Project Profile: Western Correctional Institution (WCI), Maryland

Project: Site-wide Security Communications & Fire Alarm

Client: State of Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services

Scope of Work: Professional Systems Engineering, LLC provided planning, design, and construction documentation for this 60-acre site. PSE also provided corrections planning services, systems design for support services; a site connectivity study and schematics; construction documents, administration, integration management; as well as commissioning testing/inspection services. PSE maintained continuity by servicing the site for over 10 years.

PSE designed the original, virtually inescapable fence, which was so successful, that it is the prototype used by other designers for future projects.

The security and communications systems are integrated with redundant computers and programmable logic control systems. They allow flexible operation through multiple local and central consoles that may be activated as needed. Operator interfacing is through touch control terminals and graphic control panels. Site-wide communication is provided through multi-mode and single-mode fiber optic networks. Communication within buildings is through structured category and specialized cabling.


  • Security and communication
  • PLC based design
  • Site-wide control
  • Site-wide fire alarm monitoring
  • Satellite television
  • Door and gate control
  • Lighting control
  • Video surveillance
  • Site-wide paging
  • Panic alarm


  • Fencing system
  • Master control security design
  • Site-wide intercom
  • Master planning
  • Virtually inescapable fence system
  • New perimeter monitoring/alarm and touch controls
  • New 42” LCD perimeter displays
  • Largest RF mobile annunciators ever designed for a single site
Detention, Jails, and Correctional Security Services
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