Effortless access control at remote sites

Electricity North West Limited is the distribution network operator for North West England. The company serves around 5 million people via 57,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables, and more than 34,000 transformers.

The company sought a solution to control access at its sites, which are spread across urban and remote rural locations. To control access at dispersed sites with constantly changing access requirements. The company’s old brass padlocks had occasionally been targeted by thieves for their scrap value.  

  •  Locks that meet the industry security standard for attack resistance, to ensure the continuity and safety of electricity supply
  •  Padlocks which are not made of brass
  •  A locking solution which enables Electricity North West Limited to control keys more easily
  •  The ability to generate audit trails on demand, identifying when keys and locks were operated
  •  A survey and installation service

A truly dynamic security system

In advance of installation, ASSA ABLOY provided a detailed survey and introduced their trusted reseller and partner. To date, almost 15,000 locking cylinders and padlocks have been fitted at Electricity North West Limited multiple sites. The installed CLIQ system offers high flexibility, as mechanical cylinders and padlocks were installed in conjunction with the electromechanical CLIQ cylinders across all the sites.

Electricity North West Limited is also using almost 2,000 CLIQ user keys and over 40 CLIQ programming devices to update access rights of keys remotely. Company's old brass padlocks had on occasion been targeted by thieves for their scrap value. The new padlocks all meet required security standards, are tested to BS EN12320 and are certified to LPS 1654.

The CLIQ software supports the complex workflow of the utility company, by enabling audit trails to be generated for individual locks, keys or system users. If a key is lost, this no longer creates a major security risk because all keys can be activated, access changed or removed using the CLIQ Web Manager software, making a truly dynamic secure system.

 “Each key can be programmed and updated individually to allow access to specific areas at specific times and dates,accommodating constantly changing access requirements and ensuring maximum flexibility.”

Rob Bennett, Senior Market Development Manager at ABLOY UK

Benefits of Abloy's solution

  •  Padlocks’security standards (tested BS EN12320, certified to LPS 1654)
  •  Individual access rights to specific areas at specific times and dates
  •  The CLIQ software supports the complex workflow of the utility company
  •  Audit trails



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