Government Security News has presented the 2013 Emma Lazarus Humanitarian Award for Extraordinary Achievement in the Public Interest to Jordan Heilweil, CEO of Total Recall Corporation of Suffern, New York and the nine “Dream Team” partner companies that, together with Total Recall, donated a multi-million dollar surveillance and security upgrade to America’s welcoming symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty, which was seriously damaged in Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Working with the United States Park Police, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Interior (DOI), the Dream Team migrated the Statue from outdated analog CCTV to the latest in digital technology to enable the park to cover areas with high-quality video surveillance that could not be reached before.
The team also constructed an intelligent and ultramodern command center to help the National Park Service and the National Park Police do their jobs effectively.
Following eight months of renovations, repairs and installation of new technology, the Statue was reopened to visitors on July 4, 2013 and has averaged 25,000 visitors per day in the ensuing months, according to Captain Greg Norman of the U.S. Park Police, who stated further that “The system has already helped the park not only maintain the security of the park through a busy summer, but has also added visitor protection by helping NPS employees respond promptly to visitor needs.”
Total Recall and Securing the Statue Team of companies have been honored with Security Innovation Awards Bronze Medal for providing the Statue of Liberty with a state-of-the-art video surveillance system. As part of the refurbishment, Total Recall, a New-York based technology provider specializing in turnkey integrated video solutions, provided a state-of-the-art surveillance system with nine other security technology vendor partners. The new solution went online shortly before the Statue symbolically reopened on the Fourth of July in 2013 – eight months after Sandy. Total Recall designed, specified and supervised the last major security system overhaul for the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island in 1999, with the latest upgrade made in 2004. The 2013 surveillance deployment marks the first time an all-digital surveillance system has been installed at the monument. Previously, Liberty Island was covered by an analog CCTV system.
Total Recall was named the City Surveillance/Government Market Partner of the Year at the Axis Channel Convergence in San Diego, in October 2013. The award was presented to the President of Total Recall, Jordan Heilweil (center), by the General Manager of Axis, Frederik Nilsson (right), and Director of Sales, Larry Newman (left).