Buildings in Houston County install new integrated security system

Marisol Gallagher

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HOUSTON — Buildings in Harris County, Texas, have installed a next-generation upgrade to their security systems to make them more efficient and easier to operate.

The new Honeywell system will integrate access control, security cameras, alarms and monitoring across nearly 150 buildings situated over 1,777 square miles in Houston and the surrounding areas.

Honeywell’s Pro-Watch Intelligent Command security management system will be able to network video recorders, video cameras, thermal readers and thermal cameras. The new system provides detailed, real-time information about alarm events, access and safety across the county.

Texas-based security integrator, ESI Fire and Security Protection, worked with Harris County to identify gaps in security and implement a streamlined platform.

“The security and well-being of the Harris County employees, visitors and residents is always a top priority,” said retired Maj. Gen. Rick Noriega, interim executive director, Harris County Universal Services. “This project allowed us to improve our systems and gain better insights into the county’s buildings to provide a safer environment. The solutions provided by Honeywell and ESI also better set the county up for the future – we can test and actively add technologies to address new needs with this flexible but scalable system.”

Before the integrated upgrade, each county building used different security products on separate networks, creating an overly complicated system and increased employee work.

“Through a collaborative effort with the county and ESI teams, we created a more efficient and safer environment for people who work and visit Harris County public buildings,” said Rick Koscinski, general manager, North America, Honeywell Commercial Security.

“With a county as large as Harris County, it was no surprise that they had multiple, disconnected systems put in place over the years which limited efficiency and connectedness. Now the county has a fully customized solution that is built to evolve with its needs that will not only help increase safety and awareness but also create an improved building experience for its employees and building visitors,” he concluded.

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