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Comprehensive security system at Rowan View

Mersey Care Foundation Trust’s new medium secure unit, Rowan View, required a security system that would ensure the convenience and safety of all guests, visitors, and staff.

Opened in 2020, the purpose-built £53 m NHS facility consists of 123 beds over eight wards.

To provide convenience and safety to all guests, visitors, and staff, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust’s required a full security solution encompassing CCTV, video intercom, and access control. In addition to managing complex access requirements spanning many different authorisation levels, the Trust wanted to ensure that the integrity of the doors was maintained in restricted areas.  This would not be effectively addressed via a purely mechanical key system, which would lack traceability and create issues if keys were lost or misplaced.

To provide a complete security solution, Abloy UK and Grantfen worked together to create a bespoke, unified system incorporating CCTV, video intercoms, and access control.  The CCTV was designed on the Genetec platform, allowing for the right camera selection for each  application. It also incorporates cameras from Axis, Bosch, Hanwha, and Oncam.

Abloy UK also provided CLIQ technology to create a sophisticated access control and key management solution. CLIQ combines digital and mechanical technology, ‘delivering the benefits of proven physical security and full digital management’. It also helps increase individual accountability, as keys are programmed to provide permission based on approved levels of access. Any lost or misplaced keys can simply be deleted from the system, eliminating the risk of unauthorised access or escalating replacement costs. The technology allows system expansion as required, and software upgrades are included.

Neil Hughes, System Integrator Channel manager at Abloy UK, said: “Rowan View is an exceptional, state-of-the art facility, and required an impressive security system to match. Thanks to the partnership with Grantfen, I believe we’ve achieved this, providing effective key management and convenience to all the building’s users.”


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