Successful DC Model Helps Leading Security Services Firm Build A NYC Following

Nov 13, 2012, 09:00 ET from Datawatch Systems

NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Datawatch Systems is taking its innovative and cutting edge approach to office building security and access control technology that was honed in Washington, DC to New York City.

The Bethesda, MD-based company has introduced 24/7 off-site building monitoring and security technology solutions to two prominent office buildings.

Both buildings, L&L Holdings' 78-story Metropolitan Tower, aka 142 West 57th Street, and 148 Lafayette Street in SoHo, exemplify the growing trend of owners outsourcing security. 

Datawatch, whose Manhattan office is located at 845 Third Avenue, upgraded Metropolitan Tower's existing system by adding card-reading turnstiles in the lobby.  At 148 Lafayette, ownership converted to a UL Certified remotely monitored Datawatch system, which is both more effective and less expensive.

"Protect the assets, the people, and the intellectual property—that's our mantra," said Datawatch CEO William F. Peel III.  "Like any industry, the security sector is evolving and becoming more technologically driven.  Building owners understand the advantages of outsourcing other services to experts, so why not security too?" 

Datawatch's unique 24/7 state-of-the-art operations center is home to highly trained staff vigilantly monitoring for security breaches at the company's growing portfolio of over 2,250 buildings across North America.

Among the ways that Datawatch regularly secures clients are:

  • Installation of hands-free access phones and intercoms along the perimeter of a building that process visitors and allow emergency personnel to gain access into the building.  Hotline phones can be used in an emergency by personnel working after hours and can provide a remote unlock if a tenant has forgotten their access card.
  • Video analytics to isolate and eliminate problem occurrences such as loitering. 
  • Lobby visitor management/processing. 
  • Guard stations equipped to remotely control doors and elevators.
  • Cameras enabling live activity viewing online.
  • Biometric readers with retina/iris/fingerprint/hand geometry scanners.
  • Access cards that interface with smart phones. 
  • Homeland Security compliance (FIPS) that ensures government clients maintain mandated security levels.

Peel adds, "There are many reasons why remote systems are becoming standard.  In this economy, owners/managers of large properties and smaller-sized buildings are looking to reduce costs without compromising safety and security.  We effectively provide a comprehensive solution at a better price." 

SOURCE Datawatch Systems