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Layering Facility Security Taking a look at different facilities and how they protect people and property
BTy Dana Pruiett
oday’s facility operators must prepare for virtually any event from vandalism to a terrorist attack. With facilities ranging in size and use—from an emergency communications center to a multi-family apartment building—there’s no readily available one-size-fits-all
security plan.
However, there are basics that apply to any facility. Security be-
gins at an entry, whether it’s a door or a gate. From there, layers of equipment—integrated, diverse systems—combine to create the strong security solutions facility operators require.
Here’s a brief look at how four very different facilities are protect- ing their people and property.
911 Center
A southern state 911 communications center serves as the heart of police, fire, paramedic and other vital public services. The center’s
director said emergency calls are received at the rate of more than one a minute. There’s literally no time for the center to close due to a security issue.
Security is designed for the center’s 80 employees, but also has to accommodate a few employees from the local telecommunications company that also uses the four-story building as a switching station.
The facility has two entries, front and back, that are kept locked 24/7. Most employees enter a fenced parking lot at the rear of the building. Employees use their access cards at the gate entrance to gain entry into the parking area.
A video intercom is mounted beside the card reader at the gate. Visitors with no access cards press a button to request entry into the facility. A staff member inside the building uses a master station to see and speak with the visitor before determining whether or not to remotely open the gate.
After parking, visitors and employees encounter a second secu-
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