Scania AB is known the world over as a premier manufacturer for the automotive industry with products ranging from engines for use in aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles to a hybrid truck that can make deliveries to downtown Copenhagen during the period when deliveries are restricted. The company is headquartered in Södertälje, Sweden, where more than 5600 employees work in business operations, manufacturing and research and development.
The company adheres to a philosophy of continuous improvement which helps increase efficiency, raise productivity and ensure high quality. This approach goes beyond the manufacturing process, policies and operational procedures to include security systems such as the Morse Watchmans key control and management system. Having originally installed it more than 15 years ago, the company recently upgraded the KeyWatcher system to the new KeyWatcher Touch series complete with KeyWatcher TrueTouch software.
“Having experienced the reliability of the original KeyWatcher system, we didn’t have any hesitation in moving forward with the new KeyWatcher Touch system,” said Pentti Heikkinen, From Securitas AB that handles all the administration and service of the Key Watchers for Scania. “The decision was also supported by our trust in and relationship with Key-Control Sweden who was the integrator of record for this installation.”
The new system is networked so that all 17 key cabinets located throughout the facility are connected. At any time, management can see live information detailing the status of the more than 600 keys held in the system – who has keys out, which keys are out, when keys are to be returned and so on. Live information can also be accessed via mobile devices for added convenience. And because the system is on the company network, authorised individuals can be notified by automated alerts in the form of emails or SMS texts if a key is not returned as scheduled for example, or if a high value key is accessed.
There are several other innovative features included with the KeyWatcher Touch series that contribute to Scania AB’s continuous improvement measures. For example, audio prompts for the key remove and return process include instructions for door opening and closing and key removal and return. Additional time-saving features include fast KeyAnywhere and KeyFind capability.
The TrueTouch software runs all programming, remote functions and reports for all KeyWatcher Touch locations while the server performs synchronisations of transactions and maintains the SQL database. Both access control systems and customised client control software interface with the server application.
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