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After growth, the IT company Steria has recently expanded its access control system to cover more offices, so that now all of its 12 UK offices have the AC2000 system from CEM Systems, part of Tyco Security Products



That has included the installation of additional CEM S610 readers, introduction of PoE+ (Power over Ethernet Plus) and more software modules. Steria has offices in 16 countries, and has been using CEM’s AC2000 SE system since the first installation in 2006.  The AC2000 SE (Standard Edition) system at Steria has been designed to cover multiple offices without the need for a server at each site with devices at remote sites linked back to the central server via the internet. In recent years, AC2000 SE has been expanded to mirror the needs of this growing company.  Since the first order, the AC2000 has grown to take in more than 170 readers with 6000 cardholders.  Steria has over the years added software modules such as AC2000 VIPPS (Visual Imaging and Pass Production System), AC2000 Visitor Management and AC2000 Failover.

Ian MacQueen of Steria UK said: “Over the years CEM has consistently provided a solution to meet our access control and building security needs.  The AC2000 system has seamlessly grown with us, both in terms of size and functionality. The fact that we can use one highly secure access control system across all our offices in the UK also helps us achieve significant cost and efficiency savings.”


The AC2000 Visitors application installed at Steria allows staff on site to manage visitors via AC2000 SE.  System administrators can add visitor records and manage appointments, besides monitoring and controlling visitor access onsite. VIPPS lets Steria print passes for visitors and staff. A pass can include logos, signatures, barcodes and more and can be printed in multiple colours for visual identification.  This software can produce permanent and temporary passes. Steria has also opted to install AC2000 Failover to add to system resilience.  AC2000 Failover is used to create a copy of the main server so that in the event of server failure, a backup is available to eliminate system down time.  The switch between the two servers is seamless, with no administrator interaction required.


The DIU 230 PoE+ (Power over Ethernet Plus Door Interface Unit) provides power and communications to the door via a single Ethernet cable. The DIU 230 can be installed on the secure side of the door making it less vulnerable to vandalism and tampering.


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