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FEB 2018

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www.securitysystemsnews.com F E b RU a RY 2018 SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS news 6 Brandon Frazier Senior technology consultant, Elert & Associates Technology Consultants Stillwater, Minn. Specifically Speaking construction administration and system commissioning. What services does the com- pany provide? Elert & Associates, a True North company, is a multidisci- plinary independent technology consulting firm with in-house specialists in physical and elec- tronic security, inside and out- side plant cabling infrastructure, networking, wireless, public safety radio and communication systems, audiovisual, telecom- munications, data center, private and public cloud, and cyberse- curity. The services our clients enjoy can be grouped into five primary categories: assessments and planning, design and speci- fications, bidding and negotia- tions, project management and contract administration, and optimization and commission- ing. What vertical markets does the company specialize in? Elert & Associates and its par- ent company True North Con- sulting Group have a strong presence throughout the coun- try in markets including state, county, and city government agencies, K-12 and higher edu- cation, healthcare, and corporate projects. Any interesting projects that you can mention? We recently completed the US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, where we were engaged to design and specify the security systems a n d c o m m a n d a n d c o n t ro l spaces. Being from Minnesota, we were extremely honored to have such a critical role in this important project. The US Bank Stadium is a 66,000-plus seat, 1.75 million square foot, $1.1 billion-plus multi-purpose sta- dium and is the largest and most expensive construction project ever completed in Minnesota. It was built over the top of the old Metrodome, which was 900,000 square feet. I had the honor of being Elert's project manager and lead consultant from start to finish. Specific design goals were developed in Schematic Design. These design goals included 100% surveillance bowl cover- age at a minimum resolution of 45 pixels per foot (PPF), 100% PTZ coverage from all angles for lower and upper bowls, surveil- lance coverage at all entrances/ exterior doors at a minimum resolution of 50 pixels per foot, general continuous coverage of all concourses, PTZ coverage of large exterior plazas, and general continuous coverage of the site What's your role at the company? As senior technology con- sultant for Elert & Associates, a True North Company, my primary role is to serve as our security technologies subject matter expert. I consult on large complex security projects and specialty projects such as city, county wide and correctional security. These projects gener- ally consist of access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection, mass notification, cor- rectional PLC/HMI systems and intercom/PA systems. I am also responsible for our Division 27 and 28 specifications and their continued development. I work closely with our risk and vulnerability assessment group to provide services from identifying the risks in an assessment, mitigating those risks through design and speci- fication, competitively bidding, Sp E aki N g see page 8

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