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Three companies, plus integrator EPS, donate time and technology to community icon
San Juan Capistrano, CA, October 2009—IQinVision, market leader in high-performance HD megapixel network cameras, smart IP cameras, and network video recording systems, announced that the St. Stephen’s Community House in Columbus, Ohio has received a new state-of-the-art video surveillance system, donated to the community institution by IQinVision, Anixter, Milestone Systems, and the installation integrator, EPS.
St. Stephens is a 90-year old community center that houses a childcare facility, 25-exam room medical facility, gymnasium, and activity space for many service projects performed for the community. The center is located in Linden, a neighborhood burdened by a high crime rate and previously it did not have a security system beyond lock and key and common sense. Things began to look up for St. Stephens earlier this year when a representative from Anixter toured the facility and happened to discuss security issues at the center with President and CEO, Michelle Mills.
The Anixter staff member, Chad Biniasz, had a relationship with integrator Charles Wilde and together the two men decided that St. Stephens needed and deserved some help. At Anixter, Biniasz’s colleague, Heather Miller, got busy and put out a call to numerous security providers. IQinVision and Milestone were quick to respond with offers of IQeye HD Megapixel cameras and a Milestone open video management software system. Wilde’s company, EPS, organized technology specifications and oversaw system design and installation.
“We were experiencing a problem with damage and vandalism at the center, said St. Stephens’ President and CEO, Michelle Mills. We house a childcare facility and we have materials for all our service projects, as well as a number of agency vans. In addition, our hours of operation vary each day and we have a huge parking lot—we needed to provide a better sense of security for those we serve, and to protect our assets.”
Being a non-profit organization at a time when all non-profits are struggling, St. Stephens had little money to spare on a “luxury” like a high technology video surveillance system. “This was an amazing gift,” said Mills, “the value is immeasurable.” “Even in these difficult times, when businesses are scaling back, it is such a blessing these companies found a way to give of their time and materials.”
"When Anixter called and explained the situation at St. Stephens there was no doubt in my mind,” said Eric Fullerton, CSMO at Milestone Systems. “We looked beyond our bottom line to prioritize the needs of this non-profit local community center in Columbus, Ohio, to join the efforts of helping them get the video surveillance solution they would not be able to fund on their own."
The Milestone system manages video input from 13 IQeye HD Megapixel cameras monitoring strategic areas throughout the 70,000 square foot center, the playgrounds, and parking lots. The system is designed for staff to do live monitoring by a staff member located at the center’s front entrance desk. Mills and her staff quickly recognized the system will provide an excellent resource for investigating any incidents, and it will also serve as a strong deterrent to any future crime.
“We say we’re a safe haven,” remarked Mills, “and now we’re even more so.”
EPS is a family owned company founded in 1984 by Chuck and Mary Beth Wilde and located in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Our central location allows us to serve the entire state of Ohio without jeopardizing our small town values. We specialize in innovative application of advanced technology in such areas as fire detection, security, access control and video surveillance, including multi-site CCTV, access control and long range wireless networking. We feel that we have been able to meet each client’s needs with our innovative approach to security solutions by remaining on the forefront of technology. Our client list contains banks, government buildings, public utilities, schools, retail centers and construction sites. In an industry where client attrition is high, we are proud of the fact that our first clients remain clients to this day. We feel this is due to our commitment to treat each client as if they were our only client and they return the favor by referring us to their friends and business associates. For more information, http://www.epsohio.com
Anixter International is a leading global distributor of communications and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small parts. The company adds value to the distribution process by providing its customers access to 1) innovative inventory management programs; 2) more than 425,000 products and over $1 billion in inventory; 3) 235 warehouses with more than 6.5 million square feet of space; and 4) locations in 271 cities in 52 countries. Founded in 1957 and headquartered near Chicago, Anixter trades on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AXE. www.anixter.com
Since 1998, IQinVision has been designing, manufacturing, and marketing the IQeye line of HD Megapixel cameras. IQinVision is a world leader in IP video and Intelligent Network camera products and is committed to continued industry leadership. IQinVision was first to market with megapixel IP cameras, HD cameras with on-camera recording, and intelligent network cameras, while receiving prestigious industry awards from Frost & Sullivan, Security Technology Executive, Detektor, and the IP UserGroup. IQinVision products are widely deployed in government, military, city center, property management, education, retail, casino, transportation, and other vertical applications and are available as IQeye-brand, private-labeled, or OEM models. IQinVision is a privately-held corporation headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, California with regional offices in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Amsterdam, Netherlands. For more information: www.iqeye.com.
About Milestone Systems
Founded in 1998, Milestone Systems is the leading global developer of open platform IP video management software. XProtect™ gives users a powerful surveillance solution that is easy to manage, reliable and proven in thousands of customer installations worldwide. With support for the industry’s widest choice in network hardware and integration with other systems, XProtect provides best-of-breed solutions to ‘video enable’ organizations - reducing costs, optimizing processes, protecting people and assets. Milestone software is sold through authorized and certified partners.