Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Access Control in a Post COVID World - Using tech to address evolving needs


The experience of the Covid-19 pandemic has made us all more conscious of who is coming and going from our property.  Whether it is a home, a business premises, industrial site or a public building, owners want full control over access for protection and peace of mind.

What’s more, the issue of contact has come to the fore. While the interior of a property can be reorganised to accommodate social distancing, one-way systems and hand sanitiser stations, we need to consider how can we come and go from a facility whilst minimsing the risk of infection through surfaces.  And it’s not just about the permanent tenants -  we want to protect all people within a premises –  residents, the workforce, visitors, delivery drivers and customers.


As we now look at access control in a new light an automated entry and exit can go a long way to giving businesses and property owners peace of mind. This offers an opportunity for manufacturers and installers of access control technologies.  But any investment recommended to a customer must be proportionate and appropriate for use.

There is also the question of balancing the need for control with the context of the property, ensuring that buildings and communal spaces remain welcoming environments.

Combining existing automation products with the latest facial recognition and access control technologies offers the option of creating a contactless entry/exit system.

Here are some considerations to make before you specify a solution for a customer:

Automated gates – managing external access

Automated gates can be a great way to manage who has access to a property, for both vehicles and pedestrians, and can form an effective part of the overall security provision.

While the gate itself will provide physical security, the customer will want to feel in control of who enters the site, when and for what purpose.

There are different options available. Intercom systems will allow the user to vet visitors, keypad entry can allow remote access for visitors with a specific code, remote controls allow an oncoming driver to open the gates without getting out of the vehicle, and a timer control can be used to open or close the gates at certain times of the day.

Vehicle detection loops can be installed discreetly under the tarmac allowing the presence of vehicles to exit the gates and prevent closing whilst obstructed.

Automatic doors – Internal control systems

Control of a property should not just be limited to the external area; an internal access control solution can help to manage who has access to the property. It can even offer a view of who is in or outside of the building and provide a record of who has accessed the facilities within a time period.

Pedestrian Speed Gates and automatic doors used with facial recognition systems or sensors can create a touchless entry and exit solution. This same technology can even complement a security system by limiting visitors to certain areas of the building without the need for additional staff.

Pedestrian Speed Gates come in a range of different styles suitable for almost any environment and are designed to be an unobtrusive part of security provision. Equally door automation systems can work on sliding or swinging doors and can be sensor controlled for a truly touchless experience.

Facial recognition systems and thermal imaging

Airports across the globe have been using thermal scanning for some time and it’s not unusual to find face temperature or recognition devices in high security environments.

During the recent pandemic, this tech has become much more mainstream and a host of new products have entered the market. Face temperature devices are not intended to diagnose or monitor any medical condition or illness but are designed as a first-line defence for organisations that want to identify and check people entering their buildings. It is down to the organisation to determine how that information is used, and the appropriate action to take.

The combination of thermal imaging and infrared face detection makes for an accurate, secure and stable assessment.  Linked to access control, these devices can be used at entry points or to secure a specific area within a facility – they can be a fixed terminal or portable device. What’s more it offers a cost-effective way of controlling who has access to your building and when their access is allowed

This type of terminal is ideal for construction, manufacturing, small or large companies, food processing, education hospitals and surgeries.

Futureproofing access control

We don’t know what the future holds or whether we will be faced with another threat such as the Covid-19 pandemic and we need to be conscious that changes to our working and living spaces aren’t just a knee jerk reaction to a short-term crisis. We need to plan for the long term, to ensure our properties are fit for the future.

For advice on access control and the range of technologies available visit bftautomationuk.com or call the northern team on 0161 456 0456 or the southern team on 01488 674750.




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Monday, 10 August 2020

New Tool Theft App achieves BSI Kitemark for Secure Digital Applications


As companies start to emerge from COVID-19 restrictions they face many business challenges – not least introducing new working practices, such as social distancing and workplace cleaning to protect customers, visitors and contractors.

Secured by Design (SBD), the official police security initiative, advises that criminals too will be looking to return to their pre-COVID-19 activities. So security should be on the agenda too, especially around protecting tools from being stolen from premises and vehicles. This is because it continues to be a high volume crime – attractive to professional gangs and opportunist thieves alike.

Although theft of tools is not specifically documented in national crime statistics, there are many sources available that indicate the size and scale of the problem.

For example, in response to a Freedom of Information request, West Midlands police disclosed they had 4,391 thefts from vans in the calendar year 2018 and 4,708 in the previous year.

In a similar request to the Metropolitan Police, it was disclosed there were 14,256 thefts from vans with £14million of stolen property between April 2018 – March 2019.



Simply Business, a UK insurer of small to medium-sized businesses, reported in November 2019 that tool theft claims from premises and vehicles had increased by 54% between 2016-18. Their research of 1,000 UK tradespeople in August 2019 found more than one in three (37%) had become a victim of tool theft with the average loss of earnings and cost of replacing tools of £3,000.

In October 2019, the Federation of Master Builders found 78% of Britain’s builders had tools stolen over the last ten years. Of working days lost to tool theft over this period, 29% of builders said 1-2 days, 16% 2-5 days and 7% five working days or more.

The same month, the Federation of Small Businesses published that the total cost to small businesses in England and Wales of crimes like burglary, theft and criminal damage (non-cyber crime) is £12.9bn every year. 

SBD has more than 800 member companies with thousands of products in more than 30 different crime categories that have achieved our Police Preferred Specification. A number of these companies specialise in vehicle security to protect vans and tools.

Products range from wheel clamps and steering wheel locks through to internally anchored security boxes, property marking and forensic coding systems, key fob and signalling blockers, and tracking systems.

We now have our first member company that has an app specifically developed to combat tool theft, which has achieved the BSI Kitemark for Secure Digital Applications. With company and product sharing the same name, the Tool Watch App encourages users to register the make, serial number and photo of their tools onto the app.

This enables police, who have their own interface, to carry out on-the-spot checks to see whether tools they have recovered have been stolen – providing the opportunity for police to reunite crime victims with their tools. The app is being piloted by the Metropolitan Police.

The product was raised in the House of Commons on 8 June 2020 by MP Bim Afolami (Hitchen and Harpenden), who asked the Minister for Crime and Policing, Kit Malthouse, whether he would champion the Tool Watch App to police forces.

The Minister replied that there was a lot more the Government could do to harness technology to fight crime and, when COVID-19 restrictions allowed, he would be keen to meet its developers and see the Tool Watch App for himself.


SBD advises businesses of all sizes to take steps to protect their tools and secure their vans. It may seem like an optional purchase, but it could save considerable business disruption.

Visit: www.securedbydesign.com






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Sunday, 9 August 2020

Gooding & Company Joins Concours of Elegance for Greatest Auction of the Year

1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports
The Concours of Elegance, presented by A. Lange & Söhne, is delighted that the leading automotive auction house, Gooding & Company, will present the greatest classic car auction of the year at the 2020 Concours of Elegance. 

The “Passion of a Lifetime” auction, originally slated for April, marks the first time Gooding & Company has ever held an auction outside of the United States of America.

The UK’s finest concours d’elegance event will be a fitting setting for the world’s leading automotive auction house to present for viewing a selection of automotive masterpieces from a revered private collection. 

These vehicles represent a meticulous commitment to bring together the most coveted and valuable examples of European sports and racing automobiles of the 20th century.

1924 Vauxhall 30-98 Type OE Wensum
Taking place from 4th-6th September, the Concours of Elegance is the first major international concours d’elegance since March, bringing together the global motoring community for the first time in six months. The Gooding & Company “Passion of a Lifetime” sale is yet another example of perfectly curated content at the Concours of Elegance. 

This year’s displays include a line-up of the McLaren F1 GTRs that triumphed at Le Mans in 1995, a display of championship-winning Formula One cars in celebration of 70 years of F1 and – as ever – a hand-picked collection of the world’s rarest cars. In total, nearly 1,000 cars will be on display across the weekend.


James Brooks-Ward, Concours of Elegance CEO, said: 
“From our venue to our cars to our sponsors, we hand-pick each and every aspect of the Concours of Elegance. Really, there can only be one auction house with the global renown necessary to host an auction at our event, and it’s Gooding & Company.
“David Gooding has been an active member of our Steering Committee and a great supporter of ours and we’re delighted to be able to bring 2020’s greatest auction to Hampton Court Palace. It’s the latest development in what will be an astonishing event, at a time when many of us need it most.”


The Gooding & Company “Passion of a Lifetime” lots will display at Hampton Court Palace from Friday 4 September and through to the end of Saturday 5 September. The auction itself will take place in the Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace, amongst the event, on Saturday 5 September. 

Enthusiasts worldwide can watch the live auction broadcast on Gooding & Company’s website, YouTube channel, and mobile apps for iOS and Android, with telephone and absentee bidding available. 

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
In total, 15 cars will form the auction lots, including a 1934 Bugatti Type 59, widely regarded as the most significant and original competition Bugatti. With a number of historic victories and pole positions to its name, this Type 59 was then sold to King Leopold III of Belgium in 1938, and remains in the original condition of his ownership. 

Alongside the Bugatti is a one-of-19 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, the sole example finished in Peony Red and considered to be one of the very best, most original DB GT Zagatos in existence. 

1952 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback
The Gooding & Company sale will also include further Aston Martins, Bentleys, Bugattis, Lamborghinis, Lancias, a Rolls-Royce, and a Vauxhall.

David Gooding, President and Founder, Gooding & Company, said: 
“It is our great honor for Gooding & Company to present ‘Passion of a Lifetime’ at the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace. Car enthusiasts from around the globe have been anticipating this event since we announced in December of 2019. The world is eager to witness the bidding as these exceptional motorcars find their new homes.”

Tickets to the Concours of Elegance are available to buy now from concoursofelegance.co.uk

Complete List of Passion of a Lifetime Offerings:

  • 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato (Estimate: £7,000,000 – £9,000,000)
  • 1955 Aston Martin DB3S (Estimate: £3,000,000 – £4,000,000)
  • 1935 Aston Martin Ulster (Estimate: £1,600,000 – £2,200,000)
  • 1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Cabriolet (Estimate: £450,000 – £600,000)
  • 1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Sports Tourer (Estimate: £350,000 – £450,000)
  • 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports (Estimate: In Excess of £10,000,000)
  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante (Estimate: In Excess of £7,000,000)
  • 1928 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix (Estimate: In Excess of £3,000,000)
  • 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Speciale (Estimate: £1,600,000 – £2,000,000)
  • 1965 Lamborghini 350 GT (Estimate: £400,000 – £550,000)
  • 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America (Estimate: £700,000 – £900,000)
  • 1959 Lancia Flaminia 2500 Sport (Estimate: £400,000 – £500,000)
  • 1924 Lancia Lambda 3rd Series Torpédo (Estimate: £320,000 – £400,000)
  • 1919 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Alpine Eagle Tourer (Estimate: £1,000,000 – £1,400,000)
  • 1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE-Type Wensum (Estimate: £800,000 – £1,200,000)



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Saturday, 8 August 2020

New Products to make Workplaces and Public Spaces COVID-Secure


Procter Contracts is launching new products to make workplaces and public spaces COVID-secure in line with current guidelines from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) and UK Government. 

These will help businesses, schools, further education establishments, councils and other organisations open their doors and get back to operating in as normal a way as possible.

First of the new products is a fully automatic body temperature monitoring (BTM) system comprising a thermal imaging camera with sophisticated software to interpret the imagery, and a Blackbody unit that maintains its front surface at a constant 35 degrees C so the thermal camera always has a reliable reference point. 

These two units are mounted on tripods 3m apart so they are quick and easy to install or move from one location to another. Software in the camera uses facial recognition technology to pinpoint foreheads and take accurate readings.

If an individual’s temperature is detected as being higher than normal, the software raises an alert signal. This triggers the integral warning light and siren, and the signal can also be integrated with, for example, a third-party access control system. In addition, signals can be transmitted to a central monitoring system and/or a local screen for viewing by staff. 

A ‘high’ temperature is just one of the possible symptoms of COVID-19 and this indication alone does not determine whether or not an individual has the virus, but thermographic CCTV cameras are recognised as a quick and unobtrusive way to provide rapid preliminary screening.

The second new BTM system from Procter Contracts is a facial recognition access control terminal. This completes both facial recognition and temperature measurement in less than a second. If a ‘high’ temperature is detected, the system sounds an audible warning. 

Furthermore, if the system is integrated with barriers or gates it can deny access to individuals with elevated temperatures. Customers can specify these BTM systems on their own or with stands for positioning on floors or, alternatively, with brackets for mounting adjacent to barriers or gates.

A lower-cost alternative to the thermal CCTV and facial recognition systems is Procter’s OBTM-FS1 intelligent freestanding BTM terminal. This non-contact system measures wrist temperature at a distance of between 1cm and 4cm. 

Quick, easy and hygienic to use, the OBTM-FS1 is mounted on a height-adjustable stainless steel stand and has an integral real-time temperature display and an alarm that is triggered if an abnormal temperature is detected. 

In addition, the 7-inch screen displays the number of normal and abnormal temperature readings that have been taken. The OBTM-FS1 is suitable for a variety of indoor applications such as schools, offices, shops, gyms and public transport hubs.

As well as the temperature monitoring systems outlined above, Procter Contracts is now supplying Hand Sanitiser Stations. Wall-mounting, desktop (countertop) and freestanding versions are available, with all accepting standard bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

John Procter, Director of Procter Bros Ltd, comments: 
“I am delighted that Procter Contracts is helping the UK to battle the coronavirus pandemic and get businesses and other organisations back to normal operations. Our business can trace its roots back to 1740 and in the last 280 years we have supported customers through a variety of crises.
“Aside from the body temperature monitoring systems and the hand sanitiser stations, if there is anything we can do to help your organisation get back to work, please get in touch and we will do whatever we can to help.”

For more information about products to help your organisation be COVID-secure, go to www.proctercontracts.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Procter Contracts to discuss specific requirements by emailing Enquiries@ProcterContracts.co.uk or telephone 0800 294 4177.




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Friday, 7 August 2020

Owners of Extra Wide Garages are Now Enjoying the Benefits of SWS UK’s SeceuroGlide Sectional Elite


Earlier in the year, SeceuroGlide manufacturer SWS UK revealed that following substantial in-house product development, they were now able to manufacture their SeceuroGlide Sectional Elite garage door to unprecedented widths of up to six metres. 

This exciting new change has proven to be a welcome development by installers, while homeowners with exceptionally large garages have been delighted to discover that they too can enjoy the benefits of a luxurious SeceuroGlide sectional garage door.

SWS UK’s range of SeceuroGlide sectional garage doors combine innovative safety and security features and are produced using high-quality materials and SWS UK’s exacting manufacturing processes. 

The feature-packed SeceuroGlide Sectional Elite is a side-sprung door which uses a unique track connecting system and a patented running mechanism which provides smooth operation and a strong, durable door.

One homeowner who has taken advantage of SWS UK’s increased sectional garage door sizes is a customer of SeceuroGlide installer, Local Garage Door Services. 

The installer, who covers all of Yorkshire attended their customer’s stunning newbuild home in the Selby district of North Yorkshire in October of last year to survey the owner’s garage for a new door.

Upon arrival it quickly became evident that the garage opening was not a standard size, and after measuring, Local Garage Door Services discovered that they in fact required a garage door measuring 4500mm wide! 

The survey also revealed the necessity for the new garage door to have excellent insulation qualities as the garage was attached to the house, and housed a separate access door into the property. 

The homeowner was concerned that garage door options would be limited, due to the unconventional size of their opening, so Local Garage Door Services were delighted to inform them that SeceuroGlide manufacturer, SWS UK, had recently announced an increase in manufacturing sizes from 3050mm to an impressive 6000mm on their Sectional Elite.

With an insulating value of 0.51 W/m2k, fully automatic operation and excellent security features, the customer was impressed with the specification provided with the Sectional Elite and opted for the ultra-modern, un-ribbed 40mm Polyisocyanurate (PIR) energy-efficient panels in Chartwell Green, which pleasingly, was an exact match with their newly installed front door. 


Manufactured and supplied by SWS UK in November, Local Garage Door Services completed the installation in one day. The homeowner, who uses the garage to securely park their cars, praised the quality of their newly installed door and complimented Local Garage Door Services on their excellent workmanship. In fact, they were so pleased with the overall look, design and quality of the door, that they later went on to purchase a SeceuroGlide roller garage door for the rear of their property!

In addition to an increase in manufacturing sizes, SWS UK now supply their SeceuroGlide Sectional Elite garage doors with newly developed spring covers, which as well as delivering aesthetic benefits will also provide additional protection against anything becoming caught in the spring. Where applicable, SWS UK has confirmed that a belt-rail bracket will also be supplied as standard.

For further information on SWS UK’s range of SeceuroGlide Sectional garage doors, please visit www.sws.co.uk or email Customer Services customer.services@swsuk.co.uk




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Thursday, 6 August 2020

Case Study: IN2 Access Provides Solution for Narrow Access


Oswestry-based IN2 Access & Control Ltd. helps a UK business in the hospitality sector with a common problem that needed a creative solution. 

Problem: 
As part of ensuring their pub was COVID-secure and safe to welcome back customers, controlling the flow of people in and out of the restrooms was understandably an important issue and a top priority.

Like many properties, the entrance to the single-use restroom is located at the end of a long narrow hallway. The business needed a way to make sure queues were not forming in the hallway where social distancing would be difficult.

Solution: 
Derek Foreman, Sales Director at IN2 Access & Control worked with the pub owner to devise a system using a two-colour LED traffic light and photocell switch. 

The red/green traffic light was placed at the front of the hallway facing the customers (fig. 1). 

An RP25 reflective photo-electric switch was placed just inside the hallway, casting an invisible beam across which would be broken by customers heading towards the restroom (fig. 2). 

That would cause the switch to activate turning the green traffic light to red, indicating the restroom was in use.



A flip flop relay (fig. 3) was also used to keep the light red until the customer walks back out of the hallway, breaking the photocell beam and switching the light back to green, indicating the restroom was available again.

In cases where a parent is taking their child to the restroom (and thus the beam could be crossed twice in a short space of time –switching the light back to green prematurely), a further refinement was made. A timer (fig. 4) was integrated to avoid the traffic light turning green if the beam is broken twice within a five second interval.

“It was a simple but effective solution to a problem that many businesses might be facing,” Derek Foreman, Sales and Marketing Director at IN2 Access & Control said.
“Businesses want to make sure their customers stay safe and we were happy to help. We can see this type of system work for a variety of situations where you want to avoid people queueing in confined spaces. ”

For additional information regarding this case or for bespoke solutions to a unique problem, contact IN2 Access & Control via email sales@in2access.co.uk, telephone 01691 655150, or visit www.in2access.co.uk.




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Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Hörmann UK takes Panattoni Park Luton to the next level


Located on one of the most prominent and advantageous sites on the Southern M1, Panattoni Park Luton offers 414,000 sq. ft of prime logistics and manufacturing warehousing space.

As the UK’s largest speculative developer, Panattoni continues to drive forward its commitment to producing smarter, faster developments that have the smallest carbon footprint possible, with Panattoni Park Luton being one of its most recent examples.

The state-of-the-art development comprises of two separate units, with Hörmann UK supplying a total of 44 Loading Bays, including both Standard and Double Deck Docks, to provide potential occupiers with flexible loading solutions that will continue to meet their future needs.

10 of Hörmann UK’s Level Access Doors, 20 Fire Exit Doors and a range of additional safety devices have also been installed across the two warehouses. The innovations were specified by Panattoni to ensure it provides the highest standards in efficiency and functionality for a diverse range of supply chain operators.

The development’s prime location poses an attractive proposition for potential occupiers, with London only 36 miles away and Luton Airport just a seven mile drive. UK major ports, including Felixstowe, London Gateway, Southampton and Dover, are also within easy HGV drive times, while a proposal for a new link road from junction 11a of the M1 to the A6 has also been approved.

Unit 1, Luton 346, is available for immediate occupation and spans 346,000 sq. ft of warehousing space, featuring a clear internal height of 15 metres and 12,839 sq. ft of office area located over two floors.

Chosen by Panattoni to provide potential occupiers with a premium offering, 38 of Hörmann UK’s Standard and Double Deck Loading Bays are installed throughout the warehouse, with each of the 34 Standard Loading Bays featuring a 3500mm long Dock Leveller with a 1000mm telescopic lip.

This innovative design provides a safe working range above and below dock for maximum operational efficiency, while the tail lift slot covers prevent debris from collecting underneath, for enhanced service life. The bays have also been installed with Hörmann UK’s DTS collapsible Frame Shelter and Vertica Lift Sectional Doors, which are constructed using a unique thermal frame system that provides enhanced U-value ratings and increased operational efficiency.

The four Double Deck Loading Bays also feature a 4500mm DTS-G Dock Shelter to facilitate the loading and unloading process for a diverse fleet of vehicles. This enables occupiers to transport goods in and out of the warehouse using larger double deck trucks, as well as standard sized heavy goods vehicles for optimum operational efficiency.

For improved thermal performance, the Double Deck Docks are fitted with secondary electric roller blind top flaps to provide an efficient seal on smaller vehicles when using the bay.

Eight of Hörmann UK’s vertical lift Level Access Doors have also been installed throughout Unit 1, along with 13 of its heavy duty Fire Exit Doors. The combination of these industrial solutions are designed to provide the highest levels of safety, efficiency and security throughout the entire unit.

Fergie Taylor, Head of Development Delivery at Panattoni, said: 
“Since October 2017, Panattoni has committed to more than 8.5 million sq. ft of new projects within the UK, with a development value of £1 billion. The recent completion of Panattoni Park Luton fulfils our ambitions in delivering only the very best in warehousing solutions at key locations across the UK.  
“Our latest contract with Hörmann UK, which will continue its supply of products to key Panattoni developments throughout 2020 and 2021, will further drive our dedication to delivering the highest standards in quality and innovation for logistics solutions.”  

The second unit, Luton 69, spans 69,000 sq. ft and has already been occupied by a leading electrical supplier. Four of Hörmann UK’s Standard Dock Bays and two Double Deck Dock Bays are installed throughout the site, along with seven Fire Exit Doors and two Level Access Doors.

Across both units, Hörmann UK’s resilient LED Vehicle Loading Lights have also been installed on each bay, along with rayon reinforced recycled tyre rubber dock buffers with wrap around 15mm steel face plates. This ensures all of the 44 loading bays offer the highest standards in safety, whilst subsequently streamlining the loading and unloading process for operators.

Phil Thorpe, Industrial Division Manager at Hörmann UK, said: 
“As the largest developer of logistics facilities in Europe, Panattoni sets the pace within the industry for delivering first class warehousing solutions. We are extremely proud to be one of its leading suppliers of loading solutions, providing our durable and reliable technologies for a range of its high profile sites across the UK, including the recently completed Panattoni Park Luton.”
To view Hörmann UK’s complete offering for the industrial market, visit www.hormann.co.uk or call 01530 516868.





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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

‘Checking in’ with Mul-T-Lock’s Access Control Solution


A hotel environment is fast-paced and ever changing, with staff and guests coming and going 24 hours a day. Despite this, it’s a business owner’s job to ensure that the building – and everyone in it – is safe and secure.

CLIQ® technology from leading security provider Mul-T-Lock offers a smart security solution for all types of hotels, resorts, holiday parks, B&Bs and short-break properties.

eCLIQ for hotel chains and holiday park resorts

Mul-T-Lock’s eCLIQ access control system utilises CLIQ® technology to allow hotel chains and holiday park resorts to manage access permissions remotely, from one central location, anywhere in the world.

This includes the ability to schedule individual access permissions for each key, as well as to provide time-limited access.



This is ideal for hotel chains with complex access and security requirements, as it allows tailored access for members of staff who may be coming and going at various times of the day, and also enables administrators to grant time-limited access to contractors and delivery drivers.

If a key is lost or a member of staff leaves, access can also be revoked, which is particularly useful for chains and parks with a high staff turnover, or those that employ seasonal staff for busier times of the year. This not only offers enhanced security but also significantly reduces whole life costing, as it removes the need to replace physical locks; and keys can be validated daily, weekly or monthly to keep them continuously secure.

The system’s audit trail capabilities also allow business owners to access comprehensive data illustrating who accesses which lock and when; ideal for those who are concerned about staff shrinkage or those who want to determine who should have access to certain assets.

Working on a modular system, eCLIQ locks are quick and easy to install with no cabling required. Not only is maintenance not required for up to 200,000 cycles, but key batteries are also fast and easy to replace once every 30,000 operations, at a nominal cost to the business, with no need for specialist tools.

CLIQ Go for B&Bs and short-break properties

With short-break properties, access is needed by a variety of personnel who all have their own individual requirements. Business owners, delivery drivers, cleaning staff and of course guests themselves, are just a few examples of people who each require specific access permissions.

Mul-T-Lock’s CLIQ Go access control system allows small to medium sized short-break property owners to remotely manage security ‘on the go’. It boasts all the benefits of eCLIQ, but can be managed by a designated administrator via the CLIQ Go app.



This includes the ability to schedule individual access permissions for each key, provide time-limited access, and revoke access to particular keys as and when needed – making it particularly useful for properties that have a constant turnover of guests.

The high security locks are easy to configure, are suitable for all door types and can be easily fitted by a local locksmith. With no cabling, the cylinders can be retrofit to existing doors without causing any mess or disruption.

All eCLIQ cylinders are suitable for a number of different applications, from drawers and cabinets housing confidential documents to all-weather padlocks for exterior gates. In fact, just one key can access doors, cupboards, elevators, machines and many other locking devices.

To learn more about CLIQ® technology and Mul-T-Lock’s expertise working alongside hotel chains and short-break property owners, please call 01902 364200, email internalsales@mul-t-lock.co.uk or visit www.mul-t-lock.co.uk.






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Monday, 3 August 2020

State of the Art Hospital Benefits from P C Henderson’s Sirocco System


Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has been specified for a state of the art hospital build in Breda, Holland.

Covering 128,000 square metres, the new ultra-modern Amphia Hospital was officially opened in November 2019. The design brief focused on creating a new world of medical care – aiming for increased one to one patient contact, shorter waiting times, the highest level of health care and a peaceful and comfortable environment.

A key component in achieving this was the design layout of 514 private luxury rooms with adjoining bathrooms. The contactor wanted to ensure ease of movement around the room - as well as enhanced privacy and comfort. 

A key solution in achieving this was through the specification of a sliding door system to separate the main room from the bathroom. P C Henderson’s Sirocco system was identified as the best solution for the project.


Rene van den Biggelaar, Business Unit Manager at P C Henderson Holland, commented: 
“Our Sirocco sliding door system is extremely popular in healthcare applications due to its integrated hydraulic self-closing feature which ensures the door always comes to a safe and gentle close”.
In order to ensure a system that worked well for both patients and staff – a test room was set up during the build which was used for a number of months. This provided valuable feedback which led to some further customization of the product to ensure the best user experience. 

“The contractor required a system which could work with a 1.35m wide door - ensuring that even a hospital bed could be maneuvered through into the bathroom if required. We achieved this by manufacturing a custom made 2850mm length of track to replace the systems usual 2200mm track. We also designed a custom made stop which would allow the door to be held open half way across the opening - when only a small walk way was required”, continued Rene.
 Home to over 4000 employees, the hospital is one of the largest clinical hospitals in the Netherlands and utilises some of the most innovative medical technology.

With a key focus on patient comfort - patients are provided with their own iPad, which they can use for entertainment purposes, as well as to order from a menu of over 25 nutritional hot meals.

Sustainability is also high on the hospitals agenda – with systems in place to generate approximately 85% of its own energy needs. 

The use of P C Henderson’s Sirocco system assisted towards this through its hydraulic self-closing feature which requires zero electric input.

Sirocco sliding door gear caters for doors weighing up to 80kg and is available with a number of optional extras to further add to the sophistication of the product – including a delayed closing timer and fascia. 

Visit www.pchenderson.com for further details.






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Sunday, 2 August 2020

Blue Diamond Riley Services partners with Historic Car Charity, StarterMotor


StarterMotor, a charity founded to promote historic car usage, skills and industry involvement for the next generation, is proud to announce that it is now supported by historic car specialist, Blue Diamond Riley Services.

Blue Diamond Riley Services, a leading specialist in the servicing, repair and restoration of historic vehicles, and in particular Rileys, has agreed to take responsibility for the charity’s ‘Young Drivers’ cars.

This fleet of vintage and classic cars are held by the charity for use by young drivers, and they will now be maintained by BDRS without charge.

In addition to ensuring that the StarterMotor vehicles are safe for the road and fit for use, BDRS has committed to supporting StarterMotor financially by encouraging all customers to add a donation to each invoice paid.


StarterMotor CEO David Withers said:
“We’ve been supported by the Blue Diamond Riley Services team since StarterMotor was founded. They’ve helped us out on several occasions without fuss or fanfare, so this partnership takes our relationship to the next level.
“BDRS, and its Managing Director John Lomas are keenly involved in charitable projects, and so I’m delighted that they have undertaken to help engage the next generation in historic motoring.”

Blue Diamond Riley Services is actively investing in the next generation as a business by employing three apprentice mechanics onto its staff via the Heritage Skills Academy.

These three young apprentices will be invited by StarterMotor to attend the events of charity partners, such as the Bicester Heritage Scrambles, and selected events from Hero ERA and Goodwood. They will also enjoy priority access to the ‘Young Drivers’ loan fleet


John Lomas, BDRS Managing Director, commented:

“We passionately believe in the fun and community to be found in the historic car world and we know it’s vital to be telling young people all about it. We’re delighted to team up with StarterMotor as they are the industry’s leading charity, and are admirably focused on engaging the enthusiasts of tomorrow.”

StarterMotor is a Charity based at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire, which has the aim of getting young people driving, maintaining and enjoying classic cars.


In an ageing society, the next generation of enthusiasts has to be provided with a route into the historic motoring world, in order that the heritage surrounding classic cars does not disappear.

The car world is undergoing seismic technical changes, attitudes to driving and the ambition to own a car, particularly amongst the Millennial generation, is changing too.

StarterMotor believes that the historic car world can provide a real haven in the digital age, through enjoyment, adventure and community. It’s a place to belong; where friendship, common interest and mechanical fun are self-evident.

StarterMotor is determined to ensure that young people are welcomed into the historic motoring community by supporting them in their ambitions and promoting access to classic cars.

Website: startermotor.co
Facebook: facebook.com/startermotorcharity
Twitter: @startermotoruk





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