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Case Study

Inner Range and A D Security Systems facilitate access and security upgrade for Southbank office

An access control and security system by Inner Range and A D Security has been installed in a multi-tenant office situated on the banks of the Thames with over 700 users.

The clients in question, real estate services firm, JLL, were looking to update the buildings current system to a quality access and security system, replacing an obsolete product. They required a smooth transition to the new system, intuitive controls for security managers, trouble-free access for site users, and a solution with the ability to accommodate future additions and improvements.

The previous access and security system for 2 London Bridge was old and fast becoming obsolete. A new, fit-for-purpose access control and security system was needed to keep people and the site safe and secure.

It was important the transition to a new system was as smooth as possible, with very limited downtime so as not to disturb users.

The new system needed to be intuitive and easy for security guards to operate, as well as offering ease of access for tenants and property users.

The ability to make further changes or improvements to the system easily in future to extend its lifespan and minimise ongoing running costs was also essential.

A D Security Systems project managed the design, supply and installation of the access control and security system for 2 London Bridge and carried out all liaison with JLL.

Inner Range provided the core access and security management system, Integriti, that enabled A D Security Systems to build the bespoke solution.

Inner Range’s integrated access and control system, Integriti, was selected to replace the previous access and security system. This included installing a new server and software for Integriti’s open protocol platform, which blends robust physical and cyber security.

Users have been provided with MIFARE DESFire EV2 flat key fobs to show at door readers and the COMINFO easy gates at reception for access up to 24 hours a day, depending on users’ credentials. Flexible user permissions can accommodate a range of access information, ensuring users can only access the areas they are specifically approved for.

Integriti uses schematics to help security managers see at a glance where an alert is coming from, and acts as a unified platform so operators can control other integrated systems, such as entrance gates, from one place.

A D Security Systems ensured there was no downtime for tenants and users by running the new Integriti system alongside the old security system, and they made the final transition overnight when no one was in the office.

Disruption for tenants was also kept to a minimum by A D Security Systems by re-using as much existing cabling as possible, rather than pulling up floor and chase cables along walls. While new LAN cabling allowed the new Integriti system to run simultaneously alongside the old one until the switch-over.

The project involved some tricky engineering work for integrators, especially in confined spaces, such as riser cupboards.

In addition, because of the age of the previous access control system, user details couldn’t be transferred to Integriti automatically. Instead, A D Security Systems worked with the security team at 2 London Bridge to ensure user details were added to Integriti in an orderly way. Users were separated into groups by floor and invited in turn to collect their new access and security fobs. Their details were added at the same time.

System benefits

  • Efficient, high-quality access and security controls
  • Long lifespan system that’s easy to update and enhance in future
  • Ease of use for security managers
  • Trouble-free access for site users
  • No disruption to users and tenants during transition

James Reeds, facilities manager for JLL, says: “A D Security Systems managed a challenging project well by running two systems alongside each other and ensuring a very smooth transition, which was essential for our tenants on site. We were also impressed with Inner Range’s Integriti system, which our security managers have found straight-forward and intuitive to operate and uses an open protocol, so we have the option to extend and enhance the system in future.”

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