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SEP 2017

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www.securitysystemsnews.com S E p TEM b ER 2017 SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS news 6 At UCC, we are committed to providing you with the best monitoring services in the industry along with the resources you need to take your business to the next level. From the latest technology and services to industry-leading dealer support and training, nobody works harder for you than UCC. Make the move today and experience the UCC difference. UCC. MORE THAN MONITORING. Best-of-Class Resources Latest Technology Professional Marketing Customized Training Texas License B20576, ACR-2215/Florida License EF20001361/California License: ACO6132, ACQ5175 © 2017 United Central Control John Loud CEO LOUD Security "UCC IS CRITICAL TO MY BUSINESS GROWTH." JOIN US TODAY Become a UCC dealer and watch your business grow. www.teamucc.com 888.832.6822 DEALERS UCC 1 UNPARALLELED DEALER SUPPORT Ryan Schonfeld Founder and president, RAS Consulting & Investigations Hermosa Beach, Calif. Specifically Speaking footprint. Security is constantly evolving and we never want our clients to subscribe to the 'set it and forget it' model. RAS is also a licensed inves- tigations firm that works on employment cases, workplace violence/safety, fraud, due dili- gence and more. What vertical markets does the company specialize in? Any interesting projects that you can mention? RAS is industry agnostic and works with clients in education, entertainment, tech/startups, law, local government, logistics and more. Tech/startups are a focus for RAS due to their often rapid growth and need for sound poli- cies and best-practices that keep the company and its employees safe. How did you get started in security and designing/specify- ing? While I was a police officer I saw how far behind the crimi- nals we always were technologi- cally, which led me to obtain my master's degree in IT. Sub- sequently, I was accepted as an instructor in identification and seizure of digital evidence for the US Dept. of State—training foreign, ally countries on the topic. In my transition to the private sector, I managed investigations and then ran Global Security & Safety Technology for Fox. As an end-user, I found a significant gap in companies that under- stood current security technol- ogy, its impact on networks and cyber security, and how to truly use technology in conjunction with operations and procedures to run a cohesive security pro- gram. I founded RAS in 2014 to help close that gap. Can you talk about what new or emerging technologies you are seeing or specifying today? The answer varies a bit by industry, but one constant is a more unified approach to systems. More and more, our systems are providing value to departments outside of securi- ty and HR with analytics, heat mapping, people counting and more. Several markets, including gaming, are looking for facial- recognition products, but a key common issue is outdated tech- nology that either can't han- dle processing requirements, improperly placed cameras or resolution below the minimum requirements. Another trend that is gain- ing wider acceptance is the What's your role at the company? As the founder and president of RAS Consulting & Investiga- tions, I am in charge of day-to- day operations, overseeing new contracts and projects, working with existing clients to ensure we're continually adding value, and generally supporting the RAS team. What kinds of systems do you design/specify and what services does the company provide? RAS focuses on designing modern, technologically sound security systems and procedures that utilize best-practices, cyber security, and are designed with the company's culture in mind. A key RAS service offering is that of an outsourced security director for companies without the benefit of an in-house team. This enables us to be a true part- ner to our clients and help con- tinually improve their security S PE aki N g see page 9

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