Updated May 12 – Denning and COVID-19

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Denning Electronics is committed to providing the exceptional products and services you have come to expect.  With the growing concern about the spread of Coronavirus, COVID-19, please be assured we have protocols in place.

Most of our manufacturers continue to operate as essential industries, though with support staff operating under State-mandated “stay at home” orders. We are prepared to connect you with these companies for timely information about your existing orders or new requirements.

While currently we are not accepting visitors, we may be available for emergency site visits following social distancing guidelines. Otherwise we are remaining open and working at home, since we offer products that may be deployed for healthcare and other emergency service providers.

We are finding this information regarding COVID-19 from The Lancet to be most helpful, with the first link providing the most recent scholarly research publications:

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30120-1/fulltext

https://www.thelancet.com/coronavirus?dgcid=kr_pop-up_tlcoronavirus20

This is the Lancet’s Dashboard that maps the spread of the virus:

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

These are some of Denning’s products that have a role in containing the spread of infectious disease:

Laboratory and other “clean room” doors (Tiger Door FRP Pharmaceutical Door Series).

Anti-tailgating and door interlock controllers (DSI).

Barrer optical turnstiles with non-contact card readers (DSI).

Perimeter security for laboratories (Southwest Microwave).

Communication infrastructure for portable screening and labs (Vigitron).

DSI – Access Management at its Best

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With postponement of the ISC West show and the Coronavirus lockdown we’re behind, but working (from home) to catch up. We’re ready for conference calls and webinars to help with your critical applications.

DSI relentlessly focuses upon reliability, security, and throughput. This video taken at ISC West in 2018 shows throughput for DSI’s 831 series barrier optical turnstile:

DSI 831 at ISC West

This is throughput for the 880 series turnstiles:

DSI 880 at ISC West

Most barrier optical turnstile projects have a custom element. Do you need extra heavy duty service? Do you need to match the lobby decor? Are you working with a tight space? If you have a tailgating problem, it might make sense to have a conversation with us. No pressure, no cost.

This video shows how a turnstile can be expected to operate:

For more information or a site visit, please contact Denning or visit DSI’s web site.

DSI website

UPDATE MAY 12 – VIGITRON SECURITY NETWORK EDUCATION

The first five Vigitron Security Network Design Series sessions have taken place, with three more to follow. This is the next:

This is a link to register for the Thursday session:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfYMdbdk3y3RLsRBR6zjyv-V30lfg6Ged8pGo_nsX3pU18ySA/closedform

This series of 30 minute seminars is hosted every Thursday and will be repeated on Fridays due to unprecedented demand.

Is There More to Perimeter Security than Video? – Part 2

It’s been nearly a year since we posted comparing sensor-based perimeter security to video-based outdoor intrusion detection systems. Has anything changed?

The security market is video-centric. We get it – CCTV is a good tool, and it keeps getting better. Every year hundreds of firms plow millions of dollars into CCTV R & D, and millions more are invested in mobile platforms such as drones and artificial intelligence and its integration with security systems. Video is arguably the most visceral security tool available, exceeding even “eyes on” assessment since systems are capable of collecting and displaying information we cannot see (think thermal and IR imaging of the invisible).

If your system has been designed and installed right and everything’s working properly, video addresses the most important physical security questions: what happened, and when did it happen? With improved internet connectivity you now may have the means to see what’s happening now, and remotely intervene when a crime is taking place. Under ideal circumstances and using high tech tools you may even identify a perpetrator.

Denning has sold over $200 million of physical security, communications, and network products* over the past four decades. We’ve done so with an appreciation for what tools such as CCTV, intrusion detection, communications, access control, and screening can do to mitigate an enterprise’s vulnerabilities.

There is a lot more to security than its physical tools. When we’re “in the moment” we start with the most basic security paradigm:

DETECT DELAY RESPOND

As we dig deeper we may apply Deter, Deny, Assess, Communicate, and Intervene to address a particular vulnerability. We do so understanding ASIS International ESRM (Enterprise Security Risk Management) models and tools.

There’s no substitute for a physical security risk assessment (RA) followed by a vulnerability assessment (VA). The RA outlines the threats, while a VA shows under what circumstances assets are at risk. The VA will also outline and perhaps quantify the potential impact.

If you’ve determined it’s people you’re trying to find, consider the environment. Even the best lighted perimeters with low light/no light video technologies may be compromised if there’s blowing sand or snow, and/or fog. At a minimum you should be considering a layered “defense in depth” approach, with physical and electronic systems providing enhanced protection for the times when conditions are bad.

Testing cameras in an ice fog with air temperatures of -2 F.

As outside reps for leading industry manufacturers, we have field experience with scores of sensors and systems.

It is with this insight that we repeat what we wrote last year: many of our clients once felt that video was their best line of outdoor perimeter defense. Video was chosen to tell them how something happened, and who did it. It takes one incident to tell them they need more than video alone can provide.

*Denning is a manufacturer’s middleman that sells to resellers, so these sales estimates reflect wholesale equipment costs less accessory components and installation.

Meet Southwest Microwave’s Amy Leslie

We at Denning Electronics welcome Amy Leslie as our new Southwest Microwave Eastern Regional Sales Manager! We look forward to serving clients with outdoor perimeter security challenges.

Denning and Southwest Microwave teamed-up in 1983, making this our longest standing affiliation. We’ve surveyed hundreds of sites and provided systems for some of the most secure facilities in the world.

We look forward to continuing this tradition with Amy, as Southwest continues to introduce new sensors providing exceptional intrusion detection.

http://www.southwestmicrowave.com/ssd/

New Vigitron Primary Partners Siklu, Pro-Active, and Raytec

Siklu wireless, makers of ultra high performance wireless transmission solutions, Pro-Active, makers of high performance data storage and monitoring, and Raytec, makers of specialty security lighting are all now part of the Vigitron Primary Partnership program.

With the start of 2020 we are pleased to offer you project assistance. Please call for details.

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Vigitron and Infrastructure

Vigitron solves Ethernet networking problems. The big three are:

It’s too expensive to get Ethernet and power to SIP phones, cameras, intercoms, or access control readers.

It’s too far for Cat 5/6 Ethernet.

Edge devices aren’t reliably powering-up, or they fail when things like heaters kick-in.

There’s a whole compliment of tools to test edge devices and monitor networks.

In 2020 there will be a new line-up of switches and components aimed at the industrial market, Vigitron will be providing PoE Ethernet over untwisted conductors, and hardened smart switches with ring topology that ensure high reliability.

Do you have a project? contact the Vigitron design team for free assistance.

Dealers and integrators: ask us about project registration!

If you’re an integrator that’s helped designed a project around Denning manufacturers, we should be talking.

We represent manufacturers that appreciate the commitment it takes to get larger infrastructure, transportation, institutional, and enterprise projects of the ground. If you’ve invested time there may be a registration reward program for you.

We at Denning have provided surveillance and detection systems for bridges (though as far as we know, not for this particular bridge just south of Ping Tom Park in Chicago). Southwest Microwave is being used to detect ships and prevent bridges from closing on them as move along the Illinois river.

Recap – ASIS International Chicago Global Security Exchange

ASIS International’s Global Security Exchange – GSX – was an extraordinary networking and training event as well as trade show.

It was a shear pleasure working with a great Host Committee as we greeted and answered questions from hundreds of attendees. Moreover, I learned a lot from the vendors and clients that shared what they are doing in this industry. Thanks to all of you for a great show!

Did you miss us? If so, we will probably be in your area soon, so please call to arrange a visit.

Ken Wippich – ASIS International Awards Committee; Past Chairman, Chicago Chapter 003; Past Region 2C Vice President

Vigitron for Security Networks

Vigitron is relentlessly driven to provide secure high performance security and communications networks.

The security market stands out, since edge devices may be in remote locations, far outside the range of standard Ethernet connections. By their nature, security and communication devices demand a secure connection in all weather and environmental extremes.

At sites with a lot of real estate it may not make sense to have closely spaced IDFs. First, the device density in a given area may be so low that you cannot justify an IDS. Second, it may be costly or hard to find a secure place for an environmentally controlled IDF. Imagine, for example, a parking lot with Emergency Call stations. These may be spaced as much as 50 or 100 yards apart, so many stations may approach or exceed the 100 meter copper Ethernet limit. A warehouse with cameras trained on long aisles has the same challenges, and tall elevators have unique challenges providing reliable CCTV and intercom connectivity. A Vigitron hardened device may be the answer.

Vigitron has network gear for big sites. Fiber is usually a great choice, though if you’re upgrading from analog to IP cameras or intercoms it may make better economic sense to reuse existing cables.

http://www.vigitron.com/Vigitron_Video_Transmission_Products.aspx

Vigitron is especially good at providing reliable power and connectivity for distant high current devices such as cameras, intercoms, and access controllers. Does it make sense for you to share some of your challenges with Denning or the Design Center, to see if Vigitron’s a fit for you?

http://www.vigitron.com/IP_CCTV_Design_Assistance.aspx