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“The end user can effectively manage their system and the protection of the residents after hours,” says Wright. “It basically took the place of a 24-hour security guard. For example, if a door is held/forced open in any of the buildings, the cameras are triggered to pull up an image of that door, which is then displayed in the lobby. An alert is sent, as well, to mobile devices so authorized personnel can pull up the image on their phone or iPad.”

To boost convenience and service, the customer can also pull up and view gates at any time to remotely unlock entranceways leading into buildings if someone forgets their key. Thermostats can also be remotely turned up or down for each building. In short, the client has hands-on, eyes-on access to their buildings even though someone is not always present onsite.

Lodge at Highlands Village Equipment List

SECURITY & AUTOMATION SYSTEM

  • 13 HAI thermostats
  • 1 HAI Omni Pro II security and automation controller w/ 2 keypads
  • 1 Internet and cellular communicator
  • 1 Outdoor speaker strobe

FIRE SYSTEM

  • 6 Analog addressable Bosch fire panels
  • 25 Auxiliary relays for elevator recall and fire dampers
  • 10 Dual input modules for water flow and tampers
  • 5 Heat detectors, one in each elevator control room
  • 290 Horn/strobes
  • 6 Network-to-fiber cards
  • 31 Smoke detectors
  • 5 Weatherproof horn/strobes outside each mechanical room

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM

  • 15 Panasonic 1.3 megapixel HD indoor vandal resistant dome cameras
  • 10 Panasonic i-Pro 3 megapixel HD outdoor vandal resistant dome cameras
  • 1 Panasonic i-Pro 64-channel NVR and management software
  • 1 Video IQ IP encoder to monitor pool area after hours

ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM

  • 21 ioProx Proximity readers
  • 12 Kantech telephone entry systems, flush mount, with door controllers
  • 3 Kantech 4-door controllers, IP ready
  • 1 Kantech telephone entry system with long range receiver
  • 2 Long range proximity readers
  • 19 Request to exit motion detectors
  • 4 Wireless

“Our IP-based cameras give us the ability to have an eye on the property from anywhere in the world,” says O’Leary. “During business hours we have our cameras displayed on a TV in the property manager’s office and when the manager is away she can still keep an eye on everything from her cellphone.”

Atronic Is Client’s Security Tonic

The top challenges for Atronic Alarms during the project were supplying enough manpower to keep up with the expediently executed construction phases, and maintaining meticulous attention to detail all the while. In addition to working closely with O’Leary, the integrator coordinated efforts with Highlands Lodge’s low-voltage engineers and office IT managers, as well as the city of Overland Park (Kan.) AHJ for the fire alarm system.

“We could have probably had more dedicated people in the prewiring stage of project,” says Atha. “But we did go over the project many, many times before we started it. There is a lot of prep time involved in projects like this, and what we had learned from past installs helped us create more efficiencies for this job.”

Highlands Lodge’s developer EPC continues to be enamored with Atronic Alarms and is now looking for the integrator to handle another project, the Country Club Plaza property. O’Leary places high value on having a single-source security provider, particularly one as accomplished and accountable as Atronic.

“For Highlands Lodge, we collaborated together about every little detail,” he says. “We have learned it is very important for one security company to install all access controls, security cameras and fire alarms. This helps ensure it is done correctly and eliminates finger-pointing.”

 

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Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is nationally recognized as an industry expert and speaker. Goldfine is 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), ASIS Int'l and more. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the SIA Marketing Committee, CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee, PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Robolliance. He is a certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast. Goldfine joined Security Sales & Integration in 1998.

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