Security Systems News

APR 2018

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Proud Members of SIA Sponsors of ISC West Booth 20149 Ap RI l 2018 SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS news 8 Proud Members of SIA Sponsors of ISC West Booth 20149 Robert E. Summers, CPP Principal consultant, Summers Associates LLC Pasadena, Calif. Specifically Speaking closely with the project architect to manipulate the built envi- ronment's exterior and interior design to establish and enhance opportunities for natural surveil- lance, natural access control and layers of protection. We review project landscaping and lighting plans to minimize design con- flicts negatively impacting natural surveillance, illumination unifor- mity ratios, video surveillance and emergency call station locations. Once this holistic approach to securing the architectural design is completed, we begin the process of applying proposed electronic and physical security countermeasures to support sound architectural designs. What vertical markets does the company specialize in? Our vertical markets are quite diverse and include: commercial, education, government, health- care, insurance, law enforcement, manufacturing, mental health, pharmaceuticals, transportation, ultra-high net worth estates, utili- ties, water. How did you get started in secu- rity and designing/specifying? In 1981, I graduated from the Bergen County Police Academy in New Jersey as a 21-year-old rookie police officer. After several years on the job and completion of my B.S. in Criminal Justice Adminis- tration, I relocated to California and entered the private security sector as a loss prevention man- ager for The Broadway Department Stores. Later, after a three-year stint in loss control for Chubb Insur- ance, I joined Dictograph Secu- rity as a security representative in 1991. The next 10 years included entrance to the security manufac- turing sector as a manufacturer's representative for Elbex America, Integral Technologies and as the national sales manager for Tatung America's Video Monitor Division's entry into distribution, national accounts and OEM channel mar- kets. My entry into the security consulting industry began as the Los Angeles manager of Security Consulting at Gage-Babcock & Associates. In 2011, Summers Associates, LLC was created. It has truly been my pleasure col- laborating with fellow indepen- dent security consultants on proj- ects throughout the United States. I am continuously impressed by the dedication and wealth of knowledge my peers possess as we collectively strive to make our world a safer place by design. Can you talk about what new or emerging technologies you are see- ing or specifying today? Due to our previous experience in What's your title and role at the company? As the principal security consul- tant/managing director, I oversee all management and coordination of projects. In addition to provid- ing electronic/physical security countermeasure design and con- struction administration services, we also offer threat and vulnerabil- ity assessments, gap analysis and security master planning services. We specialize in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) plan reviews of new construction projects for archi- tects, developers, end users and risk management firms. What kinds of systems do you design/specify and what services does the company provide? We provide turnkey integrated and standalone system design and construction administration services. We carefully review our client's threat profile and work Summ E r S see page 11

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