Guest Editorial by McKay Lundgren, President of Siren Operated Sensors
“In an emergency, first responders lose precious time entering gated communities,” explains Brookhaven, GA Police Chief Gary Yandura.
“Each development has a different protocol for access, and unmanned entrances become a real hindrance to immediate response.”
“In an emergency, a few extra minutes can be the difference between life and death.”
When Police, Fire & Rescue, and EMS units are responding to an emergency every second counts, whether it be a gate, parking arm, automatic barrier, or roll-up door protecting a residential or commercial property, a parking garage, airport, government, or military facility.
As a nation, we have put up more and more fences and gates to protect ourselves and our properties.
These barriers have presented obstacles to our emergency responders and increased the time it takes for them to respond.
(With SOS there is no excuse for precious lives to be lost because emergency responders could not access victims due to antiquated gate systems. Learn More. Courtesy of KSAT 12 and YouTube.)
To reduce response time Siren Operated Sensor (SOS) has been committed for the last 40 years to getting emergency responders through gates faster.
The original SOS gate trigger identifies the “Yelp” tone of an emergency vehicle and opens the gate. In the past keys or codes were the only way to open a gate.
After the Siren Operated Sensor came onto the market other fast systems like Click2Enter, Opticom, A&E Reno, and Tomar joined in.
As a group, these new systems provided a faster response in an emergency with no need to stop and get out of the vehicle and enter a key or a code.
The SOS Silent introduced secure RFID (radio frequency identification) to open the gate, allowing faster access to emergency vehicles able to open gates up to 500 feet away.
Now the gate can be fully open before the vehicle gets to the gate and there is no need to even slow down while going through the gate. Another leap forward in reducing response time saving lives and protecting property.
Terry Nall, of the Dunwoody Georgia City Council, explains “l ride with police officers annually to understand our community better from the eyes of the officers. We have a lot of gated communities and every time we get to a gate the officer pulls up the gate code on their computer.”
“For various reasons, some of the codes in the police computer systems are no longer active; this leads to significant delays. I championed the push to find a better way to access gated communities for our emergency responders.”
“The SOS Silent was exactly what we were looking for. Soon after the SOS Silent was installed, I rode along with the first responders to see it in action. It felt like we were the cavalry arriving!”
“The gates were opening before we got to them, and we never had to come to a stop to wait on the gate. With the SOS Silent, formerly helpless emergency responders can now ride to save the day!”
“As more and more Americans choose to live in gated communities, it’s increasingly important to support emergency responders with the tools they need to save lives. Gate codes and keys are completely outdated, but, like your grandpa’s green suede shoes, they’re comfortable… until a crisis.”
Since 1992, the original Siren Operated Sensor (SOS) has been used to open residential, commercial, airport, government, and military gates during an emergency, and is currently used throughout North America, South America, and Europe.
If you need your gates, doors, parking arms, barriers, or roll-up doors to open for emergency responders, then you need an SOS installed on each of these devices today!
Once the “Yelp” siren has been recognized for 3 seconds, a trigger is sent to open the gate.
The SOS is the most cost-effective way for emergency responders to access your home or business without stopping or leaving their vehicle to enter a code or to use a key.
The reliability of the SOS Emergency Access System has made it mandatory in many communities throughout the world. Making your gate siren activated saves time and is a big step to saving lives and property.
Siren Operated Sensors (SOS) Returns to Compete in 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now entering it’s Seventh Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
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This pure and simple system allows responders to focus on driving and on the emergency ahead without pushing a remote, looking up a code, stopping to use a key, or changing the channel on their radio to trigger the gate.
Using RFID the SOS Silent System will open gates quickly, silently, and automatically when emergency response vehicles come within range of the gate and can be adjusted from 10 to 600 feet to customize each gate entrance.
The SOS Silent also has a backup entry system to open with the “YELP” siren.
SOS Silent ensures first responders can get to community members in need with no life-threatening delays. No stopping, no getting out of the vehicle, no codes to remember, no remotes to push, no keys to lose, and no cost to the municipalities.
*Siren Operated Systems Emergency Fire & Rescue Solutions have now been recognized for Five Consecutive Years in the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs, 2017 through 2021.
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards highlight the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.
The United States was forever changed after the September 11th attacks, and we were fortunate to have many of those who responded to those horrific tragedies join us at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon.
In the days that followed 9/11, the critical needs of protecting our country catapulted us into new and innovative ways to secure our homeland – which is how many of the agencies and enterprise organizations that are today ‘ASTORS’ Awards Champions, came into being.
Our 2021 keynote speaker featured a moving and informative address from TSA Administrator and Vice-Admiral of the United States Coast Guard (Ret), David Pekoske; to our attendees who traveled from across the United States and abroad, on the strategic priorities of the 64,000 member TSA workforce in securing the transportation system, enabling safe, and in many cases, contactless travel.
Legendary Police Commissioner William Bratton of the New York Police Department, the Boston Police Department, and former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department was also live at the event, meeting with attendees and signing copies of his latest work ‘The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America,’ courtesy of the generosity of our 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Premier Sponsors.
The 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program was Proudly Sponsored by AMAROK, Fortior Solutions and SIMS Software, along with Returning Premier Sponsors ATI Systems, Attivo Networks, Automatic Systems, and Reed Exhibitions.
The continually evolving ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program will emphasize the trail of Accomplished Women in Leadership in 2022, as well as the Significance and Positive Impact of Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in our Next Generation of Government and Industry Leaders. #MentorshipMatters
So be on the lookout for exciting upcoming announcements of Speakers, Presenters, Book Signing Opportunities, and Attendees at the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon in November of 2022 in New York City!
2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program Welcomes New PLATINUM SPONSOR: NEC National Security Systems (NSS)!
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.
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In 2021 over 200 distinguished guests representing Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms gathered from across North America, Europe, and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:
- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
- ICE Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI)
- Customs & Border Protection (CBP)
- The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
- Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
- DHS Science & Technology (S&T)
- The National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health (NCDMPH)
- The American Red Cross
- The InfraGard National Alliance
- The Metropolitan Police (MPD)
- The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)
- Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS)
- The Federal Air Marshals Service
- The San Diego Harbor Police Foundation, and Many More!
Corporate firms, the majority of which return year to year to build upon their record of accomplishment include:
AlertMedia, Allied Universal, AMAROK, ATI Systems, Attivo Networks, Axis Communications, Automatic Systems of America, BriefCam, Canon U.S.A., Fortior Solutions, guardDog.ai, Hanwha Techwin of America, HID Global, Mark43, IPVideo Corporation, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Lumina Analytics, NEC National Security Systems, NICE Public Safety, OnSolve, PureTech Systems, Quantum Corporation, Rave Mobile Safety, Regroup Mass Notification, Robotic Assistance Devices, Rajant Corporation, SafeLogic, Senstar Corporation, ShotSpotter, Singlewire Software, SolarWinds Worldwide, Teledyne FLIR, Valor Systems, and Wiresecure, just to name a few!
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Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture, and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.
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AST provides a full plate of topics in our AST Monthly Magazine Editions, AST Website, and AST Daily News Alerts, covering 23 Vital Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities, and Emergency Response among others.
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It serves as your Go-To Source throughout the year for ‘The Best of 2021 Products and Services‘ endorsed by American Security Today, and can satisfy your agency’s and/or organization’s most pressing Homeland Security and Public Safety needs.
From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection, and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware and Networking Security – Just to name a few), the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION has what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitigate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.
It also includes featured guest editorial pieces from some of the security industry’s most respected leaders, and recognized firms in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.
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