Group 4 selected as access control standard

December 2001 Access Control & Identity Management

Group 4 Securitas Technology Corporation has been designated the standard supplier of access control technology for the City of Seattle. Group 4 AMAG systems will be used on any new or renovated city facilities.

The Fleets and Facilities Department is in charge of maintaining city properties and vehicles. "Beginning in 1998 and 1999, we installed AMAG 350 systems in a few buildings, with each system controlling a few doors," according to Michael Inay with Entrance Controls, a Seattle-based systems integrator. As part of a master plan, and partially motivated by the city's hosting of the World Trade Organisation meeting in 1999, the security systems were scheduled for a major upgrade. "We set up a multiple-building, networked system that is in fact almost city-wide in scope," he continued. "The upgrade included an AMAG 525 system with five workstations, two dial-up remote sites and one hard-wired site, as well as CCTV, intercoms, and other components."

The City of Seattle is in the midst of a multiyear project to build a new civic centre, including a new Justice Center and City Hall. As part of this effort, the AMAG 525 will be replaced with an AMAG 625 enterprise-class system, to be housed in the new City Hall, with up to nine workstations, one new hard-wired site, one dial-up site converted to a hard-wired connection, and an undetermined number of LAN chains. In addition, several other facilities in the city have standalone AMAG 425 and 450 systems, all of which use the same facility code. Eventually, city employees will be able to use one card to gain access to all city buildings.

"We are very pleased to have been selected as the standard access control system for the City of Seattle," said Robert Sawyer, President of Group 4 Securitas Technology Corporation. "Our enterprise-class AMAG 625 system easily provides the capacity required for a system of this scope."

For further details, contact Group 4 Securitas on tel: (011) 482 6860, e-mail:

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