Aug 1, 2005 12:00 PM

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Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., recently opened a new Cancer Treatment Center and was faced with the challenge of protecting its facility, its patients and securing the radioactive materials stored in the building.

The securing and proper management of potentially dangerous and hazardous materials is a critical part of any health organization's security operation and must meet the standards established by the Department of Homeland Security and local law enforcement agencies. Virtual Service of New York designed and installed a custom security solution that integrates the Cancer Center's access control and video surveillance components using an integrated access control panel and Graphical Management System (GMS) from Pacom Systems, Sarasota, Fla.

“Securing the new cancer center was a definite challenge because of the Homeland security issues and the number of people that use the facility each day,” says Colin Foster, vice president of sales and marketing at Virtual Service.

The system secures individual doors using card readers, magnetic locks and electronic door strikes, and was specifically designed to allow for easy upgrade with the center's new video surveillance system. All of this information is managed and networked, so that hospital personnel are aware of any unauthorized access. The hospital had to customize its access control system due to the complexity of the main entrance door that must allow for wheelchair and emergency gurney access and egress.

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