Access control systems in transports

Air, land and sea transport is particularly vulnerable from a security perspective. This is especially true for public transport where the huge passenger flows create major risk, underlining the need for access control

A threefold access control challenge

In the air, sea and land transport industry, access control systems must offer superior service quality without compromising on personal safety or the free movement of users and goods. With its solutions installed at thousands of sites in the transport industry, Locken has the expertise to address these requirements.

An access control solution tailored to the size of the infrastructure

With airports, stations, motorways and railways, the transport industry stands out with the sheer size of its infrastructure. For instance, the hundreds of miles of fencing along a railway line or motorway and the hundreds of gates need high levels of protection. Harbours and airports are also surrounded by fences that may span several thousand acres.
These outdoor facilities are at the mercy of the weather, be it extreme sunshine, snow or salt.  They are also sometimes located far from the electrical grid in the case of railway tunnel shafts and some stretches of motorway. Building enclosures are also unusually large, with space for technical facilities, terminals and baggage handling zones in airports.
The Locken electronic access control solution is the answer to these issues.
No cables are needed for the locks as the key supplies the required power and access rights to the cylinder which implies easy installation and minimal maintenance. The solution is especially suited to sprawling or isolated sites, such as motorway and railway emergency exits.
The Locken electronic key has the IP 66-67-68-69 rating, meaning it’s designed to protect against intrusion from foreign bodies and pressurised water jets, and particularly hardy in the event of damp, rain and dust. It was designed with cutting-edge contactless electromagnetic induction technology, preventing any bad connections caused by corrosion.

Multi-activity facilities require bespoke access control solutions

There is more to major transport infrastructure than miles of fencing alongside a railway track, dock or runway. The railway industry, for instance, uses electrical substations, technical installations (lifts, ventilation systems, pumps, etc.) and tunnel shafts for aeration purposes.
The port industry may comprise fire containment areas on the docks (where access is restricted to the fire brigade), telecommunications areas (Wi-Fi repeaters) and harbour signalling systems (lights), not to mention offices for port police, storage areas (fuel, materials, etc.) and maintenance rooms.
These areas all need access control solutions tailored to each place and lock. To meet these needs, Locken has masterminded an extensive range of electronic locks and padlocks. Latest-generation electronic keys are compatible with mechanical locks, which may prove useful when accessing less sensitive areas. All solutions are controlled by the same software.

The demand for superior service quality

A seamless, standardised access control solution is needed to boost service quality and allow maintenance companies and staff easy access to the right place at the right time.
A single Locken electronic key with the necessary access rights can open a vast number of locks and replace cumbersome bunches of keys. This frees up officials when opening gates or moving between sites.

The security challenge

The main priority is to ward off any malicious intrusion attempts and potentially devastating consequences.
With the Locken solution, users can accurately configure and control access. Any openings or attempted break-ins are logged in the electronic key’s memory and sent to the central software. This enables security managers to accurately verify each user’s activity.
The Bluetooth version of the key offers even greater control as access rights can also be updated on site using a smartphone and the MyLocken app. This approach ties in with increasingly strict security policies.
What’s more, the cylinders have CEN 1303 certification, which guarantees their resistance to drilling and vandalism.
As well as the risk of intrusion, the second challenge involves dealing with unforeseen incidents, such as fires and passenger accidents. It is essential that the emergency services can reach the incident site unimpeded.
The Locken electronic access control solution comes with a backup key configured with unlimited rights. This gives the fire brigade and police round-the-clock access all areas with no need to update access rights.

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25 february 2015


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