Sun Health Selects Viscount to Provide Physical Access Control
Resort-Style Senior Living Life Care Communities Increase Security of People and Property with The "Freedom" Solution
Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - May 14, 2015) - Viscount Systems Inc. (OTCQB: VSYS) ("Viscount"), a software company specializing in physical and logical security solutions, today announced that the Arizona-based nonprofit, Sun Health, has engaged Viscount to secure The Colonnade, one of its three Life Care communities, with the patented access control system, Freedom.
Viscount's software-centric system allows The Colonnade's residents and staff to monitor and control entry to doors and elevators by sending commands to a central IT network, resulting in a high level of safety and security throughout the 40-acre Sun Health community, which includes two recently built and two under-construction luxury villa towers with 36 residences in each. This system is also in use at the company's corporate headquarters, also located on the same campus, and plans are underway for expansion to other Sun Health Senior Living locations.
"The hallmark of our three Sun Health Senior Living communities is that we provide our more than 700 residents with safety, security and peace of mind," said Ron Guziak, president and CEO of Sun Health. "As we continue to grow and upgrade our communities and the services we provide to our independent living residents and those we serve in our health and rehabilitation settings, we require a security system that is sophisticated and innovative."
The Freedom Access Control Solution is a patented software platform that allows IT personnel to manage both physical and logical security systems seamlessly and easily. Entirely Web-based, Freedom is one of the only IT-empowered physical access control systems (PACS) available today that meets the stringent standards set by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect federal facilities and people on premises.
Sun Health deployed and installed the Freedom solution with the help of Southwest Integrated Solutions, a leading system integration service provider located in Glendale, Arizona. Southwest provides preventative service and maintenance, central station monitoring and in-house design engineering to clients throughout Arizona and neighboring states.
"Because Sun Health caters to the needs of older adults, sometimes EMTs and other emergency personnel need to enter a residence immediately, and don't have time to fiddle for keys or go through complicated security protocol," said Harold R. Ammons, sales manager at Southwest Integrated Solutions. "Freedom's low-cost, IP encryption bridges are highly-secure, compliant and scalable, enabling the security team to effectively manage access control for the right people, at the right time."
"Like many of our customers, maintaining the safety of residents, visitors and staff is a top priority for Sun Health, and we're pleased to offer them the same level of advanced protection we do for our government agency clientele," said Dennis Raefield, President and CEO of Viscount. "We understand the complicated security needs of an organization like Sun Health, and Freedom is both sophisticated enough to protect its critical assets, and flexible enough to keep up with the evolving pace of technology.
About Sun Health
A long-standing champion for healthy living, nonprofit Sun Health is a community-based health care organization providing "pathways to population health" through philanthropy, senior living, community education and programs, and superior health care. Sun Health Senior Living, part of Sun Health, is the largest locally-owned and operated nonprofit provider of destination Life Care communities in Arizona. Its three Life Care communities, The Colonnade (Sun City Grand/Surprise), Grandview Terrace (Sun City West) and La Loma Village, and are home to more than 700 residents. Learn more at www.SunHealth.org.
Viscount is the leading provider of next generation, IT-centric access control and identity management applications. Viscount's Freedom application platform allows seamless unification of the physical and digital security worlds by replacing discrete, self-contained systems with an integrated security system that is sophisticated enough to protect today's critical business assets, and flexible enough to keep up with the evolving IT infrastructures of government and private organizations. For more information please visit: www.viscount.com
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