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State of the art access control for Khalifa Port

CEM Systems : 31 May, 2013  (Application Story)
Abu Dhabi's Khalifa port is being secured using the AC2000 SE security management software from CEM for controlling diverse access control technologies
State of the art access control for Khalifa Port

CEM Systems has secured the prestigious Khalifa Port & Industrial Zone (KPIZ), Abu Dhabi with the CEM AC2000 SE (Standard Edition) system. The system was installed at Khalifa Port by CEM Approved Reseller Tyco Fire & Security UAE.

Khalifa Port, the state of the art gateway to Abu Dhabi was officially opened in December 2012.  Khalifa Port is crucial to the ADPC (Abu Dhabi Ports Company) megaproject which includes Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).  Featuring the latest technology and designed to accommodate the world’s largest ships, Khalifa Port will become one of the biggest ports in the world when all phases are completed, estimated to be two-thirds the size of Singapore!  

“CEM is delighted to be involved in one of the UAE’s most prestigious infrastructure projects.  With our many years experience in both the port and airport sector, CEM has provided a sophisticated security solution for Khalifa Port” said Philip Verner, Regional Sales Director, EMEA, CEM Systems.  He continued “This was an exciting yet challenging project for CEM who delivered not one but two systems for the Port; AC2000 & a highly customised Gate Management System, providing high level integration to multiple port security systems to ensure the monitoring and control of vehicles coming onsite”.

The AC2000 Gate Management Solution integrates with a number of third party systems all interfaced to ensure multiple checks are made before a vehicle can enter site.  The driver firstly swipes their card then Passive or Active long range RFID tags are used on trucks and light vehicles and then finally ANPR License Plate Recognition is used and the gate opens.

“Khalifa Port required a highly secure & flexible access control system, which could be used for more than just access control” said Craig Menzies, Security Division Manager, Tyco Fire & Security UAE. He continued “Having worked with CEM before on projects such as Dubai International Airport, we knew the CEM AC2000 solution would be a perfect fit for the Port and with CEM’s dedicated Integrations team, Khalifa Ports high expectations could be met successfully”.

CEM’s advanced hardware was used throughout the Port including over 700 S610e and S610f fingerprint readers, S3020 portable card readers and over 300 DIU (Door Interface Unit) 230s utilising PoE+ (Power over Ethernet) technology.

The multi-technology CEM S610e IP card readers installed at Khalifa Port are IP 66 rated to protect against dust and water.  The S610e reader displays meaningful user messages such as ‘Wrong Time-Zone & ‘Card Expiring’ and features a keypad for additional PIN code security. The S610e reader also offers the highest level of reliability as it features an internal database for offline card validation.  The reader’s database holds up to 200,000 card holder records internally and up to 8,000 records offline.  This means that should communication be temporarily lost at the Khalifa Port, staff can still validate cards throughout the Port at all times.

CEM S610f fingerprint readers will also be installed on critical doors/areas throughout Khalifa Port. The S610f reader has all the features of the S610 reader but the added benefit of biometric security.  For high security areas users will be prompted for three identity checks (card, PIN and biometric verification) using one device.      

Being such a large and expansive site, Khalifa Port required mobile security. The CEM S3020 portable reader is ideal for roaming security.  The lightweight, handheld mobile reader can be used at remote Port sites or temporary entrances which have no power during the construction phases.

Khalifa Port also chose CEM’s industry leading Power over Ethernet door interface units for seamless installation and to ensure cabling was kept to a minimum.  The DIU 230 door interface unit utilises CEM Power over Ethernet Plus technology to power readers and heavy duty maglocks on two doors, using a single Ethernet network cable.  This created sizable cost savings on the project as it eliminated the need to fit mains power supplies/ fused spurs above each door.

Khalifa Port also uses the AC2000 security management system to its maximum efficiency taking advantage of software applications such as AC2000 AED (Alarm Event Display), VIPPS ID Badging and Visitor Management.

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