Security Business

JUN 2019

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June 2019 / / Security Business 35 Whatever gunshot detection technology is chosen, the important element remains preparedness. Is the system maintained and tested? People and response questions are just as important as deciding between different technologies. Without the response, they are just sensors on a wall. Choosing and Integrating the Technology As part of Convergint’s STEP Up initiative, we provide underserved schools with free interior and exterior security system installations, security upgrades and assessments. We have seen firsthand the lack of security systems in places as vital as our schools. So when clients ask about gunshot detection, after asking if they have a plan, I always ask the question, “What are we plugging these sensors into?” The first evaluation needs to be of the existing security infrastructure – especially the technology that will provide notification of the event. What level of integration does the gunshot technology have with existing VMS, access control and situational management systems? Find out whether the client will get a notification on the VMS platform or if they go to a separate system to find out what is occurring. Perhaps a situational management platform can automatically pull up a map and a camera view. In responding to the incident, time is of the essence, and the difference between an automated map and camera view vs. a notification that requires a search could be a matter of 30 seconds – a long time when an active shooter is roaming. It is important to understand that no system is perfect. Over time, all systems will have a false alarm. You should plan with your client accordingly by including confirmation methodology after a notification. If the decision of this technology comes down to the potential of a false alarm, the proper notification and confirmation methodology makes it a no-brainer. ■ » To learn more about Convergint Technologies, visit Versatile. Dependable. Economical. NEW! 319 Series Supervised One-Way Wireless Sensors Compatible with 319.5 MHz Wireless Receivers* including ELK's M1XRFEG Receiver for M1 Controls 319 Series wireless sensors offer an economical option for many popular systems. These sensors are built the ELK way for reliable performance and competitively priced for real value. Powered by MaxOut™ Technology for maximum RF power output, coverage, battery life and performance. *ELK™, Interlogix™, Qolsys™, etc. Receivers must adhere to the Interlogix™ protocol. Interlogix is a registered trademark belonging to United Technologies. Qolsys is a registered trademark belonging to Qolsys Inc. Request information:

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