I2c comes from IT roots
GREEN, Ohio--An indication of the growing rift between the traditional alarm world and the new IP-focused security providers has opened its doors here. I2c Technologies is "a little unique," said president Jeff Doak.
Founded in 2005, with sales operations going into full swing in the fourth quarter of 2006, i2c only installs IP-based networked surveillance and access control. "We're not a pure security system provider," said Doak. "We don't do alarm panels or fire panels. [Our system is] a parallel to the existing security system. With an alarm system, they have to know the code, work with a central, etc., but with this parallel system, they can get notification of someone who's doing something maybe they shouldn't be doing."
Doak has combined his experience as a chief information officer at a medical equipment service company with the law enforcement background of his vice president Bryon Taylor to take Axis cameras and Isonas access control and create security systems that are self-monitored by the end user. Using SQL servers, the system notifies end users when any of a number of pre-set triggers are tripped. PTZ cameras can be set to zoom in on the event, capture video, and send it to a portable device. Or, more simply, a text message can be sent to a cell phone and the video can be checked via a standard browser.
I2c has written its own video management software to manage the surveillance system.
Doak noted his development manager is a strong software engineer: "He's one of the highest paid employees in the company."
Currenly, i2c employs 12, and covers all of Ohio, and parts of adjoining states. It's signature installation so far might be its wireless job at the University of Akron, where it installed a five-gigahertz canopy to collect video from cameras all over the campus. "Because we do a pure IP-based solution, it lends itself well to wireless and fiber," said Doak.
"It's funny, I really expected the alarm thing to be a bigger issue than it is," said Doak. "People seem to be totally comfortable to have their alarm service separate from their video and access control ... Generally, they're happy with the alarm companies in terms of the alarms, but they're not happy with the video ... That's where we saw a niche.