. The door controls were hardwired to these dip- switch control panels that allowed you to open and close doors using a physical switch," explains Pronschinske, who saw the team reuse a substantial amount of the existing coax cable infrastructure while tearing out the existing mechan- ical dip- switch panels and replacing them with computer touchscreens. Also, the entire camera system was all analog and had no recording features. "That is a major liability in 21st- century corrections. There are so much more liability concerns in today 's correctional facilities than there were in the late 1980s. The gen- eral practice now is you put an inmate on camera from the time he enters your facility all the way through the time he's released. All movements and what he's doing need to be recorded. It is done to protect that county from any potential liability related to each inmate and the inmates themselves," Pronschinske adds. Schechter adds that his facil - ity team had involvement in talking about the functionality and program- ming that they wanted. " We would then turn that over to Jeff and tell him what our vision and ideas were and he would wind the reality stand around that letting us know what we could actually do." SECURITY THAT SCALES SECURING A COMMERCIAL PROPERTY? GO WIRELESS. Chances are, your application has a wireless solution . Copper Theft Alarm APPLICATION Find out today! Tell us about your project at: or 800.782.2709, ext. 1. Intrusion Alarms, Panic Alarms, Environmental Sensors • Simple and flexible integration • Single facility to campus coverage • Mission-critical reliability Commercial Security: EN1210 Single Input Universal Transmitter • Mounting bracket included for quick and easy installation • Can be used with almost any standard NO/NC contact • Fully supervised • Includes case tamper protection Request information: Inside the End-User/ Consultant/Integrator Relationship In a project of this size and complex- ity, the systems integrator counts on a quality security consultant and detail- oriented A&E team since the job is mostly specification-driven. "As an integrator on this project, we followed the lead of the consultant {Jeff } and did our best to meet the specs that were laid out. When plan- ning the job we looked at the totality of the system," explains Wydick. " We con- sider it one system although there are many facets that are involved in access control, door controls, and video and so on. It is an integrated system that is completely interconnected, communi- cating and working together to eventu- ally reveal the final product." In addition to an antiquated elec- tronic security system, the project also involved a complete renovation of the existing master control, construction of new security electronics equipment rooms, and implementation of a cen- tralized UPS system. Security systems for the detention market differ from those used in commercial sectors. Both correctional and commercial grade security systems involve the integra- tion of low voltage security systems under a single GUI (Graphic User Interface). In commercial markets, security integration is accomplished using the card access controllers that alarm to card access subscription PCs. In detention markets, security inte- gration is accomplished using a PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) and industrial-grade relays that alarm to touchscreen workstations. The backbone of a detention-grade security system is its PLC Controller. Like 911 centers, jails are 24/7/365 high- security facilities that cannot be shut down during the construction period.

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