Client Profile:

Schaumburg is a well-known northwestern suburb of Chicago of about 75,000 residents and has been ranked as one of the best places to live in Illinois by MONEY Magazine. The village is best known for the massive Woodfield Mall, currently the 11th largest mall in the United States. The mall contains over 300 stores and employs more than 4,000 people. Several large corporations, such as Zurich North America, also make their home there. In order to retain the status as a top place to live in Illinois, the village decided that it should enhance security measures to ensure the safety and security of residents and visitors in the area.

Solution:

In 2016, the Village of Schaumburg hired a consultant from New York to assist in their district-wide IP Video Management System. The goal of this project was to design and install an integrated video security system at 29 buildings throughout the village. The village sent out an RFP to address the Enterprise Surveillance System that was to be installed over several phases in the next few years. Pentegra Systems was one of many integrators that submitted proposals and was chosen due to their reputation, responsiveness and overall design of the system.

Challenge:

In order for the Village of Schaumburg to achieve their video security goal, Pentegra had to install over 200 cameras inside and outside 29 buildings. Pentegra used cutting edge cameras from Axis, Genetec Security Center Software and Razberi Technologies Servers and Archivers in their design. This system covered all of the areas that Schaumburg requested and was able to fulfill the video recording requirements. Each camera has 1080p resolution with wide dynamic range and is able to provide facial recognition at distances up to 100 feet. One of the significant aspects of this system, is its capability of expanding and accommodating additional cameras with little effort. Since this is a multi-phase project spanning several years, this was a critical piece that Schaumburg needed to have. Another benefit is that this system is completely IP based, which allows viewing from any internal computer, tablet or smartphone with the appropriate security settings.

A system of this size and complexity usually has its challenges. One of the main challenges here was the location of some of the cameras. Several locations didn’t offer continuous power or wirless network access for the cameras. One of these locations was Schaumburg Regional Airport. The main building of the airport had network access but some of the hangers did not have access. In order for the cameras installed on or around the hangers to access the network, Pentegra installed an antenna on the east side of the main building and added 4 wireless access points (WAPs) in the hangers. Pentegra was able to install uninterrupted power supplies (UPS) for these locations to ensure that the cameras would always be operational, even during power outages.

 

Solution (continued):

In 2018, the village wanted to address the access control system that needed to be installed. The village’s existing access control system was deemed obsolete by the manufacturer, so everything needed to be replaced. Pentegra was once again chosen to complete this project due to the system they proposed and the high praise received from the village throughout the security camera installation. This access control system also included Genetec products, just like the security cameras. This allowed both systems to seamlessly integrate together and able to be controlled by the same software system. This was very important to the Village of Schaumburg and enabled them to manage both systems from the same place.

Results:

Pentegra’s video and access control security systems are helping the Village of Schaumburg become a safer place for all. The systems that Pentegra installed and are currently installing, gives village workers the ability to keep a watchful eye all over town from their offices or personal devices. Pentegra is proud to partner with the Village of Schaumburg now and in the future to ensure that the village is safer and more secure.

Main System Components:

• Axis Indoor and Outdoor Cameras
• Genetec Omnicast Video Management System
• Genetec Synergis Access Control
• Razberi Technology Server/Switches
• HID Card Readers

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Background: 

DO & CO is known worldwide as “The Gourmet Entertainment Group.” Originating in Austria, DO & CO is involved in airline catering, event catering, restaurants, hotels and airport lounges. Employing over 6,000 employees worldwide, DO & CO caters for renowned guests at the highest level. DO & CO has twenty-five total gourmet kitchens spanning eight countries on three continents, and is always expanding. DO & CO currently has two U.S.-based gourmet kitchens, one in New York near JFK Airport and the other just outside of Chicago, IL. The Chicago facility is located in Des Plaines, minutes away from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The facility covers 112,065 square feet and consists of a production area, storage space, office space as well as a dock staging area.

Challenge: 

Pentegra Systems submitted a proposal responding to a RFP sent out by DO & CO. The objective was to design, engineer and install several integrated technologies into DO&CO’s new state-of-the-art facility. However, a glaring issue that stood in the way of this project’s completion was the extremely short timeframe Pentegra had to work with. At the time, DO & CO had signed a contract with Emirate Airlines, an airline company that had just taken over a gate at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Emirate had already booked all of its flights out of that gate, but couldn’t proceed further until the food services was approved on their airplanes. Pentegra Systems had to complete all aspects of this project in less than half the amount of time it would normally take in order for Emirate Airlines, as well as all of DO & CO’s other clients, to get the food services needed for their respective flights.. As Pentegra designed and installed several integrated solutions throughout the new facility, interim kitchens had to be setup in the parking lot of the new facility to continue pushing out product while the new building was being still completed.

 

Solution:

Pentegra Systems’ proposal consisted of a multi-discipline solution. The AV portion of the project included a giant 80” flat panel display inside DO&CO’s new boardroom. This Sharp AQUOS monitor can be used to display presentations as well as be used for both audio and video conferencing for important meetings. This display gives DO&CO’s boardroom all the essential capabilities a modern boardroom needs. In DO&CO’s lobby area, Pentegra installed a 46’ monitor for digital signage purposes as well as displaying custom presentations to customers and clients. DO&CO’s dispatch office was also retrofitted with large 42” monitors that monitor any custom programming. In the kitchens at DO&CO, Pentegra installed ceiling mounted 32” monitors. These monitors display the information the chefs need to know to prepare orders. Wherever in the world a plane needs food service to, these displays will let the kitchen crews know exactly what needs to be prepared and when it’s needed by. These displays can be changed in real time to make the cooking and preparing processes extremely efficient. Rounding out the AV portion of this project is the installation of the paging system. All internal facility communication is done with the new building-wide paging system. Paging gives all departments at DO&CO a quick and easy way of communicating with one another during standard daily operations.

Being a part of the airline industry, security is a critical aspect of DO&CO’s operation. Pentegra Systems had to design a system befitting to an organization with such high security standards. A video surveillance system utilizing Avigilon security cameras was installed both inside and outside DO&CO’s new facility to monitor happenings. In addition to a video surveillance system, Pentegra installed an access control system to control entryways throughout the facility. This S2 access control system utilizes bio-metrics, where in order to access a certain area of the facility; personnel would have to use their fingerprint to gain entry. Compared to the usual access card method, bio-metrics adds an extra level of security to DO&CO’s already high security level operation. Aside from access control on the doors of the facility, Pentegra also installed the lock and automation system of the gate for traffic to gain access both into and out of DO&CO. Video Surveillance and Access Control are the two most essential aspects to protect the facility as a whole, but some of the products that DO&CO carries require a little more protection. There are several caged areas inside the warehouse containing valuable products such as high-end liquors. Pentegra Systems created a solution to secure these cages with magnetic locking gates where only authorized personnel could access them.

Results: 

DO&CO Catering needed a multi-discipline integrated system and in an extremely small time frame. Pentegra Systems stepped up to the plate and accepted these challenges. Not only did Pentegra’s professional engineering team create a solution that satisfied all of their technology needs, but we implemented that solution in half the time it would normally take. This project at DO&CO is a prime example of Pentegra Systems’ abilities to engineer, install and maintain a multi-discipline integrated system within a small time frame.

Main System Components: 

  • 80” Sharp AQUOS Monitor
  • 46” NEC LED Backlit Monitor
  • 42” NEC LED LCD Display
  • Atlas Sound Paging Speakers
  • Avigilon Surveillance Camera System
  • S2 Access Control System

 

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Background:

Unity Church was founded in 1871 in Oak Park, IL. In 1905, a lightning strike started a fire which destroyed the wood-framed church. A young architect named Frank Lloyd Wright was then brought in to design the new Unity Temple. Wright was living in Oak Park at the time and also came from a family of Unitarians. The Temple was completed in 1908 and is considered by many architects to be the first modern building in the world.

Challenge:

Pentegra Systems collaborated with Talaske Consultants to install an audiovisual, security and data network design build solution. Given the aging nature of Unity Temple and the timeless historical aesthetic of the facility, the newly installed technology had to be as inconspicuous as possible. The challenge was to enhance the technology in and around this building to give it all the modern day functionality of a fully integrated, multi-discipline system. This all had to be done without sacrificing the classic motif and overall look of both the interior and exterior of Unity Temple.

Solution:

Pentegra Systems installed an extensive audiovisual solution for Unity Temple. Spaces such as houses of worship need the proper technology when presenting to audiences of varying sizes. The congregation needs to be able to see and hear what is going at all times and this can be accomplished with the appropriate technologies. At the heart of the audio portion of this A/V installation is a state of the art digital mixing system. This mixing system controls and manages all of the sound from within the temple. Pentegra installed a microphone system and mechanically steerable ultra compact line array speakers using equipment that could easily be hidden or concealed to maintain the overall aesthetics of the temple. With this improved sound system, everyone within the temple can hear the preacher and the music clearly. On the video side of this project, a projection system was installed. A top of the line digital laser projector was installed on the north end of the temple with a projection screen. This projection system is used to display the feed captured by the multi-purpose HD network camera to record the sermon to make it easier for all in attendance to watch. This projection system has full video playback and recording capabilities. The projector can present various images, presentations, videos, etc. simply and easily.

Security is a top priority when it comes to historical landmarks such as the Unity Temple. Pentegra’s security solution included intrusion detection, access control, digital video surveillance and audio video intercom. The intrusion detection system includes motion detectors and door contacts that signal an alarm if triggered during off hours or whenever the system is activated. This alarm system is monitored 24/7 via internet connection and is easily controlled and managed through user-friendly wall mounted touch screen keypads. A card access control system was installed to manage access to specific areas of the temple. This expandable system maintains a continuous activity log to keep track of what doors are opened, when they are opened and by whom. Pentegra integrated this system with the intrusion detection for convenience. For example, when a designated user’s card is swiped, it can deactivate the intrusion detection to prevent unnecessary false alarms. Select electronic door locks installed with the access control are also integrated with an audio video intercom system that helps determine whether an outsider can be let into Unity Temple. A visitor can communicate via the intercom function while the camera transmits a live image of the visitor to the inside monitor. This intercom door station can be unlocked easily by the master station inside Unity Temple or any IP telephone on demand. To monitor activity inside and outside Unity Temple, IP surveillance cameras were installed. These IP dome cameras keep extra eyes on the grounds internally and externally for potential vandalism and crime. The Network Video Recorder installed also has a DVD recorder to provide evidence for potential incidents. The NVR can be accessed from any computer or mobile device connected to the internet. These three systems were all integrated using the same security management software into one easily manageable and efficient security solution that will help make Unity Temple a safe house of worship for many years to come.

The third aspect of this integrated installation was via Pentegra’s data division. To stay connected in today’s world you need a strong network and of course you need Wi-Fi. Pentegra Systems implemented a network infrastructure within Unity Temple to bring this historic landmark into modern times. Wi-Fi Access Points and hardwired data ports were installed throughout the temple. This equipment and all Ethernet cabling was strategically positioned and executed balancing premium functionality with inconspicuousness. Unity Temple personnel and visitors alike can now access the world effortlessly via Pentegra’s network infrastructure and always stay connected while within the temple.

Results:

Pentegra Systems successfully installed a multi-discipline integrated solution consisting of audio, video, data and security technologies that bring the aging Unity Temple into modern technological times. These integrated solutions help improve the everyday operations and safety of this historic facility without sacrificing any of its timeless look both inside and out. Our skilled and expert engineers and installation crew took a historical landmark and injected it with state of the art technology to benefit the temples end users and overall functionality.

Main System Components:

  • Sony IP Security Cameras
  • Genetec Omnicast/Synergis Security Center
  • Bosch Intrusion Detection
  • Access Control System
  • Aruba Wireless Access Point
  • Sound Reinforcement
  • Mackie Mixing System
  • Shure Microphone System
  • Panasonic Video Camera System
  • Christie Video Projection System
  • Extron Control System
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Background:

Founded in 1948 Community Unit School District 300 is located in the Fox River Valley in Chicago’s far northwest suburbs, headquartered in Carpentersville, IL. A constant population growth has expanded D300 by adding more than 20 new schools over the last six decades. Currently, District 300 features 27 total schools including a charter school and spans 118 square miles and 15 surrounding communities such as Pingree Grove and Sleepy Hollow. District 300 offers a dual language program for English and Spanish speakers, an award-winning music program as well as a broad selection of Advance Placement classes. More than 75 teachers employed by the district have received the prestigious National Board Certification. Educating nearly 21,000 students from preschoolers to 12th graders, Community Unit School District 300 is the 6th largest school district in the entire state of Illinois.

Challenge:

Always trying to ensure the safety of their students and faculty, Community Unit School District 300 wanted a system to provide mass notification alerts throughout their schools. Pentegra Systems submitted a proposal in response to a RFP issued by Community Unit School District 300 to best address their mass notification requirement. The challenge was to come up with a solution that would extend and modify the existing security systems in Dundee Crown, Jacobs and Hampshire High Schools. District 300 was looking for security improvements for when an emergency arises to notify not only the proper authorities, but also the faculty and students alike creating a form of lockdown situation to ensure the utmost safety at all times.

Solution:

The solution that Pentegra Systems proposed, designed and successfully installed was an addition to their already operational security systems. Our solution utilized their existing telephone system, emergency call buttons underneath faculty desks as well as their paging system that was already in place. Pentegra integrated Emergency Lock Down Alert Systems into all three District 300 high schools without disrupting the already functional security measures that D300 utilizes. When an emergency situation arises authorities can be instantly notified either by pressing a panic button or dialing a specific code on any of the school’s telephones. This method of notification reduces response times to an absolute minimum. While notifying authorities, this mass notification system also notifies students and faculty of the very same emergency situation through the paging system.
Pentegra Systems installed nearly 100 blue strobe lights throughout Dundee Crown, Jacobs and Hampshire High Schools in all areas where the noise level is high and the PA system is not always heard. When the system is triggered the strobe lights are activated and begin flashing in all hallways and various classrooms throughout the schools. The striking bright blue strobe lights easily notify anyone in the area that there is currently an emergency and to move into their respective classrooms or offices as a safety precaution. In addition to the visual aspect of Pentegra’s solution, there is also an audio element. Pentegra Systems installed Mass Notification Announcers onto the existing Dukane Starcall™ and Valcom intercom systems. When this system is triggered, an audible recording is played utilizing the school’s public address intercom systems. This recording, recorded by school officials, notifies everyone that an emergency situation at hand, that authorities are on the way, as well as instructs everyone to make their way into their classrooms and close the doors.
As part of the proposed solution, Pentegra also trained the security administrator on how to fully operate the system and utilize it to its full potential. Through this training, D300 will remain in the best of care when protecting students and faculty. In addition to installing all strobe lights throughout the district, Pentegra Systems supplied and installed all cabling necessary to integrate this system linking it to the existing telephone systems, panic buttons and intercom systems of the district’s three high schools.

Results:

With safety being the number one priority and concern, the engineers at Pentegra Systems designed a solution that integrated an extremely necessary and beneficial security tool into Community Unit School District 300’s already existing security systems. Protecting students and faculty are critical in times of emergencies within a school and immediately notifying authorities is crucial. This Mass Notification System ensures the protection and safety of everyone within the building as well as alerts the proper authorities to respond. Through Pentegra Systems’ solution, Dundee Crown, Jacobs and Hampshire High Schools will continue to be protected whenever an emergency may strike.

Main System Components:

• 99 LED Strobe Lights
• 3 Mass Notification Announcers
• 3 Digital Recording/Playback Device
• 3 Telephone Interface to the Existing Phone System
• 3 School Intercom Interface to the Existing Intercom System
• 3 Intrusion Alarm Interface to the Existing Alarm System
• 190dB Horn

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Background:

With a rich history dating back to the 1880s, Dekalb Public Library has been the cornerstone of a growing and dynamic community. The library provides easily accessible information and a welcoming environment to all of its patrons with clubs and programs for both children and adults. Dekalb Public Library has been located at 309 Oak Street inside the Haish Memorial Building since 1931. Over the years this facility has had many facelifts and improvements. Beginning in 2007, an addition was approved to expand the library’s physical space from 19,000 to 60,000 square feet.

Challenge:

Integrating a low-voltage IP based security system into a facility such as the Haish Memorial Building can be quite challenging given its historical longevity. Pentegra’s solution had to meet the needs and wants of Dekalb Public Library, but at the same time also uphold the historical nature of this building. Pentegra’s challenge was to seamlessly integrate a state-of-the-art security system both inside and outside of Dekalb Public Library to enforce public safety as well as prevent vandalism.

Solution:

This project consisted of two separate aspects, the first being the video surveillance system. Twenty-six network IP cameras were installed both internally and externally. The indoor cameras were strategically placed in common areas where there is the most activity both on the first and second floors of Dekalb Public Library including reading areas, activity rooms, hallways, etc. These indoor cameras are vandal-resistant HDTV fixed dome cameras capturing video at 720p quality and have remote focus and zoom. The outdoor cameras mounted on the outer walls are more of the same, yet reinforced and more durable to handle whatever Mother Nature can throw at them.

The indoor and outdoor cameras monitor and protect staff and patrons alike keeping an eye on everyday activities. Pentegra Systems’ surveillance system came in handy during a bank robbery just down the street in Dekalb. The high resolution outdoor network cameras were able to catch a glimpse of the getaway car and license plate of the vehicle and became a critical tool in the subsequent investigation.

The second portion of this project was the access control system. The access control system at Dekalb Public Library helps control what personnel can access specific areas of the library. Access to these specific areas of the library is controlled by card readers both on the wall next to the door or on the door itself. Authorized personnel are given access cards to gain entrance into these restricted areas preventing anyone unauthorized from entering. This portion of the installation consisted of eleven wired card readers and sixty-five wireless readers. Pentegra provided a solution that upholds a necessary level of safety and protection for anyone inside and outside of the library, seamlessly integrating both the surveillace and access control components into one easily managable and efficient security solution.

Results:

Pentegra Systems successfully installed Dekalb Public Library’s video surveillance and access control systems that are used every day to maintain the desired level of safety and protection that one would want both in and around a place of knowledge and learning such as a library. Pentegra’s security integration protects Dekalb Public Library around the clock 24/7.

Main System Components:

  • Avigilon Video Management System
  • Avigilon and AXIS Network Cameras
  • RS2 Access Control System
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Background:

Founded in 1947, Golden State Foods has become one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice industry. In 2014, Golden State Foods opened a new regional headquarters and logistics center in McCook, Illinois, relocating from locations in Lemont and Bolingbrook. This new 152,670 square foot facility is in a well positioned transportation corridor within the west suburbs of Chicago. The new location includes a 17,550 square foot office, a 135,120 square foot warehouse and 52 truck docks as well as a separate on-site maintenance building. Golden State Foods serves over 25,000 restaurants spanning 3 continents. Specializing in the processing and distribution of liquid products, meat products, produce and dairy, Golden State Foods also serves as full-line distribution to the quick service restaurant industry. Golden State Foods’ customers include McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Nestle, Arby’s and Taco Bell.

Challenge:

Pentegra Systems was challenged on the design side to create a complete design build integrated low-voltage system to satisfy all the needs of Golden State Foods. We met with GSF personnel across the nation to identify and ensure all necessary needs were going to be met. Pentegra collaborated with the architects of this project, going back and making changes to the initial plans to ensure this design build would seamlessly be incorporated into the facility. Through this teamwork, the ultimate goal was for this brand new facility to become the Regional Headquarters and Logistics Center for Golden State Foods.

Solution:

Pentegra Systems and Golden State Foods wanted to make an impression with employees and visitors from the start, from the moment they set foot in the high end lobby area. We designed and installed an impressive customizable 4 flat panel display video wall to show off the latest and greatest Golden State Foods news, information and content. To enhance the experience of GSF employees throughout the entirety facility, we installed flat panel monitors in the boardroom, meeting rooms, break room and several offices. These fully customizable flat panels deliver important company information, display presentations as well as act as a source for digital signage. All displays are incredibly user friendly touch panels with iPad controls. Pentegra also supplied Golden State Foods’ Customer Experience Center with flat panel displays thus making it a fully interactive area to present, demonstrate and entertain their high profile clientele.

To facilitate the safety and security of this modern day facility, Pentegra Systems needed to design and install a fully integrated security system. We started by collaborating with Golden State Foods on the locations where video surveillance was an absolute necessity. The outcome was the installation of 90 Avigilon IP Security Cameras. With these cameras, GSF can monitor all activities within their facility, office and warehouse areas as well as the entire perimeter of the premises. This surveillance system was integrated with an RS2 Access Control System. Installed on 30 doors, Golden State can grant and restrict access to employees, vendors and suppliers with the greatest of ease. To effectively manage visitors, an EasyLobby system was installed printing badges for visiting personnel and is active for that day until the contents of that badge fade rendering it invalid from that point forward. The authorized access of personnel is crucial, but the authorized access of incoming vehicles to a transportation hub such as GSF is as well. Golden State Foods’ incoming semi-trucks now use the newly installed video intercom system to communicate to the front office to gain entry, opening the swing gates to gain access into Golden State Foods.

As part of this design build project, Pentegra Systems installed the main distribution frame (MDF) for the communications infrastructure. The backbone data cabling of this project consisted of fiber-optic cabling to 3 intermediate distribution frame deposits. These IDFs were strategically located through the facility to ensure every area of the facility was connected. Pentegra Systems was also in constant communication with the corresponding utility companies to ensure the proper utility feeds were being brought in to supply power. We ran all voice and data cabling throughout the entire facility to establish constant connection and ensure quality incoming and outgoing communication functionality. Through the completion of this project, Pentegra Systems delivered top-of-the-line technology befitting a modern day company headquarters such as Golden State Foods.

Results:

Pentegra Systems combined a brand new cutting-edge facility with state of the art technology. This project brought to fruition an audio visual system that enhances both the employee and visitor experience. Golden State Foods’ new data system connects all personnel to one another as well as enabling communication possibilities to anywhere that their business takes them. The video surveillance effectively monitors the mammoth facility while the access control system ensures a secure facility with only authorized personnel and transport. The unrivaled expertise of Pentegra Systems will ensure the professional maintenance and assistance for all of Golden State Foods’ integrated systems to ensure and continue the best quality and fulfill their greatest potential.

Main System Components:

  • Sharp Professional LCD Flat Panel Display Monitors
  • EasyLobby System
  • 90 Avigilon IP Security Cameras
  • RS2 Access Control System
  • Polycom Phone System
  • Extron Switchers, Video Scalers and Touch Panel Systems
  • Planar Video Wall System
  • Tightrope Media Digital Signage Creation
  • Epson Video Projectors
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Background:

Marquardt School District 15 is rapidly growing and changing. Situated in Glendale Heights in DuPage County, Illinois, the District serves four communities and includes approximately 2,700 students in four elementary schools, as well as Marquardt Middle School.

District 15 is a leader in integrating technology and communication systems into learning environments. The District is committed to using technology as an “authentic learning tool” in classrooms. Administrators chose Pentegra Systems as their IBM business partner because of our extensive technology expertise and our consistent record for delivering effective solutions to the District.

Challenge:

The District’s long-term plan includes implementing unified web-based learning tools for students and teachers. This required thoughtful design and implementation of their data network. To adequately support the ambitious one-to-one computing project, the network would require powerful, state-of-the art servers.

Marquardt developed their system around a private cloud intranet. To function seamlessly with the district’s cloud-based applications and data, each user’s experience and access would have to be identical across devices.

Solution:

To accommodate the ever-increasing computer processing and storage needs of Marquardt’s web-based learning tools, Pentegra Systems collaborated with the District’s IT staff on a selection of robust IBM xSeries servers and the DS series SAN.

We installed innovative and cost-efficient IBM xSeries servers, which offer breakthrough architecture for processor performance, memory capacity, expandability, redundancy and reliability. The xSeries consistently provides the exceptional performance needed to bring District applications into the cloud.

We also consulted with IBM system engineers to ensure the proper and most productive configuration for our client’s needs. Moreover, IBM worked with us to stay within Marquardt’s budget.

Results:

Throughout the school year, the District benefits from Pentegra’s expert installation and system management. It also benefits from IBM xSeries servers and IBM DS storage systems, as well as IBM’s performance, engineering, flexibility, reliability, service and cost effectiveness.

The xSeries 3000 multi processors, expandable memory and hard drives allow the District to preserve their investment, even as processing and storage needs exponentially increase over the years. Their data infrastructure is robust, expandable and flexible to meet future needs. IBM proved to be a reliable and efficient partner, with open standards when Marquardt required servers to have 10Gb connectivity to their existing LAN and WAN.

Since implementation, Marquardt has become a recognized leader for successfully incorporating advanced technology into education. In fact, many District 15 schools have received Academic Excellence Awards for significant student achievement in math and reading test scores.

Standardized systems and centralized management of IBM solutions by Pentegra Systems allows for consistency within the schools, and frees up time for teachers, staff and students to focus on education. The partnership between Marquardt, Pentegra Systems and IBM is strong, as each entity provides an essential component to integrate leading technology with education.

 

“We are always looking for platforms to fit the application. We were looking for a server to support the Helix Media and couldn’t find anything. Then IBM came out with the X5 and it was like they read our minds. It was a perfect fit.”
Network Administrator
Marquardt School District
“Expandability and the ability to add memory, hard drives and extra processors allow us to increase performance by maintaining our investment.”
Director of Technology
Marquardt School District

Main System Components:

  • MS Server as the base platform
  • MS Lync
  • MS SharePoint
  • MS SQL on replicating IBM xSeries servers (x3750, x3690, x3650, x3550, DS3524)
  • MS Exchange
  • Helix Media server for iTunes
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Background:

The National Hellenic Museum was the first in the country dedicated to the historical achievements and creations of ancient and modern Greeks. The classical ideals of Hellenism involving humanism, reason, the arts, moderation and civic responsibility were at the core of the design and construction of the 40,000 square-foot building hosting everything from exhibition spaces to meeting areas and a library. RTKL, a renowned architecture, engineering and creative services organization, was commissioned to design the AV, data and security technology in addition to the architectural design of the new facility.

Challenge:

The new facility necessitated leading audio-visual solutions to adequately convey the rich media collections and the extensive archive of oral histories in the collections of the National Hellenic Museum.

The materials selected to incorporate throughout the museum – limestone and glass – created a challenging acoustic environment for employing sound reinforcement systems. Stable system performance relied on calculated placement and adjustment as well as optimization of the audio system digital processors.

Solution:

We worked closely with the technology consultant as well as manufacturers to improve system-wide performance, influencing some of the originally designed components. To deliver the National Hellenic Museum’s extensive collection of media history with efficiency and functionality, we implemented a digital signage system, first seen by visitors upon entering the museum.

The exhibits, collections and artifacts within the museum were protected by the installation of an optimal security system. This was achieved through network surveillance cameras as well as an intrusion detection system that integrates with the access control system, providing flexibility to maintain both a secure facility and a 24-hour operation.

Results:

Pentegra supported the architects and design team to fully realize their vision for the National Hellenic Museum, while recommending adaptations and flexible options where necessary. The project successfully captured the artistic components of Hellenism, enhanced by superior AV systems and structured cabling. State-of-the-art security assured the safety of all the treasures within as well as museum staff and visitors. All the systems provided by Pentegra enjoy maintenance and assistance from the experts at Pentegra, guaranteeing a satisfying, worry-free experience.

Main System Components:

  • Superior Essex and Leviton structured cabling system with a lifetime warranty
  • S2 Security Netbox Extreme Access Control system
  • Exacq Technologies ExacqVision NVR
  • Mobotix Indoor IP cameras
  • Mobotix 360 degree Hemispheric cameras
  • Gamewell fire detection
  • Lenovo Network Video Recording Management
  • Extron Cables, processing and distribution
  • Tannoy, JBL & Technomad Weatherproof Loudspeakers
  • Symetrix Digital Audio Signal Processors and Remote Control Accessories
  • Draper Projection Screens
  • Crestron Control Systems
  • Digital Projection Projectors
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Background:

Peerless Industries, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of American-made audio-visual solutions. The company’s innovative product line includes flat panel and projector mounts, wireless technology, motorized mount solutions, cables, kiosks, AV furniture and racks and other accessories. Throughout their 70-year tenure, Peerless has maintained its position at the forefront of the industry, introducing new AV technologies that provide operative solutions to meet the needs of the consumers as well as pro markets.

Challenge:

Prior to 2010, Peerless had been manufacturing audio-visual solutions across several international plants. That year, the company made the strategic decision to move the overseas manufacturing operations back to the US, and subsequently consolidate the US plants into one facility in Aurora, IL. The new facility required a systems integrator to design and install all necessary low-voltage systems. These included structured cabling, access control, CCTV surveillance, voice evacuation, paging, A/V, fire alarm, and intrusion systems. The project necessitated the incorporation of new and advanced technologies with an emphasis on IP network-centric solutions.

Solution:

We redeployed and upgraded the former facilities’ A/V systems in the new conference and training rooms. The systems consisted of a combination of projectors and flat-panel displays with multiple input panels. To overcome the ambient noise generated by the metal stamping machines on the manufacturing floor, we employed a high concentration of Atlas Sound paging horns to allow for audible paging during machine operation.

Because the new 307,000 square-foot facility hosts both Peerless corporate offices as well as manufacturing operations, access control between the various departments was essential to the success of the project. We selected the S2 Security NetBox IP-based security management technology, which can be operated entirely from a web browser. The technology fluently integrates access control, alarm monitoring and video surveillance capabilities in an IP-based, network-ready system. Additionally, the size of the facility, coupled with the need for network reliability, required a purpose-built IP network. To address this condition, we implemented a fiber optic infrastructure with a star topology to eliminate any single point of failure in the IP network.

Lastly, optimal security was achieved through the installation of network surveillance cameras and an intrusion detection system that integrates with the access control system, providing flexibility to maintain both a secure facility and a 24-hour operation.

Results:

Pentegra successfully designed and installed a system with the flexibility, reliability and efficiency to accommodate the diverse requirements and demands of the project, allowing for a seamless transition of the Peerless warehouses and offices. The system is supported and secured by the experts at Pentegra Systems, assuring superior quality and ease of everyday use and maintenance.

Main System Components:

  • Superior Essex and Leviton structured cabling system with a lifetime warranty
  • S2 Security Netbox Extreme Access Control system
  • Exacq Technologies ExacqVision NVR
  • Panasonic Megapixel IP cameras
  • Gamewell fire detection
  • Extron and Liberty AV components
  • Atlas Sound paging
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Benedictine University

Benedictine University

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Benedictine University was founded originally in Chicago in 1887, though has been situated on its present 108-acre campus in the western suburb of Lisle since 1901. In 2012, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Benedictine University as the No.1 fastest-growing campus in the country among ...

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