Visonic solutions protect Canada Winter Games

Bloomfield, CT . . . February, 2011- Termed the biggest sporting event in Halifax history, the Canada Winter Games kicked off February 15th. The event featured 2700 competitors from 800 communities.

Wherever many people are gathering, security is a huge consideration. Theft and vandalism were among the concerns at the multiple locations being protected, as was ensuring that incidents external to the Games did not affect the event.

"Failure of the critical systems we were protecting could have had a significant impact on the Games," notes Roger Miller of, the integrator of the project from Northeastern Protection Service in Halifax. "It’s conceivable that failure of these systems could have caused certain events to be postponed or cancelled, and that scenario would have impacted very negatively on the region."

Roger Miller put his trust in Visonic’s TOWER-20AM units to get the job done. The set ups are each in remote unmanned locations requiring early notification of intrusion. A huge challenge Miller faced was dealing with the harsh weather conditions throughout the region. Temps ranged from four degrees below zero Fahrenheit to close to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, with two foot snow drifts decorating some areas and heavy rains slapping down on others.

The TOWER-20AM was an ideal choice for many reasons. It features the revolutionary Octa-Quad technology, which uses eight PIR sensors (as opposed to only one used in other outdoor detectors), with each sensor acting as a QUAD detector, to accurately determine whether an alarm is justified. To further increase reliability, TOWER-20AM has a robust housing and patented anti-masking protection that can distinguish between masking spray, rain and sprinkler irrigation, providing an exceptionally high resistance to vandalism and masking. The TOWER-20AM is the first detector to prevent false alarms caused by outdoor interferences, such as rain, snow, lightning storms, swaying bushes and free-roaming animals, while still providing reliable detection of real threats.