580 FIFTH GETS NEW SECURITY, INTRANET
Jewelers can learn from this technology makeover
Enhanced communications and security services have been completed at
the world-renowned 580 Fifth Ave. building in New York City, whose tenant
roster includes the Gemological Institute of America, Brinks, Malca Amit
and the Diamond Dealers Club.
The enhancements began about a year ago when Carl Klein, building manager,
realized computer links are becoming increasingly important to the jewelry
industry and when Joe McKenna, security director, realized some improvements
They hired Worldwide Security Systems & Consultants, New York City, to
develop and implement the change. Thanks to the new systems:
- Tenants now carry photo cards that provide instant but controlled access
through electronic turnstiles.
- A patented Visitor IDentification System identifies and records each
visitor in less than 2 seconds, eliminating sign-in sheets and speeding
traffic past the lobby security desk.
- Color cameras survey all entry points, street side perimeter, elevators,
tenant floors and common areas. "Every person entering this building
is identified. Whether they are tenants, visitors or repairman, we know
who they are, where they are going and what they are doing." says
McKenna. The system is already credited with foiling several attempted
- Wiring was laid for a building-wide intranet and cable TV system. Tenants
can participate in live color video conferences, trade on buy/sell bulletin
boards and communicate via e-mail. The system is secure and is not open
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