AMAG welcomes Jonathan Moore as Senior Director Enterprise Solutions Group. Jonathan is responsible for managing pre-sales and enterprise sales support for Symmetry solutions. He is an expert in compliance regulations in several vertical markets, and will capture and design solutions enhancing operational efficiencies based on AMAG’s products. Previously, he held several positions at Quantum Secure, the most recent was Director, Technical Solutions North America.
Adam Hetman joins AMAG as an Applications Engineer. Adam will be responsible for providing pre-sales technical and consultative support to AMAG’s RSMs regarding new sales opportunities throughout the US. He will assist with specifications, trade shows, and will support resellers and partners with all aspects of pre-sales and applications engineering. Adam worked at Tyco for nearly 18 years as a sales estimator and installer.
Both Jonathan and Adam report to Vice President-Enterprise Solutions, Stuart Tucker.
AMAG Technology offers a variety of training classes and webinars to educate technicians and end users about the Symmetry Product Portfolio. Our dedicated team of trainers teach classes in the Torrance, California; Burlington (Boston), Massachusetts and McLean, Virginia training center locations.
Meet our team!
Don Boling, Training and Education Manager
Don started his career in security at Bosch in 2002 where he worked for nearly nine years before joining AMAG in 2011 as a Technical Training Specialist. He was promoted to Training and Education Manager in February 2012 and runs the North America training department. Don loves spending time with family and friends, particularly attending sporting events for his favorite teams! His passion for education extends outside of work. Don teaches on a wide variety of subjects including computers, networking systems and religious studies.
Pete Marr, Technical Training Specialist
Pete has worked in the security industry for 30 years, and training has always been part of his career in some way or another. Before that he served eight years in the U.S. Navy as an Interior Communications Electrician. Pete enjoys training because he can share his knowledge and experience with others and then see the “light come on” when a student “gets it.” His other primary functional specialty is content development. Outside of work, Pete plays music (guitar, bass, mandolin and drums) and writes songs. And he’s seriously addicted to trivia!
Valerie Samuels, Technical Training Specialist
As an AMAG Technology trainer, Valerie is learning more everyday about the access control industry which is very new to her. She enjoys learning about the industry and is constantly learning new things even from her trainees each week. Valerie has a BA in Communications from Kean College of New Jersey. After working in radio and as an educator for the Baltimore City Public School System, she became a software trainer for Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente before starting at AMAG. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing video games, going to the beach, attending concerts, and traveling back east to visit family.
Rick Jaschob, PSP®, Technical Training Specialist
Rick started with AMAG in November 2015. Prior to working for AMAG, he worked for Johnson Controls for 25 years and held positions such as Field Engineer, Technical Training Specialist, Applications Engineer/Tech Support, and Sales Engineer. In his free time, Rick enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and rafting.
John S Phelps, Technical Training Specialist
John started his training career with Comcast Cable Communications as a Field Training Instructor where he worked for 14 years. He moved on to AXIS Communications where worked for approximately 9 years as a Technical Curriculum Developer and Senior Trainer. He started at AMAG in September 2016 and his specialty is Video Surveillance and content development. When not training, he enjoys photography and playing guitar in his band, Ransom Monkey, which will release a CD this summer!
Check out our new three-day Symmetry Starter Class. Starting in July, technicians that are new to the industry or new to Symmetry can take this class to learn all the basics of access control as well as of the Symmetry Security Management System. The class prepares installers for the Symmetry Essentials class.
For more information about AMAG’s Symmetry Training Program or to sign up for a class, visit http://www.amag.com/en/Services/Training.
AMAG is excited to announce that Dan Ireland has joined the AMAG team as the Regional Sales Manager for Eastern Canada. Dan will drive business and support Symmetry Resellers in Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. He reports to Senior Director of Sales, Justin Wilmas.
Dan comes from Resolver (formerly PPM), where he was the Director of Business Development for their Command Center Applications. Prior to Resolver, Dan spent most of his career in the video surveillance arena, including Regional Sales Manager roles with Avigilon, Pelco, DVTel, and Samsung.
Dan lives in Georgetown, Ontario with his wife Andrea, twin daughters Alyssa and Sydney, and their dog Max. Outside of work, Dan likes to golf in the summer and play squash in the winter. He volunteers on and chairs multiple committees at both the golf and squash clubs. Dan also spends lots of time running all over southern Ontario cheering on his daughters’ soccer team, or his wife Andrea at her running and hockey events.
You may contact Dan at email@example.com.
AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Security Management System has expanded the last several years and now includes more features, modules and video management product line choices. To more effectively train and certify technicians AMAG has developed a new two-phased training approach, and now offers a 3-day Symmetry Starter Class and 2-day Hardware Class.
For technicians new to Symmetry or new to access control, the Symmetry Starter Class teaches the fundamental skills required to install and perform initial programming of a Symmetry Access Control system. The 3-day class is a prerequisite course for the Symmetry Essentials class. Technicians achieve an Associate Level Certification after the Essentials class.
For technicians who understand access control and / or are familiar with the Symmetry Security Management System, they will have the option to test out of the Symmetry Starter Class and be placed directly into the Symmetry Essentials class.
By grouping technicians by experience level, classes will operate more efficiently.
- July 11-13, McLean, Virginia
- July 18-20, Torrance, California
- August 8-10, Burlington (Boston), Massachusetts
For technicians or those who are installing and servicing Symmetry hardware, the new 2-day Symmetry Hardware class teaches how to install nodes, door controllers and readers, and service the hardware after installation is completed. Course completion is not required for Symmetry Certification.
Coming in September
Revised Symmetry Essentials Class – This course will be available at the Torrance, California; McLean, Virginia; and Burlington (Boston area), Massachusetts training centers. This revised class will now cover video, elevator control and card formats, plus other new material. Upon successful completion of the 5-day class, students achieve Associate Level certification. Students must pass or test out of the Symmetry Starter Class prior to attending this class.
Revamped Symmetry Advanced Class – This is a required 5-day class for support of the Symmetry Global System and to receive Professional Level Certification. Students will demonstrate proficiency in numerous additional features, modules and advanced configurations. This course will be available at the Torrance, California; McLean, Virginia; and Burlington (Boston area), Massachusetts training centers.
The new courses are only available in North America.
Watch for more information at http://www.amag.com/en/Services/Training.
By AMAG Technology, Vice President of Global Sales & Business Development, Jody Ross
Every year AMAG sets aside an evening to honor and celebrate our top resellers. It’s a tradition that’s occurred since well before I began working here, and one I think should continue for a long time. Our resellers work hard. They go above and beyond to service their end users, often working long nights and weekends away from family. It’s nice to take a moment and celebrate their accomplishments.
This year, we celebrated our top resellers at our annual Eagle Awards reception in Las Vegas in conjunction with ISC West. Please join me in congratulating the winners.
Master Reseller Award – Symmetric Interconnect Systems
Government Reseller Award – Infotec Systems Corporation
Canadian Reseller Award – Alpha TSI
Partner Award – PSA Security Network, Inc.
National Reseller Award – Tyco Integrated, LLC
President’s Circle Award – Convergint Technologies, LLC
Northeast – Advanced Video Surveillance
Northwest – Aronson Security Group
Central North – Applied Network Concepts
Southwest – ACME Security, Inc.
Eastern Canada – Alpha TSI
Western Canada – Stanley Canada
Central South – Advanced Connections, Inc.
Mid-Atlantic – Elite Contracting Group, Inc.
Southeast – Universal Security Systems
Great Lakes – Zenith Systems
Mountain States – Kratos Public Safety and Security Solutions, Inc.
SAMMY Winner – ESS
I would also like to congratulate Kurt Kottkamp and Enterprise Security Systems for their SAMMY Award for Integrated Installation of the Year for LPL Financial! The project was LPL Financial’s new Campus Headquarters in Fort Mill, SC. ESS installed Symmetry Access Control with Symmetry CompleteView Video Management integrated with Vingtor-Stentofon’s Turbine IP emergency communication system. Congratulations to President, Kurt Kottkamp, Operations Manager, Clint Crosston, Sr. Sales Engineer, Jim MacQueen and Sr. Installation Technician, Matt Mastrangelo. This award is well-deserved and we at AMAG are thrilled to see Kurt and his team recognized for their hard work and dedication.
Congratulations to all the winners!
By AMAG Technology, President, Kurt Takahashi
AMAG Technology has been hard at work preparing for ISC West and producing security technology solutions to meet your needs. It is our goal to deliver systems that will mitigate risk, meet compliance and save your organization money. The solutions we will be showing at ISC West will do just that.
We are excited to launch our new Symmetry Security Appliance. This two in one solution delivers access control and video management in one small device. The power of Symmetry Business Access Control with Symmetry CompleteView Video Management comes pre-installed in a four inch device that supports eight cameras and 16 doors. Easy to install and affordable, it’s perfect for smaller applications and upgrades.
Stop by our booth and get a preview of our new Symmetry CONNECT identity management platform. The new user interface provides everything an organization needs to manage identities and meet audit and compliance requirements. Organizations will reduce operating costs when automating on and off boarding. Receive notifications when you are about to fall out of compliance, and use CONNECT’s extensive and customized reporting to satisfy compliance demands. If your business must meet government audit and compliance requirements, I invite you to learn more about how Symmetry CONNECT can help your business.
Our new Symmetry Blue mobile reader delivers affordable mobile access control. Users can download the app for free as there are no subscription or licensing fees. With mobility on the rise, more companies are adopting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. The convenience of BYOD will create the demand for organizations to use smartphones for access control. Most people will forget their wallet or access card before they forget their phone. It’s perfect for organizations that have mobility as a key business priority.
In addition to our new products, our Symmetry Access Control, Symmetry CompleteView Video Management system and Symmetry GUEST visitor management system will be in the booth. I invite you to stop by our booth 10053 and get a demo or just say hello. See you at ISC West!
By AMAG Technology, Public Relations Manager, Kim Rahfaldt
The Symmetry SR Retrofit system allowed Yale University to affordably upgrade from their legacy system and save millions of dollars. Yale was able to keep its existing cards, HID card readers and wiring. Installers simply replaced the micros – or control panels – one building at a time.
As part of the security program, Yale University wanted to incorporate its other solutions with Symmetry to further enhance their campus security system. The Symmetry SR Retrofit System integrated with several technologies to deliver an effective and efficient security solution.
Providing clear, understandable audio was a must for Yale, who uses audio to speak with students who want to gain access to a residence hall or building, but do not have their access card. Symmetry integrates with a Vingtor-Stentofon Alphacom Audio Server with IP Intercom station. Students push a button and a video of the student pops up at the security station. The student requests access and the security person verifies who the person is before buzzing them into the building.
Biometric fingerprint readers operate with Symmetry to secure laboratories. The fingerprint readers provide another layer of security for critical research labs and areas where limited access is granted.
Yale University installed an NEC Fault Tolerant Server that is located at an undisclosed location, off campus. The server provides continuous availability and achieves near-zero downtime, which is critical for a college campus.
“We have to be fault tolerant because of the size and magnitude of the security system,” said Yale University, Director-Information Technology, David Boyd.
Operationalize the Future
As Yale transitions to its new Symmetry SR Retrofit System, in conjunction, it is using Symmetry CONNECT, a policy- based identity management system. Symmetry CONNECT seamlessly operates with Symmetry Access Control and Yale’s legacy system, providing a workflow that is used across both systems. Information entered in Symmetry CONNECT is transmitted to the two systems, creating a seamless interface. Once the migration is complete, Symmetry CONNECT will help Yale improve its on-and-off boarding process.
“We plan to improve efficiencies using Symmetry CONNECT by creating a webpage for building managers to provision access and make changes for students,” said Boyd. “Eliminating our old system of sending emails to a central scheduler will save money and time, and improve how we service our students and staff.”
Yale plans to integrate Symmetry Access Control with its existing Milestone xProtect Video Management System, linking alarms with video in all circumstances and provide a safer campus. When an alarm sounds in Symmetry, the video of the area will automatically pop up on the monitor.
They are also exploring the idea of utilizing wireless locks for dorm rooms in the future. Wireless locks will allow students to use access cards to enter their rooms, and the locks will sync to Symmetry on a scheduled basis. This is an affordable option for educational environments where a large number of doors need to be tied to the security system.
By Don Boling, Training and Education Manager, AMAG Technology
AMAG’s Training department is making some changes in how we deliver training for the growing Symmetry product line and ever busy customer. The changes reflect an effort to become more flexible in meeting our customer’s needs.
NEW Hardware Class – A new three day Symmetry Hardware only course has been designed for those that would like a better understanding of controllers. In this course, we cover all current hardware platforms: Symmetry M2150, EN-Series and SR-Series. This hands-on course teaches students how to install and wire hardware.
NEW Video Class – We have launched a new three day Video class that covers installation, configuration and integration of Symmetry CompleteView Video Management with the Symmetry Access Control System. Students leave class with an in-depth understanding of video recording and camera configuration to assist in the optimization of the Symmetry CompleteView Video system.
NEW Monthly Webinars – We are introducing Monthly Webinars for our Symmetry System users who would like a better understanding of how to perform day-to-day operations. Check the website for a list of topics and how to register. List coming soon.
MORE Online Training Coming Soon – We also will be offering more online training content that will provide training on basic networking, card formats and other Symmetry related topics. Look for those classes in the next few months. http://www.amag.com/en-US/Services/Training/Videos/
Customers can also take Instructor-led classes in the Burlington, Massachusetts Training Center (Near Boston) in addition to the McLean, VA and Torrance, CA locations. All courses are available at each Training Center.
Additional information will be forthcoming. Please check our Training Department website often for more information and updates to the AMAG Training program. If you would like to register for a class, please visit http://www.amag.com/en-US/Services/Training/ or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By David Ella, Vice President – Product and Partner Programs
Use of mobile credentials has been widely discussed for the last few years, and AMAG is excited to be the first major access control manufacturer to offer their own range of Apps and Bluetooth Low Energy readers. Introducing Symmetry Blue, a range of smartphone enabled readers that allow entry through doors using a cell phone as the credential.
What sets Symmetry Blue apart? Its cost effectiveness. There is no need for any separate subscription or licensing, or the use of any third party software for it to operate. This will enable the technology to advance into mainstream implementation. Symmetry Blue readers connect directly to Symmetry door controllers just like any conventional card reader.
Are we going to see the demise of the white plastic smart card? We don’t think that’s going to happen, and that’s one of the reasons why AMAG’s new readers also support a variety of different card types alongside the Bluetooth capability within the devices.
Using a cell phone as a credential will be extremely helpful for AMAG customers, especially in environments where users tend to lose or forget their cards, where there are occasional attendees at a particular site, for visitors or contractors where you do not want to issue an identity badge, or as a second credential to be used alongside a plastic card.
However in higher security environments, where a plastic identity badge with a photo is required to be displayed, or where it’s policy not to attached devices to the network and Internet, then the card is clearly king.
Many organizations will adopt a hybrid approach, keeping both the card and the smartphone using Symmetry’s multiple credentials per cardholder capability. A hybrid approach will allow users to slowly changeover to the new technology, or provide the option to use a card where increased security is needed. The Bluetooth reader capability could be added to lower security doors or just the minimum number of doors required to enable access to the workplace.
It’s going to be interesting to watch Symmetry Blue roll out into the AMAG user community. Maybe in five years time we will look back with amazement at the use of the plastic card for access control. Stranger things have happened, especially as the smartphone as we know it didn’t exist ten years ago.
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By AMAG Technology, Senior Vice President, Kurt Takahashi
Technologies must work together to deliver a total security solution. Whether an organization needs access control, video, identity management, visitor management or a host of complementary technologies like audio, biometrics, or incident management, operating in silos no longer works.
Security systems need to reach beyond their speeds and feeds and deliver greater operational value to the business. When you select the right technology, it can completely impact the overall business from a risk, cost and compliance perspective. It can reduce the amount of time it takes people to manage the day to day operations and save money by infusing technology to improve the overall process. As an example, reducing lobby officers from two to one or automating the process entirely and have an unattended environment. Another example, would be ensuring compliance by automating the process to provide a safe and easy way to ensure all policies are met and the right people are in the right areas with the right approvals.
At AMAG, we listen to our customers and bring technology solutions to market that help end users perform their jobs better. For example, our new Symmetry Control Desk delivers unrivaled unified security in one place. It fuses what historically takes multiple screens and operating windows into one by fusing together both access control events, live and recorded video, control over surrounding devices and automated workflow to help manage the incident and post orders.
Our new Symmetry CONNECT and GUEST hosted solutions help automate all the back office management of visitors, contractors and employees. It provides an automated way to on-board, manage requests, re-certify access, off-board and audit restricted doors and / or areas. It provides a single operational window to ensure the right people are in the right places with the right approval and quickly report on the outcomes.
AMAG continuously examines new and different technologies in the market. If there is a need for an integration, we will fill that need. Our brand new integration with the RISK360 Incident and Case Management solution is a good example. Alarms in the Symmetry Access Control software communicate with RISK360, creating an incident, which could lead to a dispatch and provide critical information, producing a case management report for investigative purposes. We listened to our customers and delivered it.
Our goal at AMAG is to enable innovation and make it easy for customers to adopt. Technology can perform amazing feats, but if not operationally focused, what good is it? Sync up your technology road map and operational road map so the two can work together to provide the greatest value to the business. Working in concert will eliminate silos, save money, mitigate risk and meet compliance while delivering a holistic security solution.