Industries and Utility

Security and access control solutions in industrial premises

The industrial and utilities sector faces numerous security challenges such as extreme weather conditions, protection of sensitive research and development or manufacturing areas and multiple entrances and levels of access rights.

Security requirements may vary depending on the type of business activity, such as research and development, storage of fuels or energy, and the size and location of the facility. Locking systems, access control and life-safety solutions need to provide flexibility, a high level of security and be robust enough to withstand extreme weather conditions.

Electronic access control systems and master key systems guarantee easy entry for the right person at the right time while security is provided in the form of emergency exits, mechanical locking systems and safety lockout devices.

Main areas where ASSA ABLOY can offer an integrated solution:

Perimeter and grounds security - The first line of safety for an industrial or utilities facility is the physical barrier that controls, and limits, access to the grounds. This can include fencing, gates and security cameras. Access control systems that allow for remote monitoring from a central location ensure that all visitor access is controlled.
High security and blast proof doors - The wide use of solvents in some manufacturing processes results in potential hazards from blast situations. In the event of an explosion at such a facility, high-security and customized blast proof doors ensure the safety of the people and equipment. High-security doors integrated with access control systems are also important in restricting access to off-limits areas.
Weather and environment resistance - Many utilities and industrial facilities are located outdoors. Security solutions used to secure such facilities must be able to withstand extreme weather conditions. From electromechanical locking systems to mechanical locks and padlocks, products and solutions need to be able to withstand snow and ice, wind, water, heat, humidity and salt corrosion.
Safety lockout of machinery - Keeping people who work with heavy machinery in potentially high-risk environments safe is of utmost importance. Safety lockout padlocks ensure machinery and vehicles are not operated during maintenance operations, avoiding accidents. Each set of safety lockout padlocks has only one key and the only the person who locked out the piece of machinery can unlock it.
Remote access control solutions - Buildings that house companies providing audio-video services can be spread out geographically, with many smaller technical buildings and masts located in remote areas. These facilities also need to be readily accessible for service and maintenance. Online access control solutions allow for remote monitoring from a central location, allowing access and connecting functions such as temperature and humidity monitoring.
Emergency exits - An emergency exit or panic exit device must allow fast and efficient evacuation during emergency circumstances, and but still remain an important part of the building’s primary security by restricting access or ensuring entry at all other times. Stringent requirements for emergency evacuation and fire safety mean there is a high demand for security and steel doors.