Abloy UK secures Pod Works phone box offices

Abloy UK secures Pod Works phone box offices
Lock manufacturer Abloy UK has created a bespoke locking solution for ART Security Solutions (ART), to secure up to 1,000 Pod Works quirky phone box workstations across the UK, specifying the EL490 electric motor lock alongside interior and exterior keypads.

The Pod Works workstations have been created using iconic red BT telephone boxes, and each typically includes Wi-Fi, plug sockets, Internet connection, printer, scanner, VOIP phone and free coffee and tea.

ART, based in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, are responsible for securing the ‘Pods’ and Russell Square was one of the first of up to 1,000 ‘Pods’ to be installed nationwide in major cities over the next 24-36 months. ART approached Abloy UK looking for a unique locking solution to enable secure and safe electric control locally and remotely.

Justin Morley, Managing Director, ART Security Solutions, said, “Security was paramount on this project - the lock had to work effectively, look good and be reliable.

“We also needed a lock that had multiple functions, providing certain levels of guaranteed exit in lots of different scenarios. The EL490 from Abloy was chosen as it had unique dimensions that matched the very exact amount of space available for door hardware to be fitted - as well as offering all the safeguards we required.”

Paul Radden, Senior Product Manager, Abloy UK, added, “The EL490 is a motor lock and has the unique feature of electronic handle control. For the ‘Pods’, we have used the EL490 alongside interior and exterior keypads that allow access, logging the user in and out of the ‘Pod’.

“If the power fails or there is an emergency, the handle becomes live and the user can exit. We’re looking forward to working with ART going forward to ensure all of the anticipated 1,000 ‘Pods’ are effectively secured.”

Abloy UK’s electric motor locks offer high security, with a secure external override and manual escape at all times. They have been fire tested and provide automatic deadlocking, as well as offering a compliant solution for both interior and exterior doors.
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