February 15th, 2017

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Day to day operations are demanding. Resources are stretched thin. Budgets are shrinking. Lots of news and learning resources—blogs, podcasts, communities — are available for free online.
Why attend a professional conference? Three reasons:
Focus. Stepping out of your day to day job offers you a physical and mental break from your routine. It affords you the opportunity to take a step back and consider your work at a higher level. Use this new perspective to consider long term goals, evaluate the current state, and plan next steps.
Network. Good conferences attract a variety of professionals from across your industry. You’ll meet others in similar and complementary roles, as well as consultants and vendors. All offer different perspectives and experiences that might help you solve a problem that’s been dogging you for months.
Discover. You don’t know what you don’t know, and you can’t necessarily Google what you don’t know, either. Conferences give you the opportunity to encounter new approaches, products, services and ideas that can spark your imagination and help you take your organization to a new level.
ECT Services is planning to attend four upcoming conferences. We’d love to connect with you!

NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo, May 28 – June 2 in Los Angeles. NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. NAFSA’s 10,000 members represent 3,500 institutions from more than 150 countries.

2017 Healthcare Coalition Conference, September 26 – 28, Hyatt Regency/Lexington Center in Lexington, Ky. The event is planned by the Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers, the state chapter representing the American Society of Healthcare Engineering and Association for the Healthcare Environment.

Kentucky Association of Housing Officers Annual Conference. Dates and details have not yet been announced, but the event is usually held in early October and will be hosted this year at Berea College in Berea, Ky. KAHO provides personal and professional growth opportunities for college and university housing and residence life officers.

Kentucky Plant Management Conference, October 18—19, Embassy Suites Hotel at 1801 Newtown Pike in Lexington, Ky. The event is sponsored by the Kentucky School Plant Management Association, and typically draws more than 300 attendees to breakout sessions, round tables and more.

February 10th, 2017

Peaceful assembly is a time-honored and Constitutionally-protected right in the United States, and many Americans have exercised that right in recent weeks.

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While the majority of protests have been peaceful, some have attracted participation by a few violent outliers. The activities of these few have disrupted otherwise peaceful actions, threatened public safety and resulted in property damage.

What can you do to keep your facility, staff and customers safe in the event of a public protest? Here are a few steps you can take:

Review emergency plans. You’ve probably got plans in place for tornados, fires and active shooters, but do you have a plan in place for protests? Plans should include key staff members, emergency exit routes, communication channels and more. Local law enforcement and insurance carriers are good resources for developing plans.

Review your insurance coverage.  Does your coverage extend beyond property damage? Do you need a rider to cover damage to special features like plate glass? Does your coverage include business interruption? Nailing down these details now, especially if your facility or one nearby is likely to be the object of a protest, could potentially save you a lot of headaches and expense later.

Review security equipment and systems.  Do security cameras cover all building access points? Are they vulnerable to tampering? Does your system allow secure remote access and monitoring? Are storage systems adequate? Keep in mind that you may not lose access to your facility, and may not regain access for some time. Being able to keep an eye on activity remotely and capture data might be essential.

Review social media and news coverage.  Maintain situational awareness online. Follow protest hashtags, and watch conversations for indications that protests may shift from peaceful to violent. Know how you can contact law enforcement quickly in event of an emergency.

February 3rd, 2017

Are you retrofitting an existing building with a new security system? Or perhaps you are embarking on a new construction project, which will include integrated building controls?
Maybe you’ve already put a great deal of thought into your system needs, and perhaps you’ve even done some research into the products and features you want, and discussed your vision with your architect.
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Those are great first steps. Being an informed consumer is always an excellent idea, and working with a knowledgeable professional is well worth the investment of time and other resources.

But when it comes to specialized systems such as access control, temperature control, security and building integration, and additional level of expertise is necessary, too. With the introduction if the Internet of Things, system complexity is increasing exponentially. Having these types of systems designed by someone who specializes in them will ensure quality and performance, and reduce the risk that systems won’t perform up to full potential due to design flaws.

ECT Services will partner with your architect to design and draw a plan for your temperature control, building integration, security and other systems. We don’t compete with your architect; we complement their services for maximum value.

Our design engineers track every element of the systems they design – down to the last plug and screw – and deliver clear, precise, detailed drawings. If design elements are changed during the building process, we update the plans accordingly, so changes can be tracked later.

What does that mean for you? It means updating, expanding and troubleshooting systems will be a much easier process later on, even years after installation. It means you’ll know exactly what elements are included in your system, and you’ll have a complete picture of how they all work together.

Interested in learning more? Call us at (502) 632-4322 to discuss your needs.

January 27th, 2017

HID Global’s Personal Identity Verification (PID) platform was recently recognized as the “Best Identity Management Platform” in the 2016 Homeland Security Awards.

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The Homeland Security Awards are sponsored by Government Security News, a leading trade publication.
HID is one of ECT Service’s trusted partners. HID offerings include physical access control; IT security, including strong authentication/credential management; card personalization; visitor management; government ID; and identification technologies for a range of applications.
“Identity management is the backbone of ensuring sensitive operational capabilities across a myriad of systems and environments,” says Chuck Brooks, a security expert and lead judge of the awards, according to a press release. “HID PIV is a solution providing an innovative technological edge and HID’s authentication technology is already well appreciated by a variety of government users.”
The HID PIV platform, which includes HID PIV Express™, HID PIV Enterprise™ and HID PIV IDMS™ (Identity Management,) is the industry’s first end-to-end identity access management solution, according to the release. HID PIV is suitable for contexts which require higher security to use a single credential for accessing doors, IT systems, networks and data.
HID PIV provides complete identity lifecycle management, including identity proofing, secure credential issuance and use and deprovisioning. The platform unifies physical and IT security systems, and applies trusted credentials and other advanced security capabilities.
Judging was based on the increase in the client organization’s security, technological innovation or improvement, filling a recognized government IT security need, and the flexibility of solution to meet current and future organizational needs.
“HID Global partners with several government agencies, helping to secure the identities of millions of government employees and contractors, so it is gratifying to receive this Homeland Security Award for a new innovation that we are excited to bring to customers,” said Brad Jarvis, Vice President and Managing Director of the IAM Solutions business with HID Global, in the release. “HID PIV provides trusted identities for accessing both IT and physical domains in a more efficient and effective way than was previously available.”
Shooter Detection Systems, another ECT Services partner, was also recognized in the 2016 Homeland Security Awards. SDS Guardian system earned the inaugural “Best Active Shooter Gunshot Detection Solution” award.

January 23rd, 2017

2017 is off to a big start across central and northern Kentucky, thanks to a hiring boom.

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Amazon announced plans to hire 100,000 additional workers in the next 18 months, including 1,000 in its locations across Kentucky.
Charter Communications plans to hire 50 customer service representatives in the greater Cincinnati area, while Cincinnati Bell plans to add another 300.
As companies prepare to scale up operations, it may be time to consider scaling up identity technology.
HID, a leader in secure identity solutions, recently made several predictions about what top trends will heat up the identity technology industry in 2017. The list offers several cues as to what companies might want to be on the look-out for as they seek to upgrade their access controls for expanding workforces. A few notable trends include:


The use of mobile devices as access cards. You can scan your way to discounts using Target’s Cartwheel app on your phone; why not let your phone serve as your access card to your office, too?
Consumer trends are having a big influence on the industry, and using smartphones for just about everything is a leading trend. According to Pew Research, 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone, and many are never more than a few feet away from their smartphones at any given moment. It makes sense to consider using an app on a smartphone to manage access.
Move management to the cloud. As complexity grows, administrators want to be able to manage integrated systems from the cloud, allowing for agility, easier monitoring and updating and more.
Tracking presence and proximity. Companies are looking to use access controls and ID technology not just to control who can go where in a facility, but to track who is going where an d how often. The information gathered can be used to improve energy efficiency, productivity and safety.
Interested in learning more about identity solutions? HID is a trusted partner. Call us at (502) 632-4322 to find out more.

January 13th, 2017

Just days after a gunman killed five and wounded several others at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a major international airport in the United States has decided to include the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System as part of its overall upgrades to strengthen its security.

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The airport is currently not being named, but will be announced when the initial project is complete in the next few months, according to a press release from Shooter Detection Systems (SDS). The system will be integrated with the airport’s paging, access control and video management systems over the next year.
“When the news reports about a deadly shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale airport came in, we had just gathered for the kickoff meeting for this airport project,” said Christian Connors, SDS CEO, in the release. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the tragedy in Ft. Lauderdale. We look forward to continuing our conversations with governing agencies and customers and being a part of the solution to enhance security against the active shooter threat.”
SDS was formed by a team of soldiers that supported the Boomerang Gunshot Detection System in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan, added Connors, and sniper incidents and casualties decreased where the system was used.
According to the release, recent incidents have prompted several airports and other agencies to contact SDS for tests in travel terminals, administration buildings and municipal facilities. Guardian performed well in the tests, detecting 100 percent of all shots fired and triggering no false alerts.
Guardian was named the Best Active Shooter Gunshot Detection System in the 2016 Homeland Security Awards sponsored by Government Security News.
Learn more about Shooter Detection Systems at an upcoming Live Fire event.

January 5th, 2017

Shooter Detection Systems ended the year on a high note with recognition for their Guardian system as “Best Active Shooter Gunshot Detection Solution” in the 2016 Homeland Security Awards, which are sponsored by Government Security News.

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Shooter Detection Systems snagged the inaugural award based on the following criteria:
-Increase in customer base
-Technological innovation or improvement
-Filling a recognized government security need
-Flexibility of solution to meet current and future organizational needs
“Each year the quality and scope of the submissions makes it more difficult to judge. They are all deserving,” said Chuck Brooks, GSN lead judge for the awards.
The award caps off a significant year of growth for Shooter Detection Systems.

On December 5, Shooter Detection Systems announced that its Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System now integrates with Software House’s C•CURE 9000 access control system.

In September, SDS announced a new strategic alliance with open-architecture IP security solution Genetec. The integration enables emergency personnel to follow the active shooter event in real time through the live video feed and floor mapping interface, and also allows the activation of door locking mechanisms and access control to building locations. With the integrated system in place, the response process was reduced from as long as 18 minutes to just five seconds, and included cueing cameras to the shooter location, locking the shooter out of building areas and dispatching first responders.

In February, SDS announced successful integration with Desktop Alert, Inc. The integration allows instant mass notification via social media, audio systems, computer monitors, telephones, mobile devices and fire alarms systems.

Learn more about Shooter Detection Systems at an upcoming Live Fire event.

December 21st, 2016

Recent weeks have brought news of new integrations, products and acquisitions for several ECT Services partners.

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On December 1, HID Global announced the acquisition of Bluvision, adding enterprise Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to its capabilities.
Bluevision offers real-time location system technology, presence and proximity-based location capabilities and condition monitoring solutions as well as cloud infrastructure, gateways, beacons and software as a service (SaaS).The acquisition will expand HID’s real-time asset tracking capabilities and extend HID’s cloud services for access control and related applications.
HID also announced the launch of the industry’s first end-to-end identity access management solution that offers a single credential for accessing doors, IT systems, networks and data. HID PIV unifies physical and IT security systems, a must for government and regulated industries.
On December 5, Shooter Detection Systems announced that its Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System now integrates with Software House’s C•CURE 9000 access control system.
Then integration will provides the ability for instant shot location information, initiation of lock down procedures, capturing live and recorded video from cameras in the incident related areas, and immediate notification to first responders.
On December 15, target=”_blank”>Axis announced it would begin marketing seven new models of Canon network cameras. According to a press release, the cameras include the VB-S30VE, a compact outdoor mini PTZ dome camera, and the VB-H761LVE, an outdoor fixed box camera with 20 times zoom and IR illumination. Most are designed for outdoor surveillance, and all offer HDTV 1080p resolution in full frame rate.
Looking for innovative, effective building integration solutions? We can connect you to the right partners.

December 15th, 2016

Last week, the trial of the man who admitted to shooting and killing nine people at a church got underway.

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When confessed killer Dylann Roof set out to kill black people in an attempt to spark a race war, he specifically chose the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. as the location for his horrific crime in part because he thought it would be an easy target. He counted on attendees to be meet, and resistance to be minimal.

Sadly, the June 2015 shootings at Mother Emanuel were not the first time a house of worship was attacked by a madman with an agenda. In 2012, a Sikh temple in Wisconsin was targeted and six worshippers were killed;  a grandfather and grandson attending an activity at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas City, Kansas were gunned down in 2014; seven attendees at a youth rally were killed at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1999.

Add to that the dozens of other types of deadly incidents that occur on properties of faith-based organizations each year, and it is clear that churches, synagogues, temples and other sacred spaces are at risk.

What makes them vulnerable? The reasons are varied.

Faith communities may be targeted for their beliefs, ethnic or religious makeup, as in the case of the Charleston shooting. Faith-based gathering places also tend to be open and welcoming by design, so it is not difficult to gain access. Troubled people also tend to seek out help from religious leaders, and incidents sparked by mental health, domestic violence and issues may erupt on church property. Faith-based organizations are also often employers, and are not immune from workplace violence.

What can houses of worship do to reduce risk? Resources are available from a variety of sources. Most major church insurers offer comprehensive guidebooks and training (see here and here), as do many denominational organizations. Houses of worship should also work with local law enforcement agencies for advice and training.

Houses of worship may also consider enhancements to facilities by adding security features such as video surveillance and gunshot detection, both of which are offered by ECT Services.

The Guardian gunshot detection system developed by Shooter Detection Systems, which works by using acoustic and infrared sensors to instantly identify gunshots. The precise location of the gunshots is noted, and authorities are alerted immediately. Warnings are also instantly sent out to people in the facility and vicinity advising them to evacuate or take cover. This video demonstrates the basics of the system.

Interested in learning more? Register for our Live Fire event.

December 12th, 2016

“Utah community mourns in the wake of school shooting.”
That’s the headline we are not reading this week, thanks to parents who recognized something was amiss with their sons’ behavior, and raced to disarm him moments after he fired his first round inside a classroom.

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The mother and father noticed their 15-year-old son was acting strangely, and later realized he had taken the family’s shotgun and handgun. They were able to disarm the boy before he hurt anyone or himself.
The incident comes the same week that Sandy Hook Promise, a gun violence prevention group founded and led by families of those killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary school, kicked off a campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the signs that someone may be at risk of committing an act of gun violence. The campaign includes a chilling PSA that illustrates how subtle but clear the signs that a teen may be contemplating violence can be.
According to the group’s Know the Signs guide, signals that someone is at risk of hurting themselves or others may include:
1. A strong fascination with firearms or acts of mass violence.
2. Aggressive behavior triggered for seemingly minor reasons.
3. A sudden change in academic performance or aspirations for the future.
4. Real or perceived feelings that they are picked on or persecuted by others, and isolation from others.
5. Unsupervised or illegal access to firearms.
6. Overt threats of violence, which may be verbal, written, pictures or videos. Eighty percent of school shooters told someone of their plans ahead of time.