Diebold to Provide Situational Awareness Platform System for World Trade Center Site

Exercising its large-scale security integration capabilities, Diebold, Inc. is managing the installation, integration and maintenance of a complex security software system for the new World Trade Center (WTC) site in New York City. The comprehensive Situational Awareness Platform Software (SAPS) system will collect, correlate and display information from a wide variety of the WTC site’s critical security systems, as well as provide identity management capabilities.

Diebold’s integration efforts will connect an array of systems to the WTC security command center via a single interface, giving operators unified control and views of the entire WTC site. To ensure centralized management, Diebold will integrate numerous devices and technologies, including identity, credential and access management (ICAM) systems; video surveillance systems; intrusion and fire alarms; building management systems; vertical transportation; digital intercom; radio communication; Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) detection systems; and vehicle scheduling and management systems.

“The ability to successfully manage projects at the World Trade Center site is a testament to Diebold’s flexibility and logistical capabilities. Just the volume of systems we are integrating into the Situational Awareness Platform Software makes this a highly complex implementation,” said Bradley J. Stephenson, vice president, security solutions, Diebold. “But we are also operating in a challenging environment that requires a great degree of interdependency between sites and systems. Keeping this in mind, we are working closely with site workers to ensure any technology or system adjustments are accounted for in the SAPS implementation to ensure reliable system integration.”

The systems that Diebold will integrate are interspersed among 11 primary buildings and facilities, including five skyscrapers, the third-largest transportation hub in New York City, the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum, a retail venue, a performing arts center, a vehicle security center and critical infrastructure facilities. Diebold has teamed with VidSys, the leading provider of physical security information management software (PSIM), and QuantumSecure, a world-class developer of physical identity and access management (PIAM) software, for the project. The VidSys PSIM software and the Quantum Secure PIAM software will serve as the basis of the World Trade Center’s SAPS which will deliver an enterprise software platform to manage and streamline security identities, compliance and security situations across physical security systems located at multiple sites.

Throughout the SAPS system integration, Diebold will incorporate scalability into the system to enable streamlined implementation of new technologies as future needs dictate. Items slated for potential future integration into the SAPS system include connections to variable signs, mass notification software and vehicle screening software.

Diebold is intimately familiar with several of the platforms it is integrating into the SAPS system at the WTC site. For example, the company is installing and integrating video surveillance systems, access control and alarm devices throughout the WTC Transportation Hub. In addition, Diebold is building a centralized security command and control center for the 4 WTC skyscraper and integrating numerous security-related components into the center, including biometric access control, video and a destination-based elevator control system.

Security is of utmost importance at the WTC site, both during and after construction. In addition to the technologies it is incorporating to secure buildings and systems when the site opens for business, Diebold has also implemented a perimeter security video and access control system that is being used to secure the entire WTC site during construction. As a result, Diebold’s expertise in security integration and project management is contributing to the secure construction and operation of one of the most complex sites to be built in New York City.

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