Security Watch

ASIS 2011, Ackerman Security Systems opens new facility, more

During the pre-game ceremony, UL announced donations to select fire and police charities on behalf of UL and in the names of Durbin, Kaczynski and Thorp. Durbin and Kaczynski threw out the ceremonial first pitches before the White Sox took on the Cleveland Indians. Photos: UL

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Northbrook, Ill., held its annual Fire and Police Night in August during the Chicago White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field. UL has sponsored the event since 2008, which pays respect to the thousands of Chicago fire and police professionals for their commitment to protecting the community.

Pre-game awards to police and fire

During a pre-game ceremony, Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Huff recognized Chicago Fire Fighter Jason Durbin with the Carter Harrison Award for his courageous actions when he saved a woman trapped on the 28th floor of a burning building. Police Sergeant Jason Kaczynski and Police Officer Kimberly Thorp were also recognized by Chicago Police Commander Eric Carter for their actions in apprehending a suspect while under gunfire.

Ackerman Parlays Success into New Brick & Mortar

Ackerman Security Systems, one of Atlanta's fastest growing systems integrators, opened a new, 32,000-square-foot facility with technology demonstration center, to accommodate rapid expansion and provide new jobs. Ackerman serves approximately 70,000 customers in the area and has 258 employees. It expects to increase its workforce by 25 percent in 2012. Center, JoAnna Sohovich, president of Honeywell Security, congratulates Ackerman management (left to right): Mike Sandes, vice president; Jeff Cohen, chief financial officer; Jim Callahan, chief operating officer; Bruce Turry, chief executive officer; and Bill Rawlings, director of Operations. Ackerman is a Honeywell First Alert Professional Dealer. Photo courtesy Honeywell Security

Steelbox Targets Bandwidth Challenges

Steelbox, Alpharetta, Ga., released SteelVision, a new line designed for integrators to manage IP bandwidth.

Both integrators and end users need to be able to manage the bandwidth for and access to growing amounts of digital video data across Internet protocol-based networks more effectively, said Nik Moissiadis, president of the Steelbox division of Adtech. "This introduction enables Steelbox for the first time to offer integrators an end-to-end IP video surveillance solution that manages bandwidth while it collects, replicates and distributes it quickly," he said.

The heart of the solution is the SteelSwitch network media appliance engine, built specifically for aggregating and distributing digital video; SteelVault, an intelligent video storage system; and the SteelEdge codec series. SteelSwitch has the capacity-up to 1.5 Gb/s of incoming data and another 3 Gb/s of outgoing data-to collect and distribute IP, megapixel and HD video streams increasingly common on digital surveillance networks of all sizes.

Steelbox Networks went into receivership in November 2008, with Adtech Corporation acquiring its assets in January 2009, paving the way to re-enter the industry.