GE's Security Business Announces 2004 Innovation Award Winners

Terry's Alarms of Alexandria, La., takes Grand Prize for Central Louisiana Imaging Center design and installation


Most Innovative Use of Wireless Technology
Winner - Custom Alarm, Rochester, Minn.
The Willows apartment complex consists of five buildings, each with five separate digital communicators, which meant they had 10 phone lines (2 required per communicator). Custom Alarm installed an Advent Fire panel as the digital communicator for all the existing fire alarm panels, thus eliminating eight phone lines. To get the best reception, the panel is centrally located between all the buildings. This cuts down on unnecessary phone lines and monthly monitoring costs.

Merit Award
Risk Management Consultants, Cockeysville, Md. Management of the four-story BB&T Bank was instructed (by an inspector) to install a panic system or phone in its elevator, for emergency use. The building has concrete floors between levels with steel decking and beams. Plus, the elevator car is metal. Using Concord, Risk Management Consultants installed an elevator panic alarm with a receiver on the lowest and highest levels to guarantee signal transmission. The alternative would have been to upgrade the elevator car and equipment at a cost of over $25,000. Installing GE wireless resulted in significant cost savings for BB&T Bank.

Best Integration System
Winner - Terry's Alarms, Alexandria, La.
This installation at the 67,700 square foot Central Louisiana Imaging Center was a joint venture with GE Medical, which provided all the CAT scan and magnetic imaging equipment. The burglar alarm portion utilizes NetworX NX-8, while GE Video equipment and a Topaz access control system are also used. GE has enabled Terry's Alarms to deliver technology that covers various security and life safety needs, all in a concise, networked system.