Securitas Electronic Security Secures Revamped HQ

SES earned a 2020 SSI Installation of the Year runner-up honor for its fully integrated security system installed amid architectural renovations.

It was another incredibly impressive showing for SSI’s Integrated Installation and Installer of the Year Awards. Read about the winners and runners-up throughout the month of July by visiting the Best of the Best page.

In 2015, a financial services provider began an ambitious renovation of its global headquarters located in lower Manhattan. Housing around 10,000 associates, the HQ needed a new, fully integrated security system in addition to its extensive architectural renovations.

In order to successfully complete a job of this magnitude, the client turned to Uniontown, Ohio-headquartered Securitas Electronic Security (SES).

“Securing a global headquarters in the heart of New York City is no simple task and requires a deep understanding and proven experience securing similar facilities of the same massive scale,” says Kevin Engelhardt, COO, SES. “Well known for our proven experience and track record protecting similar properties and businesses in NYC and other cities throughout North America, SES was a perfect fit for the task.”

At the beginning of the project, SES and a third-party security consultant worked together to perform a holistic risk assessment, identify the scope of the security system, establish overall security goals, detail system types and select the strategic technology manufacturers for the renovation project.

The end result was a variety of technologies integrated through the SES Engineering Center of Excellence (COE) and implemented to meet client’s needs.

Eleven Boon Edam turnstiles with MorphoWave readers were installed in the lobby. An under vehicle surveillance system from Comm Port Technologies was installed at two different loading docks to scan and inspect the undercarriage of vehicles to search and analyze images for explosive devices, suspicious objects or contraband.

L3Harris computerized tomography scanners were also implemented at each of the building’s loading docks, providing enhanced threat detection capabilities by creating 3D images that can be viewed and rotated 360° for analysis by the client’s security management.

Roughly 700 Axis IP cameras consisting of fixed, pan/tilt/zoom and 360° megapixel models tied together with Verint’s VMS keep an eye on the HQ. SES worked closely with Honeywell to integrate access control solutions to manage thousands of employees and daily visitors.

“SES strives to be a trusted security advisor, so collaborating with their security team and their security consultants was a positive, beneficial experience. Ultimately, all parties involved worked towards best common goals to meet their security and architectural needs and goals,” adds Engelhardt.

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Steven A. Karantzoulidis is the Web Editor for Security Sales & Integration. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Communication and has a background in Film, A/V and Social Media.

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