Emergency access for National Sea Rescue Institute

November 2016 Access Control & Identity Management

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is a charity that responds 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to save lives on South African waters. Established in 1967, the organisation now has over 1000 unpaid volunteers across 31 locations.

The NSRI base in Port Elizabeth required an improved access control system, which would enable its offsite control room to allow the rescue team to gain access to the building during a rescue operation.

Anton Lamprecht, of Mars Technologies, specified Paxton’s Net2 access control system to meet the NSRI’s requirements. Net2 is a user-friendly and flexible networked access control system, designed to make the management of any building straightforward.

Easy to use and with a range of features, it moves beyond the basics of controlling the flow of people around a building, offering benefits such as building control and system integration. The Net2 system is easily scalable making it perfectly suited to a large organisation like the NSRI, as it enables multiple sites to be managed remotely from one central location.

A KP-50 Proximity keypad has been installed on the main door to the site. This allows access to authorised personnel only, when a valid token or PIN is presented. The Net2 software has been installed on one PC, which is managed by a single administrator and an additional four users have been given the necessary permissions to grant access remotely during an emergency situation.

Stefan van den Berg, NSRI Port Elizabeth crewman, says: “The Net2 software is very user-friendly and easy to configure. It took me only 30 minutes to feel confident managing the new system.”

The team at Port Elizabeth now have plans to develop their new system, including an alarm integration for remote deactivation during sea rescue emergencies, and time-based access permissions, to improve the smooth running of day-to-day operations.

Type of site: Emergency Response Service

Location: Port Elizabeth

Number of doors:

• 1 door

• 15 staff

Solution required:

• Keyless solution

• Remote access control of secured door, for emergency access and egress

Result:

• Improved access management

• Remote access control during emergency situations

Paxton products used:

• KP-50 Proximity Keypad

• Net2 software

For more information, contact Paxton, +27 (0)21 427 6691, support@paxtonaccess.co.za, www.paxtonaccess.co.za


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