NECA Contractor teams with Architect: Elton and Hampton Architects, Boston, MA; GC: Valiant Construction, Beverly, MA
February 14, 2020 – Norwood, MA – Security and IT requirements for cannabis cultivation, medical and retail facilities are complex and critically important. Recent projects for Revolutionary Growers and Revolutionary Clinics by LAN-TEL Communications, an industry leader in security system and IT system solutions, headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, are illustrative of the comprehensive planning, design, and installation of low-voltage systems that ensure cannabis facilities meet stringent security and data requirements.
LAN-TEL is nearing completion of the elaborate design/build security and tel/data system requirements for Revolutionary Growers’ 135,000 square-foot cultivation facility in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and has recently completed security and IT installations at Revolutionary Clinics’ medical marijuana facility at 2019 Mass Ave. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The expansive Fitchburg cultivation facility, spread across multiple floors in multiple buildings, has required a multi-phased project for security and tel/data systems.
Concentric security protection approach
LAN-TEL’s layered security design solution for both the cannabis cultivation and medical marijuana facilities features a concentric circle of protection approach. In the Revolutionary Clinics’ 5,000 square-foot Mass Ave. medical facility in Cambridge, the highest security areas, including the vault, are safeguarded with access control, motion detection, intrusion detection and security cameras. The Revolutionary Clinics’ facility has 100 percent camera coverage on every square inch of the facility, including in the vault and at POS terminals. Access control and motion control security are employed at the exterior of the facility.
LAN-TEL has engineered and built all security systems on a single, integrated platform, which interfaces with a state-of-the-art security station to monitor all security systems. A private security firm maintains the system, and two alarm companies are utilized for redundancy in external central station alarm monitoring. The Cambridge and Fitchburg police departments have access to exterior facility security.
The NECA Boston contractor also provided IT solutions for both the cultivation and medical/retail facilities, including internet, a robust “seed to sale” IT network, and low-voltage structured cabling for LED lighting.
LAN-TEL’s services also encompassed assistance in the owner’s regulatory approval process – with local planning boards, the State Cannabis Control Commission, the State Department of Health and neighborhood abutter communities.
LAN-TEL Director of Security and New Business Development John Grennon, Project Manager and Director of IT Mike French and Project Manager Sean Lewis (Security) headed the project team managing a crew of IBEW Local 103 technicians at both the Fitchburg cultivation facility and Cambridge medical/retail facility.
“LAN-TEL’s expertise in the most advanced security and IT system technologies, coupled with our experience in providing hundreds of highly technical security and IT installations for the City of Boston and municipalities throughout the Commonwealth, are instrumental in our ability to meet the demanding requirements of Revolutionary Growers and Revolutionary Clinics cannabis facilities, as well as those of facilities in diverse vertical markets, including educational and healthcare facilities throughout Greater Boston and the Commonwealth,” said LAN-TEL CEO Joe Bodio.
LAN-TEL also has recently completed security and tel/data projects for Revolutionary Clinics at Fawcett Street in Cambridge and 67 Broadway in Somerville. The NECA Boston contractor is underway with a retail recreational marijuana facility in Greater Boston for Western Front.
LAN-TEL Communications is a prominent low-voltage contractor for the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The company is the security system provider for the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region (MBHSR) and other Greater Boston-area municipalities, having provided hundreds of wireless video security system installations throughout the region and integrating them into respective area headquarters.