Aéroport de Cherbourg Maupertus conforms to new civil security obilgations with Net2 access control

Type of site:
France, Cherbourg
Number of users/doors:
• 5 doors
• 8 staff
• 35,000 visitors a year
Solution required:
• conform to new European legislation
• restrict access to the runway
• quick installation in just a few days
• monitor access between public areas and the runway
• customer confidence using the software in just a few hours
Paxton products used:
• P50 reader
• Net2 plus
• Net2 software

Located on the coast of Normandy, France, Cherbourg Airport was founded in 1960. It is managed by the Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.

According to new civil security obligations enforced by European legislation in 2015, airports which are near either a military base or nuclear power station are required to install access control to secure the site. Cherbourg Airport is situated in close proximity to a naval base that builds submarines and a new European pressurised reactor at Flamanville, which requires the airport to adhere to these new legislations.

Pascal Marcouz, Operations Manager at Cherbourg Airport says: ‘As a result of the new legislation, we have an obligation to monitor the access between the public side and the airport runway.’ Cherbourg Airport needed an access control system that would secure and control the movement of people in the airport.

Cherbourg Airport chose installation company Actemium Cherbourg, formerly CGEE ALSTHOM, established in 1892 by the Alsthom brothers, for the job. Jean-Marie Mouchel was responsible for the installation, and says: ‘This is the first installation that we have done with Paxton. The airport wanted to have a simple and secure management system that was easily scalable. Net2 suited perfectly...


Access control: The Money Saving Option.

Although summer may be approaching, weather conditions in the United Kingdom are never predictable and it can be hard to judge the amount of heating and lighting that a building may require on any given day. Here, James Kelly, Chief Executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), discusses how access control systems can help create a healthy environment year round whilst also making essential cost savings.

Access control systems not only offer great security solutions individually, but when integrated with other systems can also be extremely cost effective. Generally, access control systems are well regarded in organisations of varying types, and are considered essential for effectively protect their people and assets.

These systems tend to be comprised of three key parts: the physical barrier, such as doors and turnstiles, the identification device, such as swipe cards and readers or PIN pads, and the door controller and subsequent software. Access control systems themselves can be energy efficient, such as making use of low voltage turnstiles.

While integrating access control systems with other types of security systems can help ensure extensive protection, integrating them with Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) can help ensure energy efficiency and ultimately lower utility bills. Access control systems provide a wealth of information about a building, such as building or area occupancy data which highlights the parts of a building that are being used and when, and can also draw attention to areas that are not being utilised to their full potential. This can then lead key decision makers to determine which utilities need to be maximised, and which need to be minimised, such as Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) or lighting requirements. However, when integrated with a BEMS, these kinds of decisions can be made automatically with the intelligent combination of both systems.

BEMS were originally focused on monitoring a buildings internal environment, but today it is becoming more common for them to be integrated with the fire and security systems already in place – and this includes access control. A BEMS can control up to 80% of a building's energy usage, so integrating this with an access control system can optimise the system in order to suit the variability of usage and occupation, thus creating a more stream lined energy usage...


Securing Doors, Controlling Access

Access Control
Access control is about securing doors, controlling access and the flow of people around a building. Instead of a traditional lock and key method, access control can secure a building electronically, managing who has access, when they have access and where they can access. However, IP Access Control offers more...

IP access control connects directly to the building’s network and can be centrally managed from a PC or on the go through a mobile app.

You can easily offer IP access control as a security solution to customers. Be a trusted advisor to your customer by introducing them to the benefits that IP based access control can offer. These benefits get leveraged out of integration. Integration in to any other IP based system to take the access control offering and make it an intelligent building offering by linking into the CCTV system, Biometrics, and the BMS.
Mayflex distributes the range of access control products by Paxton.

Mayflex has developed its business to become a leading distributor of converged IP solutions. We use our specialist knowledge and experience to bring together best in class solutions covering infrastructure, networking and electronic security.

Mayflex is at the forefront of the distribution of innovative IP-based Electronic Security Solutions and distributes the Paxton product range via installers in the UK.

Mayflex in conjunction with Paxton have produced ‘An Easy Guide to IP Access Control’. This short pdf document looks at who Paxton Access Control are, how Paxton IP Access control can help your business along with a brief overview on how their products work and features available, along with details of training courses...


SALTO secure Brighton’s smart libraries

In what could be seen as the shape of libraries to come, Brighton and Hove City Council’s ‘Libraries Extra’ scheme provides added value to the standard library membership by giving library customers access to community libraries at times outside of the usual staffed hours, made possible through access control from SALTO.

Initially run as two pilot projects in the council’s Portslade and Woodingdean libraries, members of the public may join Libraries Extra by providing photo ID and proof of address. They are then issued with a SALTO Mifare card, branded as an enhanced library membership card, which grants them access to the library even when it’s closed.

The council first looked at such an idea to achieve this via a commercial company but the costs were too high. They then approached the company that already looked after the access control in their main corporate buildings, SALTO Certificated Partner AM Fire and Security, to see if they could help.

Trevor Clifton-Sprigg, Managing Director, of AM Fire and Security says “We looked at what the council wanted to achieve at the libraries and suggested using the SALTO system they were already using and were comfortable with. However, due to the sensitive nature of council databases, the library system could not reside on the corporate network so a separate database and server was created. We then provided VPN links from the main council building to the libraries. This had to pass the exacting standards of the council’s IT policies before the system could be deployed...


A Fingerprint is More Secure...

Biometric access control is a growing market and a viable alternative to proximity and coded access. When it comes to access control, a fingerprint is a more secure means of authentication because PIN numbers can be shared and fobs can be lost or stolen.

The ultimate goal of access control is to restrict access to people in defined areas, making facilities more secure. Only a biometric device truly provides this capability to the end user. There are biometric systems available today which can economically meet the needs of almost any access control application, such as Videx’s B100 standalone door entry reader, and the Portal Plus networked Access control system for larger systems.

The B100 is a standalone system, providing complete access control for a single door. Users are enrolled at the unit, no PC is required. Once enrolled, users simply swipe their finger to gain access. Access granted or denied is then signalled though an integral sounder and the tri-state fascia illumination. The integral relay is then activated for the programmed time. Optionally, the relay can be remote for additional security using a serial bus to a touch-to exit-device on the secure side of the door which can also be used as a means of exiting the building.

The B100 is available in a surface or flush format. The flush version has been designed specifically to fit a standard single gang UK electrical box. This is particularly useful as quite often a single gang box will be fitted at the ‘first fix’ stage of a development requiring the security installer to find a suitable reader to fit...


SALTO smart access control helps Swansea University secure its growth

Swansea University’s ambitious Campus Development Programme has seen the site effectively double in size necessitating a corresponding upgrade in the way the campus and its many doors are protected and secured.

The programme is designed to capitalise on the University’s growing research expertise and interactions with major international knowledge based companies, and means Swansea has become a dual campus University.

Its original Singleton Park Campus has already seen significant refurbishment of its 47 acre estate and over the next few years will realise even further transformation. This has been joined by the magnificent buildings, squares and quadrangles of the new 65 acre Bay Campus. Located right on the beach on the eastern approach to Swansea, it has the distinction of being one of the few global universities with direct access onto a beach and its own seafront promenade.

The student experience at Swansea is at the heart of the University’s expansion plan. Upgrading the Singleton campus and constructing Bay Campus provides them with space for growth, enabling them to deliver exciting new facilities for students and staff including teaching, residential, social, study and research space.

With the Bay Campus being new build, access control for this part of the campus was not a problem as they would be fitting a new system in place from the word go. On the existing Singleton campus however they were using a traditional keyed system so the task was to find a product to replace this so both campuses could run on a single access control system.

Steve Rossiter, Key Accounts Manager for SALTO Systems, says “Once we explained to Swansea how SALTO is in use around the world in educational environments including Universities, Colleges and Schools providing security, access control and campus management they wanted to know more....



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