MAC Systems to Create Integrated System at Rhode Island Detention Center

Systems integrator to provide co-managed system for with access control, video, CCTV, cell control, smart cards, more


It's the kind of project that you get known for.

MAC Systems, a security systems integrator out of Canton, Mass., has landed the contract to create an integrated security system at Central Falls, R.I.'s Donald W. Wyatt Detention Center.

Built in 1993, the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Center houses 302 beds, and handles federal detainees. It was constructed by a private corporation (the Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation) and is run by the private company Cornell Companies, based out of Texas, and was the first privately constructed and managed detention facility for the U.S. Marshalls.

"An installation of this type presents us with a number of challenges, the most important being project coordination and execution," said Glen Heywood, account manager for MAC Systems. "Because we will be working in a security facility, we need to plan accordingly."

Heywood detailed a list of the technologies the integrator would be using, including smartcards from HID, Wonderware and Vindicator software, access control by NexWatch Pro-Watch, a LobbyWorks visitor management system, Bioscrypt biometrics technology for fingerprint readers, and CCTV cameras and DVRs from Pelco.

MAC Systems is a member of SecurityNet, an alliance of 16 top independent systems integrators.