The Challenge

ECL Group’s expertise was called on to provide electronic security services for national grid provider, Transpower. Health and safety of contractors is of prime importance to Transpower across all national sites. They aimed to improve site security levels and reduce the risks associated with contractors working on site.

The brief included the control and audit of keys to critical areas, including the high voltage switch yards.

ECL Group Solution

ECL Group designed and manufactured a secure key safe to manage and monitor all onsite keys. The existing Gallagher access control system was already in place throughout Transpower, and was customised nationwide to accommodate the new key management system.

ECL Group’s solution enabled Transpower total control over all keys released to contractors. Only specified staff and contractors were allowed access to the key safe. Transpower is now able to monitor all key movements, including when a key is not returned.

The system is monitored nationally by ECL Group’s 24 hour support helpdesk.

Smart Outcome

The ECL Group has been instrumental in the installation and maintenance of the Transpower Cardax access control system for more than twelve years. The Transpower system consists of over 180 sites throughout New Zealand from Kaitaia to Manapouri, connected to a central Command Centre server.

Each site generally consists of access control, intruder detection and door monitoring plus the on-site electronic key management system. Many sites also integrate the Gallagher Powerfence system with access control, both systems implemented by ECL Group.

ECL Group supports the Transpower Cardax Command Centre, undertaking all programming and card issuing requirements. ECL Group also provides 24/7 monitoring of all Transpower security systems from our Wellington based Helpdesk.