Boston Ronald McDonald House® Benefits from Charitable Contributions of Leading Security and Access Control Providers

Tesla Systems Inc., Tyco Fire & Security and HID Global

Join Forces to Donate Access Control Equipment to the Boston Ronald McDonald House



Georgetown, MA — Tesla Systems, Inc. in conjunction with Tyco Fire & Security and HID Global, announced that the three companies have jointly donated and installed a comprehensive access control system for the Boston Ronald McDonald House, a home for families who have children with cancer.

For more than 25 years, the Boston Ronald McDonald House has made it possible for families to live at the House while their children are undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, or bone marrow transplants at nearby Children’s Hospital Boston and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund Clinic. When lightning struck the Ronald McDonald House last year, it disabled the facility’s entire access control system. In order to ensure safety and peace of mind for guests and staff members, they needed to quickly get back up and running. “When Mark Avery, the Director of Security for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute mentioned the situation at the Ronald McDonald House, we were happy to provide our installation expertise in replacing the damaged system,” said Bob O’Rourke of Tesla Systems, Inc. “I knew both Tyco Fire & Security and HID Global would support us in this endeavor and because of everyone’s support, we had all eleven doors up and running within two days.”

Tesla Systems, Inc., Tyco Fire & Security’s Kantech brand and HID Global came together to replace the entire system with new, best-of-breed access control equipment including Kantech KT-300 door controllers, EntraPass™ Corporate Edition software, HID iCLASS® R10 readers and iCLASS cards.

Doors are locked 24 hours a day for the security of Ronald McDonald House guests. They are only accessible by swiping the contactless smart card. Each guest of the Ronald McDonald House is assigned a contactless smart card to present to the door reader in order to enter the facility.

“The Ronald McDonald House has done so much to help children with cancer and their families during a time of great need,” said Peter Boriskin, director of product management for Tyco Fire & Security’s access control solutions. “We’re proud that in our own way we are contributing to the peace of mind of those who seek shelter and comfort at the Boston Ronald McDonald House.” "We are very pleased to take part in making the Ronald McDonald House a safe and supportive place to grow," said Paul Kluttz, vice president, installation channel sales, HID Global. “Together, Tesla Systems, Inc.’s expertise, HID’s and Kantech’s equipment offer a potent combination of quality and reliability.”

The Ronald McDonald House easily manages the new access control system using Tyco Fire & Security’s Kantech EntraPass Corporate Edition software, a powerful multi-user access control system. When a family leaves the facility, the site manager simply deactivates the smart card.

“The Kantech and HID solutions are ideal for nonprofit organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House. It was amazing how Tesla Systems Inc., Tyco Fire & Security and HID Global came together so quickly, and quietly, and generously, to provide us with this incredible donation. Bob O'Rourke came by one day to see what the House needed and before I knew it, the job was done. This team directly and immediately impacted the safety and comfort of our families, and for that we will always be extremely grateful." said Andy Richards, Executive Director of the House. “This economical, out-of-the-box solution requires minimal installation and integration, driving down the IT costs involved with managing access control systems. A donation of this kind is a tremendous gift for a small, community-supported non-profit such as ours. Not only did this gift help all of our guests feel immediately safer and more comfortable, it also resulted in a huge—and ongoing—cost savings to the House.”

About Tesla Systems, Inc.

Tesla Systems, Inc. a leader in electronic security integration since 1993 installs state of the art systems partnering with leading manufacturers to provide the best equipment and unparalled service. For more information on Tesla Systems, Inc. visit

About HID Global

HID Global is a leading manufacturer in the access control industry, serving customers worldwide with proximity and contactless smart card technologies; central station managed access controllers; secure and custom card solutions; digital identity and photo card management software solutions; secure card issuance solutions, and RFID electromechanical cylinders. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global operates international offices that support more than 100 countries and is an ASSA ABLOY Group company. To learn more, please visit

About Tyco Fire & Security’s Kantech brand of access control systems

Tyco Fire & Security’s Kantech brand of access control solutions are ready to use right out of the box and are the ideal choice for small to growing businesses worldwide. When coupled with the versatile KT-100 controller, the Kantech EntraPass™ access control software offers a compact, entry-level solution for smaller businesses while the software combines with the powerful KT-300 controller to provide enhanced capabilities for larger businesses. For additional convenience and security, Kantech solutions can easily link to American Dynamics Intellex® digital video management systems to provide an integrated access control and video solution. For more information on our Kantech brand of access control solutions, visit

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