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Sacramento Regional Transit opts to bring security in-house, hires 30 officers

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Safety and security continues to be a major priority for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT). SacRT officials announced today the hiring of 30 new in-house Transit Agents to enhance safety and security for SacRT’s light rail system.

Today’s news conference heralds the end of an era, when SacRT relied on contracted security guard companies to provide a majority of its uniformed presence. The in-house team now has 63 full-time transit agents that are supported by 28 sworn officers representing various law enforcement agencies throughout the Sacramento region.

“Our number one priority at SacRT is to provide a safe experience for all of our passengers,” said SacRT Board Chair Andy Morin. “We believe an in-house presence at our stations will allow our transit agents more leverage to enforce all of the rules while maintaining consistent practices and better customer service.”

Right now, SacRT’s contracted security guards provide a visible presence at light rail stations. However, they do not have the ability to provide fare enforcement, because they are not able to issue citations as a contractor.

General Manager/CEO Henry Li opted to bring the positions in-house to ensure that all agents have the same level of influence to enforce SacRT rules. The conversion could save the District $200,000 annually.

“We believe our security detail needs to be part and parcel with the SacRT team,” said Li. “Our previous security guard company provided dedicated service for more than 12 years and we are appreciative of their commitment to our transportation system, but now we are implementing a new business model and this change requires some reorganization.

SacRT is in the process of training its new Transit Agents to replace guards that are currently contracted through G4S, a local security company. The G4S contract ends on June 30, 2017 and the new Transit Agents are expected to be ready to manage a seamless transition.

SacRT officials also announced today plans to expand the District’s Paid Fare Zone program to the entire light rail system. The pilot program has been in place since April 2016 at six of SacRT’s busiest light rail stations, and has proven to be quite successful at reducing the problem of loitering.

The Paid Fare Zone program establishes an area at each light rail station where waiting passengers must have proof of valid fare and board a light rail vehicle within two train cycles. Those without a valid ticket or pass run the risk of getting a citation. The program will go into effect system-wide on June 21, 2017.

Finally, SacRT is preparing to roll-out a new public announcement system that works in coordination with its surveillance cameras. Soon, security staff in SacRT’s Security Operations Center will be able to communicate remotely through a wireless system with passengers waiting at light rail stations. Passengers should feel confident their safety is a priority and criminals should take heed their behavior is being monitored.

IFSEC India to be South Asia's largest security conference this year

LONDON, June 19, 2017 The International Fire & Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) India Expo, South Asia's largest security, civil protection and fire safety show by UBM India, is gearing up for its 11th edition between December 6-8 at New Delhi, later this year. The show brings together internationally renowned exhibitors, consultants, business experts and key government officials under one common platform.

Significantly, in an industry where upgradation of technology is the very key to surviving competition, the IFSEC India Expo provides high-impact, informative demonstrations and a wealth of opportunities for visitors to network and learn about cutting-edge technologies, industry best practices, trends, challenges, market insights and discover the best solutions to keep their business and clients secured.

Over the past few editions, IFSEC India has included in its already formidable repertoire, products and technologies pertaining to biometrics, transport, access control, in addition to surveillance for the knowledge of end users and providers by global brands such as Bosch, Dahua, Aditya Infotech, D-Link, Honeywell Security, Panasonic, Toshiba, Zebronics, Autocop, Infinova, ADI, Lookman, Hi-Focus, Unv, Zkteco, Hanwha Techwin, Secureye, Seagate, Essl, Sparsh, ERD, Alba Urmet, Assa Abloy, Matrix, Wavesight, Tyco, Milestone and Godrej, to name just a few.

The South Asia region, which the IFSEC India Expo brings within its radar, is an especially vulnerable as well as progressive zone when it comes to security and surveillance in a three pronged manner.

Safety issues in a terror prone region: The constantly evolving cities in this geographical region face higher criminal activities, war and terrorism threats that are a source of critical concern for citizens in terms of disaster preparedness and prevention.

Crowding up of cities: A United Nations study revealed that about 66% of the global population will be living in cities by 2050, up from 53% today. Ninety percent of that increase will be accounted for by Africa and Asia, with the latter's urban population set to reach 2.7bn. As cities absorb thousands of new arrivals every year, Asian governments are increasingly turning to technology to cope with the strain - more specifically, 'smart' technology.

The need for data security and privacy in the South Asian IT hub: The South Asian region, and India specifically, is rightly perceived as an IT hub with ambitious digital programmes, that while having tangible benefits, often struggle with issues like networks resiliency, privacy and data security. An IDC study projects that the threat of some form of major breach over IoT networks in the coming two years at no less than 90%.

The IFSEC India Expo seeks to provide comprehensive solutions and pointers to the security and surveillance domain in the region. Last year, in 2016, the IFSEC India Expo reached an important milestone and achieved a new momentum with the 10th anniversary of its inception, with the participation of over 20 participating countries such as Australia, China, Hungary, India, Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, UAE, UK and USA & over 300 big brands.

While the percentage of unique visitors increased by 12 percent, Day 2 and 3 of the expo saw the number of visitors surpassing 6,000 a day, in itself a record achievement. Conferences centred around 'Creating a Smarter and Safer World with State-of-the-art Security Technology', 'Border Management Strategy', 'Challenges of Leftist Extremism and its Impact on National Security'; 'Public Transport Security' and 'Securing the Digital Network' were covered by industry stalwarts, which saw an impressive exchange of views. To commemorate the ten years, the first ever IFSEC India Awards was also launched, to recognise and reward innovation and excellence in the domain.

Speaking on the ten years of IFSEC India's existence, Managing Director, UBM India, Mr Yogesh Mudras said, "Over the years, IFSEC India owes its rich legacy to the 40-year-old IFSEC Global and success to the way the Indian edition has modified itself to suit the specific needs of this region. Recommended by industry experts as the pre-eminent authority on the global security and fire industry, the expo has nudged us on the path to a completely secure, smart and digitally enhanced world."

He added, "The 10th anniversary of IFSEC India Expo was extremely special to us. Apart from the plethora of impressive products, content-led conferences, key exhibitors and the presence of industry stalwarts, our intensive on-ground engagement and impeccable strategizing played a vital part in its success story. We reached out to small & large-scale Industrial hubs, manufacturing units and factories, private institutes, hardware and security markets, schools, offices & corporate houses, educating them on the importance of this industry's output."

Looking ahead, an impressive array of features is being planned for the 11th edition of the IFSEC India expo. These include an even greater industry participation, tie-ups with associations and governing bodies, a line up of the most innovative products, power-packed conferences to proactively decipher insights gained in the global security market by a conglomeration of the industry's most talented and reputed professionals on trending industry topics.

Commenting on the 11th edition of the IFSEC India expo, Group Director, UBM India, Mr. Pankaj Jain said, "IFSEC India 2017 is an ideal platform for industry professionals globally who are looking at joint ventures, partnerships/associations with key decision makers, sourcing, and networks tapping into the growing Indian security market. The expo acts as a most effective launch pad and base to showcase new products in the region and tap its limitless potential. The focus of this year's expo will be on Homeland Security and IoT, the two most vital issues in this vertical right now, and the industry is keenly looking at comprehending these at length during the show."

About UBM India:

UBM India is India's leading exhibition organizer that provides the industry with platforms that bring together buyers and sellers from around the world, through a portfolio of exhibitions, content led conferences & seminars. UBM India hosts over 25 large scale exhibitions and 40 conferences across the country every year; thereby enabling trade across multiple industry verticals. A UBM Asia Company, UBM India has offices across Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. UBM Asia is owned by UBM plc which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. UBM Asia is the leading exhibition organizer in Asia and the biggest commercial organizer in mainland China, India and Malaysia. For further details, please visit ubmindia.in.

About UBM plc:

UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organiser in the world. In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important. At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors - from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients. These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions.

For more information, go to http://www.ubm.com for UBM corporate news or follow us on Twitter at @UBM.

Genetec develops scooter-mounted ALPR solution for street parking enforcement

MONTREAL June 15, 2017 Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading provider of open architecture security and public safety solutions will unveil Genetec AutoVu™ Motoscan, a new scooter-mounted on-street parking enforcement solution at this year’s Parkopolis (on the Copperpark booth # E11 9 pavilion 5.1 and the Indigo Park booth # C13 pavilion 5.1).

Designed to help increase parking enforcement efficiency in the traditionally narrow streets of European cities, Motoscan is a lightweight, low-power, yet fully-featured license plate recognition unit that is designed to be easily mounted on a smaller vehicle such as a scooter or small motorbike. Equipped with specialized ANPR cameras mounted on the scooter, the AutoVu Motoscan system automatically scans license plates and sends back the information to the parking authorities’ back-end system which will identify parking violations and issue tickets, as required.

“Managing parking in a city is not an easy task, but it’s particularly challenging for many European cities with narrow, busy streets. We have designed Motoscan to bring all the features of our state of the art AutoVu ANPR (Automated Number Plate Recognition) system, in a small, compact unit that can be easily mounted on a scooter or small motorbike, without compromising the balance and stability of the vehicle,” said Chris Yigit, Product Line Manager, Genetec Inc.

The Motoscan unit is compact, measuring just 50Wx39Dx30H cm (19.7x15.2x12 in). It combines all critical components onto a single device to keep the weight low.

“At less than 15 kg, the Motoscan consumes less power than a 40-watt light bulb, allowing it to be powered on appropriate scooters without additional batteries, and function for as long as there is a fuel in the tank,” added Yigit.

The main unit is designed to meet the demanding automotive environment, making it able to withstand a broad range of harsh vibrations, weather and road conditions, including cobblestones, bumpy streets and smooth pavement.

In spite of its small form factor, Motoscan packs plenty of state-of the-art mobile ANPR features: this single, powerful ANPR solution automatically captures and reads thousands of license plates per shift. Thanks to the AutoVu SharpX ANPR high-resolution cameras included with the unit, Motoscan will offer consistent performance day and night and in all weather conditions. It can accurately decipher plate numbers on vehicles parked in parallel, at 45° or 90°, and can even read dirty or obstructed plates. The unit is also equipped with ruggedized built-in wireless technology to ensure real time communication with third-party parking management companies.

In order to avoid distracting the driver, Motoscan features an active manual controller instead of a screen. Located on the steering bar, the controller features toggle switches and LED lights to inform the driver of the functioning state of system. The data collected by the ANPR camera is automatically sent to a central location, and there is no need for the driver to interact with the controls, making it simpler and safer to operate.

Backed by 20 years of technological innovation, Genetec AutoVu provides an accurate, reliable and easy-to-use ANPR solution for municipal parking enforcement. Already successfully piloted in a major city in Belgium, AutoVu Motoscan is expected to be available in Q3 2017 from certified Genetec AutoVu resellers in Europe. For more information, visit: https://www.genetec.com/solutions/all-products/autovu/motoscan

About Genetec

Genetec develops open-architecture software, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industry. Its flagship product, Security Center, unifies IP-based access control, video surveillance and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) into one platform. A global innovator since 1997, Genetec is headquartered in Montréal, Canada, and serves enterprise and government organizations via an integrated network of resellers, certified channel partners, integrators and consultants in over 80 countries. Genetec was founded on the principle of innovation and remains at the forefront of emerging technologies that unify IP physical security systems. For more information about Genetec, visit: http://www.genetec.com

FEI executive to lead active shooter discussion at campus law enforcement conference

MILWAUKEE June 15, 2017 FEI Behavioral Health, a social enterprise with a 35-year history and a leader in workforce resilience from crisis management and workplace violence prevention to EAP and organizational development, will present at the upcoming International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) 2017 Annual Conference, running June 23-27, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

FEI Senior Director of Crisis Management Vivian Marinelli will present as part of an exciting addition to the conference’s opening session, the “Active Shooter Simulation and Panel Discussion,” on June 23, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. CST. At this special presentation, attendees will watch a live, active-shooter simulation conducted with host institution Marquette University Police Department.

Immediately following, Marinelli will be joined by fellow panelists Damaune Journey, ShotSpotter vice president security solutions, Captain Jeff Kranz, Marquette University, and John Nowak, VTI Security senior vice president sales and business development, for a debriefing discussion. The session will be moderated by IACLEA Executive Director Sue Riseling.

Marinelli will share best practices for campus law enforcement to address the psychological impact that such a traumatic experience can have on victims. She will also discuss how to account for students, faculty, staff and visitors alike in the aftermath.

In addition to serving as a sponsor for the active shooter simulation and panel discussion, FEI will also be exhibiting at the conference, held just blocks from FEI’s office headquarters.

Marinelli has provided support to individuals and families impacted by mass casualty disasters including aviation accidents, terrorist attacks and natural disasters since 1999. She works directly with the customers’ emergency response teams to review existing emergency response and family assistance plans. She assists in developing and revising these plans to ensure operational feasibility and provides ongoing consultation and training on emergency planning and family assistance issues. She brings more than 20 years of work in direct clinical services specializing in trauma and grief counseling to her work. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Psychologist in Wisconsin.

To learn more about the IACLEA Annual Conference or FEI’s presentation, visit http://www.iaclea.org/visitors/events/Conference/2017confindex.cfm.

FEI has a 35-year history in enhancing workforce resiliency by offering a full spectrum of solutions, from EAP and organizational development to workplace violence prevention and crisis management. One of the most successful social enterprises in America, FEI was created by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a national network of social sector organizations working to achieve its vision of healthy and equitable society. Visit http://www.feinet.com for additional information.

Sonim to attend National Sheriff's Association convention in Reno

SAN MATEO, CA June 19, 2017 Sonim Technologies, the global leader in mission critical LTE-based handsets for public safety, is attending NSA 2017 in Reno, Nev., June 23-28.

Over the past several years, Sonim collaborated with the public safety sector to develop a robust communications solution. Sonim combines public safety-grade LTE mobile handsets and ultra-rugged accessories with customized applications and services to increase first responder effectiveness and safety at a fraction of what agencies spend today for communications capabilities.

"With the FirstNet initiative well underway, we're excited to be a part of the latest communication developments that are becoming available to public safety for the first time," said Anthony Martwick, Senior Vice President, Strategy/Public Safety, Sonim Technologies. "Connect with our public safety strategy team at at NSA2017; if you're in search of a FirstNet-ready ultra-rugged communication solution to help make first responders faster, smarter and safer."

For more information, visit http://www.sonimtech.com/publicsafety/ or email [email protected]

ABOUT SONIM TECHNOLOGIES:

Sonim Technologies (http://www.sonimtech.com/) is a provider of mission critical solutions designed specifically for professionals in the public safety and defense industries. The Sonim solution includes ultra-rugged, mission ready LTE handsets, applications and a suite of public safety-grade accessories, collectively designed to increase the productivity, accountability and safety for today's first responders. Sonim's commitment to delivering the most reliable and mission ready handset is amplified by our industry-leading, 3-year comprehensive warranty, which has redefined user expectations for ultra-rugged technology. The company is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., and offers its products with mobile operators around the world.

In wake of London fire, trade group urges retrofitting sprinklers in high-rise buildings

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LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, MD June 16, 2017 The National Fire Sprinkler Association joins with other national fire safety organizations in sending condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed or injured in the Grenfell Tower residential high-rise fire this week.

"It is unfortunate that it too often takes this kind of tragedy to remind us all that fire sprinklers can at the very least mitigate, and often prevent, loss of life and property," says Shane Ray, NFSA President. "We join with our colleagues in the United Kingdom in a worldwide call to all decision-makers to adopt new rules and regulations requiring the retrofitting of high-rise buildings with fire sprinkler systems. These types of fires shouldn't be at this magnitude in 2017 and we've known it for decades".

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has found that, when sprinklers operated, they were effective 96 percent of the time. While we do not have complete details about the nature of the fire at Grenfell Tower, we believe it's safe to say that the presence of a sprinkler system would have had a mitigating impact on the fire.

Here in the United States, there are more than 14,000 high-rise structure fires annually, according to the NFPA. While many of these fires occur in structures that have sprinkler systems, the United States has far too many older buildings that do not have sprinklers and are not being retrofitted.

"Grenfell Tower is a sad reminder that we all still have a long way to go toward making these kinds of facilities safer for the people who work and live in them," continues Ray. "Fire sprinklers are effective and affordable, most importantly, fire sprinklers give occupants more time to escape and firefighters support in containing the fire."

To understand the issue in relation to the London Fire, please see the research conducted in 2012 by the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA). The Association commissioned a report on the economics of fire sprinkler retrofit in residential apartment blocks of this type. The study concluded that fire sprinklers could be retrofitted with tenants in place at a cost of about £1150 per flat. Since the 24-story Grenfell Tower contained 120 flats, BAFSA reports that a fire sprinkler system could have been installed for less than 2 percent of the £10 million spent on refurbishment of the tower just last year, money that was wasted considering that the tower now appears to be a total loss.

The BAFSA report, entitled Safer High-Rise Living, the Callow Mount Sprinkler Retrofit Project, can be accessed at http://www.bafsa.org.uk/pdfs/publications/1/00000111.pdf.

ABOUT NFSA

NFSA's mission is "to protect lives and property from fire through the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept."

NFSA wants to create a more fire-safe world, and works to heighten the awareness of the importance of fire sprinkler systems from homes to high-rises and all occupancies in between. The Association is an inclusive organization made up of dedicated and committed members of a progressive lifesaving industry. This industry manufactures, designs, supplies, installs, inspects and services the world's most effective system in saving lives and property from uncontrolled structural fires.

For more information about the National Fire Sprinkler Association, visit www.nfsa.org and follow us via our social media presence on Twitter (@NFSAorg), LinkedIn (National Fire Sprinkler Association) and Facebook (Natfiresprinkler).

Crystal Group to showcase rugged computers at German autonomous vehicle conference

HIAWATHA, IA June 16, 2017 Crystal Group, a leading designer/manufacturer of rugged computer hardware, will showcase industry leading rugged servers, storage, networking and embedded systems for assisted- and self-driving vehicles at the Autonomous Vehicle Technology World EXPO, June 20-22, 2017 at booth AV5015 in Messe Stuttgart, Germany.

Crystal Group manufactures innovative and proven rugged technologies for reliable computing in volatile environments – where traditional off-the-shelf computer hardware cannot withstand the shock, vibrations and extreme temperatures found in a variety of driving conditions.

Crystal Group's rugged computer hardware solutions for autonomous driving systems are designed for vehicle data acquisition and system management associated with self-driving vehicle development, testing, driving and navigation.

Autonomous vehicle system designers and engineers visiting booth AV5015 will see Crystal Group's latest solutions for autonomous passenger cars, trucks, industrial vehicles, buses and coaches – including the:

RE1312 Rugged Embedded Computer features a 1U compact carbon fiber composition construction for low SWaP and powerful Dual or Quad Core i7 CPU options or 6 cores Xeon-D. The RE1312 Rugged Embedded Computer operates over a wide temperature range from -40°C to 60°C and with 18V to 36V DC input. A tough carbon fiber composite frame serves simultaneously as the entire system's structural backbone and EMI shield.

RS363S15F Rugged 3U Server is powered by Intel® processors, and provides high- performance computing and high capacity data storage in a small size, weight, and power (SWaP) package with a depth under 15 inches (38.1 cm) to fit virtually any space. Several major automotive manufacturers have already selected and customized this rugged, safe, and reliable server for use in autonomous vehicles.

About Crystal Group Inc.

Crystal Group Inc., an employee-owned small business located in Hiawatha, Iowa, USA, is a technology innovation leader specializing in both custom and COTS products for defense, government and industrial markets since 1987. Crystal Group designs and manufactures installation-ready rugged servers, displays, networking devices, embedded systems, power supplies and storage devices that fit critical applications in demanding environmental conditions.

The company is certified to quality management standards AS9100C:2009 and ISO 9001:2008. Crystal Group products meet and exceed MIL-STDs 810, 167-1, 461, MIL-S-901, IEEE and IEC industrial standards. Additionally, the company offers integration services, configuration management, product life-cycle planning and 5+ year warranties.

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FBI awards Persistent Systems $100M contract for tactical radio communications system

NEW YORK June 6, 2017 Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”), a leader in Mobile Ad hoc Network (MANET) Technology and developer of Wave Relay®, today announced that it has received a prime award on a $100M Multi-Award IDIQ contract to support the FBI’s Operational Technology Division with the MPU5 communication system. The MPU5 provides a self-forming, self-healing, and extremely scalable wireless IP network to the FBI.

“This IDIQ contract will enable the FBI to deploy our latest MPU5 communication systems,” said Dr. Herbert Rubens, CEO of Persistent Systems. “We are confident that the MPU5 will set a new standard for performance, capability, and features found nowhere else in the industry, and we’re extremely proud to be one of the awardees chosen by the Department of Justice.”
Examples of the performance the MPU5 will provide to support the FBI’s mission:

  • A 3×3 MIMO radio with up to 6 watts of transmit power, providing a secure IP network in any environment or application with usable throughput exceeding 100 Mbps
  • Built-In HD Video Encoder/Decoder to distribute multiple real-time HD video feeds to team members on demand
  • Onboard Android™ Operating System/Data Storage, allowing end users to run ATAK and other software as well as to record/review video footage to enhance situational awareness and increase operational effectiveness.
  • Advanced Audio Architecture with 16 Channels of PTT Audio and Persistent’s Radio over IP (RoIP) capability allowing end users to tether legacy narrow band radios to the MPU5 and put them “on the network.”

Dr. Rubens added, “The MPU5’s vast set of capabilities really translates into enhanced situational awareness for the agents, increased mission success, and an overall enhancement in safety. Additionally, the MPU5 provides an extremely cost effective solution for the Bureau by incorporating so much capability into a single commercial item.”

The MPU5 will be available for purchase via the IDIQ contract commencing on June 1st.

About Persistent Systems, LLC
Headquartered in New York City since 2007, Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”) is a global communications technology company which develops, manufactures, and integrates a patented and secure Mobile Ad Hoc Networking (MANET) system: Wave Relay®. The company’s R&D team has designed wireless networking protocols to support their cutting edge Wave Relay® system and technology. Wave Relay® can transmit and receive data, video, voice and other application data under the most difficult and unpredictable conditions. Persistent’s suite of products is field proven and utilized in Commercial, Military, Government, Industrial, Agriculture, Robotics, and Unmanned System markets.

Please visit http://www.persistentsystems.com to learn more. Follow Persistent Systems on Twitter to get updates on the latest developments @pswaverelay.

Napco Security announces availability of StarLink Fire Dual Path Communications

AMITYVILLE, NY Napco Security is pleased to announce, fresh from the NFPA Expo in Boston, the market debut and availability of StarLink Fire Dual Path Communicator, #SLE-CDMAI-FIRE, part of its award-winning StarLink Fire™ Commercial Fire Alarm Communicators Series, now boasting code-compliance for virtually all applications, in sole or dual path cellular/IP, and with a growing list: NFPA 72, UL, CSFM, NYCFD & LAFD.

Its low-cost, compliance, and easy panel-powered installation, typically in under 15 minutes, makes StarLink Fire™ Sole & Dual Path Cellular/IP Commercial Fire Alarm Communicators an excellent choice, ensuring life-safety / fire alarm systems, old and new, keep communicating in an emergency, despite the rapidly vanishing availability of costly leased landlines. At under $30net, with the unbeatable enhanced StarLink Free for All™ Trade-up Incentive, StarLink will save both time and money. Compatible with all brands of 12V or 24V FACPs, communicating in Contact ID or 4/2, ideal for new or retrofit installations, StarLink Fire Communicators replace up to 2 POT lines per FACP, to save accounts several $1000’s each year, while creating a new dealer-RMR opportunity for the alarm companies that replace POTs, providing StarLink’s proven cellular/IP alarm reporting service in their place.

StarLink offers the broadest, Verizon Network Certified® coverage nationwide, to any central station/office, with fast, full data, via this cyber-protected multibillion-dollar cellular network, ensuring maximum reliability for customers & liability protection for dealers. Also because StarLink Fire offers economical, unlimited-signal service plans to meet any fire-code or AHJ requirement, from NFPA 72®, to UL, to CSFM and including a growing list of those coast-to-coast, such as NYCFD and LAFD, StarLink Fire is not only easy to use, but an easy choice of equipment to standardize on for Fire applications of any brand.

StarLink Fire Dual Path Commercial Fire Alarm Communicators are in stock at all Napco Distributors today. For more on StarLink Communications Solutions, a free training class or for full details on “Free For All” trade-up incentive program, visit www.napcosecurity.com/starlink , call Napco at 1.800.645.9445 or ask at any distributor branch. For product video presentation from NFPA also go to https://youtu.be/I57n0O-DpY4.

About NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc.

NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSSC) is one of the world's leading manufacturers of technologically advanced electronic security equipment including intrusion and fire alarm systems, access control and door locking systems. The Company consists of NAPCO plus three wholly-owned subsidiaries: Alarm Lock, Continental Access, and Marks USA. The products are installed by security professionals worldwide in commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and government applications. NAPCO products have earned a reputation for technical excellence, reliability

Secure Schools Alliance, Research & Education releases final brief in “Securing Our Schools Toolkit”

The Secure Schools Alliance Research and Education (the Alliance) organization has released the final brief in its new toolkit for K-12 learning institutions and law enforcement – Securing Our Schools – entitled “Secure Schools: Part of Healthy Learning Environments.”
 
The Alliance partnered with the Police Foundation to develop this final brief in a series of three, and it addresses a frequent concern raised by parents, educators and students when considering improvements to the security infrastructure of a school facility: Please do not turn the school into a prison.
 
“Schools should be welcoming environments for students, teachers, parents and visitors,” said Alliance Executive Director Robert Boyd. “However, it is also critical that schools not only feel safe, but are truly secure. With today’s technology and materials, it is both possible and necessary to accomplish these goals in an affordable way.”
 
Previously, the Alliance released two other briefs prepared by the Police Foundation, "Starting the Conversation About School Safety" and “Partner Roles and Responsibilities for Securing Schools.” As a whole, the toolkit was designed to engage communities in preparing for and responding to school safety issues.
 
“This partnership has produced an important set of resources for schools, families, youth and communities,” said Chief (ret.) Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation. “Being proactive and prepared within any community, especially in school facilities, is very important to healthy communities.”
 
Recently, the Alliance also released an interactive map of state by state school security policies, resources and legislation and a list of security and safety assessments available for use by schools at no cost.
 
“This brief shows that safety and security are critical to creating a healthy learning environment for students and safe work place for educators,” said Boyd. “We urge anyone concerned about the safety and security in schools to read this brief.”

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