Bosch implements biometrics at Prime Tower

Posted On 29 Oct 2018
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At a height of 126 meters, the 36-story Prime Tower is Zurich’s tallest building and number two in Switzerland. Its 40,000 square meters of floor space can accommodate more than 2,000 workplaces. The tower’s details include a 10-metre high entrance hall and the Clouds bar and restaurant on the top floor boasting a view far out across the surrounding landscape.

To meet the Prime Tower’s requirements, Bosch recently implemented a modernisation project featuring a combination of electronic and biometric access control.

“Our owner, the firm of Swiss Prime Site Immobilien AG, attaches great importance to monitoring exactly who is inside the building at all times,” explained Annika Hammes, who heads the trustee department at Wincasa, a building services outfit that was contracted to design and execute the solution.

Error-free biometric identification is accomplished by contactlessly reading the vein patterns on the backs of people’s hands. A total of 120 hand vein readers have been installed in the building and connected to the controllers of the eight elevators. Once employees and guests have been biometrically registered, they board lifts that automatically take them to the right floors. Encrypted ID cards are used to access the rental units, thus making sure that persons can only enter zones for which they have been authorised. All relevant security information is collected in a management system so that the responsible employees always have everything in view and can respond quickly when there is a need.

Bosch handled everything for this project: advising the client, and then planning and implementing the system. The modifications were made without interrupting use of the building, which was a major challenge not only for the project team, which therefore had to work very swiftly, but also for the tenants themselves.

“This [project] called for very close cooperation between the Bosch team and the mixed-use site management (MUSM) team of Wincasa AG, which met the requirements for continued building use while the work was ongoing,” explained Hammes.