WM ready to grow WM SSI

Full service third party central offers, video, access, more
Saturday, August 1, 2009

HOUSTON--Waste Management is looking to  grow its third-party monitoring operation, Waste Management Security Services, based here. Begun in 2006, WM SSI has grown slowly over the last three years and, according to Sarah Conley, director, physical security operations for WM, is ready to expand its client base.

“We are a dedicated security department for our own customers, but we also have an offering that is of interest to other companies,” Conley said. “We offer third-party services and frankly we want to grow this business.”

WM SSI is a full-service security organization that provides a wide range of monitoring services from the same nerve center that has monitored hundreds of WM facilities nationwide without interruption since 2002. In an effort to grow its security business, Conley said the company is taking certain steps, including researching the development of a dealer program, and rolling out a video surveillance solution powered by SureView Systems’ Immix platform that supports both fixed and mobile systems.

“Last summer, we purchased a small company in Houston. It provides mobile security,” Conley said. “We’re now providing mobile video monitoring using SureView. We call it WM Security Onsite.”

Matt Krebs, SureView EVP, is excited about working with WM SSI, and feels Cam-V, the video surveillance solution, is groundbreaking. “This is a very unique type of offering they’re putting out in the field. They’re able to do real-time, mobile video monitoring because of our software,” Krebs said. “They have a really great operation down there, and everybody in that station is just top notch. Most of them are ex-FBI … They started the group for corporate espionage and counter intelligence - the trash business can be very competitive.”

WM SSI’s security service areas include fire and burglar alarm monitoring, video management (technical support and monitoring), lone worker and environmental condition monitoring, access control, and security system project management. WM SSI is UL-certified and FM-approved, is a CSAA Five Diamond certified central station, and is also associated with the NBFAA and SIA.