London rail project office manages site access with Paxton solution
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Network Rail is the owner and operator of Britain's rail infrastructure. They run, maintain and develop the country's rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and 17 key stations. They are currently working on phase two of the Thameslink Project with Balfour Beatty Rail and Invensys Rail to replace track and signals running from New Cross Gate in Lewisham to London Bridge train station.
For the duration of the project, all three companies are operating from a controlled site with brand new office facilities, at New Cross Gate in South London. The site comprises a large office building with a capacity for up to 200 staff and visitors and a new welfare building for subcontractors working on the site to use. These premises are situated 500m away from the main gates, where a security guard operates, controlling vehicle access.
As the main site for the Thameslink Project, with staff and subcontractors coming and going, the area needed a robust security system with both access control and CCTV on the office building and the main gates. Security installers, Sigma Securitech, were called in to provide a solution.
Jean-Pierre Turner, Manager at Sigma Securitech, said: “The site needed to be high security due to the nature of the work; it's a strictly no-go area for members of the public. However, we needed a solution that was flexible to the needs of regular workers and their vehicles arriving and leaving.”
Having visited the Paxton stand at IFSEC (the UK's largest annual security event) earlier in the year, Jean-Pierre had been impressed by the simplicity of Paxton's door entry system, Net2 Entry. Net2 Entry is the simplest door entry system available, with just one type of cable required for installation and the ability to run off an IP network. The system comprises three smart components; an exterior panel, door controller and high quality touchscreen monitor, that auto detect on setup. Net2 Entry also has the benefit of total compatibility with Paxton's market leading access control system, Net2.
With this in mind, Jean-Pierre felt sure Net2 Entry was the right solution for the Network Rail site. He says: “I asked Network Rail to wait until the release date of the new product because I knew the new technology would be worth waiting for. In the meantime I attended one of Paxton's free Net2 Entry seminars, which was great. If I hadn't visited the seminar for more information, I wouldn't have fully understood all the features and benefits that make the product so simple.”