Utilising bespoke access control solutions to improve rail transport security

Catherine Laug, Group Head associated with Marketing at Locken highlights the security challenges within rail transport and explains how bespoke access manage solutions can help mitigate these.

What are the main worries surrounding security and access control within rail transport?

The transport sector is definitely vulnerable to safety and security risks, particularly railways and train lines. The main priority is to ward off any malicious intrusion attempts and potentially devastating outcomes .

The sheer size of the infrastructure within this industry is much greater than any other, with hundreds of miles of fencing along railway lines and thousands of gates requiring high levels of protection. Nevertheless , there is more to major train transport infrastructure than miles associated with fencing alongside a railway track. They are also made up of electrical substations, specialized installations (lifts, ventilation systems, pumping systems, etc) and tunnel shafts intended for aeration purposes. These outdoor services are at the mercy of our ever-changing weather conditions, be it extreme sunshine, snowfall or rain and they can sometimes be located a long distance from the electrical main grid, such as in the case of railway tunnel shafts. This exposes them to a danger of corrosion and intrusion.

Another challenge involves coping with unforeseen incidents, such as fires and passenger accidents. It is essential that the emergency services can reach the site from the incident unimpeded when necessary.

What are the access manage requirements?

Every area within the rail infrastructure need tailored access control solutions, which satisfy the requirements of each location and consumer.

Given the difficulty of the infrastructure, composed of sprawling or even isolated sites and including passageways and railway emergency exits, locks without cable are mandatory. Easy installation and minimal maintenance can also be required. It means that the keys must supply the required power and gain access to rights to the cylinder.  

As service quality is an issue, a seamless, standardised gain access to control solution is needed to allow maintenance companies and staff easy access to the right place at the right time.

How does Locken work together with the rail industry to reduce challenges?

We offer a bespoke approach when working with most of industries, in order to meet the individual requirements of each organisation and business field. We are committed to delivering the best alternative, based on our state-of-the-art access management software and latest-generation induction electronic crucial. This contactless technology allows immediate opening of the cylinders and unrivalled durability. The cylinders are also suitable for mechanical locks, which may prove helpful when accessing less sensitive places. A single electronic key with the necessary access rights can open a vast number of locks and replace troublesome bunches of keys. This opens up technicians when opening entrance or moving between sites.

How flexible is certainly Locken’s electronic access control option?

All keys are controlled by the same software program and managers can accurately set up each key according to the users. Any openings or attempted break-ins are usually logged in the electronic key’s memory space and sent to the central software.

The Bluetooth version of the key offers even greater manage, as access rights can also be updated on site using a smartphone and MyLocken mobile app. This approach ties in with increasingly strict security plans.

How do you ensure the reliability and robustness of the solution?

Our electronic key has the IP 66-67-68-69  rating, meaning it’s designed to protect against intrusion from foreign bodies and pressurised water jets and particularly hardy in the event of damp, rain and dust. The cutting-edge contactless induction technology prevents any poor communication caused by corrosion.

The cylinders have CEN 1303 certification, which usually guarantees their resistance to drilling plus vandalism.

How exactly does the solution deal with unforeseen incidents for example fires and passenger accidents?  

The digital access control solution comes with a backup key configured with unlimited rights. This gives the fire brigade and police round-the-clock access to all areas, without necessity to update access rights.