Bosch supplied more than US$200,000 of equipment for Farmingdale State College's Bachelor of Science degree program in Security Systems. With the equipment donation, Bosch is helping to ensure that the next generation of industry professionals is educated on the latest security technology innovations.
“We train thousands of integrators each year, so we recognize the need for education in the industry,” said Jim Musshafen, Director of Customer Solutions Support, Bosch Security Systems. “Through our donation, we have the opportunity to help future security professionals learn leading-edge technologies. This experience will help make them valuable resources to prospective employers.”
Bosch access control and video surveillance systems are used for hands-on learning in the undergraduate program's required Physical Security I and Physical Security II courses. Including both lecture and laboratory sessions, the classes cover the fundamentals of security systems — from creating project specifications and analyzing integrator's bids to systems operation, application, designand installation information. Both courses emphasize the industry's ongoing transition from analog to networked technology and the impact of Internet Protocol on system design and management.
“The Bachelor of Science in Security Systems is a unique program designed to educate a new breed of security director — a manager of systems and technologies. Students learn how to use security technology to prevent theft of assets and solve common protection problems,” said John Kostanoski, Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Security Systems, Farmingdale State College. “The equipment from Bosch enabled us to upgrade our laboratories to incorporate the newest advancements in security technology — a requirement for educating the industry's future leaders.”
In Physical Security I, students examine the operating principles and applications of access control systems. Course participants learn to set up card readers and define access levels and privileges using the Bosch Access Easy Controller — a network-ready, browser-based access control system.
In Physical Security II, students learn the application philosophy and the hardware and software components of video surveillance systems. Using a variety of Bosch analog and IP video surveillance equipment, students gain an understanding of cameras, video encoders, management software and recording technology.
“In the Physical Security laboratory sessions, we learned how to use the equipment to its fullest potential,” said Dave Root, a recent graduate of Farmingdale State College. “The courses opened our eyes to the technology available today. We now understand how to operate and program these advanced systems. These skills are important whether you're looking to work in the technology side of the industry or you're focused on a corporate or government security management role. After the hands on experience my class gained with the equipment, some of the students in the course have gone on to careers in the physical security field.”
The first group of students to gain first-hand experience operating the Bosch equipment entered the workforce in May 2009.