In 2008, North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) identified the need for a new access control system that could both replace life-expired equipment at Southmead Hospital and be suitable for a new £430 million ‘super hospital’ to be built on the same site.
Following a rigorous selection process, NBT elected to work with Sovereign and TDSi – one of the UK’s leading suppliers of integrated access control systems and the proposed system management software.
The system specification met a number of key criteria outlined by the trust – principally meeting their requirements for a flexible, future-proof solution that would provide the capability for integration with a range of other on-site systems. Proven in applications throughout the UK, MICROgarde is a fully featured, networkable controller that delivers exceptional performance, with full read-in/read-out capability on doors and a capacity of up to 5,000 users.
The MICROgarde controllers are programmed and managed via TDSI’s EXgarde access management software. Unrivalled in its integration capabilities, the EXgarde V3 provided Southmead Hospital management with a flexible and dynamic platform able to work seamlessly with a wide range of building systems including intruder and fire detection. This allows for complete building and security management, and created huge potential for significant time and cost savings.
The system is completed by MIFARE® readers and cards, giving the hospital site true, contactless, smart card technology. Now serving approximately 8,000 card holders, the readers provide an extremely cost effective, highly reliable solution that also allows for straightforward expansion in the future if required (the same MIFARE® card can be used for other site services such as cashless vending for example).