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Specifically Speaking with Gale Moericke, Crux Technology and Security Solutions

Specifically Speaking with Gale Moericke, Crux Technology and Security Solutions

YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Systems News caught up with Crux Technology and Security Solutions President and Co-founder Gale Moericke to discuss his role at, and evolution of his firm that was launched in 2016.

SSN: What's your role at the Crux Technology and Security Solutions?

MOERICKE: I am president and one of the co-founders of the company, where I perform in the roles of business development and of principal for some of our client relationships, in addition to executive management duties for Crux. 

SSN: What kinds of systems do you design/specify and what services does the company provide?

MOERICKE: Our design expertise is in four areas:

  • Physical security systems, including specialty systems like gunshot detection, vape detection,
  • Premise distribution, including copper, fiber optic and wireless infrastructure
  • Audio-visual systems, everything from meeting rooms to performance halls
  • Low voltage intelligent lighting

Our consulting services cover the above areas plus RF communications like DAS systems and private LTE.  Consulting includes assessments, master planning, project and program management, design reviews, construction site observations, etc.

SSN: What vertical markets does the company specialize in?

MOERICKE: Crux grew up in K12 but has expanded to serve commercial, higher ed, tribal/state/county/city governments.  We are seeing more traction in federal government.

We were privileged to work on some interesting projects, like:

  • The new headquarters building for the Choctaw Nation in Durant, OK
  • The Choctaw Nation also built a new Cultural Center to protect precious records and heritage items
  • The Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab

SSN: How did you get started in security and designing/specifying?

MOERICKE: My two business partners and I launched Crux as a startup in 2016, which brought me into the physical security arena for the first time. My background is in information security and IT leadership. Their backgrounds are wide ranging in physical security, so it’s an interesting blend.

Crux is a special opportunity for me. After three and a half decades in information technology, including many years in executive leadership roles, I am excited to be on a new path. I bring to our team the perspectives of the facility owners and information technology practitioners we serve. Together with our Telcom, security and audio/visual systems designers, we strive to always see things from the client perspective. We cater to their unique, individual needs.

Serving people by creating safe, connected environments. That's a fun and fulfilling thing to go do every day.

SSN: Can you talk about what new or emerging technologies you are seeing or specifying today?

MOERICKE: We are very intrigued by the integration of all the currently disparate technology platforms used to secure and manage built environments. Intelligent buildings is taking on an entirely new dimension with the coming together of traditional building automation, physical security, intelligent lighting and such. It’s about the controls’ platforms and the human vision to see and manage environments differently.

SSN: What is your view on the industry moving forward?

MOERICKE: Physical security isn’t important until it is. Sadly, it too often takes some sort of horrible event to remind people of why safety and security should be daily habits, enabled and assisted by technology. We have a crucial role to play. We must create smarter technologies that continue to relieve the seemingly forever conflict between convenience and safety. We must not fall into the failure of imagination trap.  

Specifically Speaking, a Security Systems News monthly column, features Q-and-A with a security consultant provided to SSN by SecuritySpecifiers.


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