UM: For those who may not know, tell us how you got started in the security and surveillance industry?
I ran into a high school friend in the early 1990s, and he spoke to me about a job opportunity within the security industry. I was unfamiliar with the industry at the time and thought that he was referring to security guards. When he mentioned the technology aspect, I became very interested. I later interviewed with Chubb Security Systems, the integration company he worked for, and was hired on as an Account Executive. I haven’t looked back since!
UM: What are the benefits of having a good security and surveillance system in place?
There are almost too many to count! Security systems not only aid in the detection and prosecution of criminals, but they also serve as a crime deterrent. More advanced solutions, such as those equipped with Artificial Intelligence software, can also provide valuable insights for businesses, helping them to run more efficient operations!
UM: Looking into the future, what are some of your goals for iluminar Inc. over the next few years?
As always, our goal is to expand and educate the security industry on the importance of high-quality external illuminators. Without illumination, there is no clear video capture, video analysis or threat detection. We have recently worked on international safe cities projects and hope to continue these types of deployments in the future.
UM: Do you feel that it is harder for women in your industry? Why or Why not?
In the past, women have had to really prove their value and their merit in order to be given a seat at the table. Leadership roles and opportunities were not as readily given to women. However, much progress has been made and many barriers have been eliminated. Today, women are more respected and many hold manager, director and C-suite roles within their companies. I think we are on the right path to encourage greater diversity and equality within the security industry.
UM: What advice would you give to women looking to get into the security and surveillance industry?
Be confident and know your worth, because if you don’t know one else will. Never shy away from leadership positions. If we truly want more diversity in our industry, then we need more women to stand up and embrace roles of influence.
UM: Where can our readers go to keep up with the latest pertaining to your company or for service?
Check out our website: https://www.iluminarinc.com/
and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iluminarinc/
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