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Access Control

Logistics guide

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has launched a new free guide for the logistics sector. The aim: to help businesses understand the importance of keeping sites protected.

According to the Freight Transport Association’s Logistic Report 2011, ‘truck crime cost the logistics industry around £250m per year, through lost loads, damage to vehicles and through injury to drivers’. While many incidents may happen as vehicles are on the road, monitoring access to deposits and head office sites is critical to safety of operations.

Mike Sussman, Chairman of the Access Control section of the trade association, says: “The sites of companies operating in the logistics and road transport industries have a transient population of staff, drivers and contractors, with many vehicles of all sizes requiring easy yet secured access to the premises. Moreover, goods dealt with by these companies can range from high value products such as computers and IT equipment to daily goods such as food and household materials, so ensuring access is restricted solely to authorised people is pivotal to secure against threats such as theft, vandalism or, in more critical scenarios, tampering with products or vehicles for terrorism purposes. Access control systems are all designed to allow access only to people with the necessary authority, to ensure that goods and staff are protected, whilst helping manage known or anticipated threats. They can vary from proximity card readers, smart cards or pin pads to more sophisticated measures such as biometric systems (including finger print reading or iris scanning), which are becoming increasingly popular for high security areas.”

The growing scope of the technology means that it can be flexibly employed to cover security functions, as well as to improve operational efficiency, monitor the through-flow of people and vehicles, provide health and safety support or even, based on recent developments, improve site energy efficiency by allowing integrated Energy Management Systems to determine the heating required for an area based on its occupancy, as recorded by access system.

The BSIA’s Access Control guide for the Utilities sector is available for download on the BSIA’s publications website,  by searching for form 137. For more information on the BSIA’s Access Control section, or to find a member near you, visit


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