Understanding & Preventing Tragedy in Outdoor Public Areas

A Manhattan mile transformed into a killing field yesterday, when a man rented a pickup truck and carried out his Jihad. “Rent me starting at $19” read the sign on the grotesquely bent truck, a painful testament to the disproportionate economies-of-scale of asymmetric warfare. In the city where law enforcement, intelligence, and anti-terrorism capabilities have been constant since 9/11, bent bicycle frames littered the streets like post-carnival decorations. Eight innocents died before the pickup hit […]

Personal Security: How to Keep a Healthy Perspective on Threat, Vulnerability and your Safety

Entering the arena of international business today is a risk not just to your company’s capital, or resources but also to the personal security of you and your employees who travel abroad. In the not too distant past, this dictum applied only to hostile third-world environments fraught with insurgencies, terrorism, or political upheaval. Sadly, personal risk to life and limb can just as easily apply in Europe, where normally safe tourist destinations or concert halls […]

What Is Your Design Goal: A Security System or an Operational Solution?

Although this may sound like a simple concept, it’s surprisingly misunderstood and overlooked. From an owner’s point of view, there is a business purpose that drives their definition of value. Almost invariably, where security solutions are employed, they must be in support of a larger business mission. It is what owners expect, whether stated explicitly or not. At Butchko, we understand this dynamic and when we engage, we ensure there is a value discussion as […]

Lessons Learned from the Project Trenches: Part 2 – PROJECT MANAGEMENT

What are the two biggest predictors of a security technology project success?  Performance expectations and requirements that are clear, and a project that is well-managed from start to finish.   If you don’t have the performance expectations correct, there is no way to measure if the project meets the needs of the stakeholders.  Expectation-setting, as well as managing the project itself is more art than science.  However, careful attention to details in advance along with stakeholder […]

Butchko, Inc. Partners with NMG Workplace Solutions, LLC at Arab Health Expo in Dubai, U.A.E.

Butchko, Inc.’s, Benjamin M. Butchko recently returned from the Arab Health Exposition and Congress, the largest healthcare conference in the Middle East and the second largest event of its kind in the world.  The four-day event was held at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.  Butchko was there at the invitation of Houston-based, NMG Workplace Solutions, LLC. Butchko designed and deployed the audio/video display and control systems for NMG’s two-story exhibition booth.  During the […]