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Card capture reader at Shard

Access card capture readers have been fitted at the Shard in London.

Standing at 87 storeys high, the Shard building with its crystalline facade houses high end offices, restaurants, apartments, a five-star hotel and a public viewing platform. Access control system product company Nortech and Gunnebo Security Group provided products. Nortech’s MRC350 motorised card capture reader secures the entrance. Any system had to have a modern and elegant design to complement the building while being effective at preventing unauthorised access.

Gunnebo was able to provide SpeedStile FL products, slimmed-down gates and half-height turnstiles, controlled with Nortech’s MRC350, as designed for use at entrances and exits. The MRC350 units are compatible with Gunnebo access control systems and turnstiles.

Simon Preston, Marketing Manager at Gunnebo UK said: “The integration allowed us to provide the Shard with a stylish, efficient and secure access control solution, which eliminated bottlenecks whilst maintaining the flow of visitors and staff. We are very pleased with the result.”

Nortech says that its MRC350 is designed to be cost-saving because of the infrequent need to replace unreturned cards. It avoids the need for dedicated visitor turnstiles or gates and the intelligent ‘Capture or Return’ mechanism enables the same reader to be used for staff and visitors. The MRC350 can be used to read any ISO proximity or smart cards, using integrated third party readers to avoid bottlenecks at entry and exit points.

As a front-end device, the card capture reader can replace any standard proximity or smart card reader and provide card capture under instruction from an access control unit. It can be integrated into roadside pedestals, turnstiles or any appropriate housing as an OEM card reader for access control use. The card data is read by an attached reader and passed onto an access control unit. The access control unit then makes a decision based on this data and signals back to the card capture unit to either capture or return the card, and to indicate whether or not the card has been accepted. The MRC350 can use third party readers to support any card format, making it ideal for integration into existing systems.

An animated video of the MRC350 card capture reader is available at



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