Hruby is quite proud of the short learning curve for the new systems. “It was very easy for the airport’s security people to learn to use and monitor the new setup,” Hruby said. Keep in mind that they had been monitoring the access control system for a number of years along with the analog cameras. “Changing to IP actually made it easier to set up custom viewing preferences that they could not accomplish before,” Hruby said.
The only two software providers are AMAG Technology and OnSSI. The access control readers are AMAG, as well, with Bosch REX motion detectors and Sentrol door contacts.
In the beginning
“SEi got involved with the Omaha Airport Authority in the late 1980s in response to a bid to install an access control system,” Hruby said. SEi was awarded the bid and installed a Cardkey access control system.
SEi later upgraded their system to a Cardkey Pegasys access control system in the mid-1990s. “After successfully maintaining this system for years SEi was awarded a project to replace the access control system with an AMAG access control unit with analog CCTV surveillance cameras in the late 1990s,” he continued.
Hruby has been in the security industry just short of 30 years; his past 25 have been at SEi. He has held many positions in those 30 years including installation technician, service technician, service manager, installation manager, central station manager, general manager, operations manager and director of operations.
SEi is a privately owned company that was started in 1962 by Sid Meridith. “We own and operate our own UL-listed central station with 15,000-plus customers,” Hruby said. The company realizes about $20 million in annual sales revenue. There are 136 employees in their four offices. In addition to the corporate office in Omaha, there are branch offices in Kansas City, Kan., Des Moines, Iowa and Lincoln, Neb.
The next step at the Omaha Airport will be to help the monitoring personnel extract more data through the utilization of video analytics. “Again, we want to show video that means something,” Hruby stated.