MDI Teams with Integrator to Provide School Security

San Diego awards $5M contract for Construction Electronics Inc. to unify IP video from OnSSI into MDI platform


SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MDI, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDII), the leading provider of Unified Technology™ solutions for the security industry today announced that they have partnered with Construction Electronics, Inc. (CEI), a professional services organization that specializes in the design, engineering and management of large complex campus security and communications systems projects, to supply unified security solutions as part of a $5 million blanket contract for campus security with the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). The team began the advanced phase of the district’s security modernization project with a separate order for two individual school buildings, which was announced by MDI on April 20th of this year.

CEI is scheduled to begin implementation of the district-wide project immediately after the first MDI product order is received and delivered. The initial acquisition will consist of various servers, workstations, identity solutions and operating software as part of the MDI unified security platform, which will act as the head-end for the district’s centralized command and control center. SDUSD District Security Managers will utilize the MDI platform to control all security alarms and surveillance points, throughout each target campus in the district, from a central unified location.

The District selected the team’s unified solution based in part on its ability to:

Empower school security teams to analyze and respond to district-wide incidents in real-time

Leverage the district’s existing investments in security point products (cameras, DVRs, biometrics, etc.) to improve security via its open architecture technology platform

Improve efficiency of security resources through centralized management of security information and reporting from schools across the district Ramp up the modernization program with minimal training expense to realize an immediate time-to-benefit from the system

Install, maintain and respond to system issues according to exact district specifications.

Provide a history of success in delivering and maintaining comprehensive safety and security programs in school district environments vs. the sale and installation of point products (stand-alone camera and DVR products, access control products and alarm monitoring systems) which are not unified and in many instances provide a false sense of security in schools.

Prove and track the effectiveness of the district security program Integrate all physical security components directly into the Learn Safeâ„¢ program if and when the decision is made by the school to adopt it as a district program.

“MDI systems have been successfully securing school districts and diversified educational environments for many years,” stated Frank Hermes, President of CEI. “Now that safety and security in schools is a top priority for administrators and educators across the country, that proven experience is more valuable than ever.” “By combining the experience of MDI with the school campus security integration knowledge of the CEI team, I am confident that San Diego will soon have a security program that can be used as a model for all schools throughout the State of California and the entire Country,” he added. Once the district’s central command center is complete, CEI will begin work on modernizing school campuses within the district that have been identified as initial implementation targets under the blanket contract. The team will unify the NetDVMS™ Intelligent Network Video solution from On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. (OnSSI) into the MDI Platform to furnish a combined approach towards prevention, detection and response within campus environments.

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