Improving access control at UK Asda sites

Posted On 29 Mar 2017
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CBES has installed IP access control systems from ACT at Asda stores and distribution centres across the UK. The roll-out has already covered 500 sites all of which are networked to Asda’s corporate headquarters in Leeds utilising ACTpro 4000 two-door controllers which can extend to 16 doors via ACTpro door stations.

The Asda sites are using ACT’s software platform, ACTpro Enterprise, which distinguishes between different user types such as installer, security guard or system administrator so as to factor out accidental system changes and minimise maintenance. ACTpro Enterprise gives users a familiar web-browser experience using hyperlinks, ‘backwards’ and ‘forwards’ buttons and search functionality.

Typically, an Asda staff member might present their MIFARE contactless smart card to a reader in order to access a secure area of the site. The ACT software then grants or denies access according to the user’s privileges which can be defined according to seniority, job profile, time of day and day of the week.

Asda managers are benefiting from integration of access control with CCTV and intercoms through use of the Sky-Walker Integration Platform from Belgian developer Entelec which manages disparate data types to provide a PSIM system. At a large site such as a distribution centre, a staff member seeking an access privilege outside their user profile in terms of location or time of day might identify themselves through intercom and receive instructions. Similarly, the Entelec software can trigger CCTV recording in an unusual situation.

Rob Cox of CBES, said: “The main benefits for Asda are central monitoring from headquarters and integration of access control with CCTV and any other IP-enabled building management system in use at the stores. Crucially, the ACT software has allowed uniformity by being able to function with Asda’s existing smart cards. This has produced both financial and time savings in terms of the intrinsic value of the cards themselves and the avoidance of any re-keying of data.”