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Accrington and Rossendale College

Accrington and Rossendale College

Mark Slater, 4i Security Managing Director

Mark Slater, 4i Security Managing Director

Accrington and Rossendale College Increase Security
With 4i Security

Date: 25/10/2011

The Client

Accrington and Rossendale College has been providing award-winning education and training to the people of Hyndburn, Rossendale and the Ribble Valley in East Lancashire for over 50 years. The college underwent a £16 million refurbishment project and opened its new look Broad Oak Campus in September 2007, offering students the opportunity to study at one of the area’s most state-of-the-art facilities.

The £16 million refurbishment project signifies the biggest transformation in the College's 50 year history and one of the biggest investments in Hyndburn’s history. This investment was a massive commitment by the College to ensure that Hyndburn & Rossendale students have a campus fit for the 21st century.

The Situation

Following the refurbishment, Accrington and Rossendale College recognised the need to replace its outdated security system which comprised various manufacturers’ intruder control panels that operated independently of each other and had proven to be unreliable, with false alarms occurring on a weekly basis. Due to the financial penalties imposed for unnecessary emergency service responses to false alarms, the College did not have police response. Therefore, in the event of an alarm, security personnel were obliged to investigate it putting both the site and security staff at risk. The solution was to install a new intruder and access control system integrated on one platform across three buildings - the Coppice Centre, the multi-million pound Hameldon Centre - home of the award-winning Construction & Technology Departments, and the Broad Oak Centre.

The Solution

System integrator 4i Security was selected by Accrington and Rossendale College to install a modern and user-friendly security management system that would offer simplicity in both operation and maintenance, yet deliver the extensive specifications required by the College. After visiting and evaluating the Accrington and Rossendale site, 4i Security designed a complex and intelligent custom security system that would fulfil the customer’s needs by providing an integrated intruder and access control system, that could be centrally managed on the College’s Apple Mac platform with the ability to automate and remotely operate the security of the three campus buildings.

“We selected 4i Security to install our integrated intruder and access control system as they were the only installation company that fully understood all our needs and had the technological expertise and experience to deliver a solution that met all of our requirements and then some,” commented Haydn Gordon, Facilities Manager of Accrington and Rossendale College.

The Benefits

The powerful combination of Honeywell’s Galaxy Remote Servicing Software (RSS) and 4i Security’s propriety Online Management Console (OMC) software tool brought a number of key benefits to the end user:

  • System control via smartphone or web
  • Swift response to potential security breaches
  • System automation, maintenance and monitoring

Click here to read the Accrington and Rossendale College case study