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Posted: Thursday 2nd May 2013

Security expert Abloy UK has won the contract to supply high security padlocks and cylinders to 4,000 clean and waste water sites, helping Northumbrian Water upgrade its security systems in line with stringent Government legislation.

Alongside this, security solutions provider, Lincoln Security, won the 18-month contract to install the 5,000 plus units, with the agreement initially requiring them to undertake a survey of Northumbrian Water’s sites. Once this has been undertaken the new locks will be installed to everything from reservoir hatches to perimeter gates.

Abloy’s PROTEC2 cylinder system was chosen as it is specially designed to provide the highest level of security for the most sensitive areas; it offers a patented disc controller structure that requires a moving element in the key.

PROTEC2 also possesses key and key blank patent protection to stop systems becoming compromised through the unauthorised duplication of keys. The patent, which lasts until 2031, is one of the longest in the industry and covers the entire range.

Jonathan Burke, Marketing Manager for Abloy UK, said: “The overall challenge in providing security for water sites is key management and maintaining access for engineers, while ensuring that lost keys do not cause a security breach.

“By installing a patent protected masterkey system across the whole estate, this cuts down the number of keys carried by individual employees or contractors, adding convenience without compromising on security.”

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. The challenge is to maintain access to all these areas without the risk of keys being lost and a system becoming compromised.

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