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Access Control and Surveillance Installation At Warrington School

Norbain : 13 October, 2010  (Application Story)
The Bridgewater High School in the North of England has been fitted out with a surveillance system from Panasonic and a Paxton access control system supplied by Norbain
Access Control and Surveillance Installation At Warrington School
Bridgewater High School in Warrington has recently benefited from a comprehensive Paxton Access Net2 access control and Panasonic CCTV solution supplied by Norbain, and installed by Elite Digital Systems.

Comprising two open sites, Bridgewater High is a specialist Arts College that includes a dedicated 6th Form building. Sharing its grounds with a community leisure centre, controlling access to the school had become increasingly difficult and labour intensive. Barry Edwards, Premises Manager for Bridgewater High explains: 'We wanted to meet our new Safeguarding responsibilities and needed a technological solution to the problem of our existing door access control, or lack of it.'

Placing the project out to tender, the bid was won by Elite Digital Systems. 'Elite's competitive tender package comprised a total of 28 access controlled doors, all controlled through a networked Paxton Access Net2 Plus system and magnetic door locking,' explains Barry.

Communicating over the School's own network infrastructure, Elite also provided Paxton Access Net2 Professional Software to provide full system control from any PC, allowing Barry to assign both individual users and doors with unique priorities.

The new installation uses HID card readers (also supplied by Norbain), to solve the school's complicated access priorities. Barry explains: 'We can now program certain doors to automatically unlock during high-flow periods, such as lesson changeover times. Additionally, the school is used for many night classes that take place out of hours. Taking advantage of the new IP based access control and CCTV systems, we plan to expand its use, so that we can control and adjust system parameters from remote off-site computers - essentially, to further maximise our resources and time.'

Ian Duncanson of Elite continues: 'It's important that we deliver the best mix of technology for each application, solving each site's security issues, and without impacting on the daily operation of the business. Norbain have provided fantastic product support on this and other projects.'

'Sourcing technology through Norbain means installers can be confident of a dependable product supply, precisely when it's needed,' says Andy Cross, Norbain's Paxton Access business development manager. 'This is instrumental to the seamless completion of each installation, and in turn, allows installers to deliver on the promises made to their customers.'

Also installed, a Panasonic CCTV system provides an instant overview of the school's grounds. Consisting of 37 cameras, the system utilises Panasonic WV-CW964 all-weather and vandal resistant dome cameras, WV-CW474 and WV-CP254 units. The camera network is recorded via a Panasonic WJ-HD316 DVR, with images transmitted via the school's IT infrastructure to six key points around the site.


'From his office, Barry can perform a 'virtual tour' of the grounds at both sites, a task that used to absorb significant manpower and time, but now takes only a matter of minutes thanks to the comprehensive CCTV system,' says Buzz Coates, Norbain's branded CCTV manager. 'With the best of both access control and electronic surveillance solutions at work at the school, Bridgewater High is a shining example of how harnessing the latest electronic security technologies can provide a safe and secure learning environment for children of all ages.'
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