National Sea Rescue Institute

South Africa’s NSRI secured with Net2

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is a charity who respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to save lives on South African waters. Established in 1967, the organisation has over 1000 unpaid volunteers, across 31 locations.

The NSRI base in Port Elizabeth required an improved access control system, allowing the rescue team to gain access to the building during a rescue operation.


Once we understood the full Paxton product range, quoting the new Net2 system became quite easy. Installing Net2 is very simple, the entire installation took just one day

Anton Lamprecht Director, Mars Technologies



The installer, Anton Lamprecht, of Mars Technologies, specified Paxton’s Net2 access control system to meet the NSRI’s requirements. Net2 is a user-friendly and flexible networked access control system, designed to make the management of any building straightforward. Easy to use and with a range of features, it moves beyond the basics of controlling the flow of people around a building, offering benefits such as building control and system integration. The Net2 system is easily scalable making it perfectly suited to an organisation like the NSRI, as it enables multiple sites to be managed remotely from one central location.

A KP50 proximity keypad has been installed on the main door to the site, allowing access to authorised personnel only, when a valid token or PIN is presented. The Net2 software has been installed on one PC, which is managed by a single administrator and an additional four users have been given the necessary permissions to grant access remotely during an emergency situation.

As a spokesperson for NSRI Port Elizabeth says: “The Net2 software is very user-friendly and easy to configure. It took us just 30 minutes to feel confident managing the new system.”


The team at Port Elizabeth now have plans to develop their new system, including an alarm integration for remote deactivation during sea rescue emergencies, and time-based access permissions, to improve the smooth running of day-to-day operations.


Type of site

  • Emergency Response Service Centre



  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa


Number of users/doors

  • 15 staff


Solution required

  • Keyless solution
  • Remote access control of secured door, for emergency access and egress



  • Improved access management
  • Remote access control during emergency situations


Paxton products used

  • Net2 Plus controllers
  • Net2 software
  • KP50 reader