Simplified key management and increased general security

The Northumbrian Water Group comprises of both Essex & Suffolk Water and Northumbrian Water, and provides waste water and sewerage services to the community in the surrounding area, and fresh tap water to over 2.5 million people in UK.

“Our new key system allows us to grade keys and control access so that individuals that only need to access certain assets can have a particular level of key, and other employees can have a higher level where required. Other benefits include increased general security, as we can control who can order locks and keys.”

Victoria Jobling, Investment Delivery Project Manager at Northumbrian Water.



The Northumbrian Water has over 3,000 rural assets in remote locations that have to be secured to the required standard. Abloy UK and Security solutions providers undertook the installation, fitting over 5,000 units to everything from reservoir hatches to perimeter gates, over a two-year period.  Water facilities are notoriously difficult to secure, with perimeter gates and external cabinets requiring padlocks, while cylinders are used on process distribution and storage facilities.This is why they required following things for the new security system:  

  •  Maintain access to all their areas without the risk of keys being lost 
  •  Restrict access rights to certain areas
  •  High security solution for dispersed sites



The Northumbrian Water found the solution with PROTEC2 CLIQ access management system, which seamlessly integrates electronic and mechanical locking technology. Individual access rights ensure both the security of the sites in dispread areas and the efficiency of operations.

In addition, Northumbrian Water improved their key control with TRAKA ielectronic key management system. The Intelligent key cabinets make it possible to manage keys securely and easily in real time, and the whole system can be managed remotely from a single location.



The Northumbrian Water found the solution with a new key system which allows to : 

  • cuts down the number of keys carried by individual employees or contractors
  • adding convenience without compromising on security
  • simplifying the locking system and key management, when all products can be operated with just a single key,

"The good thing about the new system is that it is versatile and flexible because we can use the one key for every site we go onto. The locks are also durable and open in all weather conditions.” 


PROTEC2 CLIQ is Abloy’s comprehensive and flexible key and access management system. It’s a wireless solution with quick and easy installation, electronic keys and an audit trail. It provides instant and precise situational awareness of movements.