By Mickey McCarter, Manager of Communications, SIA Membership
CINCH systems, an unusual company name that developed out of the dictionary definition of CINCH, meaning simple and secure.
With that meaning in mind, the founders set off to develop encrypted, high-level security systems that are just that—simple and secure.
In other words, develop products that are a CINCH!
Based in St. Michael, Minnesota, north of Minneapolis, CINCH systems is a result of a security company megamerger in the 1990s. ITI merged with Sentrol, Caddx, Kalatel, ESL and Casi-Rusco to become Interlogix. In 2001, General Electric acquired Interlogix and formed GE Security.
The year 2005 brought reorganization to GE Security and left an important customer, the U.S. Department of State (DOS), without an intrusion detection system (IDS) that met their requirements.
This opened the door for CINCH systems to form and engineer 100 percent AES encrypted security products to protect U.S. Embassies.
The need and the opportunity was there, and the engineers who developed the original IDS system for DOS were put in place to design the next generation system, with the original and advanced features. CINCH systems was formed.
(Learn About the RAMPART Vehicle Barrier System (VBS) Control, courtesy of CINCH systems and YouTube)
“We engineer and manufacture encrypted high-security products for intrusion detection, and controls with data capture for retractable vehicle barriers and bollards, and controls for commercial doors and security gates,” said Dennis Dop, Vice President of Sales at CINCH.
“We can prevent intruder electronic entry (system hacking) into the security system. We can control and collect data on perimeter entry and exit. We also alert authorities of an intrusion and capture the event data. We protect against digital and physical intrusion.”
“Our customer base has diversified over the years.”
“CINCH products are now used to protect federal government agencies, federal icon buildings, the U.S. Supreme Court, regional and state supreme courts, all branches of the U.S. military, NATO bases, FedEx, food processing facilities, and even a major league ball park,” said Dop.
“The interest in encrypted security systems is growing with enterprise-level companies. They now view physical security of equal importance as cybersecurity. We expect that the demand in encrypted security products will continue to grow and our patented encryption differentiates CINCH.”
A fast-growing part of CINCH’s business is design, engineering, and OEM manufacturing for security companies.
“Our engineers invented wireless security, so we know a little bit about that side of security. We apply our unique skills and experience to meet the needs of several national and international companies,” said Dop.
(The HSVR™ High Security Virtual Receiver software system for security dispatch centers, which is used to receive encrypted alarm signals from CINCH AES Encrypted security systems. Courtesy of CINCH systems and YouTube)
Going forward, CINCH is strongly committed to innovation and differentiation. Evidence of this is use of microprocessor-based controls for doors and security gates.
Programmable logic controllers (PLC’s) have been widely used since the 1970s to control gates in the fence and gate industry. CINCH’s approach is with the same type of microprocessor controls used in its IDS products for precise control and data collection.
Dop added, “Using a PLC to control a gate in 2017 is like buying a rotary telephone for your home or business. You wouldn’t think of it. Microprocessor-based design allows simple intuitive programming and servicing as well as enhanced diagnostic capabilities.”