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Office workers in Cape Town get upgraded network access control system

Multi-tenant office building, Cecilia Square, in Paarl, Cape town, South Africa has been upgraded with a new security system, replacing its previous biometric solution with Paxton’s Net2 access control. 

Over 400 employees needed access to different areas of the building, according to Paxton, and as a multi-tenant building, the new access control solution needed to be flexible and allow for the system administrators to grant different access permissions to users depending on which business they worked for.

Each business based at Cecilia Square required the ability to visually verify their own visitors before allowing entry into the building. As the building provides communal areas as well as individual workspaces, it was important that users could easily access the shared areas whilst keeping each office secure and accessible only to authorised personnel.

It was also important for users to have more than one means of entry to the office building. By assigning both a token and PIN, the business tenants have the reassurance that their employees can always gain access without compromising on security.

A networked access control solution

As the contracted security installer for Cecilia Square, Smart Protect Pty chose to install Net2 which is Paxton’s networked access control system, that is said to work with their video door entry solution, Entry.

Net2 electronically controls access to the individual offices using the multi-tenant feature. Each user has access through the main door via an external, vandal-resistant panel and to their workplace using the KP75 keypad.

The Entry vandal-resistant panel is said to give individual companies the ability to manage access for their own visitors. Each company has an Entry Premium monitor installed which enables them to visually identify their visitor via video call before allowing them into Cecilia Square.

Smart Protect also offer remote site management to the individual businesses and support with system administration – cancelling lost cards and granting access permissions where needed.

Paxton said that the companies who operate from Cecilia Square were ‘extremely happy’ with the new Net2 system and the simplified access control features it provides. The enrolment process is now streamlined, and they are no longer facing issues with biometrics as they had done previously.

Johan Bester, Financial Manager of Cecilia Square said: “The Paxton solution is definitely a turnkey solution. It is hassle free and has increased reliability and ease of access for building staff and clients alike.”

Net2 software offers centralised administration and control of sites with up to 1,000 doors and 50,000 users. This was a big factor in the choice of the system, as it accommodates the 400+ employees needing access to Cecilia Square.

Stephen Bezuidenhout, Western Cape Accounts Manager of Smart Protect said: “The manner in which our Paxton representative has assisted in educating us and the client has not only sold the solution but shown the client how user friendly and simplistic the implementation process is.”


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