Developers and Homeowners get ‘visual’ peace of mind.

By Gina Stuelke, CEO of Kenton Brothers

HOA Camera ProjectWould you like to monitor cars and people entering your subdivision? We recently installed a slick access control system to help a local developer and homeowners see vehicle activity at their entry.

Kenton Brothers Systems for Security provided a smart, cloud based video surveillance system that provides visibility of cameras with a single easy to use platform, with secure access to cameras from any location and across all types of devices.

It was important to the developer that the aesthetics of the solution be as clean and simple as possible, so as to not detract from the beauty of the entrance. Many times, security and aesthetics don’t mix. However, in this case, we created a streamlined, compact system consisting of one pole to mount the cameras in their appropriate position. This limited the amount of equipment in the landscaped entrance.

The cameras log and record object specific activities and can alert users of unusual motion in a frame. This system shares live links and footage without having to open ports or download software. With smart features that gives you everything you need to easily manage and monitor footage. Simple! And Smart!

Do you need a commercial video surveillance solution? Give us a call!

Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare Swaps the Hassle of Keys and Manual Access Changes for Unified Access Management

Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare LogoGolden Valley Memorial Healthcare (GVMH) is a leading rural healthcare organization dedicated to providing compassionate, friendly, quality care for patients close to home.

GVMH gives its rural communities convenient access to highly trained medical specialists who provide a full range of services, including specialized areas such as cardiology, oncology, ophthalmology and more. GVMH also has a high-tech 56-bed hospital, a 24/7 emergency department, four multi-specialty physician clinics, an outpatient clinic and a cancer center.

Focused on serving rural populations, GVMH operates a main campus in Clinton, Missouri. They also operate nine satellite healthcare facilities located in Windsor, Warsaw and Osceola, Missouri.

On any given day, they are processing thousands of employees and patients moving throughout their campuses and inside their facilities.

The Problem: A Cumbersome, Offline System

Though located in rural communities, GVMH experiences the same challenges as larger healthcare campuses in urban areas. On any given day, thousands of personnel are moving through their facility requiring multiple tiers of access. Patients must be kept safe and visitor tracking must be managed at all times. Finally, critical equipment and pharmaceuticals require highly regulated protocols.

Prior to 2019, GVMH’s access control operated offline, so whenever a key or credential was lost or needed to be changed to prevent unauthorized access, it had to be done onsite. Performing access changes this way took time and resources. Considering the number of times an access point has to be changed in any given month, it became clear they could reallocate their investment to a more streamlined and more secure solution.

The Solution: Network Security to Manage Multiple Locations

Kenton Brothers deployed an access control system in GVMH’s main building in Clinton and in all satellite clinics to standardize all access points. The access control system is IP-based, providing a unified management and administration experience through mobile apps and flexible architecture. Should GVMH expand, its access control solution expands with it.

Now, instead of rekeying or changing credential access at the location site, GVMH’s administrators can remotely cancel a credential/badge at any building from one location.

Unified access control is phase one of GVMH’s long-term plan. Phase two will tackle the organization’s intrusion system. Like access control, GVMH’s intrusion alert system will be consistent across all locations and on one platform to consolidate security vendors and result in measurable resource and cost savings.

To learn more about access control systems for your organization, please give us a call.

National Account with 600 Sites in 15 Weeks? Check.

By Ryan Kaullen, Field Services Manager at Kenton Brothers

Kenton Brothers Systems for Security, in its 124th year of existence, has seen projects of every size across most industries. We really thrive taking on the unusual, the time sensitive, and challenging projects across regions/states. This is a common situation when we’re working with some of our national accounts.

One such project that covered all of these aspects was a recent install at over 600 sites for a major utility company in the Midwest.

The scope of the project was to install locking hardware and specialty electronic hardware (eCylinders/ePadlocks) across the customer’s list of sites. This was a complex project involving lots of variables. These included timeframe, hardware needed, and the geographical locations of these sites. A lot of planning went into this project to evaluate requirements and determine the best course of action with limited information.

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Timeframe

Medeco | Assa AbloyThe timeline for this project was a total of 15 weeks. This meant we would be doing installations at roughly 43 sites per week. One of the requirements of this project was to meet a federally mandated deadline. This required us to plan the best routes possible to ensure our technicians were as efficient as possible.

We accomplished this using route planning software based on addresses and GPS coordinates. This was a crucial step to ensuring we would hit our deadlines.

The result? Kenton Brothers completed this project over a week early.

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Material

The tricky part about material for this project is that we couldn’t easily plan ahead for the amount of hardware that would be needed at each location.

Before the start of the project, we visited 7 sites and created hardware lists to cover the different scenarios we found. The goal was to make sure our technicians didn’t have to make return trips for materials.

We were also installing security cylinders known as eCylinders or ePadlocks. They provide access just like an access control system. If you have the correct key, you’re allowed access. If you don’t, the cylinder or padlock stays locked. This is for auditing capabilities of who went into the site and at what time. This product and solution met the industry specified regulatory requirements for remote sites.

Locations

Project LocationsThe locations ranged from being in major cities to farmer’s cow pastures.

We provided our technicians aerial views of all of the sites. This helped them verify they were at the right place and what to expect getting into the area. This played a vital role in our completion date. We were able to plan routes based on those views and we could see the access points.

This complex project was a fast-paced, time sensitive, and complex project that required an attention to detail. Every site required work detail reports with specific information, specific billing was required to meet our customer’s needs, and technicians with outstanding craftsmanship were needed to accomplish the project goals.

We are proud that we were able to provide one of our national accounts customers this commercial security solution. And it was a big win to deliver a week ahead of schedule. Do you have large commercial security projects that require attention to detail, multiple sites, and a team who can get the work done? If so, give Kenton Brothers a call. We’ll make your life easier!

Huhtamaki Commercial Video Surveillance Project

By Justine King, Sales and Marketing Administrator at Kenton Brothers and Garrett Scarlett, Commercial Sales at Kenton Brothers.

Huhtamaki Commercial Video Surveillance ProjectHuhtamaki Oyj Industries is a century old company dedicated to making product packaging that plays a significant role in food safety and convenience. With the DeSoto plant greatly contributing to overall North America sales, it was vital that the entire facility be secured from corner to corner. Both employee and infrastructure safety are crucial to Huhtamaki, and they were looking for a partner to help identify needs, develop site plans and layouts, and execute the plan quickly to improve their safety, systems and processes. Kenton Brothers was up to the task!

Problem: Huhtamaki’s Obsolete Wiring Systems

Huhtamaki had an aged, analog wiring system mixed with an out-of-date IP video system. Coverage was lacking both inside the plant for employee safety and around the exterior of the plant. Huhtamaki had a desire to monitor plant parking areas, identify what vehicles were entering their property, and monitor critical plant machinery for uptime and efficiency.

Identifying Huhtamaki’s Needs

Kenton Brothers worked with local plant decision makers to determine the most important features for safety moving forward. Critical points were identified. Increased parking lot clarity of video was a must, including a camera capable of license plate identification at the entrance. Monitoring critical plant machinery for employee safety as well as providing crucial information during incident investigations was also a requirement. This included manned workstations as well as automated plant processes around managing paper waste.

With the needs identified, Kenton Brothers got to work developing a site survey of existing systems and new camera locations.

Solution: Increasing Coverage with State-of-the-Art Video Surveillance

Milestone LogoKenton Brothers took advantage of the already installed Lenel security systems to make integration seamless. Lenel and Milestone’s technology partnership is excellent. And we chose to install the new Milestone Video Management solution to meet Huhtamaki’s current and future security needs.

Milestone’s Video Management solution with Axis Cameras and VAPIX Commands gives plant managers and operators immediate access to any camera from a workstation or mobile device. This application is a web-based interface that includes unlimited video client downloads on a large scale through no extra cost to the customer.

In order to ensure a successful implementation of the new proposed solution, Kenton Brothers broke the project into two phases. The first phase to implement the majority of the Milestone solution, and the second phase to address any missing video coverage so that the entire facility will be under commercial security camera surveillance.

Securing DeSoto: Phase 1

The first phase was to focus on interior/exterior surveillance by updating current cameras and installing additional cameras to guarantee the entire perimeter of the building was covered.

Much of this phase was focused on the installation of a primary long-range, high clarity, exterior Axis camera strategically located to cover the entire west side of the facility. This camera includes the vehicle identification capability to detect color, make, model, and vehicle tag identification information. From certain angles, the high clarity camera has the capability for potential vehicle operator identification. This rare feature gives Huhtamaki operators the opportunity of preventative distance security that other facilities may lack.

Securing DeSoto: Phase 2

It was very important to Huhtamaki that the entire facility was secured, therefore the second phase would be dedicated to additional missing video coverage. This Video Surveillance solution for Huhtamaki not only updated all systems the employees relied heavily on, but increased the coverage of all high-risk areas of the plant.

If you need to update your commercial ip video and surveillance cameras, we would welcome the opportunity to show you what is possible! Please give us a call.

Global Solutions: Easily Centralize Control of all your Locations

By Ryan Kaullen, Field Services Manager at Kenton Brothers

Kenton Brothers has the honor and privilege of working with many types of customers including government entities. Recently, a governmental client located in the state of Missouri wanted to expand their access control system. The goal was to deploy it globally across their different physical sites across the state.

You may ask, “What’s a Global Solution?” Think of it like an ecosystem that enables users to knit together an entire security management system & video management system under one, centrally controlled, and distributed network.

S2 Security LogoThis specific customer uses S2, an access control platform that Kenton Brothers supports and installs. This access control application made sense for the customer for many reasons, including the ability to monitor and manage multiple locations centrally. They can quickly build reports that run on a schedule, make security changes immediately that are reflected across the entire system, and build and administer global access levers that grant permissions across the entire organization.

Kenton Brothers: Global S2 Solution for Governmental Entity

Our S2 based solution took care of a major need for this customer. Previously, they were using a collection of off-line systems. These included mechanical systems with no audit capabilities and individual access control systems with no standardization.

The S2 Global solution allows them to have standardized security across all of their sites. They’ve reduced their liability, upgraded their commercial security, and adopted a centrally managed system. The results? Their business is more efficient, they receive expedited alerts of security issues, and they have the ability to expand their coverage across future sites down the road.

Whether Kenton Brothers’ clients need a standalone system or something as intricate as a global deployment for their business needs, we are able to help and guide our customers down the path that best protects their people, property, and possessions.

Kenton Brothers: Global S2 Solution for Governmental Entity