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40 years of communications, safety and security at CSi

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ CSi does access-control installation for City Center Lehigh Valley in Allentown, Cetronia Ambulance and Bethlehem Area School District, among other clients

CSi Integrated Security & Communications Systems in Upper Macungie Township started in 1975 primarily as a communications contractor.

CSi Integrated Security & Communications Systems in Upper Macungie Township started in 1975 primarily as a communications contractor.

Forty years later, the company continues to provide communications but long ago added another layer of service: security. Its clientele are businesses, schools and colleges, government offices and those in health care.

“Today, we help to keep the community safe, developing systems that prevent intrusion or crime,” said Wayne Becker, vice president of business development for CSi.

Four decades as a company involved in technology means those who have worked there nearly from the start have been a part of quite an evolution in the business, too. Becker, for example, has been with CSi for 35 years.

“Life safety and security is our largest sector,” he said.

CSi initially specialized in professional sound systems for stadiums and auditoriums and also installed and managed intercom networks and audiovisual equipment. The company still does this work but now often integrates it with security components.

It focuses on buildings and outdoor equipment of clients, providing access control, video surveillance, intrusion and parameter protection, mass notification for fire alarms and breaches, system monitoring and general security and communication systems.

Since CSi manages public address, audiovisual and professional sound systems for its clients, camera views in a particular location often coincide to enhance security features, Becker said.

“The biggest change we’ve seen is that when we started, most systems were analog with literal wires and connections, and now it is software systems and often wireless,” he said. “Some systems are wired and wireless, or all wireless. It all depends.”

Access control of buildings, card swipes as well as retina, hand and facial recognition scanners, often used in combination, help personnel to safely enter offices.

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