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First lift destination system for Wales

by Andy Clutton

Apps pic ESovereign Fire and Security has recently completed a building management system at Ty Admiral in Cardiff. The new access control and lift destination system reduces time spent by staff queuing and improves the efficiency of people getting to their work floor. The system, which has been developed together with TDSi and the lift manufacturer OTIS, is listed as the first one of its kind in the UK.

Admiral is one of the largest employers in South Wales and has recently moved to their new HQ, Ty Admiral in Cardiff, with approximately 2,500 people. Admiral recognised there was a problem with staff waiting for lifts at break times, lunch times and other busy times of the day in its previous Cardiff building. Therefore Admiral commissioned Sovereign Fire and Security to install an access control and lift destination system into the design of their premises.

Previously upon entry employees would call the lift and choose the floor they needed. With the new integrated system, once the employee’s card is presented to the access control reader at the secure speed gate, a message is sent to the system and an LCD screen then displays the lift number that the employee needs to enter. The lift will already be set to their destination. The system will also send anyone else entering the building who needs to go to the same floor, to the same lift. This saves time not having to stop at each floor.

The new lift destination system will have the added benefit of making the company more environmentally friendly by saving electricity consumed and improve time-management.

Mike Sussman, Technical Director at TDSi commented: “This solution utilises a newly developed component for our EXgarde security management software and is largely the result of developments in network access and fully integrated security systems. Whilst this project was a bespoke development for Ty Admiral, this integration tool will be available to all our customers moving forward. Additionally, there is an option to integrate directly with the keypad on a modern lift, to ensure access for the individual is limited to authorised floors only and can be amended quickly and simply by the security team.”

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