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April 2008


A Burning Need

By Beth Welch

The protection of life and property within government facilities nationwide requires a proven solution that’s flexible, yet cost-effective. Using the E3 Series® emergency evacuation system by Gamewell-FCI, two facilities—different in both form and function—got all the protection they required.

Design Dynamics

By David George

A comprehensive fire and life safety design requires a cohesive blend of alarm and detection capabilities, an appropriate suppression system and a number of other building construction features related to occupancy, facility type and use of space. Planning, an often overlooked component, is integral to keeping occupants safe.

Strength In Numbers

By Stuart Mackiernan

With heightened demand for security at multiple buildings spread over a wide geographic area, effective and efficient monitoring and dispatch have become a considerable challenge at military bases and other large government installations worldwide. A regionalization approach to security meets this challenge by centralizing alarm monitoring and dispatch functions, making it easy for a small staff to monitor dozens of systems at a time.

The Wise Owls

By Steve Blake

Can an owl keep a 12,000-student university safe? It can when it’s designed into the identity card program at Southern Connecticut State University, whose mascot is the Fighting Owl. SCSU— spanning 168 acres in New Haven, Conn.—is in the midst of a $230 million campus renovation.

Stopped In Their Tracks

By Bill Kirk

Before Sept. 11, 2001, perimeter security provided an extra barrier of protection for an airport and its people—typically from hijackers and vandals. Although that is still true, there is now an added threat. Today, we cannot afford to let a terrorist or attacker get near airport facilities, people or passengers. In all too many cases, getting close is all they have to do.

Teamwork Tactics

By Glenn R. Rosenberg

Acollaborative security system often includes an effective and flexible program. Such is the case at the University of Pennsylvania, where security applications stand as a successful model for campus security. One of the reasons for the university’s success is a plan to maintain a safe environment for more than 40,000 students, faculty and staff, and its partnership with AlliedBarton Security Services.

More in Store

By Barry Keepence

Many organizations now require that CCTV video images are recorded and archived continuously from all cameras for 90 days or more. In large systems, this can create a significant storage requirement. The issue is compounded by users wanting to store video at the highest quality and maximum frame rate, particularly in homeland security and law enforcement applications where CCTV footage is required for evidential purposes.

A Double-edged Sword

By Kevin Prince

Securing an entire network at a finite number of ingress points simply does not offer the risk mitigation companies need.

Knowledge is Power

By Paul Rizzuto

It is critical to consider power requirements and integration to ensure power solutions are appropriate for a project.

Look to the Future

By Frank Defina

Over the past decade, the security industry has gone through significant changes, driven by the times we live in, technology and end users.


Ask the Expert

By Larry O'Brien

Ready for Takeoff

By Debbie Bolles

When hurricanes in 2005 leveled the Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda, Fla., airport officials chose to rebuild, and to do so stronger and smarter. That meant making sure the airport’s security system satisfied federal and state regulations in a post-9/11 world that had to protect against potential terrorists turning airplanes into deadly bombs.

The Fight for Immigration Reform

By Ralph C. Jensen

Immigration is one of those controversial issues that touch on many aspects of American life. It's challenging because on one hand, there are those who come to the United States to seek a better life. But in doing so, they are breaking the law. Three people believe they have the answers to resolve this issue, and oddly enough, all three want to be president of the United States.

Less is More

By Ralph C. Jensen

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