Advanced access control manages onsite security at MediaCityUK

is home to companies such as the BBC, ITV, Ericsson, dock10 and Kellogg’s. These are complemented by more than 250 smaller media and digital businesses, all using advanced contactless access technology from SALTO to provide site wide security. Developed as a joint venture between Peel


Land and Property Group (Peel L&P) and Legal and General Capital, MediaCityUK was designed around the specific needs of the media and creative industries, and the bespoke community features one of the biggest HD studio complexes in Europe; commercial offices; apartments; retail units, two hotels and a spectacular waterfront public piazza. Peel L&P own and manage 12 million sq

ft of property and 20,000 acres of land and water, with holdings mainly concentrated in the north west of England, but they also own and manage significant assets throughout the UK with a total portfolio value of £2.6 billion. SALTO spoke with Head of Security Tony Chebrika and consultant Richard Sumner of RS Security Consultants who has been working with Peel L&P since 2015, to get a feel for how their access control solution is used to manage this diverse site.

What types of door are you controlling – internal or a mix of internal and external? Tony: “It’s a mix of both types. We’re using SALTO readers to control road blockers, gates and barriers, wall readers to control main entry doors and mostly XS4 handle sets to control internal doors. Other onsite users such as SIS (Sports Information Services) have their own individual SALTO solution but also have access to MediaCityUK doors i.e. they carry access permissions on one card for two systems. This is the same for ITV who also run their own system. All doors, whatever their location, are

mainly accessed via contactless cards but we’re also using SALTO’s JustIN Mobile with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). This enables a smart phone to be used as the access

Access control has been a major consideration from the very first brief on this project due to the size of the development and its future expansion potential

credential for the electronic lock on the door. The mobile key is sent ‘Over the Air’ (OTA) to a JustIN Mobile app installed on a registered and verified smart phone. The user receives a message that they have a new key and for which doors they have access rights. They can then present their smart phone to the lock to gain access via the JustIN Mobile app.”

You’ve recently designed a new security system – what did this involve? Richard: “Yes, the existing solution was all proprietary making it difficult to operate, what it needed was a unified security system and a unified control room. So having tendered for the work I began working with Tony and his team. Based on an operational requirement and an evaluation of the product sets in the market place, Tony and I selected product sets that would not only meet our requirements today but considered a road map that would enable the systems to grow as developments came on board. We selected SALTO as the access control solution plus IP Video Management Software

firm Meyertech, Wavestore, AXIS cameras, 2n Intercoms and Siklu Wirelss links. It was my task to procure and manage the new security upgrade which would include new cabling, software and IP cameras site wide tied into a new state-of-the-art control room. The goal of the upgrade was to implement

event driven alarms and recordings. This would operate through a single user interface, which would enable control of all existing standalone systems across multiple sites so the new control room could see at a glance how and when people moved around all the different buildings. SALTO was integrated with Meyertech and

the wireless handle equipped doors - which operators can remotely lock and unlock - as part of the project as this was a first for both parties and the end results are fantastic with a solution that meets the end users requirements on driving alarms and isolation of doors through a single front end GUI. This means when a door is accessed, the

camera is activated to provide a visual recording which can be used alongside audit trail data from the door itself. Another useful feature is that when a door alarm goes off, for

ediaCityUK, an international hub for technology, innovation and creativity located at Salford Quays



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