2010 Security Innovation Award Silver Medalist - Mission Accomplished

Panduit uses multiple technologies to connect the many security and safety devices at its new world headquarters facility


Panduit used the video surveillance solution and video analytics software to create a virtual fence, saving the considerable expense of installing 4,725 feet of perimeter fence. Ordinarily, consoles in Panduit's Unified Operations Center display feeds from up to 16 cameras. If a camera detects an intruder crossing the "virtual tripwire," it signals the Video Surveillance Virtual Matrix to display the live feed from that camera in full-screen mode. A nearby Axis pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera tracks the intruder, providing situational awareness so that Panduit security personnel can plan the appropriate response. At the same time, Video Surveillance Manager sends a message to the Cisco Physical Access Control system to lock exterior doors, and signals the IPICS to dial nearby security managers and play a prerecorded voice message.

Panduit also uses the video surveillance solution to identify tailgating, a traditional vulnerability of access control systems. Surveillance cameras monitor all entrances, and if the video analytics software recognizes two or more people within a certain distance of each other, the camera sends an alert to Panduit's Unified Operations Center. Security personnel can review the video from that camera with just a few clicks to determine whether to dispatch an officer to investigate.

IP-Based Physical Access Control: Enabler for Private-Public Partnership

The Physical Access Control system protects exterior doors, gates and restricted areas. IPVision also integrated the Cisco Physical Access Manager with Panduit's fire system so that it receives trouble, full fire and water flow alarms. When it receives a water flow alarm - unlikely to be a false alarm - Physical Access Manager signals the IPICS, which automatically establishes a virtual talk group including Panduit security personnel and local fire and police personnel. People can join the talk group using any type of radio as well as cell phones and desktop phones. The IPICS dials the phones through Panduit's Cisco Unified Communications Manager system.
Similarly, an activated fire alarm can trigger an IPICS policy to instruct the Physical Access Manager to open the gates for fire trucks. Ordinarily, firefighters must insert a key in the main gate to gain entrance. Eliminating this step enables firefighters to begin mitigating damage 30 seconds earlier. The same IPICS policy, triggered in response to the fire alarm, signals the Cisco Digital Signs solution to begin displaying evacuation instructions on Cisco LCD Professional Displays deployed throughout the building.

The IPICS enables Panduit personnel and fire, police and emergency medical services personnel to communicate directly, using any type of radio as well as a telephone, mobile phone or PC with special client software. When Panduit applied for a building permit, the local fire department wanted assurance that firefighters could maintain radio communication from within the five-story headquarters building, for the safety of employees as well as firefighters. Panduit achieved this by installing an antenna, fire radios and police radio in the building and integrating it with the IPICS. If Panduit needs to join its own radio channel with the police and/or fire channel, operations personnel can do it with the click of a button in the IPICS.

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