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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 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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