Showing posts with label ESC LLC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ESC LLC. Show all posts

Friday, April 3, 2015

ESC Newsletter, April 2, 2015

Good morning!

It's another fine day in Columbus, Ohio, and it's obvious that spring has finally sprung. I'd like to take a few moments of your time to share with you some news as well as valuable take-aways.

First, the Cleveland operation we established some months ago is growing and doing well. If you know of someone in business or government in the Cleveland, Ohio market, please forward the email that brought you this newsletter to them. The more help we have in growing this new branch, the stronger ESC becomes and the better able we are to accommodate all our clients.

I also want our facility manager clients to take advantage of two white papers that we're offering. The first is a white paper on fire code compliance with regards to your access control systems, and the second is the use of smartphones in security and beyond.

As always, I encourage you to contact me if I can be of assistance. ESC's aim is to assist and please our clients above all else. Thank you for reading this newsletter and have a great day!

John Larkin, ESC Senior Partner

Fire Code and Means of Egress
Access control is an important part of facility security, but it also can become a liability when an access system fails to meet fire code. Means of Egress compliance is an extremely important part of any facility manager's job and it doesn't just happen--you must know the particulars that apply in fire code.

Electronic Systems Consultants LLC is offering a free white paper entitled ‘Means of Egress’ Summary of NFPA Code Requirements, published by Camden Door Controls, Canada. This white paper provides an inside view of fire code with regards to access control technology. It provides code references and advice based on NFPA 72, 2010, which is the code of choice in Ohio at this time.

To obtain your own copy of this valuable white paper, click here!

Smartphones in Security
The second white paper that ESC is giving away, entitled 5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones to Drive Profit, offers five valuable ideas on ways to capitalize on smartphone technology with profit in mind. Part of this white paper focuses on the use of smartphone technology to monitor video systems from afar, something that ESC can assist you with.

To obtain this free white paper, click here.

NFPA 72: Inspection & Testing
Another valuable take-away, entitled Inspection & Testing of Common Fire Alarm Devices,. provides the inspection and testing frequencies associated with most popular fire alarm detection devices as well as the systems that you find in most facilities.

Included are manual fire pulls, audible and visual devices, smoke detectors, heat detectors. The systems included in this free offering include fire alarm panels, primary and secondary power supplies, and voice evacuation systems.

To review this valuable information on inspection and testing, click here.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

@ESC_LLC: We're Here for You

Good morning!

Spring is on the way, 2015 budgets are kicking into gear, and Electronic Systems Consultants LLC (ESC) wants you to know that we're here for you.

Not only do we provide the finest in security and life safety systems, but we provide you with the timely information you need to make intelligent, informed decisions. News is what drives business as well as society in general and ESC is at the forefront providing you with interesting and important news items on a daily basis. We do that in several ways:

First and foremost, @ESC_LLC offers timely news through all of our social channels. This includes Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. You can find our social channel links in the form of a short black bar of icons at the bottom of each blog post as well as on our website. We post these news items by scheduling their release throughout the day so you have a chance to view them.

Secondly, we offer a myriad of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) news feeds from a variety of foremost industry sources including the following:

  • Ohio Department of Transportation News
  • Ohio School Facilities Commission
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • ODRC Offender Search
  • POLICE Magazine
  • Naked Security
  • WhatIs: RSS Feed
  • Today's Facility Manager (TFM) Magazine » Blog
  • DARPA News RSS
  • FBI Cyber Crimes
  • KMC Controls Building Automation Answers and Education
  • NFPA news releases
  • Campus Safety Magazine
  • College Planning & Management
  • Correctional News Police Magazine
  • School Planning & Management
  • Security Sales & Integration
  • Today's Facility Manager
  • Government Executive - All Content
  • North America
  • USATODAY - Tech Top Stories
  • WIRED » Danger Room
  • Government Technology
  • CED Trending
  • Correctional News
  • The Columbus Dispatch Local and State News

We also provide important and valuable information through our blog window on our website with regard to integrated security, access control, video surveillance, and fire alarm systems. It’s important that you stay current with your security and life safety systems, and @ESC_LLC is here to help you do that.

Give us a chance to be of service to you. Let us prove ourselves to you by providing you with the service you need on your current systems; or allow us to quote that new, upcoming project; or allow us to expand your existing system(s).

Remember, @ESC_LLC is here for you!

Call us today at 614-754-1393, use our contact page, or you can email me: click here. (For a list of our certifications, please click here.)

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

John Larkin, Senior Partner


Saturday, February 7, 2015

How to Limit Your Exposure to Big Data

One of the most important aspects of today's network security involves Big Data and the information that companies and the government in general can glean about us. One of the most significant problems that we're all tasked with is limiting the amount of information about us that we allow others to know.

The following informative video should give you a little better idea what you need to do to limit the amount of information about you that reside on popular social media and search engines, such as Google.

John Larkin
ESC Senior Partner


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Electronic Systems Consultants Opens Cleveland Office

COLUMBUS, OHIO (January 8, 2015) -- Electronic Systems Consultants, a certified MBE, DBE, EDGE fire and security systems sales and service company, is in the process of opening a new branch office in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
“Our aim is to provide companies in Cleveland, Akron, and Canton with the same quality products and services that our Columbus clients have enjoyed for years,” says John Larkin, senior partner with Electronic Systems Consultants. “This new branch will be in full swing sometime in February. We’ve been working hard to make this happen since this past summer.”
Because of Larkin’s forward vision, this recent expansion will enable ESC to service existing clientele better and with faster response times. The new facility is located at 1814 East 40th Street in Cleveland. For service inquiries, contact John Larkin directly at 614-420-1491.

About ESC
Electronic Systems Consultants, LLC (ESC) is a full service systems integrator provider offering a wide range of products and services in the electronic security and fire alarm markets. ESC’s professional staff has over 40 years of combined experience in both the installation and maintenance of integrated systems. For more information, visit ESC on the Web at, or follow us on Twitter (, Facebook (, or on LinkedIn (

Media Contact:
Allan B. Colombo
1450 Universal Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43207
Phone: 330-956-9003


Friday, January 2, 2015

Fire Code and Fire Alarm Testing and Inspections

It's natural for our customers to have questions about the sophisticated electronic systems they use everyday and I consider it the responsibility of Electronic Systems Consultants to answer them for you. The following question concerns fire alarm testing and inspections. If you have questions of your own, please send them to ESC using our Contact Us page.

We have a fire alarm system and the local fire inspector says we have to have it inspected. Can we inspect it ourselves? What's involved in doing an inspection?

No, you cannot perform your own fire alarm inspection, unless you have an employee on staff that has a State of Ohio fire alarm license.
"Personnel, either individually or through their affiliation with an organization that is registered, licensed, or certified by a state or local authority, shall be recognized as qualified and experi4endced in the inspection, testintg, and maintenance of systgems address within the scope of this code." (NFPA 72, Section 10.5.3)
Per the fire code, all fire alarm systems must have an annual inspection of the system to ensure all field devices (smoke, heat and duct-type smoke detectors, manual pull stations, and audible/visual notification devices) are in good working order and can respond in case of emergencies.

An inspection also must be performed on the fire alarm panel to ensure all wiring is in good working condition and back-up batteries are ready to support the fire alarm system in case of loss of primary power. All of these inspections must be done by a state certified technician that holds a state alarm license to perform inspection, testing, and maintenance.

You can find additional information on our website on the ESC Inspection Services page. If you have additional questions, please call the office at 614-754-1393 or feel free to contact me at any time using the Contact Us page. I and the ESC staff are at your disposal.

John Larkin, Senior Partner
Electronic Systems Consultants


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Fire Code and Aged Fire Extinguishers

Our staff found several older fire extinguishers in our warehouse that have full pressure. The last date of inspection was in September 1999. Can we use them?

The short answer to this question is, “No, it’s not recommended that you use expired extinguishers in a fire situation,” says John Larkin, senior partner with Electronic Systems Consultants (ESC).

According to Larkin, per code, all dry chemical fire extinguishers must receive two (2) inspections that require the extinguishers to be fully emptied and certified, regardless if the extinguisher is showing a full charge or not.

“A dry chemical or ABC fire extinguisher requires a six year maintenance or twelve year hydrostatic test from its date of manufacture. Both procedures call for the bottles to be emptied for internal inspection and for the hydrostatic test to perform a pressure test of the bottle,” says Larkin. “All other years in between those services, a multi-point visual inspection is conducted to ensure the extinguisher is ready to be of service in cases of fire emergencies.”

For more information on the use of fire extinguishers, check out Use The Right Portable Fire Extinguisher, published on ESC's website on December 1, 2014.

Got a Question?
If you have a fire protection- or security-related question, please email it to John at: Your question will appear in the ESC blog and you’ll receive an email letting you know when and where to look.

Allan B. Colombo

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Applied DNA Sciences Signs with Fourth Federal Agency

High-technology designed to detect counterfeiting at
every level--the future is here today!

STONY BROOK, NY, December 4, 2014. Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN), (Twitter: @APDN), a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions, announced today that it has signed an agreement for use of its SigNature® DNA anti-counterfeiting technology with a government agency. The initial agreement is valued at upwards of $250,000.

The agency would be the fourth government agency to sign with APDN. The company already has long-standing relationships with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). DLA is engaged in a commercial supply contract, while both the MDA and the OSD have signed two-year development contracts aimed at demonstrating capacity to greatly expand the use of the company's technology.

"Our platform is flexible, unique, and functions with the security and scale that government agencies need," said Janice Meraglia, Vice President of Government and Military Programs for APDN. "We believe we will continue to attract government interest, and are honored to add value to military and other agencies," she added.

Dr. James A. Hayward, President and CEO of APDN stated: "The nature of our work is to provide assurance and security to governments, industries and consumers. SigNature DNA has the power to do so with amazing versatility and strength, more than any other technology available."

About Applied DNA Sciences
APDN is a provider of botanical-DNA based security and authentication solutions and services that can help protect products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion. SigNature® DNA describes the uncopyable marker that is at the heart of all of our security and authentication solutions. SigNature DNA is at the core of a family of products such as DNAnet®, our anti-theft product, SigNature® T, targeted toward textiles, and digitalDNA®, providing powerful track and trace. All provide a forensic chain of evidence and can be used to prosecute perpetrators.