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Honeywell protects French retailer Jardiland with intruder and access control system

Honeywell protects French retailer Jardiland with intruder and access control system

The Situation
Situated in the heart of the ZAC Porte Sud Retail Park, the Jardiland store was built in 2010 and opened later that year. It boasts 5,000 square metres of floor space comprising several secure areas including warehousing, offices, interior and exterior sales areas, and covered gardens. The store manager at Jardiland Orange, Mr Michel Bonifazio, who is also responsible for several other franchised Jardiland retail outlets (Istres and Grans), wanted the security system in the new store to manage intruder detection and access control with audio verified alarm triggers. To meet insurance requirements, the site also required monitoring by an APSAD-certified alarm receiving centre (ARC). In addition, Mr Bonifazio needed a solution that would protect the store during the day from the risk of armed robbery, reassure staff, ensure public safety and protect the stock.

The Solution
With experience and knowledge of Honeywell GalaxyR systems, Mr Bernard Gayraud, the manager of GT2S, recommended the GalaxyR Dimension integrated intruder and door control security solution. “We also have a good supplier, ADI Global Distribution,” said Mr Gayraud.The GalaxyR Dimension GD-96 control panel, certified NF&A2P type 3, was selected for the installation. Honeywell's two-way voice speakers with microphone that link directly to the ARC are integrated into the solution and provide the necessary audio verification to detect and distinguish genuine intruders. In addition, the Galaxy Dimension system manages access to the store and offices, and other high risk areas using proximity readers from Honeywell's OmniProx range. Badges are used by staff and other personnel and contractors depending on their security levels and access requirements. For example, cleaning contractors' badges are activated to enable access only during certain times. Overall, the Galaxy system manages access to the site for around 30 separate badge holders with schedules set up through the system to ensure that only certain people have access to the site outside business hours. the audio enables verification. At the end of the day, the system is reliable and we recommend it.”

The Benefits
Simplicity of system use

“The solution provides a complete intruder system with integrated door control all of which is managed by a single piece of software - the Galaxy User Management Suite – which is greatly appreciated,” added Mr Gayraud. The store manager can easily control the arming and disarming of the security alarm system using the Galaxy MK7 LCD keypad, and because it is connected to the ARC, the ARC operator is immediately notified when the system is armed. The store is open seven days a week, and therefore permanently secure.

Optimum security provided by audio verification
Twelve intercom terminals distributed at strategic points throughout the store ensure that the site remains connected to the ARC. Any suspected intrusion can therefore be detected and rapid site intervention initiated if a break-in is confirmed by the store manager or the Police. “The performance of the Honeywell audio verification system is superior to that of other brands,” states Mr Gayraud. “If the audio verification solution were not in place, it would not be possible to analyse accidental alarm triggers, particularly during the night,” insists Mr Bonifazio. “For example, if either a bird or an animal escapes from its cage in the pet department and triggers an alarm via a motion sensor, the audio enables verification. At the end of the day, the system is reliable and we recommend it.”

Flexibility and ease of installation
“Because the Galaxy system is compatible with almost any badge reader technology, we could directly and easily connect badge readers with door controllers,” emphasises Mr Gayraud. The Jardiland access control is secured by five proximity readers and two door controllers across the site. “With its dual bus, the Galaxy solution could be run in two directions in the building, which simplified the cabling work in the Jardiland store,” added Mr Gayraud. Galaxy Dimension GD-96 control panel manages around 90 zones on the Jardiland site.

Compatibility and adaptability
The Galaxy solution was also able to accommodate Jardiland's requirement for panic buttons at each till point. GT2S was also responsible for the installation of the perimeter devices in the store. A total of 12 Honeywell DUALR TEC dual-technology motion detectors were installed to protect the sales floor, and an additional seven to protect the office area. A crucial element of the system design was to protect the store garden area where it was essential to be able to detect and identify real break-ins in an area where the volume of plant stocks varies frequently.

A complete solution meeting both retail and wholesale requirements
The Galaxy Dimension range provides a comprehensive solution which is key to its popularity. It offers door control security, IP and RS232 interfacing and audio verification. It can monitor up to 520 zones, and the number of bus control units can be increased to four which helps simplify the design and cabling Mr Gayraud also praised the new Galaxy TouchCenter touch screen keypad due to its user friendly design and functionality.

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