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WASHINGTON SECURITY EXPERT SAYS NEW YORK TOWERS DIDN'T HAVE ADEQUATE SAFETY, SECURITY DEFENSES

 WASHINGTON, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Trade Center buildings in New York didn't have available the security technology that could have greatly mitigated the disaster caused by the bomb explosion, a security expert said here today.
 A. Gene Samburg, president of Kastle Systems, Inc., of Arlington, Va., said commercial office buildings in the Washington area are considered among the safest in the world mainly because their security is monitored off-site. New York buildings, including the World Trade Center structures, have security controls in the same building.
 Samburg, an electrical engineer whose company secures 74 percent of the Washington area's commercial office buildings, said:
 "It is tragic, but the hardware and software exists that would have gone a long way toward controlling and easing the problems at the World Trade Center. Not the bombing itself, but the people trapped in the 250 elevators, all the people in hallways and stairwells. That situation would not have occurred in Washington buildings."
 Samburg said that secured buildings have, for example, immediate telephone contact from elevators to an off-site central control center located elsewhere in the city.
 "People trapped on elevators have immediate contact with someone who can help them," Samburg said. "There also are emergency telephones to the same central control center, and these telephones are stationed every five floors on stairways."
 Washington buildings are also equipped with backup power resources triggered from remote locations, enabling security communications systems to continue operations when generator power is lost locally, Samburg said.
 Kastle Systems, Inc., was engaged by the U.S. General Services Administration to secure the Clinton-Gore transition headquarters in Washington soon after the 1992 election. Kastle had performed the same chores for the Bush transition office four years earlier. Before starting Kastle Systems 20 years ago, Samburg was a Westinghouse employee involved in creating special systems for the White House and presidential residences and retreats.
 Kastle, which operates in six other U.S. cities and in Sydney, Australia, recently opened a New York City office but has not yet begun full operations there, Samburg said.
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 /NOTE: Gene Samburg, president of Kastle Systems, Inc., can be contacted directly at 703-528-8800./
 /CONTACT: Jack O'Connell, 703-264-5901, for Kastle Systems, Inc./


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