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.

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

Certifying Security Professionals – ASIS International

Thank you for your guidance, support, and comradeship while I served ASIS International over the past two decades. December 31, 2020 marked the end of my service with the ASIS International Awards Committee. My term as Region 2 C Regional Vice President  (covering Northern and Central Illinois and Northern and Central Indiana) ended December 31, 2017. I now hope to staying in contact with you and fellow members across the globe.

If you’re not a member, please join. If you are a member, please 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

National Custom Hollow Metal – Quick Ship

Denning is celebrating a nearly 12 year partnership with National Custom Hollow Metal door company.

National Custom Hollow Metal’s (NCHM) has a four decade long tradition as a family-owned business in Little Rock, AR, with a focus on meeting the needs of the growing custom hollow metal doors and frames market. National Custom Hollow Metal offers an extensive range of custom-crafted cold-rolled, stainless steel and galvanneal metal doors and frames to accommodate your project planning and expedite your building schedule. Whether destined for heavy-duty industrial environments, hospitals and laboratories, restaurants or storefronts, our doors are expertly crafted to precise tolerances and exact specifications out of materials specifically chosen to ensure superior durability, appearance and ease of operation.

National Custom Hollow Metal makes rugged high security metal doors and frames for building entrances. We look forward to helping you with your quick ship needs!

Overly Door – Specialty Doors

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Acoustic. Blast. Pressure. Bullet Resistive. Radiation Shielding. Overly Door Company is a custom specialty door and window manufacturer.  Industry leading architects utilize our products to achieve the exact protection specification their facility requires.  We provide many “out-of-the-box”custom barrier systems.   Specify … Continue reading