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October 2014 Access Control & Identity Management

Located on the Wirral, Merseyside, Unilever’s main UK-based laboratory and research centre at Port Sunlight has upgraded its security system using the latest CAP IP intercom stations from Castel. With over 750 scientists at the facility working on the development of many of Unilever’s products and foods, there is a constant need for high levels of security and worker safety.

Installation company, Grange Fire and Security, was tasked with updating the access control, CCTV and intercom solution throughout the complex. Part of the project required 22 of Castel’s specialist IP intercom units to be installed at the gates, barriers and turnstiles, as well as at staff and visitor entrances and goods in/out.

Currently, all calls are directed through to reception within the main building. Unilever’s ultimate long-term goal, however, is to find a solution for networking all security communication to one central point for all of its UK sites in order to reduce operational costs. As a second stage of the project, this aim will be easily achievable – and at relatively low cost using the Castel IP intercom system now installed. Because the new system is IP, the upgrade path will be simple and easy to scale at a later stage as there will be no additional cabling infrastructure required.

Castel’s sales director, Stuart Hibberd, commenting on the project, said, “Working on a project for a company as prestigious as Unilever has been very exciting. Making sure that our products will be able to achieve what the client wants has been paramount, along with ensuring a future-proof system, which we can expand at a later date. With CAP IP, the installation process was simple and easy, as all the equipment was pre-configured before being shipped to the installers.”

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