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, headquartered in Norwood, are illustrative of the comprehensive planning, design, and installation of low-voltage systems that ensure cannabis facilities meet stringent security and data requirements.
The NECA contractor, teaming up with Elton and Hampton Architects of Boston and general contractor Valiant Construction of Beverly, is nearing completion of the elaborate design/build security and tel/data system requirements for Revolutionary Growers’ 135,000sf cultivation facility in Fitchburg, and has recently completed security and IT installations at Revolutionary Clinics’ retail/medical marijuana facility at 2019 Mass Ave. in Cambridge.
The expansive Fitchburg cultivation facility, spread across multiple floors in multiple buildings, has required a multi-phased project for security and tel/data systems.
A layered security design solution for both the cannabis cultivation and medical/retail facilities features a concentric circle of protection approach. In the Revolutionary Clinics’ 5,000sf 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% 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.
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 were also provided.
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.
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.