Drawers, not doors

One integrator looks to lock down more within the enterprise
Friday, August 13, 2010

CAMP HILL, Pa.—Last we heard from Steve Chianos and C&C Security Systems, his JeSS system for portable job-site security was just getting off the ground, offering access control, time and attendance, video surveillance with up to eight or 16 cameras, fire detection and intrusion protection all in one package. Unfortunately, said Chianos, before it could really catch on, the construction industry completely collapsed: “This is the worst I’ve seen in 20 years,” he said.

So, it was back to the drawing board, and he’s now invented an access control system for filing cabinets, the Record Master RMS, whereby the filing cabinets come pre-wired so that the locking system can be controlled by virtually any reader technology, including those that are FIPS 201 compliant. “I was thinking at the time: ‘How do we approach customers and give them something no one else can?’ This way we can provide an audit account of who’s been in the records, and I haven’t seen any way of doing that when they’re exposed on open shelves or in unlocked cabinets.”

For those who need to comply with HIPAA or Sarbanes-Oxley, this is a very real concern, and Chianos thinks he has a unique solution, which can integrate with whatever access control they’ve already got installed in a facility. “You just slap the reader on, and it’s as easy as adding a door,” he said. It’s even rigged so that a lipstick camera can be integrated to provide an image of every person who accesses the files.

Currently, Chianos is working with HON cabinets, and has 8,000 square feet of warehouse space ready to ramp up production.

The cabinets will wholesale for less than $900.

“When you point out the changes made last year in the fine structure for HIPAA and SOX violations their interest increases,” Chianos said of potential customers. “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [passed on Feb. 13, 2009] increased the maximum fine per record from $10,000 to $50,000. This means that if an employee at a hospital copies 15 records and sells the information, the hospital can be fined between $100 and $50,000 per record. Where they fall in this fine structure is based upon their ‘willful negligence’ in handling their records, meaning a judge will decide how proactive they were in preventing this theft from happening and establish a fine per record stolen.

“This won't be pushed by auditors,” he continued, “but by lawyers looking to file law suits for identity theft and the misuse of records.”

Currently, Chianos is seeking sales reps to push the product. Currently, he has coverage for Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, North Carolina and Missouri.”