STE announces 2012 Security Innovation Awards finalists

Four projects took unique approaches to complex security, safety and networking challenges

The technologies included: Enterprise security management software from AMAG Access Control Solutions; card readers from HID Global; surveillance cameras from Axis Communications and Bosch Security Systems; visitor management gates & turnstiles from Gunnebo USA; X-ray detection systems from Smiths Detection; vehicle bollards and barriers from Nasatka; visitor management systems from STOPware; and intercoms from Stentofon.

"This is truly an innovative, integrated system application," one judge commented. "The overall environment of the project and its scope was quite extensive and addressed fully by the implemented technology. The integrator did quite a bit of customization of the application — which is impressive and really what a good integrator does. Cabling, connectivity and convergence was extensive in this project; in addition, security was blended with the environment in an aesthetic and seamless way."

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

This project solved the complex challenge of securing a vast transportation infrastructure across three major metropolitan areas. An array of different security-related technologies, including PSIM, Video Surveillance and VMS, and video analytics, were deployed by security integrator Schneider Electric to upgrade aging surveillance and security systems.

Deputy Chief Engineer of Communications & Network Systems, Marshall Epler helped oversee the security upgrade project – dubbed the Electronic Safety and Security Program (ESSP). The overall goal of the ESSP is to establish a platform that enhances situational awareness of emergency and operational personnel throughout the organization. It directed the organization to procure a video management system (VMS) from Verint, physical security information management software (PSIM) from CNL Software, and video analytic software from BRS Labs to monitor the various transportation modes within the authority. Surveillance cameras and the recording platform were provided by Mobotix, Axis Communications and Pivot3.

"The use of the VMS system goes well beyond traditional out-of-the-box specifications," one judge commented. "With so many different components, integration was key, and it was handled well. The use of behavioral recognition software is innovative for this type of project, and the application and use of grant funding is also impressive."

NY Waterway Ferries

Working closely with three vendors, New York Waterway and Facilities Operations Manager Jonathan Figueroa was able to improve communication, emergency response and preparedness throughout its fleet of ferries while overcoming the limitations of cellular-based networks.

Fluidmesh provided a seamless, high-speed wireless network on the Hudson and East Rivers, Upper NY Bay, and Atlantic Highlands (22 total shore locations) for live streaming video from 35 ferries; VoIP phones in all ferry wheelhouses; PA Service for emergency notification on ferries and at ports; and digital signage on vessels for mass notification. PantaScene provided security management systems; and A.A.S. Technologies deployed mass notification systems.

"This is a very innovative and valuable solution, designed to deliver ROI beyond security," one judge commented. "The technical challenge and environment was daunting, and the combination of the communications and situational awareness technologies to produce a solution of this value is impressive. Its application to provide additional benefit to the public (customer service, Wi-Fi) shows some very innovative thought that goes beyond security."

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