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SEP 2018

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Page 11 of 35 S EPTEMBER 2018 SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS news 8 Anthony Frassetta Sr. security and telecommunications specialist—Aviation Division, Burns Engineering Inc. Philadelphia Visit us at GSX 2018 | Las Vegas, NV | Booth 2859 | 25-27 September ComNet is Your Solution for Fiber Optic, Copper and Wireless Transmission The transmission products you choose today will affect how well your network performs tomorrow. ComNet offers the most comprehensive line of products designed to solve every transmission challenge. Your Transmission Challenge has always been Getting Your Audio, Video, Data and Ethernet Signals from Here to There. The Shortest Distance Between Two Points View the Full Product Line at and Identify the Fiber Optic, Copper or Wireless Connectivity Solution for your Application Contact the ComNet Design Center Now for Free Design Assistance. Call 1-888-678-9427 or 1-203-796-5300 or email designcenter@comnet. net Visit Email Phone 1-203-796-5300 Toll Free 1-888-678-9427 Specifically Speaking How did you get started in secu- rity and designing/specifying? I started working for a spe- cial systems integrator in the early '70s. By the early '80s I was recruited by an architectural and engineering firm that specialized in pharmaceutical and pilot plant design. After spending 5 years under the mentorship of some very seasoned architectural and engi- neering professionals learning the proper preparation of construc- tion documents, I took a position with a major fire alarm manufac- turer where I spent another 10 years as a field engineer reviewing bid documents and managing fire alarm projects. In the year 2000, I went back to the architectural and engineer- ing industry where I've spent the last 18 years in the role as a senior engineering specialist in the design and specifying of the full range of fire, security and telecommunications systems for all types of occupancies. Can you talk about what new or emerging technologies you are seeing or specifying today? On the telecommunications side, we see more and more deployments of passive optical networks in lieu of the tradition- al copper/fiber networks. We also see a higher level of convergence of disparate TCP/IP based plat- forms across all technologies and systems. In the security industry, we see a greater demand for integrated security platforms that provide situational awareness in real time across all security applications requiring us to design and specify more integrated platforms in sup- port of multiple security technolo- gies as access control, perimeter intrusion detection, video surveil- lance, video analytics and artificial intelligence. What is your view on the industry moving forward? Almost two decades ago we saw what the industry called "convergence," a term that came to mean where traditional fire, security, and telecommunications systems no longer functioned as independent systems and began embracing a common topography such as TCP/IP based protocols. Today, with the advent of a new catch phrase "Internet of Things" the concept of "convergence" in no longer just a buzzword but a reality. —Paul Ragusa Specifically Speaking features Q-and- A with a different security consultant every month. Consultants are provided to Security Systems News by Security- Specifiers. What kinds of systems do you design/specify and what services does the company provide? Burns is an engineering consult- ing firm specializing in the design and application of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protec- tion and technology systems. What vertical markets does the company specialize in? Burns' primary market seg- ments are transportation (rail and aviation) and specialty occupancies in the areas of higher ed., and laboratories design work. Any interesting projects that you can mention? Burns has several large air- port projects currently underway such as the New South Terminal at Orlando Airport and the New Terminal A project at Newark, as well as a number of significant expansion projects at Nashville and Houston airports to name a few.

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