Wells Fargo Alarm to Provide Advanced Services to Clients Using Bell Atlantic ISDN Links
Video Monitoring, Other Data Services to be Offered
March 16, 1998
NEW YORK -- Customers of Wells Fargo Alarm Services will enjoy
high-security communications and access to video recognition systems
as the result of an agreement announced today by Bell Atlantic.
Over the next 10 years, Bell Atlantic will install 20,000 Integrated
Services Digital Network (ISDN) circuits to replace traditional
communications used in the alarm business.
"Wells Fargo Alarm worked with Bell Atlantic's sales team to develop
an innovation that will reposition the alarm company with its
customers," said Doug Mello, president - Large Business Services -
North for Bell Atlantic. "This high quality digital service will
replace 60-year-old communications technology and gives Wells Fargo
Alarm a tool to far outpace its competitors who have chosen wireless
or other technologies to replace their outmoded analog circuits."
ISDN will allow alarm service customers to add SecurVision®, a
breakthrough video recognition system recently introduced by Wells
Fargo Alarm. SecurVision is a fully-integrated video recognition
system that uses military technology to distinguish between human
intruders and non-threatening events, such as high winds or animals,
that can set off alarm systems. SecurVision transmits video only when
it recognizes a true alarm.
A proprietary Wells Fargo Alarm interface device will enable its
customers to add services ranging from Internet access, voice and fax
messaging and other data services.
"Wells Fargo Alarm Services has always provided security for the most
demanding commercial needs," said Mitch Black, senior vice president,
Marketing and Business Development for Wells Fargo Alarm. "Now with
Bell Atlantic's ISDN services throughout its territory from Maine to
Virginia, we will improve both our competitive position and our menu
of services for those applications by using the switched digital
capacity of ISDN."
ISDN is a transmission technology that provides customers with two 64
kilobit circuits and a telemetry channel carried over regular phone
wires. With this much capacity serving each security customer
location, Wells Fargo Alarm will be able to offer alarm circuit
polling over the lower capacity telemetry channel and the two higher
capacity data channels can be creatively put to work in other ways for
"This is a win all around," said Joseph LaManna, sales director for Bell
Atlantic - Large Business Services. "Wells Fargo Alarm will
differentiate itself in the Bell Atlantic markets it serves; its
customers will have a cost-effective option when choosing from an
exciting range of additional security and communications services, and
Bell Atlantic can retire older, analog technology."
Bell Atlantic - formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX -
is at the forefront of the new communications and information
industry. With 40.5 million telephone access lines and six million
wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier
providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders
in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory
information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's
largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with
operations and investments in 21 countries.
Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pa., Wells Fargo Alarm Services is a
leading full-service provider of electronic security systems and
monitoring services to financial institutions, commercial businesses,
government installations and residences worldwide. It is a unit of
Borg-Warner Security Corporation (BOR), the nation's largest provider
of security services, which offers a complete range of physical and
electronic security services under the Wells Fargo and Burns brand
names. For more information, visit the company's Website at