Facilities Open Doors to Custom Access
Alan Snow, director, Safety and Security of the Boston Region for Prudential Center, says that that since implementing his security program after September 11, 2001, “we have had no occurrences of casual buildings thieves plying our buildings during business hours for the purpose of stealing laptops or other tenant owned property. That type of crime has dropped off the cliff since we developed this philosophy in the wake of 9/11,” he says. “An ancillary benefit of the program has been the positive interaction we have seen between security and our office tenant population. Our security officers have more contact with our constituents than any other entity in our organization. We have also successfully demonstrated how security can be an amenity to a building and how it can be used to attract and retain corporate tenants whose employees insist on a safe and secure environment in which to work.”
Standardizing Access ControlOften with access control, installations can bring a large number of doors literally together. For the Village of Hoffman Estates, Ill., that entails 180 access points spread out over a large area.
After post-9/11, the Village began to explore ways to protect its water supply and other infrastructure, in addition to the staff who serve the Village’s 51,000+ residents. The Department of Public Works had to upgrade its access control over a large area without installing and maintaining a lot more phone lines, says Paul Petrenko, the Village facilities manager, who oversees the security system on a day-to-day basis. He is also involved in security system design and implementation.
Petrenko says he is currently adding a reader at the Department of Public Works to capture when employees arrive and depart each day. In addition to the system controlling access for security, it will now also provide time clock information without the Village adding other technology. If that deployment is successful, Petrenko says he plans to expand it to other buildings.
120 Doors…All Secure!Being responsible for the security of others is never an easy task, with threats emerging from any number of sources, security personnel are consistently being challenged in new ways, and conversely, looking for solutions to a growing number of dangers.
For Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn., providing a safe, worry-free environment for both its patients and 1,500 employees is a top priority. Since 2005, the facility’s security plan has included an access control system that has played a major role in ensuring the safety of all of its stakeholders.