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Johnson Controls to Offer New Newton Security System to Prevent Unauthorized Entry to Buildings
10/16/2002 11:01:00 AM

MILWAUKEE, Oct 16, 2002 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Johnson Controls Security Solutions has formed a strategic alliance with Newton Security to offer a new system for preventing unauthorized entry into secure areas in airports, research facilities, and other commercial and government buildings. Newton's patent pending Tailgate Detection, Alarm and Recording system (T-DAR(R)) improves security by detecting "tailgating" and "piggybacking."

Tailgating occurs when an unauthorized person enters a secure area by following closely behind an authorized cardholder. Piggybacking occurs when an authorized person gains access to a secure area and allows others to follow -- by holding open a secured door, for example. The Transportation Security Administration has identified tailgating and piggybacking as critical problems for secure areas of airports such as baggage handling or airport operations.

Newton Security's T-DAR system uses stereo machine-vision cameras to detect these types of unauthorized entries. When a violation occurs, the system sounds an alarm, records the event and transmits the recorded video in real time to central security over a video or a digital link.

"With today's demand for heightened security not only at airports but at other sensitive government and commercial facilities, it's vital to have the technology in place to effectively monitor all entries at a controlled security access point," said Derek Trimble, vice president of new product development for Johnson Controls Security Solutions.

"Newton's tailgating detection system gives us one more valuable tool we can use in creating the right security management solutions for our customers," Trimble said.

Johnson Controls provides a diverse range of security management solutions including Cardkey(R) access control systems, biometric readers, video imaging, smart card solutions, CCTV, remote site monitoring, perimeter protection, X-ray and metal baggage detection.

According to Trimble, the T-DAR system fits well with the Johnson Controls philosophy of creating flexible and scalable solutions that can support any security management need. T-DAR accepts data from virtually any badge or pass system. It is more accurate than systems that are based on simple break beams and/or microwave sensors and allows for carts, parcels and other non-human objects to enter with an authorized person, as well as multiple authorizations for escorted visitors. T-DAR systems are also available to protect elevators, escalators and vehicle portals.

Johnson Controls Security Solutions provides security systems and services to 30 domestic public airports, 22 commercial and government airport or aerospace facilities in the U.S., 10 airports overseas, and last year won a nationwide contract to provide security system integration for air traffic control facilities at 925 Federal Aviation Administration sites. The company also provides security solutions to a wide range of commercial, industrial, government, and educational institution clients worldwide.

About Newton Security Inc.

Seattle-based Newton Security Inc. is a privately held manufacturer of high technology solutions to today's security needs. The company develops and markets high-performance, computer-driven answers to difficult security problems. Newton Security Inc. is affiliated with Newton Research Labs, Inc., a leader in the development and manufacturing of optical automation, optical tracking, machine vision and robotics. Additional information may be found on the company's Web site at .

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major supplier of seating, interior systems and batteries. For nonresidential facilities, Johnson Controls provides building control systems and services, energy management and integrated facility management. Johnson Controls, founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its sales for 2001 totaled $18.4 billion. For more information, visit the company's Web site at .

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