Nortech has recently had its access control system installed at a prestigious site in Wales’ vibrant capital city, Cardiff. Below is a case study that details the in’s and out’s of the project.
DTZ is a diverse global leader in property services offering industry leading property and facilities management as well as a whole host of integrated solutions across its property and asset portfolio.
Their portfolio includes the management of Fitzalan Court, in Wales’ thriving capital city, Cardiff.
Fitzalan Court consists of a group of high-rise buildings used primarily as office space.
DTZ was keen to find a means of preventing unauthorised access to an external communal area that serves the group of buildings.
The site required unrestricted access for staff during normal working hours, so as not to restrict staff movement, but wanted to control access outside of these hours to increase security.
It was also a requirement to allow selective tenants 24 hour access to the developments’ underground car park using the same access cards/fobs.
Ceaton Security Services designed and manufactured bespoke fencing and gates, and then advised DTZ that Nortech’s access control system, Norpass would be an ideal solution for controlling the site. The system comprised networkable CRC22x door controllers with mullion mount proximity readers located at each entrance point – pedestrian gates and vehicle barriers. The management of the networked system is based around NorPass3 access control software.
The software allows the site administrator to assign relevant access rights to users, allowing them secure access to areas outside of normal working hours, as required. Norpass3 also provides various reports, live feedback and an audit trail.
In order to meet the client‘s brief of allowing unrestricted access through the communal area in normal working hours, Norpass3’s ‘Door Unlock Times’ feature has been utilised to automatically unlock gates at the desired times. In fact, during unlocked periods a secondary magnetic lock is engaged at each pedestrian gate to hold them open. In the event of an unauthorised entry attempt, the systems’ integration into a remotely monitored CCTV system transmits live images to a 24 hour manned security control room.
- Convenient means of controlling access – ‘out of hours’
- Programmable ‘door unlock times’ and a secondary magnetic lock allow for unrestricted access during normal hours
- CCTV integration assists the onsite security control room
- Provides history of fob/card usage in the event of any access issues
- The system administrator can centrally manage users access rights
Steve Layton, Facilities Manager for DTZ, said: “The Tenants and I are very pleased with the operational simplicity of this system, it’s reliability and accessibility secure the site and remove the requirement for costly site based security”