Security-sensitive G8 Summit calls on VistaScape

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

SAVANNAH, Ga. - VistaScape Security Systems’ list of high-profile security projects continues to grow longer, with the company announcing this week that its surveillance image analyzing software has been selected to help protect participants of the G8 Summit in Sea Island, Ga., in early June.

The G8 Summit, or Group of Eight, brings together leaders from eight member nations - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Due to terrorist threats, the Department of Homeland Security designated the summit a National Security Special Event, requiring additional security and the Secret Service’s involvement.

VistaScape’s product was selected by Remote Technology, the systems integrator responsible for beefing up video and other security at the summit.

Glenn McGonnigle, president and chief executive officer of VistaScape, said the company is seeing use of its security product for critical events and national infrastructure increase. VistaScape has had its software installed in a number of projects, such as along the U.S. border and at the U.S. Navy’s facility in San Diego.

“The common denominator is that the customer absolutely, positively must prevent incidents from occurring,” said McGonnigle. “It’s not enough to capture evidence on DVRs. You have to be preventative.”

McGonnigle was unable to provide specifics about the G8 Summit security project, citing security reasons. But he said implementation of the system began about a month ago and the project is considered medium in size compared to other solutions that use Vista-Scape’s product.