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KME is the Security Integrator of the Year

ImageThe Security Integrator of the Year is KM Enterprise Solutions of Mississauga, Ont., selected for the work it did on a complex integration project for the Art Gallery of Ontario.



August 28, 2008
By Jennifer Brown

The project, which coincides with a major renovation of the gallery,
located in Toronto, was designed to secure many of the province’s most
valued works of art. KM Enterprise Solutions, a part of Chubb Canada,
was chosen by members of the SP&T News editorial advisory board,
who said the project demonstrated true integration utilizing a variety
of security products.

“I read the nomination several times and I think it’s one that stuck
out for me — it clearly demonstrated the integration that took place,”
says Bob Gauvreau, manager of corporate security with the City of
Ottawa and an SP&T News editorial advisory board member. “For me,
the projects that stood out were the ones for the AGO and the Calgary
Court.”

Honourable mention was given to Convergint Technologies for its work
creating a $5 million integrated security system at the Calgary Court
Centre.

The Calgary Court project was commissioned by construction and
engineering firm SNC-Lavalin ProFac,  which manages the project for the
Government of Alberta. They sub-contracted the security portion of the
project to Convergint Technologies.

“It was a very complex implementation. It had some unique technologies
so there was a lot of integration work that did go on in the court
centre,” says Carol DiPanfilo, vice-president of Dedicated Micros
Canada. “I also feel that because the client was the one that nominated
the integrator, that was important. It’s what’s on the piece of paper –
that customer nominated Convergint.”

Over the course of the two-year project, Convergint installed a
dedicated Ethernet LAN and integrated the latest in video surveillance,
access control and intercom. More than 800 Pelco Endura IP-encoded
analogue video cameras were installed. Lenel’s OnGuard access control
system monitors 700 doors and manages 1,700 credentials. The technology
solution also includes more than 100 “detention” doors, an intercom
system and hundreds of duress buttons located throughout the complex
for rapid notification and response.

All visitors must pass through a secure lobby with metal detectors and
X-ray, designed to prevent weapons and explosives from entering the
building. The entire security network is monitored 24/7 from the main
control room.

Overall, judges felt the KM Enterprise Solutions submission was the
stronger nomination. The project involved integration of intrusion
detection, flood protection, access control and video surveillance and
asset tracking/control.

“I think the Integrator of the Year should demonstrate that it used
innovative new technology and unique applications and was a challenge,”
says DiPanfilo. “The integrator is the business partner who takes all
the technologies available and puts it all together.”

“It’s about determining who took all the musical instruments and made the best orchestra,” added Gauvreau.

In the KM Enterprise project, it was Chubb Canada that nominated the AGO project.

Watch for the October issue of SP&T News for in-depth stories on these projects.

The Security Integrator of the Year competition is sponsored by Anixter
Canada. The winners will be honoured at a dinner hosted by SP&T
News
and Anixter in October.