Articles by Nick Dooley
Throughout the UK there are many examples of smart city transformation, with key industries including transport, energy, water and waste becoming increasingly ‘smart’. A smart city is a one that uses information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and resident welfare. Smart access is an important step forward in providing technologically advanced security management and access solutions to support the ambitions of smart cities and their respectively smart industries. Explaining smart access If we used the standard definition of smart, it would be to use technology to monitor, control and manage access, but the technology must be adapted to both the physical and management characteristics of smart cities. Smart access is an important step forward in providing advanced security management and access solutions to support the ambitions of smart cities For example, it would not make sense to install an iris biometric sensor at an isolated water storage tank, which is out in the open and may not even have electrical power. Nor would a permissions management system work, one that does not let you update permissions simply and easily and cannot be customised. With high volumes of people entering and exiting different areas of the city, it is important to be able to trace who has been where, when and for how long. Advanced software suites can provide access to all operations performed by users, including a complete audit trail. This information is often used by business owners or managers for audits, improvements or compliance. When initiating a new access control system it is important that the supplier and customer work together to understand: Who can enter a secure area Where in the building each individual has access to When an individual can enter a secure area How an individual will gain access to a secure area This information can be crucial in the event of a security breach, enabling investigators to find out who was the last known key holder in the building and what their movements were whilst there. Installing an electronic lock does not require electrical power or batteries, much less a connection to send information Modernising locks and keys Installing an electronic lock does not require electrical power or batteries, much less a connection to send information, which means that it can be installed on any door as you would a mechanical lock without maintenance requirements. Permissions are stored within an intelligent key. If you have authorisation for that lock, it will open. If you don’t, you won’t be allowed to enter and all of the activity carried out by the key will be recorded. You can update permissions from a computer or using an app on a mobile phone at the time of access, which will update the key's permissions via Bluetooth. This allows shortened validity periods, constrains movements to be in line with company access policy and removes travel and fixed authoriser costs. This then delivers increased flexibility and higher levels of security. Remote access control utilities Access rights can be set at any time and on any day, and if required can allow access on just one specific occasion Using an app improves access control by updating access rights in real time with the Bluetooth key. It also provides notification of lost keys, joint management of access schedules, protection of isolated workers and much more. Combined with new technological solutions, an app allows contextual information to be sent, such as on-site presence, duration of an operation, authorisations and reporting of anomalies. Access rights can be set at any time and on any day, and if required can allow access on just one specific occasion, for example to repair a failure. Access can be restricted to enable entry only during working hours, for example. Permissions can be granted for the amount of time required, which means that if permission is requested to access a site using a mobile app, the company should be able to access it, for example, in the next five minutes. Once this time has passed, the permission expires and, if a key is lost or it is stolen, they will not be able to access the site. The rules for granting permissions are infinite and easily customisable, and the system is very efficient when they are applied; as a result, the system is flexible and adapted to suit company processes and infrastructures. Using an app improves access control by updating access rights in real time with the Bluetooth key Finding applications to create solutions In many cases, companies themselves find new applications for the solution, such as the need to obtain access using two different keys simultaneously to prevent a lone worker from accessing a dangerous area. The software that manages access makes it smart. It can be used from a web-based access manager or through personalised software that is integrated within a company's existing software solution, to automatically include information, such as the employee's contractual status, occupational risk prevention and the existence of work orders. In some companies, the access management system will help to further improve service levels by integrating it with the customer information system, allowing to link it for instance with alarms managers, intrusion managers or HR processes. With over one million access points currently secured worldwide, this simple and flexible solution will play a strategic role in the future of security.
Securing potentially hazardous sites, which contain gas or oil storage facilities, is becoming increasingly important to UK industry. While other businesses are investing in enhanced access control solutions, such as electronic key-centric access management, many sites containing hazardous materials are left stuck in the dark ages, with basic and impractical mechanical locking systems. This is due to the potential risks associated with using an electronic device, which could cause a spark, in close proximity to hazardous materials. Reliable access control technology New technology is helping to pave the way for the future of access control and enhanced security solutions. Magnetic induction combines the reliability of a traditional mechanical locking system with the flexibility of electronic technology, to provide an advanced access control solution. There are two notable advantages of this latest technology; firstly, the opening process is the same as a mechanical cylinder with the exchange of information between the key and cylinder occurring in less than 60 milliseconds; and secondly, communication between the key and cylinder is able to take place without the two components coming into contact. This means there is no risk of oxidation, wear or dust, affecting the cylinder. This level of reliability and sustainability is unrivalled against any other solution currently on the access control market. Mechatronic keys for explosive atmospheres This strength makes mechatronic keys the ideal solution for the control of doors and gates and for the management of common areas and entrances at potentially hazardous sites. For many years our customers, particularly those within the gas and oil sector, and also businesses required to store hazardous materials, have been asking for a 21st-century solution to their access control system. Whilst the electronic key-centric solution is ideal for the water sector, transport and telecoms industries, it is unsafe and unviable for any business premises deemed to have a potentially explosive atmosphere. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) defines explosive atmospheres, as those that can be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapours or by combustible dusts. If there is enough of the substance, mixed with air, then all it needs is a source of ignition to cause an explosion. This poses a significant risk to the business and its staff. Risk management is closely scrutinised, not only internally at each organisation, but also by external bodies, which place duties on employers to eliminate or control the risk from explosive atmospheres in the workplace. Thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, the mechatronic key communicates seamlessly with smartphone technology One of these directives is known as ATEX, which ensures the health and safety of workers and the law concerning equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. The mechatronic access control solution is certified by ATEX, therefore confirming its safe use at potentially hazardous sites and enabling us to at last provide a robust and future-proof solution to our customers in all industries. Real time access control communication Thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, the mechatronic key communicates seamlessly with smartphone technology, enabling the user to receive up-to-the-minute information about all events relating to access. The innovative technology allows local users and central administrators to communicate in real time. This enables instant assignment of access rights, direct transmission of access reports and the coordination of activities at different locations, an enhanced security solution usually reserved for online access control. The mechatronic solution’s cable-free configuration with power supply integrated into the key, not only provides a uniquely secure system, but significantly reduces installation costs compared to other similar products. The running costs are further lowered by optimised access control management, meaning no maintenance, fewer keys, and no fuss when a key is lost. The solution also provides increased flexibility, with its purely mechanical component enabling users to not only open doors fitted with this new solution, but also those with conventional cylinders, allowing the old and new access management systems to coexist on the same site. With an increasing focus on high-level security, legislation requirements and the ability to easily access full data trails, the mechatronic solution looks set to revolutionise the future of access control. The metal parts of the key and the cylinder are designed in order to close the magnetic circuit to avoid any magnetic flux leakage How does mechatronic technology work? 1. Principle of operation Communication and energy transfer between the key and cylinder is based on tight inductive coupling. An alternating magnetic field, which is generated by the key, transfers energy to the cylinder, following the principle of a transformer. Data is transferred by modulation of the magnetic field. 2. System architecture The system is made by two coils. One coil (primary winding) which generates the alternating magnetic field is located inside the key, the second coil (secondary winding) in which the magnetic field is induced resides inside the cylinder. The metal parts of the key and the cylinder are designed in order to close the magnetic circuit to avoid any magnetic flux leakage. 3. Activation In order to permit good alignment of the two coils a mechanism that activates the magnetic field generation in the primary coil is implemented. A Hall Effect sensor, mounted close to the primary coils, senses a permanent magnet inside the cylinder and the magnetic field generation is activated only when perfect alignment of the two coils is achieved. Energy and data transfer is only possible when the key is inserted into the cylinder and the horizontal alignment of primary and secondary coil is within few hundredths of a milimetre.
LOCKEN, a provider of cable-free access control solutions, will be showcasing its range of electronic and mechatronic security systems at the forthcoming Security & Counter Terror Expo 2018, Olympia, London. Alongside its prominent electronic range, Locken will be showcasing its mechatronic range of access control systems. Combining the advantages of electronic access control system and mechanical solutions, the mechatronic range is based on contactless induction technology, providing maximum reliability and robustness while guaranteeing instant opening. Connected via a Bluetooth module and combined with the Mylocken mobile app, the Mechatronic key opens up an infinite range of services for the user. The mechatronic cylinders are installed without wiring and are resistant to all climatic conditions. Nick Dooley, Managing Director of LOCKEN UK explains, "As a leader in the provision of security solutions and innovative access control systems across large single-site companies and multi-site businesses, it is important that we broaden our offering and continue to innovate to meet all demands. We are looking forward to showcasing our leading range of access control solutions to delegates at the Security & Counter Terror Expo 2018.”
Many people think that water towers are only used as telephone antennas these days. In fact, those hefty, yet reassuringly familiar, old structures serve as reservoirs perched high above the rooftops. If you see one, there is a strong chance that it is managed by Veolia, one of two traditional operators and the world leader in environmental services. In 2016, the Veolia group supplied 100 million people with drinking water and 61 million people worldwide with wastewater services. Sites of critical importance Security is always a concern in this highly sensitive sector. Drinking water sites are classified as sites of critical importance and their security must be safeguarded in all circumstances, under the control of local administration and, where appropriate, military authorities.Security is always a concern in this highly sensitive sector The primary requirement is to prevent any risk of malicious intrusion. However, Veolia has its work cut out, since its sites are scattered all across the country, from large conurbations to small villages, and even out in the middle of nowhere. Collection systems must be as close as possible to springs and rivers and to complicate matters further, water towers sometimes host the equipment of telephony or energy operators, which need access in order to perform maintenance operations. Facilitating single key access In late 2016, Veolia in France chose LOCKEN as its preferred access control service. This gave all of its public service concessions (DSPs), spread throughout the country, access to the electronic key solution, with the transmission of access rights in real time. As always with LOCKEN solutions, the person seeking access now only needs a single key containing the necessary authorisations. Moreover, the keys are connected by Bluetooth to their smartphone, which communicates with the centralised access management system through the MyLocken App. The system combines flexibility and security, enabling Veolia to provide access rights to personnel upon their arrival at the site and, if necessary, for a single entry. The cable-free installation requires no additional operation other than the replacement of cylinders. The electronic keys can also open the numerous padlocks used on the storage tanks, as well as the key deposits intended for the partner operators positioned at the site entrances. The cable-free installation requires no additional operation other than the replacement of cylinders. Seamless integration Vincent Govelet, a buyer at Veolia, who champions the LOCKEN solution, explains: "LOCKEN provides a solution, which allows sensitive sites to be secured, without electrifying the equipped doors, while adapting to the mobility and multiple-use imperatives specific to Veolia Waters’ activities. "Bluetooth technology, coupled with a smartphone application, is particularly popular in the field for the distribution of access rights. The fact that the cylinders are weather-resistant is a decisive advantage in our business." Nick Dooley, Managing Director of LOCKEN UK says: “LOCKEN has secured over one million access points worldwide and has seen huge success with Veolia in France. There is big potential to replicate this achievement in the UK and we take great pride in offering a robust and reliable access control solution to an industry that is vulnerable to risks, including terrorism, vandalism and theft. With this collaboration, LOCKEN is once again demonstrating its reliability in securing the sensitive sites of network operators.”
LOCKEN, the smart key specialist, is stepping up its presence in the Balearic Islands, providing Palma de Mallorca Airport with a robust and reliable access control solution. Securing main runways The airport plays a vital role for the Balearics and welcomes around ten million tourists annually, that’s more than many other airports, which service much larger visitor destinations, including Rome and Barcelona. Palma Airport, the third largest in Spain, follows the frantic pace of the summer crowds and, on some August days, hosts as many flights as the leading European airport, London Heathrow. Its operator, the AENA group (which also manages Madrid and Barcelona airports), has seen passenger numbers return to a strong upward curve over the past two years. LOCKEN is equipping access points around the security perimeter of the two main runways at Palma de Mallorca. These are highly sensitive, restricted areas, with entrance gates that must allow immediate access to emergency services in the event of a major accident. Ruggedised LOCKEN cylinders The padlocks that close these gates are fitted with LOCKEN cylinders. They can only be opened by holders of a smart electronic key, with the necessary access rights. Positioned outside, they have to withstand severe weather conditions, due to the high temperatures and close proximity to the sea. Nick Dooley, Managing Director of LOCKEN UK explains: “The robust and flexible nature of LOCKEN’s access control solutions illustrates the total reliability of the system, which is made possible by cable free technology: the passive cylinders are actuated by the intelligent electronic key, which transmits both the power and the access authorisation needed to open the cylinder. The key communicates the information to the central system and the LOCKEN solution allows accurate and regular control of gate opening.” Padlock guardpoints In Palma de Mallorca, LOCKEN padlocks are used as "guardpoints": by signalling their passage on these dedicated devices, the security guards on patrol can enable the Security Division to verify compliance with the surveillance procedures. This measure is crucial in strengthening airport security. “As in other major European cities, the example of Palma confirms LOCKEN's ability to meet the increasingly demanding requirements of the airport sector, as well as its capacity to adapt to the needs of each of its clients,” concludes Nick.
At Security & Counter Terror Expo 2017, LOCKEN will exhibit the new Mechatronic range LOCKEN, a provider of cable-free access control solutions, will showcase its recent joint venture with ISEO Group and the launch of a new range of highly interactive security systems at the Security & Counter Terror Expo 2017 at Olympia on 3rd & 4th May, 2017. Mechatronic access control systems The joint venture, between two companies with strong entrepreneurial and family culture, harnesses ISEO’s industrial know-how and LOCKEN’s software and services expertise. It reflects LOCKEN’s ambition to strengthen its leadership position in cable-free access control solutions and the smart digital key market, while also offering complementary technologies. Alongside its renowned Electronic range, LOCKEN will exhibit a new Mechatronic range of access control systems. The new Mechatronic range is based on contactless induction technology, providing maximum reliability and robustness while guaranteeing instant opening. Thanks to a Bluetooth module and combined with LOCKEN’s MyLocken applications, the mechatronic key opens up an infinite range of services for the user and the possibility to grant access rights to a user wherever he is at any moment. The mechatronic cylinders are installed without cabling, and are resistant to all climatic conditions. Access management software Nick Dooley, Managing Director of LOCKEN UK explains: “LOCKEN is the leading developer and manufacturer of access management solutions for large single-site companies, multi-site and remote-site businesses. Based on unique access management software, a mobile application and a range of electronic and mechatronic keys and cylinders, the LOCKEN solution is always improving to integrate the latest technologies.” To find out more about LOCKEN’s recent joint venture with ISEO and for a demonstration of its new Mechatronic range visit them on stand F66.
Alongside their Electronic range, Locken will showcase a Mechatronic range of access control systems Locken, a provider of cable-free access control solutions, will be announcing the launch of a new range of highly innovative security systems at the forthcoming Security & Policing Home Office event, London, 7-9th March. Mechatronic range Alongside their prominent Electronic range, Locken will be showcasing a new Mechatronic range of access control systems. Combining the advantages of electronic access control systems and mechanical solutions, the new Mechatronic range is based on contactless induction technology, providing maximum reliability and robustness while guaranteeing instant opening. Thanks to a Bluetooth module and combined with Locken’s MyLocken applications, the mechatronic key opens up an infinite range of services for the user and the possibility to grant access rights to a user, wherever they are, at any moment. The mechatronic cylinders are installed without cabling, and are resistant to all climatic conditions. Electronic CyberLock range “As a leader in the provision of security solutions and innovative access control systems across large single-sites companies and multi-site businesses, it is important that we broaden our offering and continue to innovate to meet all demands.” comments Nick Dooley, Managing Director of Locken UK. Locken will also be showcasing the latest technical innovations behind its award-winning and highly successful Electronic CyberLock range on stand E9. The show is the official UK government global security event.
The move puts LOCKEN in a prime position to satisfy the increasingly demanding expectations of the smart access market As the digital era continues to evolve businesses are increasingly looking to expand access control beyond its traditional role with high tech innovations. With as many as 40% of openings managed by new technologies, LOCKEN has announced an increase in investment and personnel in a direct bid to spearhead SMART security innovation. 15% increase in R&D and IT departments As a direct result of demand for cable-free access control solutions, LOCKEN has increased its R&D and IT departments by 15% since January. This growth underpins the company’s efforts to incorporate new technology into its solutions while addressing strong cultural trends including the changes caused by the fast paced development of mobile applications. Satisfying expectations The move puts the company in prime position to satisfy the increasingly demanding expectations of the market by incorporating the functionality and levels of detail specific to each line of business. Over recent years LOCKEN has already adopted this strategy with the successful launch of the MyLocken application and its Bluetooth key, which shake up the boundaries between online and off-line access control. “As a company we have only just started venturing down this road but the possibilities are endless.” Comments LOCKEN’s UK Managing Director, Nick Dooley. “Innovation, which is inextricably woven into LOCKEN'S DNA, continues to be a main growth driver and we will relentlessly pursue opportunities to continue improving the breadth of services and solutions we can offer.”
LOCKEN’s cylinders allowed 21st century technology to be installed in doors over 100 years old Lincoln’s Inn is the earliest of the four Inns of Court in London, which houses a society of lawyers and judges, and is recognised as one of the world’s most prestigious professional bodies of barristers. With its origins dating back to the 1400s, all of the buildings and architecture are of huge historic significance, which is why security and access control at the privately owned 11 acre estate is of optimal importance. Dealing with numerous access control restrictions The challenge that Lincoln’s Inn faced when reviewing its access management solution was the variety of rights and restrictions required by different departments. The ideal solution must be managed from one central location and enable security managers to fully control access across the entire estate. Lincoln’s Inn therefore decided to adopt an electronic key-centric access management solution, based on unique technology, which provides the highest possible levels of security and efficiency. With the power delivered by a re-chargeable digital smart key and innovative software (including traceable data) at the heart of the solution, the key-centric solution guarantees reliability, flexibility and unrivalled security. 3000 transactions per month The initial roll-out comprised of 147 access points, utilising 197 locks. These are spread out across nine collegiate buildings, which currently have 127 end users including; house staff, regular contractors, and the Inn’s 17 scholarship students who reside there. The system is currently operating at 3,000 transactions per month, although this is expected to significantly increase due to development work currently underway at Lincoln’s Inn. "Networking of the access pointswas never going to be an optionfor us, hardwiring would havebeen too complex and costly, andmost wireless locking solutionswould not have been suitable forthe many historic doors" Flexible and discreet management for the historic building Nicholas Bracey, Chief Porter at Lincoln’s Inn explains: “For the Inn, the benefits of the key-centric access management system are far superior to both traditional master keying and networked access control. Given the nature of the buildings, in terms of layout and age, networking of the access points was never going to be an option for us, hardwiring would have been too complex and costly, and most wireless locking solutions would not have been suitable for the many historic doors. “LOCKEN’s cylinders have allowed us to install 21st century technology easily and most importantly, discreetly within doors that are well over 100 years old. The ability to programme users into defined access groups, and if needed, take an individual key and further personalise it to that single user, gives us 100% flexibility. “Other benefits have included a vast reduction in the number of keys held, from in excess of 500 sets, down to less than 160. One of the unexpected advantages of the system has been an increase in productivity, with security, contractors and maintenance staff not wasting time in an attempt to track down a certain key.” New technologies for century-old doors Nick Dooley, Managing Director of LOCKEN UK adds: “With software at the heart of the key-centric solution, it has the flexibility required to add further levels of security as technological advancements and innovations make their way onto the market. “Although fitted to doors that are more than a century old, the key-centric access control solution is able to respond quickly to new technologies, and in addition to fixed terminals, a computer connected to the internet or a mobile phone or tablet, access authorisation and audit trails can now be directly carried out from a WiFi key or a Bluetooth key combined with the MyLocken App. This is essential for ensuring the most intelligent, user-friendly and interactive solution is available to the customer."
Last month, LOCKEN become the first in the UK to provide real-time communication as part of stand-alone solution LOCKEN, a pioneer in cable-free access control based on a unique digital smart key, will exhibit at THE event for professionals tasked with protecting assets, businesses, people and nations, on 19-20 April at Security & Counter Terror Expo 2016. Real-time communications As the leading provider of a secure, cost effective and efficient access control solution that is particularly suited to securing both large single-site premises and multi-site infrastructures, LOCKEN is proud to exhibit its new Bluetooth enabled electronic Cyberkey, Wi-Fi capabilities and the MyLocken mobile app at this year’s show. Last month, LOCKEN announced that it has become the first in the UK to provide real-time communication as part of a stand-alone solution. This achievement is made possible by both the new Wifi Key and the combined use of the MyLocken mobile application and new Bluetooth enabled electronic Cyberkey. These new functions provide direct responses to feedback that LOCKEN has received from many security managers, expressing a desire to improve procedures and reinforce safety measures. Nick Dooley, Managing Director of LOCKEN UK explains: "We are looking forward to meeting existing and potential new customers at this year’s Security & Counter Terror Expo, and to showcasing our latest innovations. “With 150,000 sites in Europe now equipped with the LOCKEN Cyberlock solution, we are proud to be leading the way in cable-free access control.”
LOCKEN, a pioneer in cable-free access control based on unique digital smart keys, has become the first in the UK to provide real-time communication as part of a stand-alone solution. This achievement is made possible by the combined use of the MyLocken mobile application and the new Bluetooth enabled electronic Cyberkey. Instant alerts and communication Adding Bluetooth technology to the standard Cyberkey allows it to communicate directly with an Android or Windows smartphone. This means that users can retrieve their access rights as soon as they have acknowledged their presence onsite and solely for the duration of their visit. It also enables instant updates to be sent to security managers, so that they have full access to events occurring at any given site. These new functions respond directly to feedback that LOCKEN has received from many of its security managers, which is a desire to improve procedures and reinforce safety measures. Nick Dooley, Managing Director of LOCKEN UK explains: "Thanks to this latest innovation, LOCKEN is able to respond to the genuine needs of our customers, who are looking to step up security at remote sites where mobile teams intervene. With this new solution, which permits the transmission of access data in real-time and without the constraints of cabling, LOCKEN is bringing a simple solution to the access control market. “Several thousand technicians already use this innovation, which is pushing back the conventional boundaries between the online and offline access control arenas, and with 150,000 sites in Europe now equipped with the LOCKEN Cyberlock solution, we are proud to be leading the way in cable-free access control.”
LOCKEN, leading developers of cable free access control, whose unique solution concentrates on power, intelligence and communication in one smart key, has announced the addition of the CyberKey® Vault 20S to its innovative solution. Secure up to 20 rechargeable digital keys Based on Cyberlock technology, the Vault 20S brings additional value to LOCKEN’s solution in environments where it is more appropriate or advantageous to keep the keys in a centralised location. The vault prevents keys from ever leaving the premises, and with an integrated on-board computer it is designed to secure up to 20 rechargeable digital keys at any one time. The keys retained in the Vault 20S remain un-programmed until an authorised user presents an approved PIN or RFID device to the vault: the vault’s internal server will then programme a key with the specified permissions. Once the user has returned the key to the cabinet, it charges the key’s battery and downloads the audit trail from its memory. Assign access rights in real time Nick Dooley, Managing Director of LOCKEN UK explains: “This new multi-functional device meets the needs of many of our existing and potential single- and multi-site customers. It allows business managers to issue, programme and protect their smart keys simultaneously and to assign access rights in real time. “This new and advanced solution will result in improved smart key management, heightened security and increased efficiency”
see bigger image The system allows UK Power Networks to make transition to a solution built around smart keys and electronic cylinders LOCKEN, leading developers of cable free access control, whose unique solution concentrates on power, intelligence and communication in one smart key, is working with UK Power Networks to secure its electricity supply infrastructure. LOCKEN digital access control system LOCKEN equips more than 1,500 UK power distribution facilities with its digital access control system, enabling the power supply network to deliver maximum performance to its customers. The solution also improves health and safety procedures for the power group’s employees and subcontractors. This solution allows UK Power Networks to move away from mechanical key-locking systems and make the transition to a solution built around smart keys and electronic cylinders. LPCB4 electronic high-security padlocks The solution deployed by LOCKEN includes the company’s LPCB4 electronic high-security padlocks, which are the most secure in the range. Only registered and accredited personnel are able to access work locations. Every lock opening or attempted opening can be tracked on the system for subsequent analysis. The three networks operated by UK Power Networks use more than 100,000 miles of underground cables and overhead power lines — a distance approximately equivalent to four times the circumference of the Earth. Reliable power supplies, especially for the critical infrastructure, are essential for the UK. The decision by UK Power Networks to continue investing in the security of its network and infrastructure is a key part of achieving this reliability. Nick Dooley, UK MD at LOCKEN explains, “The unique all-digital concept, with the energy supplied by the key, interested UKPN because it allows simple, flexible, efficient access management and it is supported by proven software, giving improved operational efficiency which equals enhanced profitability.”
Nick Dooley comments on LOCKEN's efforts to provide optimum security to leisure organisations Leisure facilities, such as theme parks and entertainment destinations, which employ thousands of staff and see tens of thousands of visitors pass through their gates each day, have demanding and complex security requirements. In order to provide a security solution suitable for each element of the infrastructure, including rides, shops, restaurants, photo booths, hotels and maintenance areas, it is vital that access control is easy to install, use and manage. The most reliable and robust access control solution for this type of business is centred on the key, incorporating the power source, access control and tracking in one smart electronic device. Without a mechanical profile, each smart key is unique, impossible to duplicate and reprogrammable, enabling it to open one or all access points and in the event of loss or theft it can quickly be disabled. Digital access control solution holds authorisation information A digital access control solution also holds authorisation information for any number of sites, including approval based on time, date and location. Nick Dooley, managing director of LOCKEN UK, leading developers of a secure and traceable access control management solution, explains: “We work with a number of leisure organisations within the UK and Europe to provide optimum security and safety for staff and visitors.” “The wide range of our padlocks and cylinders makes it possible to replace every existing mechanical cylinder without having to alter access infrastructures and our software solution ensures flexible access schedule management and full traceability of all operations.” LOCKEN access-control solution - easy to install and use "All park accesses have been fitted with a unique cable free solution that is easy to install and use" Parc Asterix, a company of the Compagnie Des Alpes Group and France's second biggest theme park, has chosen the LOCKEN access-control solution for all park accesses. Laurent Copois, Parc Asterix Security Manager, comments: "Implementing a high-performance access control solution enables us to efficiently achieve our objectives: secure sensitive facilities, ensure access traceability, manage remote access rights, and achieve overall supervision of park security. All park accesses have been fitted with a unique cable free solution that is easy to install and use."
From a business point of view, one of the biggest advantages of smartphones and tablets is the ability to execute a series of administrative tasks at any time and from any location. Unlike traditional technology, new applications and updates are available every day on our handheld devices, enabling us to carry out complex tasks without having to physically be at the office or in front of a PC. Likewise, the current policies of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) allow an employee to use their personal smartphone or tablet to solve tasks associated with their job. This greatly increases the flexibility of the business and the time it takes to respond to work-related enquiries. Cable free access control system LOCKEN has identified huge advantages in using this technology to facilitate the work of the end user of its cable free access control system. The recent launch of its My LOCKEN app, which is designed for all users of LOCKEN electronic keys, provides real-time information about the validity of a key. Nick Dooley, Managing Director of LOCKEN UK explains: “Over the past year, LOCKEN has liaised with its clients to develop an app that is suitable to their operational work-flow, with the aim of improving access management. This new apps come as a completely personalised service, enabling real-time collection of user information (including identification, access points and locations) and integration of a series of tasks into the existing applications of the client organisation.” “This evolution brings us closer to the full view of access, while allowing us to add an extra level of security to the solution.”
see bigger image The contract follows a pilot programme that allowed ESBT to ascertain benefits of LOCKEN’s access control solution ESB Telecoms (ESBT), a subsidiary of Ireland’s public electricity distribution company, has contracted LOCKEN to upgrade its access infrastructures. The contract, which covers the provision of 1,000 access systems for Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM) base stations at 450 locations throughout the country, follows a pilot programme that allowed ESBT to ascertain the benefits of LOCKEN’s access control solution. Subsequently ESBT decided to protect Points of Presence (PoP) cabins to comply with health and safety regulations. Guarantees secure access Located in remote sites exposed to wind and rain, ESBT’s facilities must be accessible to a 1,700-strong contractor crew, 95% of whom are external third parties. The LOCKEN solution is ideal for controlling access to infrastructure at remote sites, ensuring thousands of access requests are granted to contractor personnel every month. Tailored programming of access rights guarantees secure access. Improves operating effectiveness The LOCKEN solution is integrated with the ESBT extranet, significantly improving operating effectiveness by enabling automatic transfer of data to LOCKEN’s advanced software suite. Similarly work access authorisations generated from the ESBT extranet will automatically generate access rights via LOCKEN’s software. Innovative asset management technology Peter Greggs, Health and Safety Manager at ESB Telecoms commented: “We became aware of this innovative asset management technology from a number of European utilities using the LOCKEN system. Following proactive discussions with LOCKEN, where we explained our specific requirements, we believed that the detailed engineering solution and the flexibility of LOCKEN’s IT system would provide enhanced safety management control for all parties visiting our telecommunication sites.“ Nick Dooley, Managing Director of LOCKEN UK explained: “We are very pleased to work alongside Ireland’s leading telecoms infrastructure provider. We intend to use ESBT as a springboard to show local business how important smart electronic key solutions can be. ESBT has stringent targets, in terms of security and operating efficiency, which is perfect for us, and has enabled us to establish a mutually beneficial relationship”.
LOCKEN, developers of cable free access control, whose solution concentrates on power, intelligence and communication in one smart key has further enhanced its system’s capabilities by adding WiFi to its new key. LOCKEN’s latest development, based on the innovative Cyberlock technology, enables local users and central administrators to communicate in real time. This allows instant assignment of access rights, direct transmission of access reports and the coordination of activities at different locations. Improved user security The new WiFi key is suitable for strategic and sensitive infrastructures and is the ideal solution for protecting companies with sites in multiple locations. The key offers improved user security, with security managers receiving up-to-the-minute information about all events relating to access. Nick Dooley, Managing Director of LOCKEN UK explains: “We are proud to announce the launch of our new WiFi key, providing even more functionality to our state-of-the-art smart access solution.” “LOCKEN’s cable free configuration, with power supply integrated into the key, not only provides a uniquely secure system, but significantly reduces installation costs compared to other similar products. The running costs are further lowered by optimised access control management – no maintenance, fewer keys, and no fuss when a key is lost.” “The WiFi key and access administration are particularly suitable as a security solution where a number of individuals require access to the same site, but where high security and flexible administration are necessary.”