Net2, Paxton’s flagship access control system, was recommended due to its user-friendly interface and flexible management capabilities. Net2 moves beyond the basics of controlling the flow of people around a building and is designed to make the management of any site straightforward, with a range of features that ensure the system is easy to use.
Each site is now secured with Net2 and is part of a wider network, but can also run independently. This allows the IT Systems Manager to run each site individually, meeting their specific needs, whilst being part of one system. Access levels can easily be assigned to individuals, or to entire groups, allowing access to be granted to more than one site if necessary. The timezones feature in the Net2 software means that access permissions can be tailored to fit specific time parameters for each day, allowing access only during certain times to those users who have been authorised.
With the introduction of Net2, the council buildings no longer require keys for access. Users now have tokens which they present to the readers on each door. Due to the high volume of users, access control was the most cost-effective solution for the multiple sites. If a user loses their token, or does not return it when they no longer require access, there is no need to replace any locks and keys; the user can simply be removed from the system and their token cancelled.
Net2 has increased overall security for the council, reducing the risk of unauthorised users accessing the sites. The centrally managed system provides better visibility of the flow of people across all the sites.
The IT Systems Manager said: “I learnt to use the Net2 system really quickly, a few hours of training were enough to fully understand all the functions of the software. We’re very pleased with our new solution, it is simple to use, more reliable, and inexpensive compared to using locks and keys. We can also manage the Net2 system remotely which is great if there’s an issue we need to resolve quickly.”
With the Net2 system now in place, the Vaureal town council will continue to add more doors and expand their system as and when their requirements change.