Security Systems News

FEB 2018

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Page 14 of 82 F E b RU a RY 2018 SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS news 8 eter gate and bollard control, badging system, and more. The project was done entirely in Autodesk Revit and consisted of over 150 sheets. How did you get started in security and designing/specify- ing? As a teenager I was really into computers, electronics and home/car audio systems. Yes, I was that annoying teenager in the car rattling your rear-view mirror at the stoplight. As I became more familiar with these systems, I started helping other people select the right equip- ment to meet their needs and budgets. Looking back, I real- ized I was already consulting and really had a passion for it. After high school and a short stint at a university, I found a unique program at Dunwoody College of Technology in Min- neapolis called Sound, Data parameter walkways and plazas. There were also 120 card read- ers, visitor management with government denied list integra- tion, video intercoms, and an intrusion detection system in the team store. The primary com- mand center had three primary operator stations using sit/stand consoles facing a 2x4 video wall with 55" thin bezel monitors. There were an additional 12 sec- ondary operator stations facing a 2x3 video wall with 55" moni- tors. The upper event command center had 16 operator stations facing a custom designed 2x5 video wall with 42" monitors. These command centers also included workstations and wall space for fire alarm, smoke con- trol, elevator control, HVAC, lighting, dock logistics, perim- SMOKE THE COMPETITION WITH UCC MORE THAN MONITORING. Texas License B20576, ACR-2215/Florida License EF20001361/California License: ACO6132, ACQ5175 © 2017 United Central Control DEALERS UCC 1 UNPARALLELED DEALER SUPPORT Since 1982, UCC has provided high quality contract monitoring services to alarm dealers throughout the country. Having the right monitoring partner is critical, but having a partner that does MORE THAN MONITORING can give you a greater competitive advantage. The UCC DEALERS FIRST program brings value to your company through experienced industry veterans who provide useful business insights, expert training, personalized support, and value-added services – all of which will help you succeed in your competitive marketplace. and Alarm System Design. This program was exactly what I was good at and had a real passion for. It was an amazing program where our text books included industry codes and standards documents such as the National Electrical Code, BICSI TDMM manuals and many of the ASIS publications. Our classes con- sisted of studying chapters in the manuals and performing designs based on what we learned. When I graduated in 2004, I was able to hit the ground run- ning at my first job as a junior project manager and designer at a technology contracting firm. I worked at that contracting firm for a year before working for a manufacturer designing fire safe- ty systems for a year. In 2006, the stars aligned and I was able to get my dream job as a truly independent consultant and have not looked back since! Can you talk about what new or emerging technologies you are seeing or specifying today? An emerging technology that I have been fascinated with is deep learning utilizing the massively parallel processing capabilities of graphics cards and other GPGPU based archi- tectures either on-premise or cloud-based. I believe these technologies are going to pro- vide us with analytics that are truly effective in proactively managing and classifying threats while reducing false positives. What is your view on the indus- try moving forward? I think we will see less stand- alone video surveillance systems used only for forensic investiga- tion and less standalone access control systems only used for the convenience of not hav- ing to lock and unlock doors manually. I believe we will see a continued and stronger focus on integrating systems together to provide enhanced abilities to proactively manage threats and alarms. Moving forward from there I believe we will see more security and business intelli- gence utilizing all the data these systems gather. There is so much information being generated by access control, intrusion detec- tions, video surveillance and other integrated technology systems that it becomes a real challenge to present all of that information to an operator in a useful and timely way. We can utilize the technology wisely to integrate all of this informa- tion and streamline workflows, improve efficiencies and in the end help our clients ensure bet- ter outcomes. —Paul Ragusa Specifically Speaking features Q-and- A with a different security consultant every month. Consultants are provided to Security Systems News by Securi- tySpecifiers. Speakin G Continued from page 6

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