Security and Multiple Communication Solutions for Aviv Rehab Center


From the desk of Jim Koningisor, President, Koningisor, Luciano and Associates – Owner’s Representative for the new Jewish Rehabilitation Center Project:

“Being a non-profit, mission-driven organization, the Jewish Rehab Center is thinly-staffed, having just one person in its entire IT department. They needed a company that they could trust not only to install the specified low voltage systems, but to look out for their interest and advise them regarding the best options to fit their needs. In addition, they needed a company that could take care of all of their low voltage needs – telephone, security, access control, nurse call, wander management, audio/visual – and do so seamlessly.”

The project included the design and construction of a $35 million dollar, state of the art, 4-story, 124,000 sq. ft. continuum of care facility in Peabody, MA. The project featured 144 skilled nursing beds, assisted living, adult day care, geriatric care management, and child care center.

Low voltage electronic systems were initially designed by an electrical consulting engineer. After not meeting expectations, the Jewish Rehab Center elected to move forward without the assistance of a consulting engineer. They required a true expert in all of the low-voltage disciplines that could not only assist with a redesign, but also properly coordinate the installation with the general contractor, electrical contractor and other various trades. Owner and management teams demanded only the most technologically advanced building that offered every possible accommodation for the residents, and staff.


SIGNET’s sales and engineering team, through their respective disciplines, demonstrated integrated solutions, and negotiated a cost-effective, turnkey and complete systems offering directly with facility ownership. Upon contract execution, SIGNET immediately began coordination efforts, starting with the creation of completely new set of low voltage plans. Leading up to installation, additional close construction coordination was executed with the general contractor, architect, and owner by SIGNET’s project management team.

“Every one of the SIGNET staff with whom we had the pleasure to work with was exceptional.” – Jim Koningisor – Owner’s rep.

“SIGNET has been great to work with. Also, I cannot remember a job where the low voltage subcontractor has been a non-factor in getting things done (that’s a real good thing). When areas have become available they have done their job, they have always completed their work on schedule, coordinating and cooperating with all other MEP subs as needed, knowing the ceiling space has certainly been limited.” – Tom Haubrich, Project Manager, PRO CON, Inc. – General Contractor.

SIGNET was the only Systems Integrator in New England that offered the expertise to engineer, coordinate, install, and service the following systems:

Solutions and Integrations:

  • Rauland Responder Nurse Call System, fully integrated with call tracking software and ASCOM VoIP wireless telephones with instant alarm notification. Alarm notifications include fire alarm by zone, nurse call alerts, patient wander alerts, and call/alert escalation
  • LG Healthcare Grade Televisions, integrated with nurse call pillow speakers and a CATV distribution system for standard and “senior” satellite television feeds
  • CMR780/NFPA101 Compliant Campus – Wide Edwards Systems Technologies EST-3 Fire Alarm System, integrated with SIGNET provided patient wandering/access control systems for egress door release
  • Genetec IP CCTV System, including 65 high-definition IP cameras, and a special Bosch license plate recognition camera
  • DSX Access Control System, with 105 card reader doors, and override of Secure Care Patient Wandering doors
  • Secure Care Patient Wandering Systems, covering 24 doors, integrated to nurse call, alarm messaging to ASCOM handsets, access control and door locking hardware
  • Secure Care Patient Wandering Systems, covering 24 doors, integrated to nurse call, alarm messaging to ASCOM handsets, access control and door locking hardware
  • Cinema-Quality Theater Room, including a 1080p projector, motorized projection screen, and 7.1 surround sound
  • Multi-Room Audio Distribution Sound System, including 75 speakers and 20 distinct zones. The individual function rooms were fitted with volume controls and sound system input jacks
  • Future Proof NEC IP SV-8300 Phone System, including 170 iP desk phones, 500 voicemail boxes, 2 software based attendant stations, as well as call accounting software
  • Building-Wide (Hubbell brand) Data Infrastructure, featuring 1,500 + data jacks and 60 10-gig laser optimized fiber strands and industry leading Hubbell 25-year Mission Critical warranty

Quoting the Owner’s project managers, Koningisor, Luciano & Associates:

“SIGNET proved the perfect partner and exceeded all of our expectations. I can recommend SIGNET in the highest terms and without reservation to anyone in need of low voltage services or products.”

In conclusion, SIGNET’s multitude of offerings brings a unique, well coordinated, single source and cost-effective solution to large capital health care projects. Leveraging the SIGNET “Power of One” for your project lowers costs, streamlines coordination, and produces a powerful integrated final result.


Posted on

March 23, 2020

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