STE honors Innovation Award winners at ASIS

Systems integrator Professional Systems Engineering (PSE) accepted the gold medal award in Security Technology Executive's (STE) annual Innovation Awards today on the show floor at ASIS for the St. Elizabeth's Hospital project -- featured on the cover of September issue of STE.

"We at PSC are extremely honored and thankful for this award," said PSE's Public Safety & Correctional Services Director Tom Pilson. "It was really a great project and a great team, and it was nice to be recognized."

Pilson, along with associate technology director Michael Michalski, accepted the award on behalf of the Pennsylvania-based integration firm headed by Jerry Forstater. Also honored for the gold medal project was Frank M. Carpency, the chief engineer of the project. Tamil Perry of St. Elizabeth's Hospital and Richard Warsh of the D.C. Department of Mental Health were also honored.

The project's seven zones of security were key for the more than century-old building. More than 20 different vendors contributed a wide array of technologies. "(St. Elizabeth's) had a lot of typical interior security and levels of access, but we had to make this look like a hospital, not a jail" Carpency explained. "We created a secure ward for forensic patients...they have a lot of freedom, but security is tightly controlled."

Read all about the St. Elizabeth's Hospital project in the September issue of STE, available at booth 2431, or online.

On hand to accept the silver medal at the ceremony was Craig McEntyre, Manager of the Business Support Bureau for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO). McEntyre oversaw the HCSO's "Eye on Crime" municipal surveillance project, a now-continually expanding system to keep the county's streets safer. This story also appears in the September issue of STE.

Axis Communications, the submitting vendor for the project, was represented at the awards ceremony by Regional Sales Manager Curtis Smith. Accepting the silver medal award for the project's integrator, SiteSecure, was vice president Craig Bowman and field engineer Spencer Himelberger.

Systems integrator Security 101 was honored for its part in the StandardAero project, the bronze medal award winner. Submitted by Honeywell, the project featured an innovative way to solve a Department of Homeland Security compliance issue that was threatening the very survival of the business. By crafting a unique solution using RFID tags, access control and video surveillance, the aircraft repair company was able to track its customers as they visited its repair facilities without making them feel uncomfortable.

Chris Wise and Rob Nix accepted the Bronze award on behalf of Security 101. The story will be featured in the upcoming October issue of STE.

In the honorable mention project, Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans successfully deployed a massive PSIM (Physical Security Information Management System) to help protect the facility. Submitted by NICE Systems and integrated by Johnson Controls, the project was an impressive example of how successful implementations of a PSIM system can benefit a sprawling facility.

Accepting the award for NICE Systems was security division director of marketing Pat Kiernan. Systems Engineer & Project Manager Reid Hedrick, along with Major Projects account executive Daniel Swope, accepted the award on behalf of Johnson Controls. The Louis Armstrong Airport PSIM case study will be featured in the November/December issue of STE.