lots. Other customers want to monitor
entrances, exits, and corridors. “It’s basically for security purposes to ensure
unauthorized personnel are not leaving
the building with things they should
not be leaving with,” Meador says.
The beauty of IP video, Meador says,
is that it “likes” the cold. The system’s
cameras can operate effectively in temperatures as low as negative sixty degrees Fahrenheit, which allows Northern Security and Surveillance to service
clients throughout Alaska, including
Kotzebue, Bethel, and Sitka.
AT&T Supporting Machine-to-Machine Solutions
In Alaska, AT&T is using machine-to-
machine (M2M) solutions to help busi-
nesses modernize their security surveil-
lance and mobile monitoring systems.
M2M solutions connect millions of
disparate devices to a network, allow-
ing for the two-way exchange of infor-
mation. The elements encompassed in
M2M—often referred to as the Internet
of Things—can include security sys-
tems, power meters, vehicles, pipelines,
wind farm turbines, vending machines,
AT&T’s goal is to help drive wireless
capability, whether it involves assisting
customers with software or hardware
needs, says Application Sales Consul-
tant Manny Lewis. As part of its M2M
solutions, the company provides ev-
erything from video monitoring to ac-
cess control to employee monitoring.
“Sometimes we are the solution provid-
er, but we are also the ones who are sup-
porting the devices that the customer is
using at the time,” Lewis says.
Many businesses in Alaska have large,
remote areas to cover and M2M solutions allow customers to keep a virtual
eye on their facility—even if no one is
there. They can discover when doors are
unlocked and opened, determine generator fuel levels, and other intelligence.
Information collected from the site is
funneled into a web portal customers
can use to better manage their resources.
AT&T does more than just provide the
hardware and software to make M2M
work. It helps customers figure out how
to effectively manage their connected
assets within AT&T’s network, accord-
ing to Lewis. The process typically in-
volves taking a consultative approach to
identify the goals for the project as well
as the company, he says. “We go in and
find out what the customer needs and
build a solution around that.” R
Tracy Barbour is a former
Manny Lewis, AT&T