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Immigration & Customs Migrates to Megapixel

Take a look inside of Warrendale, Pa.-headquartered Vector Security's $400,000 installation project at a new 27,000-square-foot U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Tallahassee, Fla.

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Given the dangerous and unpredictable world we live in today, more than ever high security is paramount when it comes to federal government facilities. Fortunately, today’s advanced electronic security solutions are lending our nation superior tools with which to maintain order, safety and combat dastardly deeds. However, those systems would not be effective without expert and conscientious design-build providers such as Vector Security.

The Warrendale, Pa.-headquartered company was contracted to install an integrated security system at a new 27,000-square-foot U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Tallahassee, Fla. The project — which included 100 zones of intrusion detection, access control with Code Bench PIV enrollment, megapixel video surveillance, duress alarms, video intercoms, and numerous LCD monitors, workstations and servers — was named a finalist for SSI’s 2013 Integrated Installation of the Year.

Governing Principles

Having done a Border Patrol project and work for the U.S. Navy, Vector Security was well versed for delivering ICE the standard of service it demands.

“We had worked with the general contractor and owner on a Border Patrol facility in Dania Beach, Fla., two years prior,” says Joseph Robbins, senior sales consultant, Vector Security. “When this project became viable, they brought us in to consult. We submitted several quotations as the scope of work was changed. We obtained the contract after the building was completed and 18 months after the start of negotiations.”

The Tallahassee location is a combination detention and investigative facility. Areas requiring surveillance and protection included evidence rooms, records, detention cells and adjacent rooms. The multiuse facility’s package included megapixel cameras, NVRs, large-screen monitors, remote monitoring stations, iClass card readers, intrusion detection with motion detectors and keypads, and intercoms.

High Profile Brands Used

Equipment brands and devices deployed included:

Altronix power supplies; Avigilon cameras and NVRs; HID iClass smartcard readers; Software House access control panels and software; Honeywell security panels, keypads, sensors and motion detectors; Potter strobe lights; Sceptre 40-inch monitors; Ditek surge protection; Aiphone intercom; Bosch motion detectors; Linear detention-grade camera housings; HES electric door strikes; Securitron mag locks; Alarm Controls delayed egress stations; Tripp-lite video distribution; and Peerless mounting hardware for monitors.

Job Value Exceeds $400K

This highly successful project was worth in excess of $400,000, which was $25,000 more than the original contract due to equipment added at the end user’s request. It was overseen by Vector Security Operations Manager Trey Spratt.

Editor-in-Chief Scott Goldfine has spent nearly 15 years with SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION. He can be reached at (704) 663-7125.

Article Topics
Vertical Markets · Features · Government · Integrated Installation of the Year · SAMMY Awards · Vector Security · All Topics

About the Author
Scott Goldfine
Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration, directing all editorial aspects of the magazine brand in print, electronically, online and in person. The voluminous, innovative and award-winning body of work he has distinguished himself with since joining the publication in 1998 includes groundbreaking research, landmark features, leadership roundtables, high profile case studies, and many industry exclusives. Well versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is a nationally known figure in demand as an industry presenter and subject matter expert to mainstream media. He is responsible for developing many unique products and programs, including the SSI Industry Hall of Fame, Control Panel (industry’s first E-mail newsletter), Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ), Marketing Marvel, Installers of the Year, Integrated Installation of the Year, Security Industry Census, Systems Integration Study, Installation Business Report, Operations & Opportunities Report, Commercial End-User Study and Security’s Fantastic Fleets. Recognized for his relationship building, integrity and lead-by-example ethic, Goldfine is a solutions-oriented team player who advises and collaborates with industry dealer/integrator, consultant, distributor, central station and manufacturer icons, luminaries and executive business leaders on a daily basis. He is also actively involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), PSA-Tec, SAMMY Awards, International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC), Electronic Security Technology Summit (ESTS), Mission 500, Electronic Security Expo (ESX), ASIS Int’l, Honeywell CONNECT and other supplier conventions. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee and PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council. A certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast, Goldfine graduated with honors from Cal State, Northridge with a management degree in Radio-Television-Film. His professional media endeavors have encompassed magazines, Internet, radio, TV, film, records, teletext and books. Goldfine resides in the Charlotte, N.C., area with his wife, son and three cats.
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