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New Zealand airport tightens access for personnel and temp visitors

New Zealand airport tightens access for personnel and temp visitors

New Zealand's Auckland Airport will be installing an access control management system from CEM Systems (a Tyco Security Products company). More than 70 percent of visitors enter or leave the country via this airport, which handles more than 14 million passengers a year, making smooth security and daily operations a necessity. ADT New Zealand is the integrator for the project, covering the airport's domestic and international terminals.

According to Andrew Fulton, Senior Director for Global Sales at CEM, the access control system has been deployed to secure airports around the world for more than 20 years. The system for Auckland Airport will utilize software modules, including visual imaging and pass production, allowing security personnel to produce passes and access rights for staff and visitors. A visitor management component is also included, which will enable users to request and manage temporary cardholders via a standard Web browser. In addition, a time and attendance module will be installed, offering easy-to-read reports of employee attendance.

The airport will also use a failover server to create a system with a high level of redundancy. In the event of server failure, the failover server provides the ability to create and maintain a copy of the main server, and takes over until the main server is restored. The use of portable card readers was crucial to the project win. These readers enable on-site security staff to validate cards at remote sites or areas with no mains power supply, and they can also be used as mobile devices for random checks in emergency evacuations.

“The CEM portable readers will enable us to manage the system switchover without any loss of access integrity,” said David Tombs, National Manager for Commercial Accounts, ADT. “We will also be using existing cabling at the airport to complete the installation, keeping the project cost-effective and delivered on time.”

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