Canton, Mass. About 60 officials from 28 northeastern colleges and universities attended the recent College Security Symposium held at the Foxwood's Resort in Ledyard, Conn. SecurityNet member MAC Systems, New England's leading security systems integrator, and Adam Thermos, Ph.D., a noted independent college security consultant hosted the event.
Senior university officers from Brown University, Worcester State College, Johnson and Wales University, Pace University, and SUNY Cobleskill participated as featured speakers. Presentation topics included campus contingency planning and policy, balancing the needs of security and privacy, formulating budgets for security technology, database security, collegiate security organizations and detailed project analysis. The attendees actively participated in open discussions that followed the presentations and received a tour of Foxwood's sophisticated casino surveillance security system.
Also, a select group of prominent security equipment manufacturers ' Software House, American Dynamics, NexWatch, Talk-A-Phone, CoreStreet, LG Electronics (Iris Access) and Bioscrypt ' showcased their new and innovative technologies.
The attendees, which represented colleges and universities from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Hampshire, were department heads or officials from functions such as public safety, facilities, design and planning, physical plant, IT, enterprise services, one-card, administration, purchasing and finance.
"This was a great event that gave college and university officials a chance to learn about the latest security technology and practices," said Tom Heenan, vice president of sales and marketing for MAC Systems. "We are extensively involved in college and university work throughout the region and we believe a symposium is an ideal way to foster the open exchange of ideas and experiences within the collegiate community."