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Innovative use of Net2 access control protects Knorr-Bremse from electro static discharge

AlertSystems originally installed Net2 in 2005 at the then newly-built facility of KBRS in Melksham, Wiltshire, UK. 

"It has developed from there," says Alert Systems' IT manager Phil Davies.  Net2 is now used throughout the KBRS site, with access control units fitted to gates and barriers as well as doors.  Access to all areas is controlled using the system.

AlertSystems originally installed Net2 in 2005 at the then newly-built facility of KBRS in Melksham, Wiltshire, UK.  "It has developed from there," says Alert Systems' IT manager Phil Davies. Net2 is now used throughout the KBRS site, with access control units fitted to gates and barriers as well as doors.  Access to all areas is controlled using the system.

Some 35 doors are currently controlled by the Net2 system around the KBRS facility - 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 coordinator Terry Chesham.  He is very pleased with the Net2 system. 

 "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.  This is where one of the Net2 system features is very useful.  AlertSystems 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.

Another unusual feature of the KBRS access control system is that AlertSystems has fitted the Paxton Net2 proximity system to roller doors as well as to standard doors.  The roller doors have been modified so that they can be opened by the Net2 system and closed automatically.  "We can now restrict who uses the roller doors," says Mr Chesham. The installation also includes sensors to ensure that roller doors cannot close on people.

AlertSystems 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, unlocking all the doors when the fire alarm sounds.  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.  Net2's single-door controller access control units avoid the lengthy cabling that would have been required to connect widely-spaced locations into four door controllers.  "Net2 is our preferred product at the moment," says Mr Davies.  "We also find that Paxton's service is very good.  The support staff can work at multiple levels, from an end user to someone who is very experienced."


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