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Multi-site security solution for Graze

by Andy Clutton

GrazeGraze is a mail-order snacks service for which subscribers tailor their orders by revealing their likes and dislikes, and subsequently receive a monthly, fortnightly or weekly delivery in a letterbox sized container. Founded in the UK in 2008, Graze now has three sites in the UK and one in the USA with a steadily increasing work force.

Graze commissioned Soundandsafe.com to advise on a complete solution that could be implemented in the UK and USA to secure their premises without numerous sets of keys. Andrew Middlecott, Operations Director says: “Our sites became increasingly difficult and expensive to manage with the growing requirements of the company – access and security-wise. It reached the stage where there were ten or more people who needed about ten keys each, plus everyone else with specific keys, which cost more than £600 a set. If someone lost a set of said keys, all the locks had to be changed and new keys cut”.

The installer from Soundandsafe.com responsible for the job at Graze was Jamie Merry who specified Paxton’s Net2, a flexible networked access control system, designed to make the management of any building incredibly simple. By employing the use of PoE technology to plug straight into an existing network with no need for additional wiring, the installation was quick and undisruptive to the staff and business. Graze use the Net2 software to connect all four sites in the UK and the USA to one network, controlling the system centrally in the UK.

Since Net2 was installed, the site has been regularly updated as and when required. The site is currently running on the latest version of the Net2 software, with features such as the ability to arm and disarm the intruder alarm at the main panel. The benefit of this feature is knowing the building is completely secure and all external doors and delivery gates are shut for the alarm to be set. Graze also use timezones to monitor the movement of day and night shift workers, for example cleaners have access for the agreed days, times and rooms.

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