Erick's Insights

Vision absent execution is at best: short sighted


 "It's not what the vision is; it's what the vision does." - Peter Senge


"In the business world, the rear view mirror is always clearer than the windshield." - Warren Buffett

I may have a grand vision for my life-safety and security master plan, but absent action, effective training, investment, implementation and the processes necessary to execute on that vision I will never achieve my desired outcome of improved safety and operations. 
We have a client that we’ve been working with to fulfill what will be a 10 year security implementation with millions of dollars invested to fulfill the plan. Executed well, the system will pay for itself at the time of installation and provide a significant long-term return on investment. The success of this plan must keep in mind the importance of People, Product and Process in order to fulfill the vision of our client. We must make sure all of the people interacting with the system are trained on how best to use the system to optimize the return on investment – to proactively mitigate risk, improve operational efficiency, blend with existing process, and improve overall site safety and security. We must have products that can integrate with one another, automate traditionally manual processes, automatically provide abnormal event reporting with automated notification and escalation, and provide auditable user activity tracking. Last, we partner with our customer to put processes in place to ensure the systems and people are doing exactly what they are intended to do. The systems today track so much data it is important to identify what is critical data and appropriate to that individual or group and then put the processes in place to ensure the critical data is relevant, easy to interpret, and gets acted upon.
If you are experiencing a less than satisfactory outcome from your strategic security and life-safety system investments I suggest evaluating where the loss of performance is occurring.  Do we need better training?  Have we deployed the right products to achieve the desired outcomes?  Is there a break down in our processes?  If we are to achieve greater outcomes these questions must be asked regularly in order to facilitate continuous improvement and ensure successful implementation.

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Trends & Technology


Finding the ideal surveillance solution for your operation isn't always straightforward. There are many different aspects to consider, including image quality, number and type of cameras supported, network and storage capacity, ease of every-day operations and ease of installation.

In addition, the size of your operation as well as your ways of working may pose additional demands; in a small shop you want a self-contained, comprehensive, easy-to-install and easy-to-use surveillance system. In a large retail chain with central loss prevention operation support, you almost certainly want much more, for example;
  • Full remote configuration and operation
  • Centrally-managed user authentication tied to your directory services
  • Authorization system and remote access to live video and recordings
  • Easy system expansion to new locations
  • Centrally-managed software updates
  • Comprehensive system monitoring and diagnostics. 
Want to know more? Click HERE to view the entire article

What's New

Southwest Microwave


Southwest Microwave has expanded its suite of INTREPID™ intelligent perimeter detection systems with the new INTREPID™ Model 336 Long Range Digital Microwave Link.  This advanced, standalone volumetric sensor couples Southwest Microwave’s field-proven RF detection technology with leading-edge embedded digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities to reliably discriminate between intrusion attempts and environmental disturbances or other false targets, mitigating risk of site compromise while preventing nuisance alarms.      

User-friendly Installation Service Tool (IST) software simplifies sensor set-up, and graphically controls and monitors sensor status, control parameters and signal strength with laptop convenience via optically-isolated, surge protected USB-B connection. 
Learn more about Southwest Microwave's Model 336 Long Range Digital Microwave HERE.

What's New

Power Makes It All Possible


Systems integrators are keen on managed services and providing remote connectivity and serviceability to their customers. It’s a great value-add to the traditional security contracting business and offers a strong return on investment to the end user customer and new recurring monthly revenue streams to the integrator.

With the increased interest and activity in the Internet of Things (loT), gateways to control sensors and device management – it’s only natural for power solutions to be part of this remote connectivity and proactive service functionality. LifeSafety Power is the industry leader and innovator in providing these capabilities.

You too can make remote monitoring part of your service and maintenance and customer care plans. Get started today and add value to all your specifications. You’ll increase your business proposition and set yourself apart from the competition.
Read more about LifeSafety products HERE.

Team Spotlight

Julie Aspnes

Operations Manager

Julie has been with Absco for nine years and is the Operations Manager. She is a champion for the technicians when interfacing with internal and external customers, and provides support for them in challenging situations. Julie is quick to accommodate others and offer assistance in any area of the company as needed while always keeping a positive attitude. She does not falter under pressure and or complain about the additional workload.
She is the hub of communications for all implementations and services which touches most aspects of the company. Julie has become the go-to person for our customers and has spent days out in the field to ensure we provide them with an incredible customer experience. She has grown from administrative support into a valued member of the management team, and always promotes the accomplishments of others, while holding herself to a high standard. She is a wonderful part of the Absco family and we can’t wait to see what else she can achieve.

We've heard from several of our customers, and the people their businesses affect, about how their systems have saved lives, saved money, impacted efficiencies or been creative solutions to unique challenges.  We'd love to hear your story if you've got one, and would like to have it published in an upcoming Absco Speak, send it to

Ed's children playing in the snow...
with a tank.

The Absco Solutions Team has been having fun with an "Absco - Knows No Limits" #KNL campaign for a few months.  Check out some of the crazy places you'll find our team.....we'd like to get you on our page too!!!

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