February 1998


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 were needed.

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 crimes.
  • 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 to outsiders.

Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.


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