We love shedding light on our hard-working employees. This month we’re featuring Drew Miller!
How has Invision Security helped with your career development?
ISG has allowed me the opportunity to keep up with the latest technologies and continue to grow as a security professional.
What do you enjoy most about working at Invision Security?
The loyalty and support between employees creates an enjoyable environment every day. We have a true family atmosphere, where everyone can depend on one another.
What experience do you bring to Invision Security?
I have been in the electronic security industry for 16 years. Starting as a fire alarm inspector, progressing to a lead service technician, then managing enterprise networked systems, and coordinating national installations and service. I have dealt in many aspects of the industry.
Where is your favorite place to be?
The mountains, the beach, or anywhere outside with warm weather!
What is your favorite thing to do?
Anything outdoors, especially riding my motorcycle.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
South Africa. It was a once in a lifetime experience that expanded my perception of the world.
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Play football for the Philadelphia Eagles!
Get to know our team members a little better! Today, our Employee Spotlight is shining on Lisa Burkhardt, our Finance and Office Operations Manager!
How long have you been working at ISG?
Two years on June 1st! But I feel like I have been here forever. A few weeks after I started, I remember Annette and I talking about my upcoming ‘60 days’ and laughing that it couldn’t be true. I was already so invested and bonded, it felt more like years…
What do you enjoy most about working at ISG?
Never a dull day. We all work so unbelievably hard, but we work together as a team. We support each other and help each other – and look out for each other. ISG is my other family. We care a lot about each other. But also bicker and laugh and tease and argue. The office is an open air space, so there is no ability to hide or be shy or quiet. Being here forces you to be open and social, which for me is a challenge, but forces me to be present and involved. Besides the close relationship with my team – the limitless potential this company and each of its employees has is crazy. It’s exciting to watch things happen around here.
What was your first impression of ISG?
I was immediately impressed…Annette and Brandon are so young and so successful in what they are doing and have done in their careers already. It’s amazing what they have done and continue to do with this company, all while being themselves. It is humbling and definitely impressive!
What experience do you bring to ISG?
I have a diverse background, with both corporate and very non-corporate environments. I’ve worked in an operations type role for more than 10 years with experience in Finance, HR, and Office Management; have been both a Personal and Executive Assistant; and worked in food & beverage for 8 years before all of this. I think I have a good understanding of customer service and relations as well as what happens within these office walls.
What makes you special?
My amazing sense of humor!
What is your personal philosophy?
If it’s meant to be, it will be.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
My daughter. She’s everything.
Where is your favorite place to be?
Outside, on the beach, or anywhere in the warm sun.
How do you define success?
Being proud of yourself for what you are doing.
What is the best book you have ever read?
God, I don’t read enough… Unless it’s with my 6 year old. In that case, one of our favorites is “I Love You, Stinky Face”
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I went to school for Art. I’m a huge car fanatic. I can also name, sing along, and/or air drum to almost every Classic Rock song I hear on the radio.
It’s become a common saying among all smartphone users: “There’s an app for that.”
Current home and business security systems are at the forefront of mobile app convenience, allowing individuals to monitor the status of those systems remotely as well as interact with their alarm systems should the need arise. Thanks to mobile app technology such as the Z-Wave digital monitoring system offered by Invision Security, there are a long list of available features that let users stay in touch with their security systems as long as they have their mobile device.
What kind of uses do mobile apps have when it comes to interacting with your fire alarm or burglar alarm system? One of the most beneficial features that a mobile security app can provide is alerting you of any activity taking place in or near a particular property.
Whether it’s a tripped alarm, an open window, or a text message, letting you know that your child has come home from school and entered in his or her alarm code, you can keep a tab on what’s going on at home or at work without having to make calls or visists.
This communication between you and your security system can go both ways, too. You can use a mobile security app to arm your system from a distance, or turn off an accidental alarm. You can also view remote video monitoring from cameras installed in your home or office via your phone, which is great for doing quick spot checks on kids or employees.
Moving past standard burglar and fire alarms, mobile apps also offer advanced home and office automation services that can put you in complete control of your property remotely. Wireless apps are available that can lock and unlock doors, turn lights on or off and even let you adjust your thermostat settings from your smartphone. It’s even possible to install modules for specific electrical outlets that provide you with similar control over appliances and other devices.
Mobile security applications offer the kinds of versatile access control, notification and remote automation services that were previously luxuries of the rich and famous. It’s well worth investigating the benefits of this type of technology for busy families on the go as well as company owners looking for increased efficiency from their current business security systems.
PHILADELPHIA, August 8, 2014
Invision Security Group, a leading Electronic Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has received the award for the Sector Delaware Bay Area Maritime Security Multiple Award Contract (MAC) and a separate private contract award by Gloucester Terminals, LLC directly.
The project, inclusive of all awarded contracts both through the AMSC and Gloucester Terminals has a total value of $526,783.26. This multiple award contract was designed to provide an electronic IP Based video surveillance system addition and two FLIR Mobile Surveillance Skywatch Towers, to be integrated on all Gloucester Terminals, LLC platforms.
“Invision brings a highly knowledgeable team with extensive experience delivering effective electronic security solutions and training for strategic security platforms and capabilities,” said Brandon Smith, Senior Vice President for Invision’s system design and integration unit.
“Invision has a proven track record of providing advanced security solutions to ports in the North Eastern United States as well as other local, state and federal government agencies. Our strength is our team of professionals delivering solutions that enhance the security of our National infrastructure.” About Invision Security Group Invision Security Group is the industry leader in customized electronic security solutions and integration. We take pride in developing a strategic plan to implement a successful security solution. We understand that each scenario is different; therefore Invision is committed to a consultative approach and implementation for each individual project.
Our goal is to provide the most technologically advanced and reliable electronic security system solution, combined with old fashioned quality customer service that is available 24/7. We are proficient and master craftsmen of the products we sell, install and monitor. Our staff is factory trained for the products and services we provide.
We have the complete support for all of your security needs. We install, monitor, and service burglar alarms, fire alarms, access control systems, video surveillance systems and automation systems. We are proficient with the convergence of information technology (IT) products with existing or new networks. We only install the best of breed non-proprietary devices, components, and open platform software. News and information are available at www.InvisionSecurityGroup.com.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – August 4, 2014
Invision Security Group, a full service electronic security systems integrator, announced today that it was granted national Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
The announcement was made today by Annette Smith, the firm’s Managing Member and co-founder. Invision Security’s official WBE status is in response to new expectations in the marketplace. Annette Smith co-founded Invision Security Group, an industry leading electronic security firm, located in Plymouth Meeting, Pennyslvania. The company provides video surveillance, managed access control systems, intrusion and fire alarm systems & customized security consulting and risk assessments to Commercial, Educational, Industrial and Government sectors.
“We are excited to be officially certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. We want to expand into new markets and the WBENC certification will give us opportunities to learn and grow, while acting as a spring-board for new business development,” said Annette Smith.
“We are proud of this certification,” she continues. “By successfully going through the WBE certfication process and becoming involved with WBENC, we hope to accomplish some ambitious goals for Invision, our clients, and for all businesswomen.” The WBENC certification, for women-owned businesses, certifies that a company is at least 51% woman/women owned. It is the most rigorous and sought after certification of its kind. Working with WBENC certified companies can help corporations fulfill contract obligations.
Companies and government agencies that include women-owned businesses as their vendors show their commitment to fostering diversity. For additional information on Invision Security Group, visit their web site at www.invisionsecuritygroup.com or call 877.933.2288.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the more than 700 US companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs. For additional information on WBENC visit http://www.wbenc.org.
Invision Security Group Inc. is a leading provider of commercial, industrial and government security systems in Philadelphia, PA and beyond. We design, integrate and support over 3,000 clients in the tri-state area.