Mitsubishi Electric’s Air Conditioning Division based in Livingston, Scotland, has deployed Grosvenor Technology’s ‘Sateon’ browser-based access control system as part of a major security upgrade. With no client software to install, Sateon offers a graphically rich user interface through any internet browser. There is no limit to client-licenses, allowing Mitsubishi Electric to have as many operators as required with access to the system, at no additional cost. The solution can deliver enterprise level administration and reporting tools directly to a browser. These include advanced access levels, card ID printing, alarm management, navigable graphic maps, people in area monitoring and a suite of management reports. Thanks to its open architecture and resilient Microsoft SQL database back-end it can easily integrate with third party database sources as well as numerous CCTV, intruder alarm and other separate security systems. Andrew Galvin, Health, Safety and Training Manager at Mitsubishi says:” The main driver for upgrading was to replace our ageing proprietary system with a solution that offered total flexibility, ease of management and future-proof, scalable technology that could grow with our business. Sateon has delivered on all counts and provides us with a powerful system that has an easy to use and intuitive user interface. We have to constantly remind ourselves that we are working in a browser because it looks and feels just as responsive as if the software was installed on a dedicated PC.” At Livingston, the Sateon system is connected to over 30 doors distributed across four buildings in different sites. The IP-based system can communicate with readers and door controllers over the company’s standard corporate WAN/LAN. The majority of the existing RS485 wiring from the original installation was reused, with RS485/IP Line Headers used to connect them to the network. Any new access points were connected directly to the IP network. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is fully supported, helping to further reduce installation costs. The Sateon system was installed by Grosvenor Technology’s approved partner FPG Security Solutions Ltd, who is also providing a high level of on-site support. Commenting on the flexibility of the solution Jim Williamson, Director of FPG, says,” Whilst SATEON delivers full IP connectivity and web browsing capability, the flexibility to use existing RS485 cabling infrastructure, reader and card technologies offered a significant advantage to Mitsubishi Electric, minimising downtime during system changeover and limiting disruption to staff”.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.