Opened in 1951, Loveless Café has become a Nashville institution. People love the café’s biscuits and fried chicken so much that they’ve been known to drive great distances to eat there.

With loyalty like that, Loveless Café doesn’t ever want to disappoint its customers — and to help make sure that doesn’t happen, the company has a security system, installed by Nashville-based ADS Security, that also protects several other businesses that have grown up around the café.

The system offers more than the traditional intrusion protection and fire alarm system functionality; it also includes temperature sensors, which alert management if the temperature in the café’s walk-in coolers or walk-in freezers goes above or below certain levels. With early notification, management can take steps to address any problems before any food preservation issues arise — making sure there will always be fried chicken and biscuits ready for customers.


A rich history

There are a lot of customers to serve. Today the 142-seat Loveless Café serves over 400,000 people a year. But it wasn’t always that way, explains Jesse Goldstein, Loveless Café manager.

Loveless Café was started by Annie Loveless “who moved to this little shack on the side of Highway 100 on the outskirts of Nashville” and “started selling fried chicken and biscuits to travelers driving between Nashville and Memphis,” comments Goldstein. “One thing led to another and turned room by room of that little home into what’s now the Loveless Café.”

For years the business also included a motel, built by Annie’s husband Lon Loveless — and although the motel closed in the early 1980s, the former motel rooms are now occupied by an assortment of shops, each operated by a separate shopkeeper. When local entrepreneur Tom Morales purchased Loveless Café several years ago, he added Loveless Barn, a large state-of-the-art facility where the company hosts private and public events. And since radio station WSM no longer does live broadcasts from the Grand Ole Opry, the Loveless Event Barn is the new venue for a weekly live WSM radio broadcast.

“With 400,000 people a year coming through our doors, we want to make sure everyone’s safe, not just our employees and our building but those who come to see us as well,” comments Goldstein.

ADS Security has provided security for Loveless Café for years. When ADS got involved with the café, the business already had an older security system in place. “ADS came in and revamped the system, started providing them with local monitoring,” observes Mary Jo Rapetti, access control and CCTV specialist and executive sales consultant for ADS Security.

When Morales subsequently purchased the Loveless Café, he was already very familiar with ADS Security, as he used the company to protect some of his other businesses. “For years we had done other venues for Tom, so we just continued with that relationship,” recalls Rapetti.

One of Morales’ decisions as the new owner was to enhance security. “Tom’s very concerned about making an environment secure for his customers, for his employees and also protecting what we in Nashville refer to as a treasure,” comments Rapetti.

Rapetti notes that Loveless Café has a lot of “irreplaceable memorabilia” — such as notes from appreciative customers, including some celebrities.

Equally critical is customer good will. Noting that Loveless Café opens for breakfast at 7:00 a.m., Rapetti says, “It would be horrible for guests who may have gone 250 or 300 miles out of their way to have an experience at The Loveless and they can’t be served because there’s been an intrusion during the night.”


Today’s system

The security system upgrade in the Loveless Café and adjoining buildings, including the Loveless Barn, was based on equipment from Honeywell/ First Alert. Morales was pleased with that choice because he already used First Alert equipment at several of his other businesses and he likes the fact that all of the keypads operate in the same manner.

The new fire system for the Café included pull stations and horn strobes, while security capabilities included perimeter and interior protection incorporating contacts on all doors, as well as motion detectors.

ADS also recommended temperature sensors for the system. “I’ve used temperature protection for a number of years at other locations and I really believe in it,” says Rapetti. “It can save customers thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise. And when you talk about meat and today’s economy, you can very quickly talk about $100,000 that can be in a freezer.”

The café recently had an incident where its walk-in cooler was actually performing too well, and was about to freeze an entire cooler full of produce. After receiving a phone call from the ADS central station in the middle of the night, management was able to go to the café and address the issue.

The people at Loveless Café are thrilled with the system, especially the temperature sensors. Goldstein says it’s comforting to know that “if a cooler would go down, we know we have the ability to save thousands of dollars’ worth of damage by one simple phone call — that’s something that we didn’t even know existed until ADS came to us with that suggestion.”

For the Loveless Barn, ADS installed a fire alarm system that includes a Honeywell voice evacuation system, pull stations, and speaker strobes as well as strobe lights to meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“In addition to that we added on cameras and a Honeywell DVR,” explains Rapetti. The video system, she says, “gives the facility an excellent record of what is going on — the manager can monitor the system from her office and there is a historical record of anything that has occurred on the premises.”

“We are really on the outskirts of Nashville,” notes Goldstein. “When we’re not open there’s not a whole lot of traffic here. So knowing that we have the ability to be monitored 24 hours a day with a central monitoring station provides real peace of mind.”

Avigilon announced the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS) deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System at several of its transit stations to assist with passenger safety, protect critical assets and comply with industry regulations.

“With its advanced video search capabilities, the Avigilon HD Surveillance System has played a key role in our ability to resolve conflicts and prevent criminal activity across our transit system,” said Larry Savoy, assistant director of security and code compliance at SDMTS.

SDMTS installed a mix of Avigilon 5 MP, 8 MP and 11 MP HD cameras to monitor platforms and parking lots at several transit stations along with several Avigilon analog video encoders to boost the performance of its existing analog-based cameras. SDMTS stores 15 days of continuous surveillance video on existing servers.

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HID Global announced a pilot project that showcases the benefits of using NFC smartphones for opening doors at universities and other campus environments. The trial is underway at Arizona State University (ASU),where a group of students and staff are accessing a campus residence hall and selected residents’ rooms using HID Global’s new iCLASS® SE™ credentials embedded into a variety of popular smartphones connected to all major mobile networks.

ASU manages on-campus housing for approximately 13,000 students living in 34 residence halls. To implement the pilot, HID Global deployed iCLASS SE readers on secured doors to ASU’s Palo Verde Main hall, and HID technology-enabled Sargent Profile Series electromechanical locks from ASSA ABLOY on selected resident room doors. Participants were given NFC smartphones carrying next-generation iCLASS SE technology. To open door locks, participants present the phones to a door reader just like they do with their existing Sun Cards, which are iCLASS-based campus credentials.

All participants are using their phones for residence hall access, and some are also using them with a unique additional digital key and PIN to open individual room doors. The technology also supports over-the-air provisioning and management of digital keys, which simplifies administration of the access control system.

“This project highlights the promise of taking NFC technology beyond cashless payment into new, complementary physical access control applications,” said Denis Hébert, HID Global president and chief executive officer. “With this technology, any door that’s opened with a key or Sun Card has the potential to now be opened with a phone.”

In initial feedback, approximately 80 percent of ASU participants reported that using a smartphone to unlock a door is just as convenient as using their campus ID card. Nearly 90 percent said they would like to use their smartphone to open all doors on campus, HID Global reported.

“When I first saw this technology used in other applications, I recognized the benefits it could bring to a university campus,” said Laura Ploughe, director of business applications and fiscal control, University Business Services, at Arizona State University. “Mobile phones are at the heart of campus life and play a major role in facilitating the students’ social connections.”

“Participants are excited about using these NFC smartphones. Many have said they often leave their room without their Sun Card, but never forget their phones,” said Debra Spitler, HID Global’s vice president of HID Connect. Photo By Tom Story


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