Water security guaranteed at Veolia Group thanks to LOCKEN’s electronic keys

Posted On 20 Jan 2018
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Veolia is a traditional water tower operator and a specialist in environmental services. In 2016, the Veolia Group supplied 100 million people with drinking water and 61 million people worldwide with wastewater services.

Security is always a concern in this highly sensitive sector. Drinking water sites are classified as sites of critical importance and their security must be safeguarded in all circumstances, placed under the control of local administration and, where appropriate, military authorities.

The primary requirement is to prevent any risk of malicious intrusion. However, Veolia Group has its work cut out, since its sites encompass everything from large conurbations to small villages. Collection systems must be as close as possible to springs and rivers and, to complicate matters still further, water towers sometimes host the equipment of telephony or energy operators who often need access in order to perform maintenance operations.

In late 2016, Veolia Group chose LOCKEN as its preferred access control service supplier. This afforded all of the Group’s public service concessions access to LOCKEN’s electronic key solution, with the transmission of access rights in real-time.

Keys are connected by Bluetooth to smart phones, which communicate with the centralised access management system through the MyLocken App. The system combines flexibility and security, enabling Veolia Group to provide access rights to personnel upon their arrival at the site and, if necessary, for a single entry.

The cable-free installation requires no additional operation other than the replacement of cylinders. The electronic keys can also open the numerous padlocks used on the storage tanks, as well as the key deposits intended for the partner operators positioned at the site entrances.

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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.