Corrine McKague on May 26 will go to Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D., for the first time, but the vacation will have to wait.
The co-owner of Alarmco Inc., Boise, is delivering a presentation to the National Park Service about how her company can meet Rushmore’s needs for security-related early detection. Alarmco is among three to four companies that the Park Service picked to deliver a final presentation, having initially approached many providers around the U.S., she said.
Alarmco on May 4 was invited to submit a capability statement. On May 13, the company was notified that it was accepted as one of the contractors to deliver a presentation of its capabilities to offer its design and engineering expertise as well as its equipment recommendations.
“We felt very privileged to have the invitation,” McKague said. “We know we’re going to be playing against the big boys out there, but we’re ready. We have the staff and the support here at Alarmco that we need to do the project.”
It did not strike her as odd that Alarmco was selected as one of the few final presenters, she said. She and her husband, Mike McKague, own Alarmco, which has been in business since the start of 1995 and has established expertise in hard-line and radio wireless mesh safety and security solutions. Alarmco is a federal contractor whose current and recent clients include the Idaho Air National Guard, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Park Service and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
“Only a few companies in the country are able to do this kind of security well,” Corrine McKague said, referring to the Mount Rushmore project. “We think our engineering and design of our wireless mesh system in the Treasure Valley got us in; not everybody has it.” Alarmco built the wireless mesh system from its Boise-based central station – a 24-hour monitoring center for emergency signals – outward, she said.
For Rushmore, the Alarmco solution would provide early detection of people in certain areas. It would use a combination of detection types and would be integrated so that the memorial’s 24-hour guards are notified of an unwanted presence immediately.
“This is not about a one-time installation,” McKague said. “They are looking at lasting relationships.”
There is the immediate need at Mount Rushmore, and then there are future security initiatives for which the National Park Service will seek expertise from companies such as Alarmco, she said.
Alarmco employs 30 and is based on North Mitchell Street.