Immigration & Customs Migrates to Megapixel

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.

About the Author


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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