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SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS MARCH 2011 FIRE SYSTEMS INSTALLATION 23 Diverse offerings benefit Standard Electronics By Tess Nacelewicz SANTEE, Calif.—Being able to install and service “a plethora of diverse systems” including data net- works has kept Standard Electronics busy through the economic downturn, according to Jerry Hanson, VP of opera- tions for the company, which is based here. Fire compris- es 70 percent of this Gamewell-FCI engineered systems distributor, whose history dates back to 1955. However, Standard also does secu- rity systems, electronic master clock time recording systems, data net- working systems, and communica- tion paging systems. A family-owned Jerry Hanson Airport Continued from page 20 brand. They really had a hard time intermingling the two sys- tems.” When the airport finally had the funding to upgrade, he said, Safety Systems was able to “get in there and integrate.” He said they put in a new Gamewell-FCI E3 Series mass notification system. He said mass notification at the airport is not required by the state of Vermont at this point, but “we’re looking to the future for them and their future expansion so they don’t have to bring the whole terminal up to code when they add a project on. They’re going to be already ahead of that game.” The project, involving the parking garage and main ter- minal, began in the fall and Carroll said he expected it to be completed by spring. “We’re not a very big company, so it has been a major job for us,” he said. A challenge in working in the airport was getting Transit Security Administration (TSA) clearance—involving fingerprint- ing and other documentation— for employees to do their work in secure areas, Carroll said. Also, he said, “just bringing the equipment round the airport when it’s so busy creates a tough challenge for us. We’re used to going in an empty building and working.” But he said that “the airport is so happy with the job they’ve got another hangar they’re going to have us do, coming up soon.” The company has grown two- fold every year since it started, except for two years ago at the start of the recession when it held level, Carroll said. This year, he said, it expects to hire at least two more people. SSN company with about 35 employees, Hanson said Standard typically has 30 to 40 projects ongoing at one time in three verticals. The first vertical is -12 educational institutions, where Standard does everything from fire alarm systems to sound systems to wireless clock systems. Then, Hanson said, “our second- ary market vertically is the government market,” followed by commercial. Its ability to diversify has helped during the recess- sion, Randy Hanson, field superintendent and Hanson’s son, told Security Systems News. “We have slowed down Randy Hanson a bit, but it’s nothing to where it’s a devastat- ing blow to us,” Randy Hanson said. “When you’re diversified as us, they want you to do all systems at once, which makes it more busy.” Standard in September completed a job at Camp Cuyamaca, a residential outdoor sci- ence education public school. At the camp in the Cleveland National Forest, Standard installed a fire alarm system in new construc- tion and retrofitted the existing alarms in the 15-building campus. Then the company also redesigned and installed the camp’s data-net- working infrastructure. SSN Introducing Interlogix™ global security Offering best-in-class intrusion, video surveillance, access control, transmission and fi re & life safety solutions, Interlogix brings together some of the most recognized names in security. Our comprehensive portfolio includes well-known product brands such as GE, IFS and Verex, backed by ongoing partner services and support. From residential to commercial applications, count on Interlogix to help your customers secure and protect what matters most. Learn more at

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