Third-party developers provided a new course in Louisiana for the National Training School (NTS) that gave technicians, salespeople and project managers the experience needed to utilize networked devices in their installations.

The Security Networking Institute presented students with experience using live, networked devices, connections, cables and other accessories. Students gained complete and practical training in all aspects of network security devices including network cameras, access control, video servers, fiber optic networking and Wi-Fi communications.

“The training method was excellent,” asserted Kris Curtis, an installation technician for Sonitrol of New Orleans Inc. “When a process was discussed, the instructor had equipment set up to immediately demonstrate his point. It was very easy to understand the material this way.”

“The class was exactly what I had hoped it would be – very informative and targeted to my needs,” added Randy Smith, an account manager for Centurytel Security Systems. “These type[s of] classes help us keep up with technology and help us stay ahead of the competition.”

David Engebretson of Slayton Solutions Ltd., a 28-year industry professional, college instructor and SDM contributing technology writer, provided and taught the course. More than 30 students from 20 companies attended the course, held last September in Metairie, La., and sponsored by the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association’s National Training School along with the Louisiana Burglar and Fire Alarm Association.

“Networking is an extremely cutting-edge topic given all of the changes and advances manufacturers are introducing with IT-based security equipment,” pointed out Dale Eller, NBFAA education and standards director.

NTS plans at least 10 more of these classes by the end of 2005. Interested states should contact NTS at (866)636-1687 or