Correctional facilities are especially vulnerable to drugs entering through the mail room. Some of the methods used are simple; others are very sophisticated.
For the second step, a scenario evaluation, COTDPO set up a mock prison mail room at the Thunder Mountain Evaluation Center in Fort Huachua, Ariz.
This batch always remained in the mock mail room. COTDPO tested scanners, X-rays and aerosol sprays that change color in the presence of drugs.
NBC, where an assistant to Tom Brokaw was exposed to a letter containing anthrax spores, is reviewing its mail room
policies, according to Tom Luddy, a security consultant working with the broadcaster.
He also predicts that more companies will use service bureaus, with many even contracting for management of in-house mail rooms. "There are a lot of changes taking place," he says.
Indiana's mailing-service bureaus not only handle mail originating in the state, but also from out-of-state companies, says Troy Bergess, marketing manager at Mail Room. "We are getting known regionally.
The Linescan 215 series is well suited for government buildings, mail rooms
, courtrooms, and commercial facilities requiring screening of small parcels.
By researching the hierarchy of an organization, the type of seating or work station programmed for employees and the amount of support space needed (reception area, conference rooms, computer rooms, mail rooms
, etc.), an architect can accurately estimate the square-footage required.