What Level of Security Does Your Organization Require?

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HEALTHCARE

Hospitals, Doctor's Offices, Assisted Living Centers, and Urgent Care Facilities

A hospital is like a small city, heavily populated during the day, less so at night. The security master plan must provide doctors, nurses and hospital staff with freedom of movement while tightening security in key areas such as infant care, drug storage and patient records, especially at night.

EDUCATION

Public Schools (K-12), Universities, Technical Institutes, and Private Campuses

During the day, teachers and school administrators are the best providers of security for students. After the school day is concluded, security levels must be increased through the effective use of surveillance cameras, guard patrols and a reduced number of access points.

ENTERPRISE

Corporate Offices, Banking, Tech Companies, and Legal Offices
24/7 People & Property Protection . The duty of any building owner or property manager is to provide a safe, secure environment for all building occupants, including tenants, employees and visitors. The process begins with a thorough security analysis and the formulation of a security master plan.

RETAIL

Shopping Malls, Local Businesses, Super Markets, and Restaurants
As businesses increase in size and complexity, tight security has become more reliant on closed circuit television monitoring of high-risk areas such parking structures, loading docks and main entries. The use of a security center and mobile guard teams enable security personnel to response rapidly in an emergency.

Peace of mind. That’s what architects, owners, safety directors and facility managers are seeking in a well-designed asset protection program.

It begins with a clear understanding of what you expect your security master plan to accomplish. Then it’s a matter of matching the three critical elements of security – architectural, technical and operational – with your realities of time, space, cost and business continuity.

IT Consulting Group & Associates is on the leading edge of the security consulting profession. Founded in 1986, we have a veteran staff whose average tenure in consulting and design is 18 years. These professionals are busy working on major projects for corporations, government agencies and A/E firms who are responsible for the level of security at all types of facilities, from airports and embassies to healthcare centers and high-rise office buildings.

And that’s just the beginning. Using the scope of The IT Consulting Group, we also can integrate your fire protection engineering, construction management and training requirements into a single-source proposal. So not only do we provide a better solution to your project challenge, we also save you (and your clients) time and money

  • Architects and engineers appreciate IT Consulting Group because our recommendations are not only technically excellent, but also meet their desired design objectives.
  • Owners like the fact we have the experience to provide solutions they can afford, today and in the future.
  • This combination of technical excellence and value is the main reason we’re chosen to participate in leading projects throughout the world
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What We Do

Threat Assessment and Security Audits. Comprehensive evaluations of existing security measures, systems and procedures to identify deficiencies and provide recommendations for limiting losses and minimizing business continuity interruptions.

Master Planning. Development of enterprise-wide security plans to address the requirements of a project to combine effective architectural-based security, operating procedures and security systems into an integrated plan; and to reduce capital operating and maintenance costs while meeting established security performance standards.

Emergency Response Planning. Definition of possible emergency scenarios and creation of a step-by-step action plan for any type of disaster, emergency or event.

Operations Planning. Analysis and evaluation of an organization’s security manpower needs and development of appropriate control solutions using combinations of security management, investigative, in-house and outside guard service personnel.

Physical Security Consulting. Evaluation of existing architectural elements affecting security necessary to develop effective solutions involving force protection, site hardening and physical barriers.

Technical System Design. Planning, development and design of reliable, integrated and cost-effective security management and enterprise systems including:

  • Command Control Centers
  • Alarm Monitoring and Control
  • Access Control
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Television Surveillance and Assessment
  • Security Communications
  • Asset Management/Monitoring

Executive Protection. Development of proactive advance security procedures, measures and training programs designed to provide a sufficient level of protection to dignitaries, senior management and their families.

Information Protection. Analysis of an organization’s assets including intellectual property, personnel, information and communications for the purpose of developing protection strategies, policies and procedures commensurate with security risks and threats.

Training and Support. Coordination and quality control of end user and maintenance training; contract closeout activities; and periodic system performance and effectiveness assessments.

Building Systems Integration. Integration of security systems with fire protection, elevator control, human resource database, mechanical and other building systems to achieve code, performance, economic, service and operational objectives.

Bidding and Construction Management. Assistance with bidding, negotiation and executing the security systems contract; on-site monitoring of the progress of the security systems installation; and performance of the final testing and acceptance of the completed systems to assure on-time and on-budget completion.

Maintenance Management. Planning and implementation of security system testing and maintenance programs; including database development and audits

Safety Audits. Conducting of comprehensive audits of existing physical safety equipment, written plans, systems and procedures to identify deficiencies.

Safety Plan Development. Development of detailed written safety programs providing step-by-step guidelines to meet the needs of the client’s facility and employees while complying with OSHA and local requirements.

Safety Training. Creation and coordination of training for employees and management to ensure that the safety program is compliant with OSHA training requirements and utilized to the client’s maximum benefit.

Emergency Evacuation Planning. Development of plans and procedures to provide for the safe, orderly evacuation of a facility in the event of a fire, severe weather, bomb threat, workplace violence or other safety-related situation.

Security Systems Management . Creation of programs to manage the security assets of a company, including theft investigation, CCTV, access control systems and guard services.

Safety Committee Organization. Assistance in organization of a safety-minded group dedicated to increasing the safety awareness in the client company

Strategic Planning. Discussion of operational challenges and development of potential solutions to accomplish the project’s objectives with the A/E’s design parameters and the owner’s budget and completion timetable.

Schematic Planning. Gathering and analysis of data input necessary to provide the required voice, data and audio-visual capabilities; and to determine the structural, mechanical and electrical issues which the design team must consider.

Facility Design. Provision of AV/communications expertise to the design team regarding space planning and architectural elements which could affect system operation and performance.

Systems Design. Integration of AV/communications systems to meet a wide range of user needs while providing state-of-the-art performance within budgetary restrictions. Systems include:

  • Audio-Visual Projection and Graphic Display
  • Environmental and Lighting Control
  • Cable, Coaxial, Baseband and RF Distribution
  • General, Emergency and Automated Paging
  • Intercom Systems
  • Multimedia and Distribution
  • Telecommunications
  • Voice/Data, LAN and WAN
  • Web-based E-learning
  • Structured Wiring
  • Media Retrieval
  • Video Teleconferencing
  • Audio-Video Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production
  • Operational Design . Balancing of innovative technology with the ability of the client’s staff to operate, maintain and support the
  • AV/communications systems.

Engineering Documentation. Transfer of space and system designs into engineering drawings for the facility, its systems, equipment, special racking and consoles.

Bid Process Management. Preparation of detailed bid specifications, design drawings and equipment schedules for the required systems, equipment and installation services to permit solicitation of bid proposals from qualified contractors.

Construction Monitoring. Providing on-site inspection services on behalf of the client to ensure the systems are installed properly.

Post-Construction Support. Periodic evaluation of systems performance at regularly scheduled intervals to ensure the client’s system users reach an optimal level of comfort and effectiveness in system utilization.

System Enhancements. Consultation to provide clients with enhanced solutions as their utilization of the facility changes, AV/communications requirements change and technology evolves.

Training. Familiarization of the client’s key AV/communications personnel with the operational features and care/use/maintenance of the equipment according to the manufacturers’ guidelines.

Who We Work With

At IT Consulting Group, we understand your challenges of form and function. As security, safety and AV/communications consultants, we’ve gained a wealth of experience participating with architects on design teams for leading-edge projects. So we can bring value-added solutions to your next project…

Master Planning .
Development of security plans to achieve your objectives and provide on-schedule, on-budget performance.

Technical System Design .
Integration of proven technology to achieve maximum levels of security with minimum disruption to facility operations.

Building Systems Integration.
Integration of security systems with other building systems to achieve code, performance, economic, service and operational objectives

At IT Consulting Group, we understand the importance of safeguarding corporate assets and providing first class communications. As security, safety and AV/communications consultants, we’ve gained a wealth of experience working with corporate directors on facilities ranging from international headquarters to industrial plants. That’s why we can bring value-added solutions to your next project?

Business Risk Analysis.
Evaluation of security and safety risks leading to solutions that are compatible with the needs of the facility and its architects/engineers, managers and insurance carriers.

AV/Communications
From planning and design to construction management and training, a complete range of services to create solutions for your audiovisual and communications needs.

Master Planning.
Development of integrated plans to achieve your objectives and provide on-schedule, on-budget performance.

At IT Consulting Group, we understand just how important it is for a developer to control every aspect of a project. As security, safety and AV/communication consultants, we’ve gained a wealth of experience participating on project teams for leading developers. For example, we can have a positive impact on your project with:

Master Planning .
Development of comprehensive integrated plans to achieve your objectives and provide on-schedule, on-budget performance.

Construction Site Project Management .
Experienced professionals on-site to help you manage the construction contracts, expedite construction, resolve potential claims and represent the owner’s interests.

Training.
Familiarization of your client’s personnel with the operational features and use/care/maitenance of the security and AV/Communications systems

At IT Consulting Group, we understand your mandate for value engineering. As security, safety and AV/communications consultants, we’ve gained a wealth of experience participating with engineers on design teams for leading-edge projects. So we can bring value-added solutions to your next project…

Master Planning.
Development of comprehensive security plans to achieve your objectives and provide on-schedule, on-budget performance.

Technical System Design .
Use of proven technology in efficient designs creted to achieve maximum levels of security for people, property and business assets.

Building Systems Integration.
Integration of security systems with other building systems to achieve code, perofrmance, econimic, services and operational objectives.

At IT Consulting Group, we understand the importance of fulfilling the public trust. As security, safety and AV/communications consultants, we have participated successfully on government projects ranging from embassy security to courthouse renovation. That’s why we can offer a complete portfolio of value-added consulting services, including:

Threat Assessments and Security Audits.
Evaluations of your existing security measures, systems and procedures to identify deficiencies and provide recommendations for improvements.

Master Planning .
Development of integrated plans to achieve your objectives and provide on-schedule, on-budget performance.

Construction Site Project Management.
Experienced professionals on-site to help you manage the construction contracts, expedite construction, resolve potential claims and represent the owner’s interest.

At IT Consulting Group, we understand the importance of fiscal responsibility in building construction and renovation. As security, safety and AV/communications consultants, we have provided our expertise on leading projects throughout the world. Our veteran consultants can make a significant difference over the entire lifecycle of your buildings:

Master Planning .
Development of integrated plans to achieve your objectives and provide on-schedule, on-budget performance.

Construction Site Project Management.
Experienced professionals on-site to help you manage the construction contracts, expedite construction, resolve potential claims and represent the owner’s interest.

Maintenance Management .
Implementation of a maintenance program – audits, database development, inspection, testing and service – necessary to maximize the effectiveness and lifespan of your security systems.

Who We Serve

Assembly facilities pose unique security challenges involving these key considerations:

Crowd Control . The smooth and safe movement of large numbers of people through access/egress points must be managed at all times. This requires a master security plan implemented and updated by trained personnel.

Separation . Assembly facilities, such as auditoriums and convention halls, must have 24-hour protection for public areas as well as back-of-the-house operations. Through the use of access control measures, occupants and employees can be afforded different levels of access to specific areas of the facility.

Surveillance . Due to the size, complexity and operation of a typical assembly facility, state-of-the-art surveillance of the perimeter and interior areas should be provided and integrated into a professionally staffed control center.

Corporate real estate poses unique security challenges involving these key considerations:

24/7 People & Property Protection . The duty of any building owner or property manager is to provide a safe, secure environment for all building occupants, including tenants, employees and visitors. The process begins with a thorough security analysis and the formulation of a security master plan.

Lobby Screening . The main access point for a building is through its lobby area. With advances in technology, there are systems available to screen materials ranging from metals and resins to chemical, biological and radiological substances.

Workplace Violence Protection . With the exception of high-profile terrorist targets, the biggest threat to the security of most buildings is workplace violence. The keys to dealing with such events involve a sound access control system, an aleart security force and safety training for building employees and tenant

Education facilities pose unique security challenges involving these key considerations:

Layers of Security . During the day, teachers and school administrators are the best providers of security for students. After the school day is concluded, security levels must be increased through the effective use of surveillance cameras, guard patrols and a reduced number of access points.

Access Points . In most campus layouts, entrance to a building is through a single point of access, which can be monitored. For safety reasons, egress must be provided through multiple exit locations. The challenge of the security system is detect and respond to instances of breeches at normally locked access points.

After-Hours Public Access . Most schools – especially auditoriums and gymnasiums – offer access to the public at night and on weekends. The security master plan must take this into account and deny access to the remainder of the school, including offices, classrooms, labs and storage areas

Government facilities projects pose unique security challenges involving these key considerations:

Terrorism Targets . Government buildings – from embassies abroad to Federal courthouse in the U.S. – are prime terrorist targets. To protect building occupants, the level of access control must be increased significantly through the use of advanced video surveillance technology employed by top-notch, trained security personnel.

Enhanced Screening . As terrorists become more sophisticated in their approaches, high-risk government buildings must respond to the challenge with advanced screening systems. In addition to traditional metal detectors, there are proven systems available to screen for other weapons materials including chemical, biological and radiological substances

Healthcare facilities pose unique security challenges involving these key considerations:

Layers of Security . A hospital is like a small city, heavily populated during the day, less so at night. The security master plan must provide doctors, nurses and hospital staff with freedom of movement to do their vital tasks while tightening security in key areas such as infant care, drug storage and patient records, especially at night.

Surveillance and Response .With a limited number of security personnel, most healthcare facilities must rely on perimeter and interior surveillance cameras to monitor parking lots, access points and high-security areas. This surveillance must be coupled with a security center manned by well-trained people who are experienced in rapid response to all types of events.

Communications Access for Patients . Today’s patients, especially children, expect high-speed internet access to information and entertainment venues. As many hospital complexes are also medical training centers, the use of advanced av/communications systems is vital to the hospital’s profitability and time management for medical personnel

Hospitality facilities pose unique security challenges involving these key considerations:

Area Separation . Hotels and hospitality venues are separated into two distinct sections: the front-of-house public area where people register, congregate, dine and gain access to their rooms; and the back-of-house areas including kitchens, loading docks, laundry facilities and offices. The master security plan must provide for separate levels of security to accommodate the unique risks of both sections.

Lobby Security . Guest safety begins at the main lobby where access to large occupancy venues (ballrooms, restaurants, meeting rooms), elevators and guest rooms can be monitored. Once in their rooms, guests are further protected by key numbering systems, door locks, room safes for valuables and communication with the front desk.

After-Hours Access . At night, guest security should be increased by limiting the access points open during the day to a single main lobby access. The use of surveillance cameras in parking facilities and loading docks combined with roving security personnel can further reduce the risk of an intrusion.

Industrial facilities pose unique security challenges involving these key considerations:

Plant-wide Surveillance . Industrial plants are prone to theft of materials and finished goods by people from both outside and inside the facility. To counteract this costly threat, efficient, effective methods of closed circuit television surveillance and materials screening should be in place at all access/egress points.

Access Control . In an environment where time is money, the access control systems for employees and vendors must be designed for the efficient flow of people in and out of the plant. Often, this can be accomplished with a plant-wide system of access control cards combined with package screening systems at major access points.

Safety Management . Whether the threat comes from a disgruntled employee or a natural disaster, such as a tornado, every plant should develop, practice and continuously improve upon their emergency response program. Employees should know what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency.

Mixed-use facilities pose unique security challenges involving these key considerations:

Diverse Security Requirements . The occupancy of a mixed-use facility includes retail tenants and shoppers, theater attendees and condominium residents. Each group has a different view of security. Each of these needs must be addressed and balanced in a master security plan that takes into account the diverse nature of the facility and what could threaten its security at any given time.

Emergency Communications . Due to different security approaches for specific areas of a mixed-use facility, there can be confusion in an emergency such as a fire or intrusion. The most important factor in an emergency is how well building officials can communicate with all the building occupants to assure life safety and security.

24/7 Protection . Good security for a mixed-use facility is determining who belongs where at any time of the day or night. This requires the establishment of flexible levels of security which can be employed in specific areas at specific times (for example, the control of visitor access to residential areas at night).

Retail facilities pose unique security challenges involving these key considerations:

Surveillance . As retail shopping malls increase in size and complexity, tight security has become more reliant on closed circuit television monitoring of high-risk areas such parking structures, store loading docks and main entries to the mall. The use of a security center and mobile guard teams enable security personnel to response rapidly in an emergency.

Theft Reduction . In most cases, tenants furnish their own security systems based on the value of their merchandise. Normally, these systems are tied into the mall’s security center. Many systems also feature surveillance of employees in cash handling areas as well as customers throughout the store to reduce thefts and shoplifting activities.

Back-of-house Protection . Since much of the re-stocking of mall stores takes place at night, loading docks and storage areas are of prime concern in the development of a security master plan. Not only do they contain valuable merchandise, they also represent access points to the shopping facility’s entire back-of-house operations

Themed entertainment complexes pose unique security hallenges involving these key considerations:

People & Package Screening. As attendance at themed entertainment parks and venues continues to grow each year, so does the threat of an explosive device or chemical/biological/radiological weapon being smuggled into the facility. While screening operations must not impede the orderly flow of visitors into the park, the use of advanced screening technology can offer an increased ability to detect a wide variety of dangerous materials.

Facility-wide Surveillance. Surveillance of visitors must begin as soon as people enter the park grounds, i.e. in the parking lots. This vigilance must be extended to every area of the park, both public and back-of-house operations to ensure that potential security threats and breaches are spotted in their earliest possible stages.

Transportation facilities pose unique security challenges involving these key considerations:

Preventive Surveillance . An invaluable element of effective security for transportation facilities is the use of “spotters” equipped with the latest video software. The technology enables these spotters to process rapidly large volumes of video. Their training and experience allows them to identify and detain suspicious persons before an actual event occurs.

Increased Screening . As terrorist activities continue to increase worldwide, transportation systems throughout the U.S. will begin to increase the use of state-of-the-art screening systems at airports and commuter rail stations as well as on trains, buses and ferries. In addition, the public will be asked to increase their vigilance during daily commuting and transportation activities.

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