In The Boardroom With...
Mr. Dean Meyer
Pelco by Schneider Electric
About Dean Meyer.
Dean Meyer graduated from the University
of Iowa with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and earned his MBA from
the University of Texas. Meyer began his professional career with Texas
Instruments, where he spent 11 years in manufacturing, production control,
material planning and assembly. In 1993, he joined Control Systems International,
which would eventually be acquired by TAC and Schneider Electric. With
TAC Americas, Meyer was responsible for a number of operations areas,
including purchasing, manufacturing, sales, engineering and marketing,
until he ultimately served as the president of TAC Americas for several
years. When Schneider Electric acquired Pelco in 2007, Meyer was appointed
as the President of Pelco by Schneider Electric. Meyer now serves as the
Executive Vice President of Schneider Electric's Buildings Business, which
includes Pelco video security systems, access control and security solutions,
building management systems, and energy management products and services.
SecurityStockWatch.com: Please give us an overview of Pelco by Schneider Electric solutions.
Dean Meyer: With a long and prestigious history offering
high-quality, innovative products and exceptional customer service, Pelco
by Schneider Electric has become the most sought-after brand in the video
security industry. Pelco by Schneider Electric is a global leader in the
design, development and manufacture of video security systems ideal for
any industry - the most respected offering of camera domes and enclosures,
megapixel IP and HD cameras, video management systems, next-generation
DVRs / HVRs, integrated cameras, positioning systems, thermal imaging
for security, and much more.
SecurityStockWatch.com: Are there any new products or solutions you would like to tell us about?
Dean Meyer: Yes, we generated a lot of excitement with
our customers at this year's ISC West show. We showed several new products
and released some significant upgrades to existing products. Our megapixel
and IP cameras in particular were very well received. We also introduced
some major upgrades to our video management offer, including high-definition
HVRs and DVRs as well as software solutions. And of course, our new thermal
imaging products are generating a lot of buzz. But perhaps more important
is how all these products are coming together to create complete, very
high quality solutions. On their own, each product family is impressive,
but when you step back and look at the total offer, you'll see that we
can provide an amazing range of video security solutions of any size for
any application. From four cameras to 4,000 cameras, we can provide the
imaging systems, the video transmission and communications systems, the
video recording and management, and everything in between - and we maintain
the best image quality in the industry across every step. That's a very
SecurityStockWatch.com: Any particular "wins"
or success stories you would like to discuss?
Dean Meyer: There's always a lot going on, but as
I said we were just in Las Vegas for the ISC Show, and there was good
talk about the new system at the Treasure Island casino. They recently
upgraded to a Pelco Endura video management system, and are utilizing
many Pelco IP cameras and PTZ dome cameras. We also have an integrated
security project with the Philadelphia Convention Center, which will host
ASIS 2012. This is all very exciting.
We're seeing a lot of interest and success in complete building and large
multi-building, multi-system integration as well as in municipal infrastructure needs.
With today's video and building management technologies, there's a big opportunity to
have these systems integrate and share data and resources, and create a more efficient,
SecurityStockWatch.com: What is your value proposition
in these challenging economic times?
Dean Meyer: The theme of our exhibit at the ISC West show this year was
"Discover the Power of Integrated Security." This is a significant statement. Security systems
are becoming much more robust and integrated, not only with other security type systems,
but also other building and operation systems in a business. For example, cameras and video
security systems - through technology and system integration - are becoming the "eyes" of
entire building systems, facilities and even cities, monitoring for safety, security and
asset protection, as well as for maintenance, resource efficiencies, and visual confirmation of all types of environments and events.
To understand the value of this, we need to think about the evolution of security
over the last decade. During that time, we've seen software integration emerge as a
business enabler, giving rise to integrated solutions; economic factors require that
managers and departments demonstrate clear ROI for their spend; and the potential
synergy that now exists between people and process and technology is a compelling
factor in designing security management strategies.
This technology convergence has opened up many possibilities for video and
security, and Schneider Electric is uniquely equipped to advance this new
SecurityStockWatch.com: What are Schneider Electric's
major target markets for video security, and what is your perspective
on the market drivers for Pelco by Schneider Electric solutions?
Dean Meyer: That's a tough question because at some
level, video security and good building management applies to all businesses,
all markets, all public and private sectors. It's almost limitless the
range and flexibility of where video security can be utilized, and for
a number of reasons. Our customers will tell you that every installation
is unique, and that's very true. But with that said, we're seeing a lot
of interest around safe city initiatives, large transportation projects,
and hospitals and casinos.