ADT wins $3.5M. contract to secure judges' homes

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

BOCA RATON, Fla.--Residential security giant ADT landed what's thought to be the largest single residential security contract ever when it won a $3.5 million government deal to secure 2,000 federal judges' homes.
"Under one contract on the commercial side, we might do 2,000 to 3,000 Starbucks or GAPs, but I can't think of one contract for residential in one shot that comes close to this and I've been in the security industry for 32 years," said Paul Brisgone, executive director of federal systems for ADT.
The contract, awarded Dec. 14, is for the purchase and installation of the security systems. ADT personnel, rather than dealers, will handle this project. Brisgone said that they have expertise serving Department of Justice clients because they've had a contract to secure federal courthouses for the past 10 years. During that time, ADT has occasionally secured judges' homes when they've had a threat made against them.
In fact, ADT maintained a special "hit team" that could secure a judge's home within hours if a U.S. Marshal called to report that a judge had been threatened, Brisgone said.
The May 2005 decision by Congress to appropriate $12 million to secure the judges' homes was prompted by the murder of family members of a Chicago-area federal judge. It is an idea that had been considered for a number of years, Brisgone said.
Another piece of the contract--who will do the monitoring--has yet to be decided, said David Turner, spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service. "It would be premature in the course of a procurement negotiation to comment on what's pending," he said. Brisgone would not comment on whether ADT was likely to secure the monitoring contract. "I can't get into that right now," he said.
In late December, the U.S. Marshals Service determined that the judges will not have to pay the monthly monitoring fees for their home systems. (See story in the January issue of Security Systems News.) "The funding for the monitoring will be paid for from the U.S. Marshals Service budget. As of the next fiscal year, it will be built into our annual budget request," Turner said.
Installations will begin immediately. The target for completing the project is September. "The schedule is definitely doable for ADT. It's just a matter of getting everyone's [judges and installers] schedules coordinated," Brisgone said.
The Marshals Service is part of the executive branch. It falls under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Justice, and is the enforcement arm of the federal courts.