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Active shooters are a liability risk

If an active shooter targets your facility, will your insurance policy protect you against claims from victims?

It’s hard to tell.

Current insurance policies aren’t clear, and neither is case law. That leaves open the possibility that if an active shooter causes harm in your facility, you could be open to a lawsuit from victims, and your insurance provider might push back against covering you.
As a result, some carriers are now offering stand along active shooter policies, according to a post on InsuranceJournal.com.

One program cited in the article includes liability coverage for “lawsuits arising from harm caused by attacks using deadly weapons.” The program also features risk assessment and crisis management services, as well as event responders and post-event counseling services.
Insurers originally began by offering the coverage to educational institutions, but now the coverage is offered to all types, including hospitals, sporting venues, retailers, religious organizations and more.

Business and organizations should also consider including fully integrated shooter detection systems alongside other safety and comfort systems like fire detection and suppression systems and HVAC systems.

Shooter Detection System’s Guardian uses acoustic and infrared sensors to instantly identify gunshots inside a facility. 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. Guardian gunshot detection can also be integrated with a number of other systems, including text alerts, incident management dashboards and building systems like door locks and video surveillance.

The instantaneous response significantly cuts response time and reduces the opportunity for human error.

Interested in learning more about the Guardian active shooter detection system? Register now for one of our Live Fire events to see a live demonstration, or call us at (502) 632-4322.

ECT Services partners continue growth

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.

Again.

The news this weekend was horrifyingly familiar.

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A gunman opened fire in a popular Orlando, Fla. nightclub over the weekend, taking the lives of 50 patrons and wounding scores of others before he was finally gunned down by police.

According to a timeline of the shooting put together by CNN, the shooter entered the nightclub and began shooting at 2:02 a.m. Survivors say that the shooting went on as long as an entire song, perhaps three or four minutes. A uniformed police officer working extra duty at the club responded within the first moments. By 2:09 a.m., just seven minutes after the attack began, Pulse posted a message to Facebook advising patrons to get out of the club and keep running.

In just a few brief, terrifying moments of chaos, many innocent lives were taken, and many more lives were altered forever.

Perhaps the worst part is realizing it can happen again, and it probably will.

Community leaders and lawmakers will continue to grapple with solutions. In the meantime, business owners and building managers will do the best they can to reduce risks and protect employees and guests. Some ideas:

Plan an active shooter drill. Resources are available to help you start the conversation and identify steps.

Talk to children about gun violence.

Carefully consider automated detection, security and notification systems.

Growing our team: Scott Kohler

We’re pleased to announce that Scott Kohler has been promoted to Sales Manager.

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Kohler, who has more than 15 years of sales and leadership experience, took the reins of the Controls and Security Sales Team on June 1.

“Scott demonstrates strong leadership and is instrumental in developing the growth of the business,” said Jeff Murphy, president and CEO of ECT Services.

Scott joined the ECT Services team three years ago, and most recently served as service account manager. His goal is to continue delivering a strong customer experience.

“I love what I do, where I do it, and I love working with and helping people,” said Kohler.

But what would he be doing if he wasn’t the sales manager at ECT Services? The avid golfer would love to turn pro.

When he’s not at work, the University of Louisville graduate enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing, enjoying his friends or cheering on the Cardinals.

No one is giving away free Ray-Bans on Facebook.

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Here’s the thing: no one is giving away free Ray-Bans on Facebook. Or even discounted ones.

That $100 Kroger gift card? It’s a fake. Ditto the Aldi’s discount.

You’ve probably noticed spammy links clogging your newsfeed or posted on your wall by a friend. Those spammy links lead to phishing scams, hacks and malware. How can you avoid getting sucked in?

Don’t click those links. Just don’t. Be cautious about any links you click, even if they appear to be from a friend. Poor grammar, sensational content and outrageous discounts all scream spam. Clicking that link could unleash malicious scripts on your computer and turn it into a spambot, compromising your reputation.

Don’t accept duplicate friend requests. If you see a friend request from someone who is already a friend, don’t accept it. Alert your friend that their account has been compromised.

Change passwords frequently. Change your social media passwords frequently, across all of your accounts. Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts, either, as tempting as that may be.

Clean up those third party apps. If you’ve taken a quiz or played a game on Facebook, you’ve probably given a third party permission to access your account in some way – including your friends list. Now’s the time to go through that list and clean up access. These instructions will walk you through the steps.

Resist the urge to take that quiz. Quizzes can be fun, especially if all your friends are taking them. Is discovering that your unicorn name should be Sparkle McGlitterpants really worth compromising your security? Probably not. Those quizzes are often just a way to gain access to your info and spread malicious links. Avoid them.

Scan your computer for malware. Regularly scan your computer for viruses and malware using software from a credible source.

Now hiring: Integration Security Control Design Engineer

Put your great skills to work by joining our team.

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**Integration Security Control Design Engineer***

(Louisville, KY)

Position Summary:

The individual expected to be proficient in applying engineering principles and practices for all Security Controls Projects. Fire Alarm design capabilities preferred.  This person is expected to meet performance standards as set by the Operations Manager, exhibit a high level of leadership, demonstrate initiative and take ownership for projects successful design and implementation.   This individual is responsible for maintaining regular contact with staff, owners and property managers, effectively communicate to project managers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate proficiency applying engineering principles
  • Assist Account Managers with project design
  • Attend and lead sales to operations pass down meetings
  • Coordinate with contractors and customers all engineering requirements on security projects
  • Coordinate project schedule and all project related information with Project Managers
  • Obtain all materials required to engineer and execute projects
  • Complete in a timely fashion all design documents to meet the scope, plans and specifications
  • Obtain and review submittals
  • Complete engineering design sheet and product cut sheet submittal
  • Respond to submittal review/responses
  • Assist with as-builts
  • Respond to all Request for Information documents
  • Complete procurement documents for procurement
  • Coordinate with all required parties on all proposed design packages
  • Track and maintain all engineering phases of assigned projects
  • Schedule CAD resources with Department Manager
  • Perform site walkthroughs as required
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Qualifications

Education/Experience:

  • Mechanical/Electrical Degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years Security Integration industry experience
  • Experienced in both new and retrofit construction projects
  • Programming knowledge and experience with Lenel, Bosch, etc.
  • Goal oriented with a strong desire to succeed
  • Ability to work independently or in team environment
  • Positive Attitude
  • Posses excellent oral, written and verbal communication
  • Desire to grow and overcome challenges
  • Ability to interact with customers, field staff, management and office team
  • Knowledge of Fire Alarm design a plus
  • Proficient in CAD or Visio, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

For more information or to apply, please  contact David Stumler:

dstumler@ectservices.com

502-632-4322

 

Small business to small business

At ECT Services, we are proud to bring the “small business” touch to our customers to help us stand out from the big name corporate competitors.  Our sales mentality is relationship driven and customer service focused.  We strive to be seen as a trusted advisor that keeps the customer needs first.

The goal of our account team is to introduce new technology as it becomes available and keep in mind applications that would apply to the individual customer needs.  In the fast-paced world we live in, new technology is constantly creating more effective and efficient ways to simplify managing a facility.  We don’t want to just introduce a product, but rather the entire solution the product can help provide.  We want to be that expert and resource to know your facility and do the research to help you learn about and select the right system for your needs.   We feel that if we truly understand our client’s underlying interests and needs, then we can work toward a full comprehensive solution versus a quick band-aide for the immediate problem.

The key attributes of a sales team is not only be knowledgeable, but also credible and reliable.  We use our engineering resources and office support to ensure that you will have an quick response and a team you can rely on.

We look forward to working with you soon!

Kari Guy

Vice President of Sales

ECT Services, Inc.