An end-to-end security solution is helping to protect staff and patients at a new medium-secure psychiatric unit on Merseyside.
Abloy UK has partnered with Grantfen to supply the system for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Rowan View facility.
Opened in 2020, the £53m unit consists of 123 beds over eight wards and represents the trust’s ambition for a new centre delivering innovative treatments to improve recovery times for people with mental health and learning disabilities.
In addition to managing complex access requirements spanning many different levels of authorisation; the trust also wanted to ensure the integrity of the doors was maintained in restricted areas of the building.
This would not be effectively provided with a purely-mechanical key system, which would lack traceability and create issues if keys were lost or misplaced.
Such a scenario could also lead to key duplicates, making it harder to limit access, and potentially lead to escalating costs if the entire suite of keys needed to be replaced.
To provide a complete security solution for Rowan View, Abloy UK worked in partnership with Grantfen to create a bespoke, unified system incorporating CCTV, video intercoms, and access control.
The right selection
For maximum convenience, the CCTV was designed on the Genetec platform, allowing for the right camera selection for each individual application.
It also incorporates cameras from Axis, Bosch, Hanwha and Oncam.
To supplement this, Abloy UK provided CLIQ technology to create a sophisticated access control and key management solution.
CLIQ combines digital and mechanical technology, delivering the benefits of proven physical security and full digital management.
It also helps to increase individual accountability, as keys are programmed to provide permission based on approved levels of access.
This, in turn, creates a traceable system, enabling Rowan View to see who used which key, and when.
And any lost or misplaced keys can simply be deleted from the system, eliminating the risk of unauthorised access or escalating replacement costs.
In addition, the futureproofed technology means the system can be expanded as required and software upgrades are included.
Abloy UK also worked to ensure the system was compliant and in line with legislation for patent protection.
Neil Hughes, system integrator channel manager at Abloy UK, said: “Rowan View is an exceptional state-of-the-art facility, and it required an impressive security system to match.
“Thanks to the partnership with Grantfen, I believe we’ve achieved this, providing effective key management and convenience to all users of the building.
“There are now over 30,000 CLIQ products installed in healthcare settings across the UK.”