instance in the case of a door being left open or forced, the camera system can display footage from 5 seconds before and 5 seconds after the event – making it possible to identify the culprit and then begin tracking them through the rest of the system.”

environmental considerations play a part in the decision making? Tony: “Yes our legacy matters so we take great pride in the way we go about our business and look to develop a long- term, sustainable future. In fact Peel L&P has recently been awarded a silver medal for its sustainability achievements placing it in the top 10 per cent of participating global companies specifically for its environmental performance. This cuts across to our suppliers too. It’s important for us to ensure that the companies we work with share our values and SALTO, like us, takes its environmental responsibilities seriously. Their factory headquarters has achieved the feat of going entirely carbon neutral, the electricity used in manufacturing their products is generated by on-site solar panels or purchased as certified green electricity and they lead the way in the delivery of sustainable access control solutions by providing customers such as ourselves with smart lock products that reflect our own environmental values.”

Is support for your access system provided by the company, by an approved partner or do you self support with your own trained staff? Tony: “We took a great deal of care when evaluating and selecting our access control system so what we have is reliable and any issues are minor and few and far between. When it comes to technical support, routine maintenance, troubleshooting and so on, we self support with trained MediaCityUK staff but can call on additional support from SALTO as the manufacturers as and when we need to do so.”

Is there more development still to come at Media CityUK? Tony: “Yes, MediaCityUK is one of the fastest growing communities in the UK, and we are committed to ensuring it remains a safe and secure destination where everyone is welcome. MediaCityUK is a continually developing site and as new buildings and facilities are added further electronic locks and other security measures will be installed to control access to them. Our community of

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MediaCityUK is one of the fastest growing communities in the UK and took a great deal of care when evaluating and selecting their access control system

workers and residents have been made aware of the new security improvements outlined above and they have been suitably impressed by the upgraded systems now in place.

Tell us about the awards that have been won for work on this project? Tony: “Richard’s long-term work with me as Head of Security Peel Land & Property, Peel Retail Parks and MediaCityUK has been recognised on a couple of occasions. At the Association of Security Consultants 2020 awards he was presented with the Mike Cahalane Award which is presented annually to an independent security consultant for consultancy work and to highlight and recognise the positive difference independent security consultants can make in the public and private sector. And this year, at the first-ever virtual UK Outstanding Security

Performance Awards (OSPAs) he won the Outstanding Security Consultant award.

Finally, can you summarise what access control provides for MediaCityUK? Richard: “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. A smart ‘keyless’ environment was always a prerequisite to control access and it gives Tony full control over his security requirements. To date the SALTO solution has worked well and provides effective, secure, simple to manage access control in multiple buildings across the site.”

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Doors at MediaCityUK are mainly accessed via contactless cards but they are also using SALTO’s JustIN Mobile which enables a smart phone to be used as the access credential for the electronic lock



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