PACOM’s access control solution proves to be perfect fit for fashion retailer Replay

Backed by innovative flair, characteristic Italian design and the quality of its products, Replay has become a leader in the manufacture of jeans and denim-based clothing. Recently, the business initiated a security and access control upgrade programme throughout its premises and decided to install solutions from PACOM.

Since 1996, retailer Replay has been headquartered in the Italian hilltop town of Asolo in a 25,000 m2 reproduction of an early 20th Century American industrial building. This acts as the company’s nerve centre, where research and creative development thrive.

Since its foundation, Replay’s key strategy has been formed around product vision, expansion into new markets and increasing control of its distribution network. As a result, the company is now prominent in all European markets, the Middle East, Asia, America and Africa. It runs operations in over 50 countries, in fact, with its wholesale distribution network boasting 3,000 sales outlets accompanied by 200 retail stores.

For its part, Milan-based Secursat has carved an enviable reputation for its ability to design, specify and install integrated and strategic security solutions that address existing and predicted threats in compliance with current legislation and regulations. The business creates security models based on a client’s requirements that are not only a form of business protection designed to reduce and prevent risks but, strategically, serve as an important tool for creating value and acting as a source of competitive advantage.

“When Replay first approached us with the idea of improving its security and access control infrastructure, first of all we had to gain a complete understanding of the company’s objectives,” explained Maura Mormile of Secursat. “We always try to use any legacy infrastructure where possible, so we needed to find a technology solution that could be integrated with the customer’s equipment as well as being able to draw upon the benefits of our Remote Monitoring Centre. It soon became apparent to us that technology from PACOM would meet all of Replay’s stated objectives.”

PACOM and Secursat have been working closely since the beginning of last year after forming a strategic partnership to provide new opportunities for both companies. Secursat is the first systems integrator to be appointed in Italy by PACOM, with the Replay project representing the first opportunity for the companies to work together.

Putting a plan into action

The solution configured by Secursat is based around PACOM’s Graphical Management System (GMS), which is engineered to communicate over an IP network and has technology tailored specifically for multi-site environments.

“Although not used extensively in Italy, the benefits of IP are beginning to be more widely understood and will have a dramatic effect on how security and access control systems are specified and installed,” asserted PACOM’s business development manager Alfonso Lorenzo. “Our GMS technology draws on over 30 years of experience in developing applications based on a data communications platform, successfully balancing electronic security and IT applications on a single network. GMS provides the perfect harmony between interoperability and functionality to ensure that Replay’s specific security needs can be met without compromising on quality or operational process.”

Alongside the PACOM GMS are the IP-based PACOM 8003 next generation hybrid control panels. These incorporate PACOM-Edge technology. By offering advanced security capabilities across Replay’s Ethernet backbone, this control panel reduces the need for traditional security cabling.

Lorenzo added: “PACOM 8003 offers up to eight configurable five-state inputs and eight outputs comprising two relays and six open collectors. Inputs can be expanded up to 96, while outputs may be expanded up to 40 via the addition of on-board expansion modules and/or remote I/O devices. PACOM 8003 supports the auto-discovery of peripheral devices for simplified installation and all doors can be individually configured to operate via card only, PIN only or card and PIN, with access schedules providing additional control. It also satisfies the needs of Replay’s stores that may require access control.”

The entire installation went incredibly smoothly and was completed with minimal disruption to the stores. Maura Mormile commented: “Our integrators all commented on how straightforward the PACOM equipment was to install and configure. Not only did we overcome traditional wiring issues but, thanks to IP, we have faster signal transmission to the Remote Monitoring Centre, which centralises operations in an innovative and simple way. Furthermore, the use of the GMS means that we’re able to track events in real-time, have a record of events and can engage in remote management of the entire Replay security and access control infrastructure.”

Mormile concluded: ‘The Replay project wasn’t a particularly straightforward one to handle, but the combined expertise of Secursat and PACOM ensured a great end result. The products are user friendly and, just as importantly, offer a high level of future-proofing and expansion possibilities that will optimise security and access control infrastructure for the client many years to come.”

About the Author
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.

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