External security specialist Alert Systems Ltd has integrated Paxton Net2 units and anti-static test readers to ensure that KBRS personnel are free of static before entering laboratory-like 'clean' production areas.
Highly sensitive and advanced electronic components are being protected from electro static discharge at (UK) Limited (KBRS) thanks to an unusual application of the Net2 access control system from Paxton Access.
Alert Systems originally installed Net2 in 2005 at the then newly-built facility of KBRS in Melksham, Wiltshire. "It has developed from there," says Alert Systems' IT manager Phil Davies. Net2 is now used throughout the KBRS site.
Some 35 doors are currently controlled by the Net2 system - the modular nature of Net2 enables more to be added as required. "This was one of the reasons why we chose the system," says KBRS facilities co-ordinator Terry Chesham. "We are producing some of the most advanced mechatronic rail systems in the world here at KBRS and there are operations which must be done in a spotlessly clean and static-free environment. Alert Systems has enabled us to operate a double-swipe system ensuring that all static is discharged before the authorised employee enters a controlled area. The first swipe of their access card activates the static test equipment and only once they have been given a green light can they then swipe again to gain access to the area," he added.
Alert Systems has also installed the site's CCTV and intruder alarm. "It is a fully integrated system," says Mr Davies. Net2 is linked into the intercom, intruder and fire alarm systems. It is also linked to the time and attendance system.
"Ease of networking the Paxton equipment makes it ideal for use within a large site such as KBRS," says Mr Davies. "We also find that Paxton's service is very good."