Keeping clean English water flowing

South Staffs Water (SSW) supplies drinking water to approximately 1.3m people and 35,000 businesses, covering an area of around 1,500 sq. km in the English Midlands. The company’s widely dispersed operating sites include treatment works, reservoirs, pumping stations, boosters and water towers.

"We chose the PROTEC² CLIQ system because of the versatility and flexibility it offers. Our employees can use just one key for every site they need access to”

Kate Wilkes, Resilience and Security manager at South Staffs Water.


When it comes to protecting critical infrastructure, a locking system needs serious security credentials. As utilities like South Staffs Water (SSW) operate in widely dispersed and often remote sites, workflows can be complex. When SSW sought a new access control solution for their 91 operational sites, they required from their upcoming high-security system:

  •  Durable products for harsh conditions

  •  One key access to the needed areas per person 

  • Simplier and transparent access management for employees and subcontractors



In 2016 SSW trusted the security and safety of its sites to PROTEC² CLIQ access management system. The installation comprised of  392 cylinders, hundreds of programmable keys, four desktop and four wall programming devices plus 600 Super Weather Proof Padlocks (SWP).
The components of SWP padlocks are extremely well protected to ensure operation in extreme conditions. Included in PROTEC² CLIQ system, the electromechanical padlocks give users the ability to monitor and control all lock openings and closings.



The PROTEC² CLIQ  has simplified access management, streamlining employee and contractor workflows and improving efficiency and security across the business. Besides that the system has increased their security level, just to mention a few benefits:

  •   Flexible access rights allow to give short validity time-periods for keys, further reducing any risk that lost keys.

  • High-level mechanical security is a layer of electronic security: no lock can be opened without the key first being authorised by the central admin software.

  • No need for expensive wiring, because all electromechanical locks are wireless and encrypted.

  • SSW is satisfied with their updated security solution and look forward to extending their cooperation with Abloy in the future. 


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. 


Super Weather Proof Padlocks

The Super Weather Proof (SWP) Padlock range meets IP68 specifications and can withstand the harshest conditions from storm-driven salt water or fine desert dust. They also come with electromechanical versions able to be linked to our CLIQ system. All the Super Weather Padlocks are ATEX compliant.