CEM Systems, a subsidiary of security specialist Tyco, has announced that it has completed the upgrade of its AC2000 access control and security management system at London Gatwick Airport.
The project was phased throughout 2014 and involved upgrading the AC2000 Airport software, as well as more than 700 card readers, to support PicoPass contactless technology.
CEM’s intelligent access control terminal emerald has also been installed at the airport, providing a touch screen reader, door controller, VoIP intercom and system terminal all in a single box. Its touch screen LCD illuminates as cardholders approach and provides a user-friendly security experience. Airport security can use remote apps on the terminal to update personnel records, perform reader maintenance and display airport adverts and messages.
David Rees, business system manager for operations, London Gatwick, said, “Over the last year we have worked with CEM Systems to seamlessly upgrade our existing AC2000 security system, which has proven to be highly reliable and powerful. As a large system with more than 80,000 cardholders, and due to the critical nature of the airport environment, we needed a phased upgrade that ensured zero system downtime. CEM support was second to none with the AC2000 Airport software upgrade which was performed remotely and quickly.”
Philip Verner, regional sales director, EMEA, CEM Systems, said, “CEM Systems has been working in partnership with Gatwick Airport for over 25 years, during which time its AC2000 security management system has been continually upgraded and customized to meet its unique aviation requirements. This recent upgrade was a significant project that required all existing CEM S610e card readers to be upgraded to support highly secure PicoPass smart card technology.
“We are also delighted that our new CEM emerald IP access terminals have been installed to enhance operations at Gatwick Airport’s arrival gates and to act as an information point for ID staff and flight agents.”