HSM: A walking tour

Thursday, July 5, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.--A visitor to HSM's newly built monitoring center here will immediately be struck by the color and light in the building. "Planning this space at the end of '05, we moved up the timeline and opened our doors in December of last year," said Steve Walker, director of HSM's ProtectionNet customer service centers in Plymouth, Minn and Santa Anna Calif. The new facility, done in shades of tan and maroon by the BDH & Young design company, took one-and-one-half years to bring up to speed and cost $5 million. It's housed in a 35,000 square-foot facility and tripled HSM's monitoring capacity. "The building was originally built for another technology company," said Walker. Since the infrastructure was already in place, "It would have cost $10 million if we had to do it all ourselves."
The monitoring center itself is state of the art, with plenty of light, and video monitoring is done on the premises, "the video alarm monitoring function was launched at ASIS in 2005," said Walker, with enhancements scheduled to broaden the offering soon.
For more on this story, see the August issue of Security Systems News.