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Earth day focus: Green in the security industry

April 22, 2013
Author: Larry Anderson
Source: SDM Magazine

Sometimes green is an opportunity for security; other times it’s a challenge. For example, low-emissivity (low-e) glass, used to promote natural lighting and increase energy efficiency of green buildings, can interfere with the transmission of wireless communication signals. The energy-efficient glass presented a problem for Metis Secure Solutions, Oakmont, Pa., whose emergency communication system depends on wireless networking. The company solved the issue by adjusting placement of antennas and reconfiguring the system. Now Metis Secure’s customers can combine emergency communications with green building standards such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines.

“We are adapting our technology to meet the standards emerging with more and more LEED buildings being built,” says Mark Kurtzrock, president and CEO of Metis Secure Solutions.

It’s just one example of the intersection of green issues and security. Increasingly, green considerations are impacting the security marketplace in a range of ways. Ultimately, environmental issues and security not only have to co-exist, they are closely related.

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