Siemens Canada delivers integrated campus safety solution to Humber College

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - Humber College Institute of Technology &
Advanced Learning, selected Siemens Building Technologies, Ltd., a subsidiary
of Siemens Canada Limited, to provide an integrated security system for its
North Campus located in the northwest part of Toronto. The new solution
replaced the existing fire alarm system with a technologically-advanced
fully-addressable solution with annunciating capabilities.
    Humber College's president, John Davies, identified an urgent need for a
modern life safety system and an improved method to communicate with staff and
students during emergency situations. "Our mandate, which is to focus on the
quality of the learning experience, and Humber's overall concern for student
safety, were primary factors in the decision to select Siemens for this
project," noted Mr. Davies.
    The system comprises of 14 XLS Fire Finder panels located throughout the
college. There are two identical command and control centres, one at the main
security desk and a back-up at the office of the director of Public Safety for
Humber College. Each of the command centres has a Network Command Centre
computer with a graphical display. There are more than 1,900 detection devices
and 2,100 speakers and strobes throughout the campus.
    "This a very sophisticated system we have provided to Humber College and
we are extremely proud that we were able to deliver the solution in the summer
months in a very short time frame, so there was little or no interruption to
students or staff," said Meinrad Wagenschwanz, vice president of Siemens
Building Technologies. "Moving forward, instead of disrupting the learning
process, the college can isolate and investigate any situations at an
appropriate level and communicate within the facility."
    Humber College now has a security system with more capability than ever
before. Pre-recorded messages allow the College to proactively prepare for
possible crisis situations, improving response times. Humber management and
security staff believe that the College now boasts one of the best systems in
use in the province. Upon completion of the installation, Humber College
promoted the benefits of the new system internally. Information was provided
via pop-up messages on desktop PCs, pages on the Humber College website, and
video segments on Humber TV.
    In conjunction with the implementation of the new systems, Humber College
has reviewed and updated their Critical Incident Preparedness Plan. The
college now performs regular lock-down drills with the involvement of the
police and fire departments. Weekly training on the systems is provided to
ensure the systems and procedures are understood and executed with the highest

    About Siemens in Canada

    Siemens is one of the largest and most diversified companies in the world
of electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy
and healthcare sectors. The company has approximately 6,000 employees in
Canada, working to develop and manufacture products, design and install
complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of solutions for
individual requirements. For almost 100 years in Canada, Siemens has stood for
technical achievements, innovation, quality and reliability. Sales for Siemens
in Canada for fiscal 2008 (ended September 30), were $2.6 billion CAD. Further
information is available at

    About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

    Humber, a member of Polytechnics Canada, is committed to student success
through excellence in teaching and learning. Humber's broad range of
career-focused, educational opportunities include: apprenticeship,
certificate, diploma, bachelor's degree and graduate certificate programs.
With over 350 programs to choose from, Humber's 20,000 full-time and 55,000
part-time students have access to many pathways for continuous learning.
Humber has transfer credit opportunities with more than 50 Canadian and
international universities. Humber maintains strong partnerships with
industry, and trains more than 15,000 people annually through customized
corporate training. More than 91 per cent of Humber graduates are employed
within six months of completing their studies. For more information about
Humber visit

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beliefs of the management of Siemens Canada Limited and its affiliates. The
words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend,"
"plan," "should," and "project," are used to identify forward-looking
statements. Such statements reflect the management's current views with
respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many
factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, among
others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in
currency exchange rate and interest rates, introduction of competing products,
lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business
strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here.
Siemens Canada Limited and its affiliates do not intend or assume any
obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

For further information:

For further information: DL Leslie, Siemens Canada Limited, Corporate
Communications, (905) 819-5926,; Andrew Leopold, Humber
College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Public Relations and
Communications, (416) 675-6622 Ext. 4296,

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