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Sponsored: Locken offers smart key to secure UK power networks

17 July 2013

Locken UK, a specialist in cable-free access-control systems, has been chosen by UK Power Networks to help secure the electricity-supply infrastructure belonging to the distribution network operator. This secure access-control solution is based on a digital smart key and will be installed in about 1,500 power-distribution facilities across London as well as the East and South-East of England.

Locken UK, a subsidiary of the Locken Group, provides a digital access-control solution that is based on a smart key, complete with power-free electronic cylinders, flexible access authorisation, and a simple management-software suite.

Locken UK is chosen by UK Power Networks to secure infrastructure

Nick Dooley, MD at Locken UK, explains, “The unique, all-digital concept with the energy supplied by the key interested UK Power Networks because it allows simple, flexible, efficient access management. Also,it is supported by proven software, giving improved operational efficiency which results in enhanced profitability.”

The company has been chosen by power-distribution operator UK Power Networks to deploy the Locken access-control solution. After deployment across London, the South East and the East of England, tight security measures will be in place,enabling the power-supply network to deliver maximum performance to its customers.The solution will also improve health-and-safety procedures for the power group’s employees and subcontractors.

Locken UK Ltd will eventually equip more than 1,500 power-distribution facilities in England with its digital access-control system. This solution allows UK Power Networks to move away from mechanical key-locking systems and make the transition to a solution built around smart keys and electronic cylinders.

The solution deployed by Locken includes the company’s LPCB4 electronic high-security padlocks, which are the most secure in the range. Only registered and accredited personnel are able to access work locations. Every lock opening or attempted opening can be tracked on the system for subsequent analysis.

The three networks operated by UK Power Networks use more than 100,000 miles of underground cables and overhead power lines — a distance approximately equivalent to four times the circumference of the Earth.

Reliable power supplies, especially for the critical infrastructure, are essential for the UK.The decision by UK Power Networks to continue investing in the security of its network and infrastructure is a key part of achieving this reliability.

Locken UK secures NEC in Birmingham

Locken UK has many other clients across Britain, including other very well-known players. Indeed,Locken was not only an exhibitor at the IFSEC International trade show, since the specialist company’s products were actuallychosen to secure access points at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham (in central England) before IFSEC International took place. IFSEC is the trade show of reference for the security sector in Britain.

Nick Dooley, MD at Locken UK, says about the company’s presence at IFSEC International, “Many security and facilities managers were keen to understand the best solution to secure and manage access. They were then pleasantly surprised to learn of the potential for improved efficiency and short return on investment in other company departmental areas. Here, at Locken, we specialise in catering for both existing requirements and also future expectations.”

Locken UK has already installed its solution to secure 100,000 sites across Europe, including for major clients in the electricity, water and public-space sectors. The interest in Locken UK's products displayed at IFSEC International confirmed the company’s technology’s strong potential for further development in the British market.

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