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Abloy upgrades access control locks at Southern Water.

Abloy Security : 30 November, 2007  (Application Story)
Southern water continues its long association with Abloy UK by upgrading door locks and padlocks across its sites and performing overall security audit.
Southern Water provides clean water to two million domestic and business customers in Hampshire, Kent and Sussex, and is also responsible for treating the waste water produced by more than four million customers.

Maintaining tightly controlled access to their 300+ clean water and 370 waste water treatment sites is an operational imperative for the Worthing-headquartered utility, which has used locks and access control products from Abloy UK since the early 1990s.

In 2003, Southern Water resilience manager Paul Fenton initiated a widespread review of security and safety throughout the company's estate.

Southern Water resilience manager Paul Fenton explained: "For such an important piece of work, I ideally wanted to work with companies that I already had a good relationship with and total confidence in.

"Abloy products have been successfully protecting a large number of our sites now for over 20 years, and I am totally confident in the excellence of their products and also in their expertise in developing Master Key systems. Centre Security similarly has consistently delivered a top quality service to me and I had no doubts in appointing them both."

Leading security and access control company Abloy UK and local locksmiths Centre Security were brought in by Paul to survey 321 fresh water sites - including reservoirs, chlorine stores, chemical plants, admin buildings and valve pits - throughout the Southern Water region.

The results from this detailed audit were then used by Abloy's Barry Jenkins to design a solution to suit the specific needs and operational requirements within the Hampshire, Hastings, Kent and Sussex areas.

Centre Security's David Spendlove and members of his team then revisited each site and refitted/replaced over 4,500 locks, including padlocks and door locks.
The refurbishment of security products commenced in the Hampshire area in 2005, progressed to Sussex in 2006, before continuing into Hastings and then Kent - where the work was completed in 2007.

A detailed review of security products and access control systems at Southern Water's waste water sites is planned for 2008.
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