Getting ‘Bang’ for the Security Buck
Like most security executives, Janet McFadden-Messimer doesn’t get to leave work when the clock strikes 5 pm each day. McFadden-Messimer is physical security manager of Metro Bank of Central Pennsylvania, which has bank offices that stay open as late as 8 pm some days, which potentially makes the bank and its employees more vulnerable to security incidents. “The biggest challenge of preventing robberies is ensuring our employees are aware of their surroundings at all times,” she says.
Metro Bank, a subsidiary of Metro Bancorp Inc., is a financial services retailer with 33 stores. It is headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa.
Metro Bank was one of Diebold’s first fire customers. But since then, in addition to implementing fire detection solutions and services, the bank has enhanced security and improved operational efficiencies through cameras, alarms and video. Today, she says, of all of the elements: “They are an integral part of our success.”
THE COMMON THREADIn yet another successful integration, the city of Albuquerque, N.M. implemented a video surveillance network to monitor the city’s downtown area and other city-owned facilities.
City officials had been dealing with several security challenges, including the city’s size, number of city-owned buildings and public spaces and the fact that each city department implemented and operated its own security system.
MOST LIVABLE AND MOST CONNECTEDPhysical security information systems (PSIM) are in a new security technology class that combines diverse physical security sensors and devices and completely manages them from a single platform. What’s happening is that, as physical security infrastructures continue to grow, the need to manage these infrastructures becomes even greater and more complex. First view the traditional security environment: there are a host of security devices, which include security video; analytics; storage such as network video recorders (NVRs) and digital video recorders (DVRs); electronic access control; intrusion alarm systems; fire alarm and life safety systems; building management systems and other applications. There’s even a way in for the convergence with logical security.
Davenport, Iowa recently received national recognition as one of the “Most Livable Small Cities in America.” With a population of less than 100,000, Davenport is the regional beacon and hub of the metropolitan Quad-Cities, population 400,000, and the third largest city in Iowa.