Securing UK Transport

Abloy UK

Steve Wintle, Head of CNI at Abloy UK discusses the security challenges faced in the Transport and Logistics sector, and offers a range of solutions available to minimise risk and secure valuable vehicles, cargo and premises.

With increasing threats and targeting of the Transport and Logistics sector, prioritising security is paramount. Companies in this industry are responsible for high-value assets – ranging from trucks, aeroplanes and rolling stock, to containers holding high value goods; all of which need to be protected.

Theft of cargo and misuse of vehicles has increased in recent years. The reporting of cargo crimes to the Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) Incident Information Service (IIS) reached a five-year high in 2015, with 1,515 recorded freight thefts representing a 37.4 per cent increase year-on-year.

Only 22.5 per cent of the incidents reported to IIS in 2015 provided a loss value but the combined total for these cargo thefts alone was €34,528,558. (1)

Issues relating to security can cause long-term damage to a company's credibility. Most businesses need to deliver their services 24/7, and any interruption to this service can result in loss of revenue, a breach in health and safety and a ruined reputation.

The current economic and political environment does not help to reduce potential risks, so mitigating potential vulnerabilities whilst at the same time improving efficiency and traceability must be included in the daily management routines to protect assets – and high security locking solutions are an essential requirement.

One size doesn’t fit all
Security requirements vary between different organisations, but the need for high security solutions is universal.

Vehicles and the areas in which they are kept when not in use need to be secured, but also accessible at all times for the business to run effectively.

Vehicle and container security begins with effective physical security devices including locks. Key control, traceability of key use and up-to-date, accurate access rights are vital.

A secure solution
To protect cargo in storage and transit, a number of major organisations have incorporated Abloy locks and are benefitting from its range of solutions.

Products installed include its range of Super Weather Proof padlocks, which are the strongest padlocks in the world and remain secure in all weather conditions, which is why they are used around the world by the MOD in some of the most remote locations and harshest environments.

Abloy padlocks have the ability to withstand the toughest weather conditions, because the components are extremely well protected to ensure operation in all conditions. Security and ease of use is assured even with regular exposure to extreme heat or cold, storm-driven salt water or fine desert dust.

Abloy’s range of Super Weather Proof padlocks includes both mechanical and electromechanical models in a range of sizes and security ratings. All padlocks in the range offer the same high level of durability, and can combine both mechanical and electromechanical in the same locking system, but operated by a single key.

CLIQ® from Abloy
The PROTEC2 CLIQ® electro-mechanical key system is web-based allowing the system to be controlled from anywhere in the world and can be incorporated into any of Abloy’s range of padlocks and locking devices. The system’s administrators are then able control access rights, disable lost or stolen keys whilst at the same time monitoring when and which keys are used with ease, contributing to time saving and operational efficiencies, and increasing the security of goods and assets.

PROTEC2 CLIQ® integrates with mechanical master key system creating electronic access control without the use of power supplies or cables. The electronics even in a padlock has no power supply and all power and data is provided by the key.

Keys and cylinders are embedded with data encryption technology, including a unique identification code that cannot be altered or duplicated. Access is managed and controlled using web-based software, meaning access rights can be granted or withdrawn swiftly and easily using mobile technology.

The latest innovation of the system - CLIQ® Connect - utilises a revolutionary highly encrypted online management system that takes advantage of the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology, enabling users to update keys quickly and easily at any time from their smartphone.

The connectivity provides a real time audit trail even on non-wired products such as padlocks, and access rights can be granted to the user ‘on-site’ or in transit, which is ideal for Transport applications with a large number of remote assets or large geographical coverage.

The introduction of a system such as PROTEC2 CLIQ® Connect means time is saved, efficiency is increased, and the level of security is substantially improved – securing assets and maintaining safety in the Transport Industry effectively.

The Channel Tunnel
Running from the Channel Tunnel to St. Pancras Station, the 68-mile section of track sees trains travel at speeds of up to 186 mph, helping to cut London to Paris journey times to just 2 hours 15 minutes.

The three-stage project required Abloy UK along with Kent-based locksmith Astra Security, to undergo a detailed survey of the entire length of track to assess its unique security requirements.

In completing the survey Astra Security were able to install a full range of Abloy UK security solutions across all applications, with over 1,000 high security PROTEC CLIQ padlocks used to secure external gates and inspection towers. The project saw several hundred euro profile cylinders used in the underground vent shafts, power and control rooms.

As part of the project, some locks were fitted to blast-proof, fire and flood resistant doors, with Abloy UK incorporating every lock into a highly complex master key system. This system contains a hierarchy of keys, from a Master Key that opens all locks, through to the lowest tier of key that may only open one specific lock on a single door, offering a very efficient and cost-effective access control solution.

Graham Twist, Managing Director of Astra Security, said: “As one of Abloy’s Premier Centres we are fortunate enough to be involved in many large projects, particularly in the rail and utilities sectors, receiving technical and on-site support.

“In securing the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, we have been able to specify from Abloy’s extensive high security product range to provide the right solutions from the Channel Tunnel, right up to St Pancras.”

Much of the track was laid underground, with ten storeys of service shafts and tunnels under London bringing a unique security challenge.

Steve Wintle, for Abloy UK, commented:

“Abloy UK have years of experience in delivering large scale security projects across national infrastructure and a project on this scale with all of its security considerations presented the usual challenges but, thanks to the involvement of local Premier partner and installation expertise of Astra Security, we were able to make it provide complex high security solution on time and within budget.

Producing a master key suite to incorporate such a large quantity of padlocks and cylinders in both internal and external applications, only serves to enhance Abloy UK’s reputation as the industry’s leading supplier of physical security to the rail industry.”

Gatwick Airport
Security expert Abloy UK also supplied Gatwick Airport in London with the Protec2 CLIQ web-based security management system, to provide enhanced security and efficiency with the highest level of key control at approximately 150 points across the site.

Approximately 400 keys and 150 locks were installed, in addition to 10 wall-mounted remote programming devices and four desktop programming devices.

The CLIQ system at Gatwick provides high levels of access control and security, and significant time savings through the day when compared to previous mechanical systems because it eliminates the need to travel from ‘airside’ to ‘landside’ to pick up keys. Another benefit is the traceability provided by CLIQ, as the audit trail reports the monitoring of key users and especially contractors.

Mark Billyard, Engineering Manager at London Gatwick said: “ABLOY CLIQ helps us to efficiently provide temporary access to facility areas, reducing the risk of lost keys as well as eliminating wasted contractor time on site. It is vital for Gatwick Airport staff to know who has access to doors across the site. The CLIQ system allows for the monitoring of who uses these keys and when, leaving essential audit trails from locks and keys.”

Gatwick is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world, serving around 200 destinations (more than any other UK airport) in 90 countries for 34 million passengers a year. The airport employs around 23,000 on-site staff and a further 13,000 staff through related activities.

ABLOY CLIQ enables the commissioning, programming and full administration of security management centrally via web-based software. The remote programmable key can be set to a daily, weekly or monthly schedule containing up to 50 time zones that are lock specific.

The keys collect up to 1800 of the most recent pieces of audit information. The wall-mounted remote programming devices utilise existing Ethernet connection to send and receive key updates that are loaded with a secure certificate and hard coded into the locking system; email confirmations and notifications are then sent via a linked mail server.

For further information on any of the products and services available from Abloy UK please contact us.

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