There’s More to Perimeter Security than Video

Many of our clients once felt that video was their best line of defense for outdoor perimeter security. Video was chosen to tell them how something happened, and who did it. It takes one incident to tell them they needed more.

After viewing thousands of blurry, obstructed, or otherwise disappointing camera snapshots and videos of security breeches, it’s clear to me that cameras don’t always work the way they’re supposed to.

Bright sun and darkness is still a problem, especially for high definition video systems. That magnified but blurry picture may hold some clues for a detective, but it usually takes a lot of analysis and luck to recover something that’s been stolen. Even if it’s recovered, it’s loss disrupts your operation and the returned property often isn’t in the same shape as when it left.

If you’d rather have barriers that deter or a system that helps you intervene before your property is lost for good, it might make sense to have an in-depth conversation about perimeter security. While it’s not for everyone, nor is video alone.

Stentofon Video Intercom TV3KIT with IC-EDGE

Vingtor Stentofon’s IC-EDGE provides high definition audio for projects with access control; elevator emergency call; parking lot emergency call; and area of rescue/refuge.

Vingtor Stentofon now has a high performance TV3KIT video intercom package that’s pre-programmed with IC-EDGE. Plug the kit’s TCIV-3 and ITSV-1 into a PoE switch, and the system’s ready for calls.

IC-EDGE is a self-contained solution with an embedded intelligent communication controller. It offers unrivaled, out-of-the-box sound quality, interoperability, security and ease of use.

IC-EDGE uses your existing IP Network infrastructure and utilizes open standards including SIP, HTTP and XML, making it simple to integrate and expand with third-party systems.

IC-EDGE is available, free onboard, on all Zenitel Turbine series devices including those special-purpose stations suitable for any environment.

IC-Edge is a cost-saving technology. Intelligent at the core, easily install an IC-EDGE system using a web browser with no external software and no costly server infrastructure. System easily expands by simply adding a device.

The kit offers a quick and efficient deployment of an audio and video communication system.

• Adding video and audio makes your security system interactive.

• Improve the speed and efficiency of response with immediate crystal clear dialog and video image of the caller.

• Lower operational cost with virutal guards by adding voice and video viewing capabilities.

• Allows each control room to support several sites and devices for answering and viewing calls.

• Scalable from 2 stations to over 84 in EDGE mode.

Meet Stentofon’s Regional Sales Lead Matt Scott

Vingtor Stentofon’s new Regional Sales Leader Matt Scott is a Detroit native and an industry veteran. He comes to the North Central Region after having worked both for manufacturers and as an independent representative.

Matt now resides in Wauwatosa, WI, and is working with Denning in Wisconsin and Illinois. Please contact us to help assess your critical communication needs.

Matt replaces longtime Vingtor Stentofon North Central Regional Sales Leader Tom Mossbarger, who retired on December 31, 2018. Tom was a tireless and committed resource for all his clients and coworkers.

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. She’s shown here piloting our boat Branch Office on a  sunset cruise.

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 send an e-mail and I’ll provide the password for “Checking-in With Sheila, above.

Keniel Wippich

President

Denning Electronics Corporation

Better outdoor intrusion detection: Southwest Microwave

While video systems often seem to be the  first choice for outdoor protection, they may not provide the high level security needed for a critical facility. Some experienced intruders know how to exploit camera vulnerabilities, using this knowledge to their advantage.

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, fog, and in heavy shadows, 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

The Age of Voice and our new Zenitel Multimedia Portal

Zenitel USA’s president Jim Hoffpauir’s article “The Age of Voice”  in September’s issue of Security Today outlines the genesis of communications in the world of Security.

The Age of Voice

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

Vingtor Stentofon Multimedia

All Vingtor 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.

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 IC-EDGE system with up to 84 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 IC-EDGE, 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  IC-EDGE systems with 32 or fewer stations. When designing systems with over 32 Stentofon stations, you will need an IC-EDGE station license for any station beyond the 32nd. In addition, you have 10 EDGE PC Clients. 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!