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London refurb

Derwent London, a British-based property developer, acquired the White Chapel Building in central London, opposite Aldgate East Tube station, in December 2015. The FTSE 250 firm began a two-phase project to regenerate the eight-storey commercial building. Valued between £100m and £200m, it’s home to the international mobile call company, Lebara, and architecture and design firm, Perkins+Will. The lower floors, which are still being completed, are due to house a photography museum, Fotografiska.

The refurbishment required a new security system for tenants, that gave access to assigned floor/s and approved areas only; management of visitors; the ability to restrict unapproved visitors to lobby area; CCTV with remote monitoring; and panic button and lock-down facilities in case of emergency.

The NSI-approved installer Antron Security project managed the design of the access control and security system for the White Chapel Building and acted as the ‘go to’ contact for the client, Derwent London. Inner Range provided the core access control and intruder detection system that enabled Antron and Derwent London to build bespoke solutions.

Inner Range’s access control system, Integriti, provides the core security solution for the building. The intelligent system integrates with third-party products to become a PSIM system, managing not only security and building automation but also people and business continuity processes. Integriti allows around 2,000 people access to their approved parts of the building, as well as managing visitors and allowing security managers to monitor events remotely.

Integrations with Integriti are some 35 CCTV cameras that allow security managers to view live and recorded events across the site. This includes remote monitoring, if security managers are off site. Access is via four IDL Fastlane lobby turnstiles so that only permitted persons can access areas beyond the reception and lobby area. Tenants and visitors can only access approved floors using security credentials on their access card or smartphone. Tenants and staff were set up to use their smartphones to open doors and other smart devices with the HID Mobile Access ‘Twist and Go’ mobile app. The Integriti product can read and check security credentials from users’ mobile phones to determine whether they are allowed access.

A BluePoint visitor pass system was installed and integrated with Integriti. It allows ‘hosts’, such as tenants, to issue temporary passes for their visitors without needing to pass every request through a central security team. The passes can be issued on paper or via email. They can also be issued as Apple Wallet or Google Pass credentials. These appear on the visitor’s smartphone with a QR code without the visitor having to search their phone for them. Location and time-based details in the pass ensure it appears when and where it’s needed the BluePoint passes can be read by Integriti at entrance turnstiles and lifts to ensure visitors can access areas agreed by the ‘host’.

Integriti features also a smartcard entry system integrated for access via doors, lifts and entrance turnstiles. Cards were issued to 500 users initially. Gigabytes of on-board memory at controller hardware level mean that the system maintains functionality even if offline.

Jamie Crane, Commercial Director at Antron Security, said: “The flexibility of the Integriti system makes it future-proof as we can continue to meet the ever-changing requirements of the landlord and tenants via Inner Range’s ability to integrate with third party systems and devices such as lifts, intercoms, lighting and building management devices.”


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