Chief Care Officer Sheila Wippich

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Sheila Wippich, Chief Care Officer (CCO) at Denning Electronics Corporation, on September 30, 2018.

CCO relates to Sheila’s role in the success and growth of Denning Electronics over the last 35 years. Though she did not become an employee until 2009, over the first three years she provided all family income and incredible emotional support as I struggled to find a toehold in a new profession.

Denning was founded by Sheila’s cousins Dennis and Inge Collins in 1982. I was the first employee, and became President in 1986 when Dennis and Inge formed a second company, NSSC. My position involved travel – mostly by car – in an area ranging from Eastern Pennsylvania to the Dakotas. Our first child was born on Christmas Day in 1985, and by the first week of January I was far away in Minnesota on sales calls. A week later we bought and moved into our first home, and two months after that she was back on the job at a downtown Chicago travel agency. Looking back, I’m humbled by her dedication and faith in me and the company.

Denning and NSSC were closely tied until 2009 when NSSC was sold and we became sole owners of Denning. Sheila asked if she was the right person to help guide Denning through this new phase, since she wasn’t sure I felt she could transition from homemaker to office manager. Admittedly I was hesitant, though my doubts quickly vanished.

Any Denning partner from that time on will tell you Sheila held our team together. Her social awareness, hard work, joy, love, and dedication made it a pleasure for us to come to work. As one longtime partner recently related to me, Sheila was the perfect complement to my nerdiness.

Services were managed by Moss Family Funeral Homes in Batavia, IL. Her obituary may be found here.

Sheila Wippich Obituary

If you’d like to read about Sheila’s journey as a Mantle Cell Lymphoma and stem cell transplant patient, please click “Checking-in with Sheila” above and use the password SheilaMCL. You will see from this blog she was a wonderful and much loved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. As of today, October 13, there are still many of you checking-in with Sheila. I will therefore be updating the blog from time to time as a tribute to Sheila, her friends, and her family.

Keniel Wippich

President

Denning Electronics Corporation

Better outdoor intrusion detection: Southwest Microwave

Do video systems sometimes miss what’s happening on your property?

Southwest has reliable perimeter intrusion detection (PIDAS) sensors, all of which perform in the conditions where camera systems sometimes fall short. Southwest sensors detect in rain, snow, and fog, and when used with your video system provides an excellent layered defense.

Southwest Microwave Background

Southwest Microwave’s analog microwave sensors have been the gold standard for over 40 years. We regularly see sensors – even complicated deployments using reflectors – installed back in the 1980’s still in operation at some of the most secure facilities in the world.

Southwest’s new digital microwaves improve false and nuisance alarms to rates never thought possible.

Southwest Microwave’s family of intelligent perimeter security solutions also includes the INTREPID™ Micropoint™ Single Platform Detection Systems feature field-proven detection technologies, made even smarter with single-platform networking convenience. While factory training is advisable or may be mandatory depending upon your site, these cable installation and calibration videos provide background information to help your installation go smoothly.

Micropoint Cable Handling

Micropoint Calibration

Southwest Microwave’s sensor expert Tim Claus will be back in the Midwest soon.  Please call and we’ll add you to his schedule.

Vingtor Stentofon/Zenitel MULTIMEDIA PORTAL

Zenitel’s  multimedia portal provides the latest informational and technical videos  from Vingtor Stentofon.

Vingtor Stentofon Multimedia

All Stentofon systems excel in areas with acoustic challenges. Intelligibility is the product of specially designed hardware, software, and mechanics.

  • Acoustic echo cancellation is especially effective in stairwells and vestibules.
  • Active noise reduction means responders hear conversations even if there is background noise from machinery, vehicles, or crowds.

  • A special anechoic speaker design and rigid stable mount complements the Stentofon Turbine station’s 10W amplifier. With a wide audio bandwidth and 105 dB output, users can hear and understand even over the sound of an operating diesel engine.
  • Automatic gain control ensures that both soft voices and loud voices are heard and understood equally well by a responder.

Critical Communications on One Platform

New City elevator code has driven many intercom system updates. Some Stentofon systems were installed over twenty years ago, and yet we are able to reuse some of the original equipment and infrastructure in order to ensure secure and reliable building communications for twenty more years.

Clients are relieved to learn they can consolidate building critical communications to a common reliable  platform. It’s common to see buildings with separate elevator intercoms; video intercoms; emergency call intercoms (in garages; and Area of Rescue/Refuge system. Stentofon can with its AlphaCom server bring these together in a high performance fault-tolerant system.

DSI Custom

DSI will release several new turnstile designs in the coming months. Call us if you’d like to talk in general about some of the exciting changes.

We are often asked about turnstile throughput.This shows throughput for DSI’s 831 series on the show floor at ISC West :

DSI 831 at ISC West 2018

This is throughput for the 880 series turnstiles:

DSI 880 at ISC West 2018

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. No pressure, no cost.

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

For more information or a site visit, please contact us:

Denning Electronics

or visit the updated DSI website:

DSI website

 

Vingtor Stentofon ECPIR-3P and ITSV-1 Master Stations

The ECPIR-3P control panel with radio and public address interface is new to the Stentofon line-up.

Vingtor Stentofon ECPIR-3P

Vingtor-Stentofon is a powerhouse in the field of two way communications and paging for high-rise buildings, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, and industry.

70 years of innovation

Turbine IP communication stations with exceptional audio quality and extreme durability can be configured as an inexpensive but powerful PULSE system with over 64 stations. If you already have a SIP phone system, consider adding a Turbine: their SIP compatibility and advanced security features make them a great choice for outdoor IP phone locations.

ITSV-1 Station

Stentofon’s ITSV-1 is a video master station with a Stentofon image for PULSE, AlphaCom, and SIP. It has 6 user accounts, so it may be used as a desk IP phone as well as a Stentofon intercom.

The ITSV-1 is licensed as a SIP station with AlphaCom. There is no station license needed for  PULSE systems with 16 or fewer stations. When designing systems with over 16 Stentofon stations, you will need a PULSE station license for any station beyond the 16th. The Grandstream and SNOM stations in our product offering require a SIP license regardless of the number of stations in the system.

AlphaCom Strategic Partners

Stentofon’s powerful AlphaCom ensures the fastest, most reliable, and most effective  communications during critical situations. Our technology partners have integrated Stentofon into their access and video platforms to facilitate a coordinated security and life safety response.

Integration Partners

 

Certifying Security Professionals – ASIS International

Thank you for your guidance, support, and comradeship over the past 6 years. My term as Regional Vice President for Region 2C (covering Northern and Central Illinois and Northern and Central Indiana) ended effective December 31, 2017. I look forward to staying in contact with you and fellow members across the globe.

I continue to serve on the ASIS International Awards Committee, and encourage you to join and volunteer. To join; renew your membership; or pursue the  PSP, CPP, or PCI certification, please follow one of the links below.

ASIS Membership

ASIS International Certification

The Global Security Exchange will take place in Chicago next year (2019). the Chicago Chapter is seeking volunteers at this time. I hope to have a chance to work with you during this event!

Area of Rescue or Area of Refuge – AOR by Vingtor Stentofon

For years, Zenitel’s Vingtor-Stentofon has provided area of rescue/area of refuge systems for large high rise buildings and parking garages. Yet sometimes we may not be the first system that engineers think of for small AOR systems.

Stentofon’s AlphaCom configured for AOR is modular; scales to cover very large facilities; and is geared to integrate with other systems (access control, building automation, or video). AlphaCom provides HD audio with active noise cancellation; echo cancellation; and automatic volume control, so is ideal for for noisy parking garages and stairwells with concrete walls. When used with robust IP66 and IK-10 rated Turbine stations that operate in temperature extremes, an AlphaCom will provide decades of outstanding audio performance. While AlphaCom may seem expensive when compared to small stand alone single purpose systems, the cost of ownership over decades of use makes it an exceptional value.

Stentofon’s new PULSE IP addresses mid-sized AOR (64 or fewer stations) applications. This all IP solution also provides HD audio with active noise cancellation; echo cancellation; and automatic volume control, and uses the same robust IP66 and IK-10 rated Turbine IP stations as AlphaCom. Each station now may store custom messages that can be activated via scripting, thus meeting local building code messaging requirements. There is no dedicated server, and the first 16 PULSE licenses are included. The cost for a small system is less than for AlphaCom, so is competitive when compared to competitors’ low performance AOR systems.

If your building needs a long lasting AOR system, please consider Vingtor Stentofon’s PULSE.

Excellence in Protection and Critical Communications

Denning Electronics has been solving tough critical communications, intrusion detection, IP CCTV, access control, and door (including ballistic, blast, and acoustic barrier) challenges for the past 34 years.   If you are a protection system manufacturer in need of professional representation or if you are a security system user, integrator, architect or engineer in the Midwest with a problem to solve, please contact us. We have a network of engineers, technicians, manufacturers, peers, distributors, and dealers that will succeed where others have failed.