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AUG 2019

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www.securitysystemsnews.com a U g UST 2019 SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS news 4 Nicholas M. Stefantsiv Senior Technology Systems Specialist Beta Consulting Engineers Boston Specifically Speaking What is your overall role at the company? I design and manage any low voltage systems in our Boston office projects, and collaborate with all of Bala's Technology Systems group team members in other offices. What vertical markets does the company specialize in? Any interest- ing projects that you can mention? With offices along the east coast, Bala is highly diversified and designs projects for the com- mercial, high-rise, multi-family residential, higher education, K-12, mission-critical, healthcare and transportation markets. Our Boston office specializes in educa- tion, transportation, corporate and residential high-rise facilities. One of my current projects is the new 445,000 square foot Belmont High School in Belmont, MA. Bala is providing security design ser- vices as well as MEP/FP engineer- ing design for the new high school. Prior to joining Bala I worked on several State of Massachusetts courthouses, federal facilities, medical projects and a fire fighters training facility in Qatar. One of the most interesting medical projects I've worked on was The Pavilion at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. lance (CCTV), X-Ray scanners, gates and guard houses. How did you get started in secu- rity? During the financial crisis of 2007-2008 I was working for a previous employer designing tele- communication systems for similar clients and was asked to take on security design work. Since then it has been my passion to work with our clients to help them protect their assets.. What new technologies are you seeing today? We are starting to specify more and more mobile credential solu- tions. With everyone attached to their mobile devices they are guar- anteed to take better care of those vs. their plastic security cards or tags. The technology is still matur- ing but already provides excellent solutions in multi-application use for college/university markets and long-range reader applications. Some of our clients ask for facial recognition solutions instead of physical credentials. The applica- tion and products for this technol- ogy are still emerging and haven't reached a solid foothold in the industry yet. We are watching it carefully, especially with some jurisdictions outright banning the use of technology. The next two years will be very interesting for facial recognition products and solutions. What is your view on the industry? I see the electronic security sys- tems completely morphing and becoming one with IT departments within every company or institu- tion. If not already, Corporate IT is taking over all of the security devices — since they are all IP endpoints. And with that — the cybersecurity risks are becoming exponential. Historically, Corpo- rate IT has been positioned and trained much better to deal with cyber-security threat. Another big buzzword now in security industry is AI. Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Real- ity are here to stay. How exactly the security industry leverages both remains to be seen. But we already see excellent examples of AI and machine learning from companies like BriefCam and others. SSN —Paul Ragusa Specifically Speaking features Q-and-A with a security consultant provided to SSN by SecuritySpecifiers. JOIN US TODAY Discover how UCC can help you grow your business. www.teamucc.com | 888.832.6822 © United Central Control. Texas: B20576, ACR-2215 | Florida EF20001361 | California: ACO6132, ACQ5175 To learn more about the GYB program and its creator, Ron Bowden, visit: www.teamucc.com/GYB Companies to grow their business with in demand services and technologies that build their business portfolio. Owners to make informed business decisions that increase their bottom line and eliminate obstacles. Managers with expert training using proven techniques that helped create more than 300,000 accounts. MORE THAN MONITORING . Since 1982, UCC has provided alarm dealers with high quality contract monitoring services and industry leading dealer support that empower companies to successfully grow their business. Our Grow Your Business workshop series is designed with the dealer in mind to:

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