Jul 1, 2001 12:00 PM

NASA facility installs biometric access control

The Triana Science and Operations Center, a NASA-funded facility at the University of California in San Diego, is using advanced biometric technology from Bioscrypt Inc., Toronto, to control physical access and provide security for its operations.

The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, Asheville, N.C., has implemented digital video products by AXCESS Inc., Dallas, to monitor and record activity throughout the resort.

A First Line DVX 8000 system by Integral Technologies, Indianapolis, was installed by Conzer Inc., Indianapolis, in the garage of racing team PDM Racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The camera system was integrated with driver Jeret Schroeder's web site, allowing fans to log on to see what was happening in the racing garage as he prepared for the Indianapolis 500.

Sensormatic Electronics Corp., Boca Raton, Fla., will install the Intellex intelligent digital video management system in the restaurant chain, Ryan's Family Steak Houses Inc. Headquartered in Greer, S. C., Ryan's has initially installed Intellex in 20 of its existing restaurants, and plans to roll it out in all new locations. Ryan's currently operates more than 300 restaurants in 22 states.

Kroger Supermarkets has signed a three-year agreement to install Sensormatic's UltraMax anti-theft systems in some of its stores. Kroger's Fred Meyer Stores division has already installed the source-tagging system in its stores.

Sensormatic has partnered with Productivity Solutions Inc. (PSI), Jacksonville, Fla., a manufacturer and distributor of automated self-checkout systems, to incorporate the UltraMax anti-theft technology into PSI's ACM Self Checkout systems for food and discount store retailers. The new ACM Self Checkout systems enable shoppers to deactivate UltraMax anti-theft labels whenever they self-scan a purchase at the point-of-sale, without the need of sales assistance.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has awarded a two-year contract to Taser International, Scottsdale, Ariz., a manufacturer of weapons for law enforcement agents. Under the terms of the $1 million contract, Taser will supply the Advanced Taser less-lethal weapons which transmit electrical impulses that temporarily disrupt the central nervous system.

Lowes, the home center chain of stores, has signed an agreement to install the SmartTrack CCTV system manufactured by Sentry Technology Corp., Hauppauge, N.Y., in its Plainville, Conn., store.

@Security Broadband Corp., Austin, Texas, has expanded its partnership with March Networks, Ottawa, to provide video-and audio-enabled alarm-management hardware and services for a broadband home security system. The partnership was first established during @Security's initial technology trial.

The carpet wholesaler Tratex has installed a video surveillance and alarm management system using ISDN, manufactured by Videor Technical and VCS Video Communication Systems AG, Nuremberg, Germany, in its 15 showrooms in southern Germany. Each showroom is equipped with three color cameras, a digital multiplexer, an S-VHS video recorder and a VICO video alarm system.

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