Assa Abloy Secures UK Power Station

The ASSA CLIQ stand-alone access control system from ASSA ABLOY provided a security bonanza for Magnox South, a management and operations contractor currently decommissioning Berkley Nuclear Power Station in Gloucestershire on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. The installation of the system not only provided the ultimate in functionality and flexibility, it yielded cost savings of more than US$98,900.


With a strategy of deferred site clearance spanning some 100 years after the cessation of generation, security at the power station continues to be critical. When the existing integrated access control system needed extending to other buildings on site, not only was the capital investment required prohibitive, so too was the disruption and cost of the installation together with the Asbestos hazards feared from cable routing. Magnox therefore welcomed the simplicity and versatility of the ASSA CLIQ master key system.


Security Manager at Magnox, Jeremy Pallister, explained: “Unlike other stand-alone access control systems that can have serious limitations, ASSA CLIQ is tremendously impressive. Combining the intelligence of an electronic access system, ASSA CLIQ operates effectively alongside our main access control system to provide the site with maximum security and convenience. It also offers the flexibility to grow as we require — hence, padlocks and other doors were added to the system. What's more to further strengthen security, ASSA CLIQ enables us to collect and check audit trails.”


“What is even more impressive is that by installing ASSA CLIQ, the cost savings at the Berkley site alone were in the region of 60,000 pounds ($98,900), and this even took into account the initial purchase of the system,”Pallister said.


Commenting on the Magnox specification, Electric Locking Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY Door Solutions, Lorna Hylton, said, “The Berkley site illustrates perfectly the benefits that ASSA CLIQ can bring to retrofit situations when an upgrade of security is required, but where the investment will not stretch to a traditional electronic access system. In the current economic climate, ASSA CLIQ provides an unrivalled cost-effective access control solution.”


ASSA CLIQ combines electronic design with an off-line installation at a fraction of the cost. Its wire-free design makes intelligent, flexible and high security lock systems possible with no need for additional door preparation, and total control of security is permitted via electronically programmed keys. In the event of loss or theft, keys are simply cancelled from the database and each lock is easily reprogrammed.
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