Bram Bottfeld (center), director of security and safety for the BankAtlantic Center, an indoor stadium in Sunrise, Fla., demonstrates the facility’s extensive video surveillance system to a group of visiting security journalists.

During a tour organized for members of the security trade press by ADT Security Services of its headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., and three of its customers, John Koch, president of ADT Security Services Inc., North America, announced that ADT has achieved the status of physical security authorized technology provider (ATP) from Cisco.

The program enables partners to provide multivendor, multiprotocol video surveillance recording, monitoring and virtual matrix switch solutions employing Cisco’s switches, routers, video surveillance Internet protocol gateways, service platforms and stream manager software.

To qualify for ATP status, ADT had to have an experienced physical security practice, a fully functional security lab and fulfill specific job responsibilities.

During his presentation to the security media, Koch summarized the company’s efforts over the last year integrating various types of security technologies in five levels.

In questions after his presentation, Koch commented that the AMPS sunset deadline should be extended, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to its dealer program and said he could not comment yet on the possible separation of ADT North America from Tyco Fire & Security, of which it is a unit.

Included in a tour of ADT headquarters were demonstrations of different types of security systems that ADT installs and advanced concepts for such technologies including retail, RFID, Web-based access control, and fire notification and safety products.

The company’s mass notification system was demonstrated in the headquarters’ parking lot. It intelligibility and volume was consistent next to the speakers or hundreds of feet from them.

The media also received a behind-the-scenes tour of the BankAtlantic Center, an indoor stadium in Sunrise, Fla., where the Florida Panthers hockey team and top music acts play. Also on the tour were a private home, which uses a nine-camera video surveillance and security system, and the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, Fla., another ADT customer.