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Securing Prisons with Unified Access Control

For most people, prison ranks high on the list of places that you’d like to avoid. But

For most people, prison ranks high on the list of places that you’d like to avoid. But security integrator ISI Security goes into those places where lack of freedom is common, almost all rights are removed, and personal visits and contact with family are limited. ISI Security is a leader in the integrated systems custom design and manufacturing of electronic security and communication systems throughout the United States. Its primary markets include correctional facilities, city and county jails and industrial facilities. Ray Gilley, CEO of ISI Security, explains the recent work the company did to secure the State of California Stockton facility.


What specific trends are you seeing with your security executive customers?

We see a continued trend to upgrade an old analog video system to new megapixel IP-based solutions. Security enterprise leaders are looking for the most simple, cost-effective manner to accomplish this, including finding a stable and cost-effective platform to move towards. 


What major risks/issues are your security executives facing?

A continued adaption of traditional security concerns such as crime and workplace violence. However, they are realizing that in the critical security verticals, such as chemical and critical infrastructures and in education security, regulations are not going away and will continue to grow. 


How are your security executive customers addressing cybersecurity in their enterprises, and how are you assisting with that?

The pure play IT security issues are typically outside of the enterprise security director’s operational purview. However, they are more informed about the issues and risk and want to make sure that their IP-based systems, especially those with a cloud component, are secure and meet their IT department standards. 


Do you see your security executive customers looking to upgrade their analog video systems, or are now they asking for IP video systems?

Yes, and this is major driver in the purchase of new camera gear. The ability to utilize existing cabling backbones is a key competitive advantage to exploit. 


What types of specific access control trends are you seeing with your security executive customers?

The move towards IP-based solutions for new installations and the ability to utilize as much field hardware as possible in these transitions. The desire is to have a stage change, not a full rip out and re-do. 


What types of specific ID management trends are you seeing with your security executive customers?

They are looking at the access card as a tool for multi-factor authentication for access beyond the physical and into the IT systems.


What is the most unique installation that you have recently done?

We specialize in critical security applications, and the highest security applications for us are within the prisons that we work on. The completion and activation of the State of California Stockton facility with more 200 buildings is one of the most complex and truly integrated facilities that we installed. The facility is 1.4 million square feet and provides housing and treatment for 1,722 inmate-patients. The installation entailed hundreds of doors and cameras, exterior detection, interior detection, fire, in addition to physical security features such as gates and more.  



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