Keeping Britains Canal’s Safe

The Canal & River Trust, takes care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, and has products supplied by ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions.

The charity maintains canals and rivers, bridges, towpaths, embankments, aqueducts, docks and reservoirs. Lincoln Security specified UNION and ASSA products, to be fitted throughout pump houses, meeting rooms doors and front gates, to control door access.

UNION’s euro-profile Strong BOLT lock case was supplied, which is the makers say for first or retrofit install, as its design eliminates the need for tooling to avoid spoiling the aesthetics of doors. UNION has a range of Strong BOLT products including Euro and Oval profile cylinders lock cases that could be suited across the entire installation.

Also installed in doors were ASSA’s Twin Combi 5800 cylinders to provide security and resistance to known methods of picking; the cylinder also allows for master key systems to be integrated for continuity of key management. ASSA’s 3088 deadlock was also supplied and connected to the intruder alarm, to allow the system to be set when the key triggers the switch.

Sales Development Manager at Lincoln Security, Sean Falkinder said:

“Some of the Trust’s buildings are listed, so we had to come up with a solution to allow the entrances to be on the new master key system, without unnecessary mortising to the precious doors. So, we designed surface fitting housings to accept UNION’s horizontal cases and the ASSA cylinder, so any marks left on the door would be covered.”

Commercial Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, Paul Johnson said:

“Canals and rivers are a national asset of intrinsic value, reflecting Britain’s emergence as the first industrial nation. So it is fitting that UNION, a heritage brand that still manufactures in the UK, has been able to provide a solution to help protect and conserve Britain’s waterways for future generations to enjoy.”

Canal and River trust identified various security breaches internally with the amount of keys required to gain access to one site. In some situations, one site had a different key for every single lock. From a management point of view this was not only very inefficient but was also costing them money in time spent trying to locate the correct key.

Collectively, Lincoln Security, Assa Abloy and Canal and River Trust, were able to provide a mechanical solution to provide a high secure master key plan which was rolled out on a nationwide scheme. Whilst on the outside the system was very simplistic and user friendly, the elements used to create the system and given the high security of ASSA’s lucrative twin combi system, this gave the client complete control and satisfaction of the robustness and quality of the product.