Creating the Future of Air Mobility: FTE Global 2022 in Review

Director of Corporate Strategy and Innovation, Chris Runde, was excited to take part in this year’s FTE (Future Travel Experience) Global 2022 in Las Vegas through two key sessions on air mobility and digital twin technology.

In addition, our global alliance companies, Dar Group, Perkins&Will, TYLin, Landrum & Brown, and Integral Group, Ross & Baruzzini launched Airformer during the event. This online platform models AAM (Advanced Air Mobility) operations with an overlay of existing transportation types, electric grid nodes, noise, and other essential variables. 

“The future of travel is human-centric and cannot be achieved through typical, incremental change,” says Chris Runde. “The next generation traveler is carbon-conscious, dynamic, independent, and tech-savvy. The winners of the aviation industry will challenge the status quo and shift the paradigm of ‘processing’ passengers. A design thinking, customer-driven approach is what will differentiate and elevate industry leaders in the coming years.” 

Images via FTE Global

At Ross & Baruzzini and across our global alliance, we envision safe, efficient, and sustainable solutions that help to keep everyone and everything moving forward. Go to to explore more about AAM, and read more about our collaborative work across aviation and sustainability from our featured article on

Dan Mike, Principal – Director of Operations, Speaks with Security Systems News

Security Systems News (SSN) monthly column, Specifically Speaking, features Dan Mike, Principal – Director of Operations at Ross & Baruzzini, whose notable security design and consulting projects include the World Trade Center, LaGuardia Airport, Madison Square Garden, the Obama Presidential Center, New Jersey Transit, and Amtrak. “Personally, I find the security design of cultural institutions most interesting,” Mike told SSN.

SSN: What kinds of systems do you design/specify and what services does the company provide?

Mike: We design holistic security systems based on anticipated goals of what we call “Day 2,” where the client has accepted the systems that we designed and engineered, in many cases, two to five years prior to their acceptance. These systems almost always include access control, video, intrusion detection, intercom and emergency call stations. They often also include visitor management, forced entry, blast mitigation, vehicle interdiction and sometimes gunshot detection. The design is always driven by the client and their unique needs. Once designed, our firm provides bid support and full construction administration through the life of the project. Once complete, we provide a set of record documents and final acceptance.

SSN: How did you get started in security and designing/specifying?

Mike: After 20 years on the contracting side, I decided to make the transition to the design/specifying side. I was very fortunate to be offered a position with our firm. At the time, Ducibella, Venter & Santore, was one of the most prestigious security design firms in world. After being acquired by Ross & Baruzzini in 2015, we are now merged with our sister firm, Integral. We were recently honored to announce the new company name, Introba.

SSN: Can you talk about what new or emerging technologies you are seeing or specifying today?

Mike: I see great potential for perimeter security in the integration of radar, artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and video systems. I see presence detectors continuing to evolve over the next few years with the potential to significantly change the way we detect and monitor people. I recently specified my first vape detector in a K-12 restroom.

Read the full article from Security Systems News, and learn more about our Security solutions here.

Security Vice President – Managing Principal Phil Santore Featured in Security Magazine Article with Focus on Mental Health

Ross & Baruzzini Security Vice President – Managing Principal, Phil Santore, spoke with Security Magazine on how safety and security stakeholders can empower students and staff to help mitigate mental health issues, violence or unwanted behaviors by starting with facility design:

“To build or create an environment indicative of a negative place paints a picture that students see. Everything you put in front of them says something to them, even nonverbally,” Santore says. “When you stop thinking like a security professional and start thinking like an educator, parent or child, you can do some wonderful things.”

There is a movement to go from the reactive to passive and proactive when it comes to helping students address mental health issues and manage behavioral concerns, as well as mitigate school violence, bullying or unwanted behaviors. One of the ways schools can approach this issue is through a holistic facility design that implicitly encourages students and staff to speak out about potential problems before they happen, according to Santore.

You may have heard about Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design or CPTED. But even school stakeholders that don’t have training in CPTED can take a critical look at their environments from the eye of a student, a staff member or a bad actor.

“Those schools that are willing to think outside the box are beginning to design schools differently,” he explains. School counselors or mental health professionals have traditionally been housed in the main office, removed from the general population of the school, creating a physical and mental separation between them and the students.  

Read the full article from Security Magazine, and learn more about our Security solutions here.