Security Upgrade for UK Power Networks
Abloy UK has been awarded a five-year contract to upgrade mechanical locking systems at high and low voltage distribution facilities operated by UK Power Networks with electromechanical and more advanced mechanical solutions.
Products specified by UK Power Networks, which owns and maintains the electricity distribution network across South East England, the East of England and London, include Abloy’s PROTEC2 CLIQ® electromechanical and PROTEC2 mechanical padlocks and cylinders, which will be controlled and administered using a new CIPE Manager operating system.
It is anticipated the security solutions manufacturer will supply around 9,500 padlocks annually under the contract, together with programmable PROTEC2 CLIQ Bluetooth Low Energy keys, enabling UK Power Network’s system to be expanded conveniently in the future.
The CLIQ platform offers high security and flexibility that supports the complex workflow of organisations in the energy sector by enabling audit trails to be generated for individual cylinders, padlocks, keys and system users.
If a key is lost or stolen this no longer creates a major security risk, because each individual key can be deactivated if required and have access rights changed or removed using a cloud-based management console to provide a dynamic security solution.
The battery powered CLIQ keys are programmable, so a temporary contractor can be issued with a key that permits entry to specific sites for a limited time period. After the authorisation period ends, the key cannot open the lock.