When a person enters a house of worship, they expect to be safe to practice their faith in an atmosphere of peace and reverence. But current world attitudes are creating many challenges to this expectation. It's common to see the news broadcast incidents of malicious graffiti marring the side of a country church or the destruction of valuable artifacts in a mosque or temple. Churches, mosques, temples, and synagogues must acknowledge that they could be the target of a hate crime and look for a way to deter perpetrators and protect their parishioners.
The Lighthouse Charter Schools are special. With an emphasis on the arts, the schools teach the skills necessary for good citizenship and lifelong learning. The resulting foundation is meant to give the students the skills needed to graduate from college.
The Potbelly Sandwich Shop, an international chain restaurant, known for delicious, nutritious submarine sandwiches and soups, started from humble beginnings. In 1977, Potbelly started in a small antique store on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. By 2005, Potbelly had over 100 shops open nationally and was named one of "America's 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies" by Inc. Magazine. By their 30th anniversary, they opened their 200th store and was eighth on the list of Crain's Business "50 Fastest Growing Companies". Not only does the chain "help people eat right, without giving up the things they love", part of their mission includes their commitment to promote green initiatives and giving back to local communities.
Bullying, fighting and aggression, shooting and bomb threats - practically every night our newscasts reflect the chaos of our schools. We have to do better at protecting our children from threats within the school's walls and outsiders who trespass on our campuses. Some state governments, like those in Texas and Ohio, are stepping in to make security and surveillance a priority for their school's agendas.
Security is an issue that touches employees in all positions, at every level of an organization. Consider the Human Resources department of a successful retail chain with kiosks and mall stores. The importance of security in such a store is obvious - to keep an eye on high traffic situations, shoplifters and theft. What isn't so obvious is the role that video surveillance plays in coaching employees and reviewing their performance on the job.
From early spring until late fall, hunters comb the forested areas of the Midwest in search of game, while target and sports shooting are popular at ranges all year long. To accommodate these sportsmen, a new firearms/sports retail store has opened north of Cincinnati, Ohio called Country Attic Treasures. Although Country Attic Treasures has been in business for almost 30 years, new owner, Scott Ready, has moved the business and has opened this new store. Country Attic Treasures sells a wide range of firearms and ammunition plus clothing, books and supplies, common to any retail establishment. What sets it apart is its unique décor featuring an authentic stagecoach, placed in the center of the store.
We continue to see quick service restaurants and small box retail stores experiment with the inexpensive lines of cameras and video surveillance equipment that are flooding the market. What looks good on day one of installation, falters or fails six months later. Most of these systems come with a one- or two-year warranty, but the owner has to uninstall the camera on the server and ship it elsewhere for repair or replacement. After two to three weeks, the camera is returned and has to be reinstalled.
One only has to look as far as the next action movie to understand what a concern intrusion is causing businesses. In one popular feature, the hero must dive into a whirlpool-topped tank, filled with churning water, drop down to a chamber lined with vaults, select and find the right vault, open it, retrieve a file, find the exit door and escape the tank in under two minutes - while holding his breath. Granted, this is Hollywood and the mission is more than impossible. But the scenario must cause security officers to ask the question "Just how secure is our facility if someone really wanted to break in and sabotage our business?"
ITech Digital's Technical Support department has seen it all.
Being on call 24/7, the team sees plenty of issues dealing with video surveillance, access control and intrusion integration. And yes, ITech Digital's tech and customer support department is manned by real humans.