Ken Whalen

Vice President of Engineering/CTO

Engineered Security Systems

Ken graduated from Rowan University with a master’s degree in Engineering Management with a focus on Construction Management. He started his career with internships working in the large IT department for Computer Horizons Corporation for two years, assisting in website development for KnowYourStuff.com startup, and working on Naval ship systems and controls for NAVSEA. He spent one year working as an electrical estimator for Morgan Electric, inc. While there, Ken was trained by NECA (National Electrical Contractor Association) in estimating techniques. Within a year, he moved to Engineered Security Systems to take over the estimating and engineering role of the company in 2003. The Estimating and Engineering department includes security application engineers, data systems and cabling engineers and CAD operators.

Ken has personally designed and overseen the installation of many large integrated systems. He worked on Liberty Healthcare’s Jersey City Medical Center as it was built, overseeing the AMAG system integration. The systems included access control, CCTV, infant protection, alarm points, and intercoms within the main hospital and multiple sites within the Liberty Health network. Ken took this experience to design the new Holy Name Hospital security upgrades. The 160 camera CCTV system was integrated with the AMAG Security Management System consisting of access control, alarm monitoring, and badge printing. The system was further integrated into the infant abduction system allowing doors to lock down and cameras to record at a higher rate and quality when there is an alarm. Ken also worked to design and implement high end systems for DRS Technologies including megapixel IP CCTV, access control, intrusion alarm, and visitor management solutions. He also was lead engineer for designing of a 250+ camera system for GIA camera system using an IP recording platform. He was furthermore involved with 100+ camera system with POS integration for Circuit Court of Cook County, Il.

Ken spearheaded a project to redesign ESS’s in house Central Station to a Command Center. Still UL listed for alarm monitoring, it is designed for managed services which has been a corner stone of ESS’s offering since 1982, when ESS had their first hosted/managed access control system on line.  The new Command Center allows operators to freed move around form software to software to manage and respond to alarms(fire, intrusion, HVAC, environmental), emergency phone calls (elevator and emergency stations), managed access control requests, virtual guard tours, video verifications, and virtual conceiver services.

In Ken’s CTO role he not only selects the technologies for our clients, but also the used for the ESS staff. He has over saw the conversations of our alarm monitoring software, accounting software, estimating software, and phone system.