Paxton provides access management at famous film location

Royal Connaught Park - Paxton access management solution

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Paxton Access has revealed that Royal Connaught Park, a former Edwardian school converted into a gated residential development of luxury apartments in the UK, has deployed Paxton10 for access management at its underground car park.

According to the company, the new solution will be used for access control and a video management system that offers remote management of the car park.

The location has been used for films such as Monty Python’s Life Of Brian, The Avengers and Harry Potter.

Requirements of the project

Royal Connaught Park features a private swimming pool, health and fitness suite, outdoor tennis court and on-site parking with over 100 residents coming and going every day.

The development covers 100 acres of parkland, so the facility team wanted an access management system that offers a remote feature, to save time in going to each residential block.

Taking into consideration the apartments’ high-quality branding and premium décor, the team looked for aesthetic and durable options to meet the requirements.

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Andrew Barrs, Servicing and Maintenance Coordinator at Gamma Systems – the company that installed Paxton10 – said: “Originally we looked at a global system for mobile communications (GSM) system, but because of the location is in an underground car park, the phone signal was really poor and it just didn’t work properly.”

A GSM system sends signal and communicates with mobile phone towers to grant access to users over a phone.

In contrast, Paxton10 is networked, communicating over IP and avoiding the use of phone signal for access management.

“The Paxton10 installation process is all self-explanatory,” added Barrs. “Our team just did it without realising we’ve done it because it is so easy to do.”

Currently, Paxton10 is securing five car park entrances at Royal Connaught Park. If the site manager needs to add extra users, they can programme the key fobs on site.

Barrs also introduced the licence-free Bluetooth smart credentials with Paxton10, should a resident prefer to use their smartphone or smartwatch for their access management to the car park.

Paul Mcevoy, Site Manager at Royal Connaught Park, said: “The Paxton10 system is fantastic. It is really easy to programme and the system works great.”

Gamma Systems has also installed some Paxton10 cameras on site, maximising the solution’s functionality of combining access control and video management on one single platform.

There is also a potential plan to expand Paxton10 to the other 14 blocks in the estate, which will allow the system administrator to manage all the car parks in the development on one system.

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