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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 joined SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in October 1998 and has distinguished himself by producing award-winning, exemplary work. His editorial achievements have included blockbuster articles featuring major industry executives, such as Tyco Electronic Products Group Managing Director Gerry Head; Protection One President/CEO Richard Ginsburg; former Brink’s Home Security President/CEO Peter Michel; GE Interlogix President/CEO Ken Boyda; Bosch Security Systems President/CEO Peter Ribinski; and former SecurityLink President/CEO Jim Covert. Scott, who is an NTS Certified alarm technician, has become a respected and in-demand speaker at security industry events, including presentations at the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) Annual Meeting; California Alarm Association (CAA) Summer and Winter Conferences; PSA Security Network Conference; International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC); and Security Industry Association (SIA) Forum. Scott often acts as an ambassador to mainstream media and is a participant in several industry associations. His previous experience as a cable-TV technician/installer and running his own audio company -- along with a lifelong fascination with electronics and computers -- prepared Scott well for his current position. Since graduating in 1986 with honors from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Radio-Television- Film, his professional endeavors have encompassed magazines, radio, TV, film, records, teletext, books, the Internet and more. In 2005, Scott captured the prestigious Western Publisher Maggie Award for Best Interview/Profile Trade for "9/11 Hero Tells Tale of Loses, Lessons," his October 2004 interview with former FDNY Commander Richard Picciotto, the last man to escape the Ground Zero destruction alive.
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