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Best of the Best: Mamma MiMa! N.Y. Project Steals the Show

One of the best productions in New York took place off Broadway in 2011 when integrator ESCC wrapped up a security and communications solution for Manhattan’s MiMa complex. Seamlessly bringing together IP video, access and elevator control, and telecom and intercom systems to garner Integrated Installation of the Year kudos, it’s no wonder the client is shouting, “Encore! Encore!”

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<p>ESCC also furnished and terminated telecommunications and data cabling for all of the apartments, as well as installed the extensive fiber backbone that carries all system information and cable services.</p>It’s All in the Design Details

Select components of MiMa system were designed to serve dual purposes with the additional benefit of cost reduction. Examples include door contacts serving both access control and intrusion alarm functions, and video surveillance cameras and access card readers at the exterior of the building operating in unison to enhance perimeter security.

The solution also includes innovative features that were expressed as ‘what ifs’ by the client then brought to reality by ESCC’s technical team. For example, at YOTEL N.Y. the intercom panic buttons connects customers directly to the security desk. And at MiMa, security and concierge personnel are able to control the entire system through touchscreen monitors.

To ensure the project averted any major hiccups, ESCC personnel worked closely with the end user, general contractors and electricians to provide onsite knowledge and decision-making proficiency. The integrator dedicated field technicians, project managers and IT specialists specifically so that the entire undertaking could progress as flawlessly as possible.

In designing the systems, ease of use for the end customer and its employees was top of mind for ESCC. To that end, touchscreen interfaces were selected and the integrator extended comprehensive training sessions to building staff. ESCC’s meticulous and creative design resulted in system front-ends that are clean and intuitive, while the back-ends are complex yet organized to satisfy all necessary and requested functions.

“The dual-installation of MiMa and YOTEL New York exemplifies ESCC’s ability to handle any and all projects presented to us,” says Karl Tyson, director of operations. “Working hand-in-hand with our client, we designed an integrated system that fulfills their current needs yet provides the capacity for future expansion and enhancements.”

Sure enough, the delighted client has contracted with the integrator for additional work and is also passing along the good word to colleagues. Bravo, ESCC, bravo.

Editor-in-Chief Scott Goldfine has spent more than 13 years with SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION. He can be reached at (704) 663-7125.

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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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