`Evolutionary leap forwardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢
IRVINE, Calif., and IRVING, Texas--BrinkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Home Security announced on Dec. 4 it had implemented a total deployment of Secure Global SolutionsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ new monitoring software solution, stages, across all of its accounts.
SGS vice president Hank Goldberg said the agreement with BHS displays the power and reach of the stages system. Ã¢â‚¬Å“BrinkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Home Security has converted a hundred percent,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“So we have one-point-three million accounts being monitored at BrinkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Home Security on our software already.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Equipment and software were installed in two BrinkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Home Security facilities - Dallas and Knoxville, Tenn. - where the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s monitoring operations are located.
Rob Trotter, senior vice president and chief information officer at BHS, said he appreciated the smooth, trouble-free manner in which the complex, company-wide switch to stages was handled. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one of the best experiences IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever had,Ã¢â‚¬Â Trotter said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We needed to be off of our platform that we were on, that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d been on for 20 years ... The stages product gave us more flexibility,Ã¢â‚¬Â Trotter said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s easier to integrate into current and future systems.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Goldberg said he was excited about what stages will bring to the industry. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The fundamental issues are, number one, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an advanced application thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s browser based. Which means that thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only one application to maintain,Ã¢â‚¬Â Goldberg said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“So we have a much lower cost, which we reflect in a much lower price.Ã¢â‚¬Â Goldberg would not go into specifics of pricing, but said stages is Ã¢â‚¬Å“extremely cost-effective, not only to purchase but to maintain.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Despite the low cost, Goldberg insists stages is not just another piece of software, but is instead a powerful new tool that will revolutionize the way the industry monitors. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a quantum leap, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an evolutionary leap forward.Ã¢â‚¬Â
On Nov. 18, G4S, known in the United States more for its guard division, Wackenhut, and access control and video solutions division Amag Technologies, announced it had reached a global agreement for deployment of stages in all G4S central stations throughout the world, except the United States (see related story on page 1). G4S is the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest security company, employing more than 500,000 employees.