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Communications and Security

We are well versed in the engineering of complex communications systems including voice and data pathways and spaces and related infrastructure system, healthcare systems, public address, audio visual systems, video surveillance, access control, and intrusion alarm. Our communications and security engineering team has collaborated on some of the most complex buildings and environments in the world.

HDK Consulting Incorporated's Security Engineering Team has been involved in collaborations with other firms, adding to their team as well as leading High Security Projects for the Department of Defence. Our Team has worked on some of the most secure projects in Canada.

HDK Consulting Incorporated has developed world class capabilities and has Communications and Security Engineering Professionals located in Winnipeg serving clients across Canada.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING

Our Communications and Security Engineering capabilities is unmatched in the Industry, our experience in providing specialist services to our clients has allowed our members to be respected in the industry.

Our Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI) Registered Communications Distribution Designers (RCDD) are recognized with our client base as some of the most professional and knowledgeable professionals in the Industry.

System engineering is critical in our quest to develop smart buildings. The building blocks of correctly placed Telecommunications Pathways and spaces ensure that Information Technology Systems can be supported for the life of the building.

Engineering buildings to support today’s high speed networks and applications require detailed planning much earlier than has typically been afforded in the past , as important team members of Integrated design process, decisions regarding efficient location of Building System can reduce the space required to serve a building. This first step in building planning allows for bricks and mortar pathways to support the information super highway.

Our process starts with understanding the clients Information Technology requirements, some of our clients have established requirements and we collaborate with them to understand these requirements and reflect them in the built environment, often the client is looking for us to assist them in establish these requirements in this case we provide additional services that enhance the product we provide.

Our team engineers sensitive and classified communications networks, overhead paging systems, distributed audio systems, video conferencing systems, intercom systems, clock systems, automation control systems, Command and control information systems, VoIP telephone systems, integrated automation systems, alarm monitoring systems, computer aided dispatch systems, radio systems, digital signage systems, interactive media systems and data centre infrastructure.

AUDIO VISUAL ENGINEERING

Audio Visual Engineering allows us to integrate the visual environment with technology; many facilities have conference rooms and meeting rooms that require presentation technologies. We have designed many facilities for multi-use purposes that include video conferencing, lighting and theatrical applications.

We have designed a number of Command Post and Emergency response centres across Canada. This type of project allows for sophisticated Audio Visual System s that enables response to any event by an easy to use interface.

Many systems now are Internet protocol centric and allow information to be relayed across other systems.

Our Communications and Security Engineering team posses an Infocomm International Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) designation recognized as an expert in Audio Visual Design. Some of the tools used to design complex spaces for audio visual system are EASE and Revit MEP which allows visualization of the built environment.

Some of the types of facilities that use our talents are:

DATA CENTRE ENGINEERING

Much of the Heat and Electricity generated in Data Centres are expended in lost heat, we see this as an opportunity to redirect this heat and electricity to other uses such as domestic heating applications, snow melting. Working with the Data Centre Managers and equipment manufacturers allows us all be responsible for sustainability.

A large amount of centralized computing is being envisioned for the future as a basis of “Cloud” computing, correctly designing these spaces require the collaboration of many engineering and architectural disciplines.

Our Communications and Security Engineering staff can provide the project management and bridge between the IT speak and the Building Engineering and Designers.

Many Private Public Partnerships hinge on the relationship of the equipment and IT service providers, we can help asses this component so there is a clear understanding of it’s impact of the P3 process.

SUSTAINABILITY IN COMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING

While communications does not directly contribute to LEED , there are many ways in which our expertise can result in engineering solutions that reduce a buildings carbon foot print and may result in innovative solutions that are adopted in a building design.

A large amount of heat and electrical load is generated by desktop computing; often this heat is not able to be captured. By employing a virtualized computing scheme, thin client computers could be used throughout the facility this would allow the majority of the computing and heat to be centralized in a server room, this heat could be captured and utilized for other domestic heating needs. There are thin client computers with monitors that are commercially available that run solely off power over Ethernet(POE) switches and do not need receptacles for power. Voice over internet protocol telephones also run over POE.

Consolidation of all telecommunications systems such as Access Control, Video Surveillance cameras, clocks, VoiP telephones, thin clients and monitors, public address speakers utilizing POE Infrastructure will consolidate the heat and reduce the electrical load of the facility.

By using blade servers and virtualization building occupants will be able to have high speed access to local content; it is possible to also have cloud based apps from the internet which will reduce the external bandwidth requirements.

The advantage of virtualization and the use of thin client devices is workstation configuration is maintained at the server or off-site, this allows non-it personnel support the relocation of the thin client workstation, access to project data and customized applications are accessible from anywhere in the facility as if they were at their normal desk location.

ELECTRONIC SERCURITY ENGINEERING

The Electronic Security Industry is rapidly changing as the technology is migrating to Internet Protocol (IP). This allows for systems to be converged onto a combined network infrastructure saving costs in numerous conduit systems. Integration into the network demands robust networks and the understanding of complex building systems.

Our Communications and Security Engineering professionals have the technical and project experience to migrate client legacy systems into a combined high speed security network.

We design Electronic Security Systems such as Access Control, Intrusion Alarm and Video Surveillance that communicate with other building systems. For example Access control systems that speak the same language as the energy management and control system (EMCS) by adjusting the building occupant’s environment based on the presentation of an access control credential. Integrating lighting systems and the video surveillance system so that lighting can be increased based on an event or a heightened security posture.

We spend time ensuring technologies such as near field communications (NFC) and other similar technologies are ready for recommendation to our clients. Our participation as speakers at and attendance at Security conferences ensure we can provide the correct balance to our clients.

We have completed a number High Security projects that include replacement of 100’s of intrusion alarm systems for defence establishments including central station receivers. Many of the large scale projects have been delivered as classified projects.

We find that many clients look to our expertise in developing a security plan for their new facility. Many college campuses, schools, high containment laboratories, government and defence organizations and hospitals require electronic security, dealt with at the beginning these systems can integrate into the architecture and not impeded it.

PHYSICAL SERCURITY ENGINEERING

The Electronic Security Industry is rapidly changing as the technology is migrating to Internet Protocol (IP). This allows for systems to be converged onto a combined network infrastructure saving costs in numerous conduit systems. Integration into the network demands robust networks and the understanding of complex building systems.

Our Members have undertaken numerous projects in recent years incorporating state-of-the-art physical security strategies. However, since these projects are “Classified” we are therefore unable to provide particular information on individual projects. Our security engineering team is involved continually in providing security engineering on our projects. During the past decade, our members have provided consulting services for CL3/CL4 facilities sponsored by public sector clients in Canada and around the world. All of these facilities have significant physical security issues in terms of pedestrian/vehicular access, public safety, and counter measures against criminal and terrorist intent.

Our scope of services includes risk assessment to validate design and protocols from the viewpoint of biosafety as well as physical security. We use a holistic design approach to our Security Engineering Design. It is critical to understand that a balance between electronic, physical (architectural) and operational security a higher level of security can be achieved while reducing the overall capital and operational costs, these components can work independently or in conjunction with one another. In our experience while construction of high security facilities can increase construction costs substantially this can be mitigated by the timely preparation of a TRA and Security Design brief, the concept of operations is extremely important in this process. By allowing consultants to design based on the parameters contained in the Security Design Brief, some expensive retrofitting or re-design is minimized due to security concerns.

Other aspects of Security Engineering HDK Consulting Incorporated is involved with include: