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Lift control for Ty Admiral

Sovereign Fire and Security has recently installed building management products at Ty Admiral in Cardiff. The new access control and lift destination system reduces time spent by staff queuing, the installer says. The system, developed with access control product company TDSi and the lift manufacturer OTIS, is the first one of its kind in the UK, the firms say.

Admiral is one of the largest employers in South Wales and has recently moved to their new HQ, Ty Admiral in Cardiff, with about 2500 people. Admiral saw a problem with staff waiting for lifts at break times, lunch times and other busy times of the day in its previous Cardiff building. Admiral commissioned Sovereign to install access control and lift destination into the design of their premises.

Previously upon entry employees would call the lift and choose the floor they needed. With the new integrated system, once the employee’s card is presented to the access reader at the secure speed gate, a message is sent to the system and an LCD screen displays the lift number that the employee needs to enter. The lift will already be set to their destination. The system will also send anyone else entering the building who needs to go to the same floor, to the same lift. This saves time not having to stop at each floor.

The new lift destination system also makes the company more green by saving electricity. Mike Sussman, Technical Director at TDSi said: “This solution utilises TDSi’s newly developed component for our EXgarde security management software and is largely the result of developments in network access and fully integrated security systems. Whilst this project was a bespoke development for Ty Admiral, this integration tool will be available to all our customers moving forward. Additionally, there is an option to integrate directly with the keypad on a modern lift, to ensure access for the individual is limited to authorised floors only and can be amended quickly and simply by the security team.”

And Marek Jakubczyk, Managing Director at Sovereign Fire and Security said: “Our company is leading the way in innovation to help businesses become more efficient through clever business management systems using the latest technology. The new access control and lift destination system at Ty Admiral is a great example of how technology can be used with security systems to enable the business to run more effectively. Ty Admiral’s system also has the added benefit of being more energy efficient and decreasing time wasted on breaks.”

Avonmouth, Bristol-based Sovereign Fire and Security last year were named TDSi’s UK Platinum Partner of the Year 2014; visit


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