APL opens Tuscon, Ariz., office for border work

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

TUSCON, Ariz.--APL Access & Security, which this year is celebrating its 20th year in Gilbert, Ariz., opens this month its first satellite office here, to be headed by sales engineer Dave Castro. The office with be staffed at the outset with five technicians and focus largely on government work, Castro said.
"There's plenty of work there right now," he continued, noting that he's originally from the Tuscon area. "It's a win-win situation for the company and myself ... We specialize in commercial work, but with our 8a certification we're trying to hit [the government] market more." APL is currently doing access control and surveillance work for the border patrol facility in Tuscon.
APL's Gilbert office employs about 25 technicians working with systems integration mostly within Arizona state lines, along with 10 others who man the company's locksmithing facility in Chandler, Ariz. The locksmithing might indicate a traditional approach at APL, and Castro agreed that access control is the company's focus, but he noted that APL is working toward an Endura certification from Pelco and is preparing for the IP revolution.
"We're fairly new at that," Castro said, "but we see it coming in the near future, with security being passed on to the IT level. We're already seeing network administrators get that responsibility and we're seeing the funding coming out of there. We want to ride that. We're trying to prepare ourselves for that."