Security Systems News

JUL 2017

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www.securitysystemsnews.com July 2017 SEC u RIT y S y STEMS NEWS NEWS 6 What Happens Next May Save Lives Two-Way, Mass-Communication System with Live Video Access Chicago Washington D.C. Detroit Los Angeles Milwaukee Multi-media technology improves communication and can make police response more effective during an active-shooter situation or other severe emergency. For more info about Incident Command and Control, visit EM24.US, contact our Sales Department at 1-800-800-3624 or email Sales@emergency24.com. Damon Sickmon Principal, Rykartan Consulting Loveland, Colo. Specifically Speaking though we are always open to new challenges. Any interesting projects that you can mention? Viega, the international manu- facturer of plumbing and HVAC solutions from Germany, is build- ing their new headquarters facility in the Denver Metro area. I think it's fascinating that a company that started out making beer taps in Germany back in 1899 now has a world-class facility here in Colo- rado. Some of our projects have inter- esting aspects to them—like how to prevent a potential espionage threat via drone, or how to quickly respond to threats based on audio signatures. How did you get started in security and designing/specifying? I came into security during col- lege working in a central station. That particular company wanted to expand into the fire alarm indus- try and, being the only employee with any AutoCAD experience, I was soon designing and drafting fire alarm systems as a NICET III designer. Shortly thereafter I was designing and drafting access con- trol and intrusion detection systems as well. That started back in 1991. I moved to consulting 20 years later. Can you talk about what new or emerging technologies you are see- ing or specifying today? I am a big proponent of energy savings and I feel that the energy/ cost reduction gained from some of the newer Power over Ethernet security products has been hugely rewarding for my clients. I wel- come products that will decrease my client's long-term security costs through a reduction in power con- sumption while still meeting the functional requirements of a mod- ern security system. I have seen more and more manufacturers offering sustainable solutions and I hope that trend continues. What is your view on the industry moving forward? Unfortunately, there will always be a need for security. However, technology is ever evolving and I credit the manufacturers for taking a larger holistic view of security and creating new ways to interface the many disparate systems that provide the technological side of a security system. More manufacturers are mak- ing their APIs available and have become very open to interfacing with products that may actually belong to a competitor. Ultimately, this benefits the end users and those are the guys working the hardest to keep our world safe. —Paul Ragusa Specifically Speaking features Q-and-A with a different security consultant every month. Consultants are provided to Secu- rity Systems News by SecuritySpecifiers. What's your role at the company? In addition to my title as prin- cipal, I am also the senior security consultant. I spend most of my time being "hands on" with our clients ensuring we are documenting their needs and requirements. What kinds of systems do you design/specify and what services does the company provide? I design and specify access con- trol systems, video surveillance sys- tems (including the software, serv- ers, and cameras) intrusion detec- tion systems, intercom systems, and emergency communications. In addition to providing security design to both end users and the A/E market, we provide threat and risk assessment along with present security system evaluations. What vertical markets does the company specialize in? Higher education, state and local government, and healthcare have been our primary verticals lately,

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