As one of the largest sport, leisure and entertainment companies in Europe, Sheffield International Venues (SIV) now operates 14 venues in Sheffield alone. This includes the English Institute of Sport, Ponds Forge International Sports Centre and Don Valley Stadium.
The nature of these facilities means they are open to the public every day of the week. "We had some basic systems in place in our different venues but I was keen to standardize and improve on our existing security system," said Tony Hancock, SIV's Security Systems Technician.
Having an access control system from Paxton Access, in the past, Tony recommended that it should be installed on some of the venues as a trial prior to fitting it to all areas. Ponds Forge, which boasts an Olympic sized swimming pool, amongst the other great facilities, was the first venue to have indicated access control system from Paxton installed.
The system has been gradually rolled out to Don Valley Stadium, Concord Sports Centre, iceSheffield and the English Institute of Sport.
The system controls access on 82 doors for over 1000 users across SIV's venues. The management of the system is carried out by the security team at Ponds Forge. The systems are all connected over the existing IT network. "It is so much simpler being able to manage each venue from one central location," commented Martin Sims, SIV's Fire Safety and Security Advisor.