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Access control solution from CEM makes its entry at Manchester’s ‘The Peninsula’

Access control system from CEM deployed at Manchester’s ‘The Peninsula’
CEM's AC2000 Lite was chosen to provide access control for Manchester's ‘The Peninsula'
CEM Systems, part of Tyco Security Products, announced that the AC2000 Lite security management system was chosen to provide access control for Manchester's new landmark office development, ‘The Peninsula'. The tender to install the system was won by ADT Fire and Security.

The AC2000 Lite system was specified by Graham Dunhill, Security Consultant with Troup Bywater & Anders, in order to meet the client's requirements. The Peninsula project will utilise CEM's range of industry-leading hardware including the CEM high Power over Ethernet door controller, as well as advanced CEM IP card readers.

The 12 story, glass-fronted building covers almost 150,000 square feet and has a panoramic view across Manchester. Situated in the centre of Manchester, The Peninsula is in a highly strategic/ prominent position. The ground floor and first 6 floors have been pre-let to Peninsula, the UK's top business consultancy firm. Peninsula is a leading provider of employment law and health and safety services, assisting over 22,000 companies with their legal obligations.

CEM's AC2000 Lite system is an integrated access control, alarm processing and photo badging security management system for up to 128 doors. The system is feature-rich, yet affordable and encompasses all the core features of the industry-renowned AC2000 SE (Standard Edition) system.

The Peninsula project will utilise CEM's high PoE door controller, as well as advanced CEM IP card readers

A selection of CEM Ethernet card readers with Proximity technology have been installed including small and discreet CEM EtherProx readers and CEM S610e readers. Both readers uniquely feature a graphical LCD to show meaningful card messages such as ‘Wrong Timezone', as well as feature an internal database for holding card transactions/records offline. This means the CEM card readers provide Peninsula with 24/7 intelligence at the door at all times, even if communications are temporarily lost with the AC2000 Lite system controller. The CEM S610e & EtherProx readers were also suited to this project due to the customer's requirement for a reader with keypad for additional personal identification number (PIN) security.

"Significant cost savings were made throughout the project by designing the system around the CEM DIU 230 (high power PoE+ door interface unit)," said Graham Dunhill, Security Consultant. "Using existing CAT 5/6 Ethernet cable installed at the building, the DIU 230 unit offered the ability to power CEM IP readers and Maglocks at the door; therefore eliminating the need for fused mains spurs and local power supplies in the electrical design of the building. This substantially reduced project installation costs."

"AC2000 Lite is ideal for the Peninsula building as it provided an all-inclusive range of security applications on one CD," said Andrew Fulton, Business Development Director for CEM products. "Security administrators at the Peninsula building can view access control alarms centrally using the CEM AC2000 AED (Alarm Event Display) application." AC2000 AED provides the security team with a graphical map to view alarms if a door is forced or held open.

AC2000 VIPPS application allows The Peninsula to produce and design both permanent and temporary ID card badges for staff and visitors. When cardholders present ID cards to CEM readers, the AC2000 RTD (Rolling Transaction Display) application will then provide system administrators with a screen view of the cardholder's picture and personnel details, ensuring the image stored on the system matches the individual using the card. This is a useful application for a building of this size due to the quantity of people entering and exiting the premises.

With the AC2000 Lite system installed, The Peninsula have a fully integrated IP solution which protects staff and ensure the building is secure at all times.

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