Morgan State University

Morgan State University

Protecting State-of-the-Art Education Facilities for the Advancement of Student Learning

Morgan State University recently opened a $72M Business Center and a $79M Behavioral and Social Sciences Center (BSSC), both state-of-the-art academic and research facilities made possible through partnership with the State of Maryland. The new buildings add almost 300,000 square feet of additional classroom, laboratory, and office space accommodating seven academic departments.

The new Business Complex features a Center for Innovation, a real-time Capital Markets stock trading center, seminar rooms, and a 299-person-capacity auditorium that includes an 80-person lecture hall. As such, Diversified was engaged to provide top-of-the-line electronic security and access control solutions to protect these new, leading edge University assets.

Diversified provided the University with access control systems, ensuring ADA compliance and seamless system integration. This multiple-phase electronic security and surveillance design integrates new classrooms and study spaces with the master security monitoring platform of the campus, using varying interoperable products such as CBORD, Honeywell Integrated Technical Security and Axis Communications. Diversified was involved in all aspects of both the business Complex and the BSSC from consultation, logistical planning and staging to the installation, programming and commissioning of cabling, conductors and overall peripheral system equipment.

As part of Diversified’s higher education portfolio, the Morgan State University campus expansion lends itself as a true testament to the multiple components that modern technology upgrades entail. Not only are students more equipped for advanced learning, but they can also rest assured the campus they call home is safely secured.


Carpathia, a QTS Company

Carpathia, a QTS Company

Electronic Security Solution Provides Mission-Critical Protection of Confidential Data

Carpathia, a QTS Company, which provides web hosting services for government agencies and private enterprises, relocated its headquarters to Dulles Town Center. This new building quickly became its flagship data center known as “The Vault” and the organization needed to add 10,000 additional square-feet only one year after moving in. This secure, federally compliant building required state-of-the-art security to protect the valuable data that it houses from government clients such as DOD, FEMA and HHS.

Diversified was brought in to provide the data center expansion project a new security management system (SMS) to include access control via biometric readers and card readers as well as CCTV and intrusion alarm coverage. We installed biometric hand readers, new IP cameras and a laser curtain topper to expand the existing cages, all connected to and integrated with the SMS for maximum ease of use. The laser curtain topper acts as a virtual lid to the data cages, increasing the level of security with a grid pattern of sensors. Upon a security breach of the cage, the SMS signals an alert at the workstations logged on to the system. In addition, a small local sounder is activated within the cage area.

System expansion at The Vault is constantly underway to ensure that Carpathia security personnel are able to log and respond to any type of security breach. Diversified continues to support the data center, maintaining and upgrading their modern security systems as needed.


Pentagon Federal Credit Union

Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed)

HQ Relocation Sparks Global Collaboration Solution Roll-out and Lasting Partnership

When Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) began the process of relocating their headquarters, Diversified was brought in early to consult on technology costs that would impact the decision of location and initial investment. PenFed was not only looking for a new home, but somewhere they could scale and continue to grow.

After deciding on Tysons Overlook in McLean, Virginia, it was obvious that Diversified would be the perfect technology partner for the project, having already worked with LMI in their relocation to the same building months prior. Still, with plans for modern glass walls and solid stone conference tables, this design-build would prove to be more of a challenge than most.

Understanding PenFed’s existing pain points, current investments and future plans was critical. Diversified engaged in the design of the new space at the engineering level, including not only AV and collaboration but also Skype for Business migration. Having also been contracted to build technology solutions for PenFed’s smaller Chantilly office, we were able to test and perfect the systems that were to be deployed in the new Headquarters facility. In total, the Tysons Overlook design-build incorporated 57 rooms including a state of the art boardroom, a multi-purpose room, large, medium and small conference rooms, huddle and team rooms, and 11 executive offices.

PenFed has opened their new, world-class headquarters and Diversified continues to support them by augmenting their IT staff with an on-premise, certified technician. This technician works with PenFed help desk as an extension of our internal support team. Furthermore, PenFed has awarded Diversified additional technology contracts for locations in Alabama, Nebraska and Oregon.


Association of the United States Army

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA)

Flexible Meeting Space Technology Installation Gives “Wow Factor” Needed to Raise Funds for Troops

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Conference and Event Center is home to an inviting meeting facility with advanced technologies and amenities that will satisfy and exceed any event requirement. The flexible, state-of-the-art meeting space easily accommodates from five to 200 attendees in one adjoined space.

Before this project began, Diversified met with two retired Four Star Generals to discuss the technology needs and goals for AUSA’s new Conference and Event Center—to increase revenue, promote the U.S. Army and the 3 million members that have perished in the past 250 years, create a WOW factor that would bring visitors back, and provide a system for others to join remotely, efficiently and with high quality sound and video.

The technology design included integrated AV, security and networking across multiple areas—the reception, pre-function and main areas—with emphasis on digital signage and video conferencing capabilities. In reception, a landscape display features the schedule for the day and a portrait display is a touchscreen directory of the floors above. In the pre-function and main areas, Diversified built two interactive media walls—one 4’ x 16’ and the other 8’ x 16’. Each of these was custom designed in a wood enclosure with its own sustaining HVAC system. Additionally, Diversified deployed the entire IT system including servers, wireless access points (WAP), network connections and a centralized distribution system that allows all digital signage and content to be displayed, streamed, recorded or collaborated on in real time. Lastly, Diversified engineered and deployed a system for video surveillance and controlled access to secure the facility. The system includes cameras that can zoom far enough for facial and car tag analytics in real time. This information is captured and the system learns based upon the analytics it records.

AUSA now owns a beautiful space to host events and generate revenue for the organization. All components were designed to work together cohesively and support workflow, giving the generals exactly what they needed to reach their goals.


Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory

Aiding Critical Research and Development via
User-Friendly Collaboration and Security Systems

Through a portfolio of more than 600 programs, the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) conducts research and development for projects of national and global significance. JHU has invested in renovations and expansion of the APL so that the majority of their scientific and engineering staff can be in one location—convenient to outside clients and colleagues—and increase efficiency of operations. The Laboratory is located on 399 acres and employs approximately 5,000 engineers, scientists, and supporting staff in a broad range of disciplines.

Diversified provided AV system design, install and project management for the APL’s SECAN and QNA Labs. Our solution for the SECAN Lab included an Operations Control Center Wall Display, Command and Control Console and Display Management Infrastructure (DMI), for deployment and usage as the primary user interface to its Control Center System. The concept of the QNA Lab AV design was to ensure user friendliness, visibility, audibility and cost effectiveness. The entire solution is based around a two-operator workstation that houses mini PCs with web cameras with built-in microphones for engagement in web conferencing. Diversified also provided a primary video display system based on 84” monitors that feature interactive touch screens.

Additionally, Diversified was contracted to manage the security analytics in the QNA Lab, providing a surveillance solution to emulate a live video scenario from the field.

The AV and electronic security systems installed for the JHU APL, executed within expedited timelines, are now used by University staff for the advancement of scientific technology solutions.