A+ Technology and Security Solutions, a Bay Shore-based surveillance systems company, unveiled a new security command center at its headquarters Friday.
The "global fusion center" will provide round-the-clock surveillance and security verification services for commercial, government and school clients.
President David Antar said his expanding international company, financed in part by the investment firm Westbury Partners, plans to add 18 employees to its staff of 45 over six months to man the center. A+ will be recruiting ex-military and retired or off-duty police officers to monitor a network of cameras and sensors from Bay Shore and a fleet of vans.
It uses two technologies in particular for comprehensive security: HD Internet protocol cameras that, unlike analog cameras, can transfer data via computer networks and can digitally zoom in at higher resolutions; and new software that alerts users to an event, pulls up relevant video footage and offers step-by-step instructions.
Some LI school districts are already using A+ Technology's cameras and software, and Islip and Connetquot are considering buying the package, including command center oversight, said Don Flynn, a security consultant to the districts.
Antar said his company aims to price its services so school districts can afford them. Prices vary depending on the number of cameras and sensors used.
Flynn said the Islip and Connetquot districts "could go very easy in this direction if we wanted to, without damaging the budget for next year." Each district budgets about $50,000 to $100,000 for its safety technology needs, he estimated.
"You couldn't put a price on young peoples' safety," said Corey Swinson, a guest at the center's opening and director of safety for Copiague schools. Antar noted the coincidence that Friday was the six-month anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.