Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions, Inc. (Kratos PSS) is a division of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a specialized national security company that provides mission-critical products, services and solutions.
Besides traditional security technologies that include enterprise-level deployments of video surveillance, access control, audio/messaging and perimeter detection, Kratos PSS also provides rapidly evolving technologies such as digital video analytics, LAN/WAN convergence and wireless solutions. Kratos PSS uses structured design and implementation methodology to ensure all clients’ facilities receive best practice program management. The company has 31 locations and 500+ employees to manage facilities across the nation with design, installation, operation and service capabilities. Kratos PSS was ranked number seven on the 2013 SDMTop Integrator list. Here, Robert Gaulden, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Kratos PSS, shares his most unique installation – video surveillance on a rooftop helipad.
What major risks/issues are your security executives facing?
Visitor Management and internal theft are becoming bigger issues that many of our security executives are facing. Also, budgetary issues are still a concern for enterprise security executives.
What specific trends are you seeing with your security executive customers?
A continuous upgrading of their existing security systems, especially VMS, IP cameras, physical barriers, turnstiles and security operations centers.
How are your security executive customers addressing cybersecurity in their enterprises, and how are you assisting with that?
In our experience, IT tends to take the lead on cybersecurity. With that said, we do proactively discuss cybersecurity with our customers. For those who are seeking assistance, we will bring in our sister company, SecureInfo, which is the cybersecurity arm of Kratos.
Do you see your security executive customers looking to upgrade their analog video systems, or are now they asking for IP video systems?
Yes, depending on the size of the system and budgetary requirements, we’ll see both a full upgrade as well as hybrid systems. The hybrid solution allows an enterprise security executive customer to keep the existing analog cameras in place and replace them with IP when they fail.
What is the most unique installation that you have recently done?
We are currently in the process of installing a video surveillance solution for one of our clients in which video surveillance is needed on their rooftop helipad. The application was very challenging, as the customer wishes to view both the helipad as well as approaching aircraft. Lighting was a particularly challenging area on this project, as we had to deal with low light against bright concentrated helipad markers (WDR) as well as approaching aircraft lighting all while avoiding any use of IR illumination due to IR goggles being used by incoming pilots. After working with our partners, we did find a solution utilizing Axis cameras with Lightfinder technology.