Nice to see Jahlil Beats and his partners from Tandem Real Estate Holdings featured in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer for their partnership with Kognition, a state-of-the-art security technology firm.

…(Tandem) intends to demolish a triangle of boarded-up commercial properties and erect a state-of-the-art community “command center” equipped with multiple cameras powered by at least $1 million in Kognition technology that will offer real-time threat alerts when, for instance, weapons or fighting is detected, or suspicious activity such as a break-in is about to happen. Completion is expected by summer.

In order to offer the type of security they are offering, it requires dedicated space to contain all that technology for gathering data, video and computer processing. Building a ‘command center’ right in downtown puts them in a great position to offer security services in and around Chester which will bring potential clients into the city who normally have no reason to come inside of Chester.

The other advantage to bringing a hi-tech enterprise to downtown Chester is how it will rebuild the technology and utility infrastructure in the area. Because so much of downtown Chester has been abandoned for so long, many of the new businesses opening in downtown Chester in the last few years have had a variety of challenges obtaining basic services we take for granted like adequate electric service, high speed data and internet service, even cable TV.

Although the ‘command center’ will probably not be recognized by most of us and definitely not open to the public, the impact it can have in bringing downtown Chester into a bustling center of activity is undeniable. We need more clean businesses in Chester. Every big business coming to town doesn’t have to have a smoke stack attached to it.

I didn’t realize Tandem purchased the Cambridge Diner in downtown Chester. I haven’t been in there for ages. I may have to check them out again.

You can find the whole article in the today’s Philadelphia Inquirer. Sorry, no link because they didn’t put the story online. ‘Tech Connection – Partnership with security-oriented start-up aims to give Chester a boost.’ DIANE MASTRULL @dmastrull

Feature photo from JOSE F. MORENO / Staff Photographer