Security Systems News

MAR 2018

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Page 10 of 36 Ma RC h 2018 SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS news 6 LEARN MORE @ IPDATATEL.COM/HELIX The Helix wireless security and automaঞon system see everything that is going on in the home but is virtually unseen. • No more unsightly panels on the wall • Place Helix discreetly anywhere in the home • Give your customers instant control Simple Installaঞon Smart Controls Flexible Configuraঞon SMART. SECURE. SIMPLE. New Name Coming Mid-March. Learn More — Visit ipDatatel and Resoluঞon Products have merged to form one great company. SMART. SECURE. SIMPLE. Jeff McCormack AVP technical leader/sr. program manager, AECOM Baltimore Specifically Speaking procurement and contracts man- agement, project performance and compliance, contractor/subcontrac- tor solicitation, qualification and selection. What kinds of systems do you design/specify and what services does the company provide? AECOM provides a vast array of services including design, engineer- ing and architectural services. My division, Transit Rail, Systems Engi- neering, designs and specifies com- munications (LAN, WAN, WLAN, LMR, telephone), CCTV, access control, public address, SCADA, fare collection, infotainment, fire alarm/management, signaling sys- tems and operations control cen- ters. What vertical markets does the company specialize in? AECOM covers cities, commer- cial & residential, governments, healthcare, industrial, leisure and hospitality, oil, gas and chemicals, power, sports and venues, transpor- tation (rail, surface and aviation) and water. Projects that we are intimately involved with include the MTA Purple Line; LR Overhaul; METRO Signaling and Systems replacement; and the BUS Unified Systems Archi- tecture. How did you get started in secu- rity and designing/specifying? I started out as a chemical plant engineer designing SCADA systems for reactors. I then went on to speci- fying/designing comms enterprise/ LAN/WAN networks which pro- gressed to MBS, PA systems, CCTV systems for the Port Authority NY/ NJ. Then I moved to AECOM where I continued to specify and design systems for Transit includ- ing Fire Alarm, LMR, CAD/AVL. Can you talk about what new or emerging technologies you are seeing or specifying today and how those are changing the industry? The big ones for us are: bio- metrics; IoT; AI & ML data col- lection, aggregation and analytics; SDN–software defined networking; cybersecurity and comms reliabil- ity; and drones. I think the industry moving for- ward will adopt biometrics on a much larger scale, as it will replace the more traditional methods of authentication and access con- trol. On the top of the list for the 5 Mega Trends identified by the then APTA chairman Phil Washington was "Safety and Security first." The NTSB is now more acutely focused on the need to provide safe and reli- able transit systems for passengers, employees and assets. Safety is criti- cal to the effective operation of the transit business. Accidents, security breaches, and any other threats to safety grossly affect the transit What's your role at the company? As the AVP technical leader/sr. program manager, I provide tech- nical and leadership support for MTA Systems Equipment & Engi- neering Department. I also provide support, oversight and coordination for MTA Systems Equipment and Engineering projects for light rail, metro, bus and MARC in the areas of (LAN/WLAN)/radio communi- cations, CCTV, train control, signal- ing, traction power, miscellaneous electrical, SCADA, fare collection and ITS systems. I also provide support to the con- struction management team during all phases of design and construc- tion to include specification/bid support, design, construction, field verification, testing, safety certifica- tion, cutover, contract documenta- tion, contract changes and claims and closeout. In addition, I provide over- sight of capital program budgets, Sp E aki N g see page 9

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