Britannia Fire & Security has secured the headquarters of the Axiom Housing Association in Peterborough using IP-addressable equipment from ACT, including proximity readers, door controllers and ACT’s access control software suite. Axiom operates more than 2,200 homes across Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, and provides housing and services to over 5,500 people. Supported services assist vulnerable people, those leaving care, people with learning difficulties or with mental and physical health needs. The access control solution installed at Axiom House uses ACTpro 4200 controllers. These are four-door controllers which can be extend up to 16 doors using ACTpro door stations, and networked together with the ACTpro software suite to control up to 4,000 doors. Bandwidth use of the ACTpro system is minimal, and the ACTpro software suite offers auto-discovery and easy maintenance alongside advanced features such as timed anti-passback and counting areas. Two hundred Axiom staff members have been issued with proximity (125 kHz) ACTProx fobs, giving them easily-controlled privileges in order to open doors around the building. Standard rights access is 7 to 7, five days a week, but senior administrators have year-round access to all areas, including sensitive areas such as alarm systems. Axiom opted for new suppliers when moving premises and wanted to balance ease of access and the precise control that an IP-addressable system provides. Joseph Seery of Axiom says,” The ACTpro software is easy to configure and update, and we are able to run reports in common data formats such as CSV which can assist other departments such as human resources. In the event of a fire drill or a fire, we can print a report for mustering purposes. An important feature is that system-users must use their fob to identify themselves to a reader at the main entrance before the fobs will open any internal doors. ” Having a flexible access control system helps Axiom in many small ways which can add up to making general facilities management a lot easier. Examples include enrolling staff from our satellite offices who visit regularly onto the system and even issuing fobs to our refuse collectors so that they can access specific areas of the site on a controlled basis during specified time slots on certain days of the week.” At Axiom House, the ACT installation is linked to Galaxy intruder alarms from Honeywell.
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.