MDI Teams with Integrator to Provide School Security

June 1, 2007
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.

“We are pleased to partner with MDI and CEI in the delivery of an integrated security solution for SDUSD. OnSSI’s video surveillance platform will provide security officials the ability to effectively and intelligently view, manage, and respond to events, as they transpire in the school environment,” said Gadi Piran, President and CTO of OnSSI. The unified solution will deliver an un-matched security command and control environment, which will automate: The identification and location of incidents within a district campus The notification of school & security personnel on & off campus Real-time incident management and response Decision support for access mitigation measures such as school lockdowns

Visual situational awareness support for law enforcement agencies and first responders

“The CEI technical security team are experts in integrating complex security systems across disperse school district environments,” stated J. Collier Sparks, President and CEO of MDI, Inc. “By adding state-of-the-art IP video capabilities from OnSSI into the MDI platform, CEI will take the San Diego School District to new levels of security and surveillance capabilities.” “Once again, MDI is proud to be partnering with Frank and his dedicated team of security professionals on this key school security project and we look forward to many more such engagements in the future” he concluded.

About Construction Electronics, Inc.

Construction Electronics Inc. (CEI), founded in 1975, is a professional services organization that provides a technical staff specializing in the design, engineering and project management of large complex security and communications systems. CEI has integrated electronic systems solutions over wide-area information networks for such organizations as Northrop Grumman, Intuit, Kaiser Permanente, San Diego Metropolitan Waste Water, SPAWAR, ISIS Pharmaceuticals, Veterans Administration and the San Diego City Police Department. For more information please visit

About OnSSI

On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc (OnSSI) provides the most advanced non-proprietary, open architecture, Intelligent IP Video Surveillance solutions. OnSSI's systems deliver feature-rich camera management, sophisticated recording and archiving, automatic Push Live Video on event, and a complete control-room video-wall management solution using the IP Network as a limitless virtual matrix. OnSSI's systems can be found in a wide range of municipalities, federal and local government agencies, as well as enterprise, industrial, and educational settings. For more information, visit:

About MDI, Inc.

MDI (NASDAQ: MDII) manufactures security technology solutions designed to protect people, facilities and assets. These solutions are unified by ONE Technology. ONE Technology unifies security point products, systems and subsystems into a common management platform. Far beyond the Integrated Security Management software promoted by industry competitors, ONE delivers an open architecture environment that adapts each individual application and device into its platform - promoting global collaboration as ONE system. The MDI product family currently protects over 8 million alarm points across the globe for many of the world’s most recognized organizations including Microsoft, MBNA Worldwide, John Deere, Pepsi, FBI, TSA, Fidelity Investments, Bureau of Engraving & Printing, American Express, Department of Defense, IRS, Disney, Smithsonian Institution and MIT to name a few. The company has received numerous industry awards for their security technology including Frost & Sullivan’s Security System Technology Leadership Award and the Security Industry Association’s Best Integrated Product Award for 2006. For more information on MDI or its diversified line of products and professional services, please visit