American Dynamics: LAN, Camera, Action
American Dynamics the maker of closed-circuit televisions has fallen behind competitors who embrace Internet protocols to transmit digital images.
American Dynamicsowned by Tyco since 2001had an answer: Its Intellex digital video recorder (DVR). DVRs translate analog video signals into digital and compress them so they can flow efficiently on a local area network or wide area network. DVRs run software that allows integration of access-control systems like face recognition. "The set-up gave us what we were looking for," says Morrill. "Video and access control on one network. Plus it makes handling video easier because storage is on a CD or hard drive. You dont have to mess with handling VHS tapes."
6795 Flanders Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 642-2400 www.americandynamics.net Ticker: TYC (Parent Company)
American Dynamics Employees: 200 Don Lyman
Senior Vice President
Responsible for American Dynamics video-security business and Software House, maker of hardware and software for integrating digital video, alarm, fire and other security systems. Previously held management positions at at Ingram Micro and IBM. Gene Hammonds
Oversees day-to-day company operations. Products
Analog video cameras, and analog and digital video recording and management systems. Digital products include Intellex, a digital video recording device that converts analog video into digital format and compresses it so it can be transmitted over digital networks.
O.C. Tanner Co.
Security Officer Technician
Project: Uses 60 American Dynam-ics cameras and Intellex digital storage and management systems to protect manufacturing facilities. Mrs. Fields Original Cookies
Project: Cookie retailer put analog cameras and recorders in most of its 1,300 stores to reduce theft, improve operations. Four Seasons Town Centre
(336) 299-9230 Ext.125
Project: Shopping mall in Greensboro, N.C., installed closed-circuit cameras throughout the facility and in parking areas in 1998. Mall later replaced analog recorders with digital video recorders in order to ease task of reviewing tapes. Kerasotes Showplace Theatres
Project: Installed multiple cameras plus Intellex digital video recorder in each of its 77 movie theaters to monitor parking lots, ticket windows, other areas. City of Edmonton, Alberta
Project: Has installed 450 closed-circuit cameras to track and record activities in rapid-transit stations, parking lots and other sites. Renaissance Tower
Director of Security
Project: Downtown Dallas office tower utilizes 80 analog cameras for safety. Executives listed here are all users of American Dynamics products. Their willingness to talk has been confirmed by Baseline.
Background: American Dynamics Est. 2002 revenue $260M Digital video recorder, Intellex, accounts for 43% of revenue and 60% of profit. Installations Washington-Dulles International Airport Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport U.S. Postal Service, various locations