CLINTON TRANSITION OFFICE IS SECURE,THANKS TO CONTRACTOR KASTLE SYSTEMS, INC.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Clinton transition office in downtown Washington is quite secure, thank you, but it took a virtual blitz approach by the General Services Administration and its contractor, Kastle Systems, Inc., of Arlington, Va., to get the job done. Kastle, now celebrating its 20th year as a leader in office building security, secures 76 percent of Washington-area office buildings. But the deadline for securing the Clinton transition headquarters was as fast as they come. The contract was let on Nov. 5, only two days after the presidential election, and delivery was requested for Nov. 7. Working around the clock, Kastle delivered, installing a state- of-the-art security system expected to stay in place at least through the end of January as the Clinton transition team continues its work. The requirement for a rush job didn't surprise A. Gene Samburg, president of Kastle Systems, Inc., who recalled a similar experience for George Bush's transition team in 1988. "We were told then on a Tuesday afternoon that we had been awarded the contract and that we had three days, until Friday night, to both do the planning and implement full security of the office. "We threw everybody and everything we had into it, and we finished by 3:00 on Friday afternoon. Then we were told that they even considered the following Monday to be an unrealistic deadline. It seemed the Bush team just wanted to push us to maximum effort. They did, and we did the job," Samburg said. Securing transition offices have been by no means Kastle's biggest projects, but they require the shortest deadlines and thus are the most demanding assignments in Kastle's history. Why all the rush? Samburg says the real problem is always the huge numbers of volunteer workers and reporters seeking news, making the transition office extremely vulnerable. But by issuing three times the number of Kastle's customized entry cards than the Clinton team first ordered, plus extensive floor monitoring, Kastle has secured the headquarters. Kastle provided the Clinton team with a modified Kastle System. Transition headquarters monitors its own activities, received alarms directly and prints its own reports. Kastle, however, does all the troubleshooting. Samburg says his company's security system differs from others by customizing security on an individual tenant basis within an office building. Kastle works counter to the conventional wisdom in the industry, Samburg says, which holds that access control alone can protect a building and its tenants. "Access control lets people in. It doesn't keep them out," Samburg said. By providing detailed and customized security for each tenant, Kastle has succeeded in making Washington's buildings the best protected in the world, Samburg said. In addition to securing 76 percent of the metropolitan Washington office buildings, Kastle also operates in six other U.S. cities -- Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia -- plus Sydney, Australia. Its new offices in New York and Chicago were opened in 1992. -0- 1/14/93 /CONTACT: Jack O'Connell for Kastle Systems, 703-264-5901/
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