AxonX to protect historic Annapolis home

SSN Staff  - 
Tuesday, May 1, 2007

SPARKS, Md.--AxonX executives are hoping a pilot project at a historic home in Annapolis will open the door to one of its target markets--museums, art galleries and historic buildings.
Venues in this market have "historically important contents that are irreplaceable. If the Annapolis Historic Foundation is happy with us, they may pass on a good word to the National Historic Trust and you may find axonX installed at the Alamo or any other historic sight in the U.S. in the future," said Bob Dannenfelser, axonX manager of global product services.
The video fire analytics company this month will donate and install its Signifire detection system at the William Paca house in Annapolis. Paca was a founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence. His home, which is overseen by The Annapolis Historic Foundation, is considered one of the most important historical homes in the country. Recently, the home had a small transformer fire and its "fairly expensive sniffer system" did not detect the fire. (The fire did not cause any major damage.)
AxonX cameras will be installed in this room, an electrical utility room, and elsewhere.
Historic homes, museums and galleries are particularly well suited to axonX's systems, Dannenfelser said, because the axonX system includes "a very small unobtrusive camera that can go into a room without destroying the historic nature of the home and provide not only security, but fire and smoke detection as well." Patricia Blick, vice president of preservation and education for the foundation said the group is working with axonX partner, Johnson Controls "proceeding carefully to work out the details of the installation."