Vigitron for Security Networks

Vigitron provides 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, so devices tend to have heaters, blowers, and illumination systems which consume more power.

Vigitron has network gear for sites where it does not make sense to have closely spaced IDFs. Imagine a parking lot or garage 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, as do high-rise elevators. While a Vigitron fiber solution is often a great choice for these applications, it may make economic sense to reuse existing cables.

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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?

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

It’s been some time 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 visceral and better than “eyes on” assessment since systems may be capable of collecting and displaying information we cannot see (think thermal and IR imaging of the invisible). Storing information on a system featuring quick retrieval provides an even more compelling case for video.

If your system has been designed and installed right and everything’s working properly, video addresses what happened and when it happened. 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 you may even identify a perpetrator.

Yet we’ve learned crime often doesn’t happen under ideal circumstances, whether by plan or accident. Factors such as weather and “operator error” can make a bad situation worse. Layered systems use tools such as intrusion detection, CCTV, communications, access control, and screening that together mitigate an enterprise’s vulnerabilities.

There’s no substitute for starting with 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.

DETECT DELAY RESPOND

Some situations add 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.

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: 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 took one incident to tell them they need more than video alone can provide.

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 buildings and structures throughout the US. Southwest Microwave is being used here to prevent bridges from closing on barges and ships as they travel on the Illinois river.

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

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.

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