FiberPlus makes move into security
JESSUP, Md.--Traditional voice/data/IT integrator FiberPlus has announced a new business plan Ã¢â‚¬Å“to become the premier low-voltage systems integrator in the mid-Atlantic region,Ã¢â‚¬Â which includes an eye on physical security.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Quite frankly,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Tom Caswell, FiberPlus vice president, Ã¢â‚¬Å“the direction that the industry is going in is new to a lot of people whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been in security for a long time. I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good time to get in.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In late 2007, FiberPlus became certified by the State of Maryland to furnish and install security systems, and has recently been certified by GE Security as a dealer of its products. The company has offices in Virginia and Pennsylvania as well, and employs a total of 250 people. The company hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t yet created a security division, but Caswell said that was a possibility for the long term.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the short term,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think we need to get a lot more experience ... WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing a fairly small percentage of our work in security right now, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a percentage that we plan for exponential growth.Ã¢â‚¬Â FiberPlus has a contract with Jessup Prison, and has landed jobs with local hospitals as well.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There was a time,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Caswell, Ã¢â‚¬Å“when the cameras in security really didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t operate on the type of systems weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re familiar with, but theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re essentially just data systems now, which is what weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re used to. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s our core competency.Ã¢â‚¬Â