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System Sustainability

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Designing technical security solutions involves many considerations. System sustainability is a critical component that should be incorporated to ensure the solution is designed robustly. System sustainability ensures that the customer’s investment is protected and that the solution will operate well for a long period of time despite challenging environmental conditions, service failure, and other complications. System sustainability needs to be designed into a project from the beginning as concepts are derived given the number of variables that have to be considered to achieve the desired result.

All technical systems are vulnerable to failures of different kinds. Power loss, voltage irregularity, electrical surges, and other factors can disrupt system performance. Sustainable systems implement corrective technologies that are used to mitigate these and other vulnerabilities to ensure the system continues to operate correctly if problems occur. Sustainable systems naturally cost more, but the cost difference more than pays for itself when the system works well as other systems fail. Security systems are critical in most facilities and the related service should have high availability.

System sustainability can be accomplished if the designers have the proper expertise. The experts at Orion Security Solutions specialize in sustainable applications as evidenced through our worldwide design and implementation of technical security solutions in U.S. Embassies and other critical infrastructure. Significant engineering is required to truly design sustainable systems. Proper assessments must be conducted and the integrator has to have a comprehensive understanding of all possible conditions and events that could create operational problems for the specified systems.

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Sean Crain is founder and CEO of Orion Security Solutions (OSS). Prior to starting OSS, Sean spent over eight years with the U.S. Department of State as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Officer working in nearly 40 countries on 6 continents around the world including Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Switzerland, Indonesia, Australia, Cambodia, Austria, Germany, Poland, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Brazil, Peru, and Columbia.

He received advanced training in the techniques and methodologies of counter intelligence and anti-terrorism in order to carry out responsibilities which included designing, installing, and maintaining state-of-the-art security solutions to protect national security information, U.S Embassies and other sensitive U.S. facilities, and diplomatic personnel, including U.S. Presidents and Secretaries of State. Sean was also called upon to design and implement security protocols and systems which included video surveillance, intruder detection, access controls, locks, perimeter security, and assessments. He also played an integral role in writing the U.S. Department of State security policies for post communications centers, controlled access areas, and building management systems in U.S. Embassies, U.S. Consulates, and inter-agency facilities worldwide.