Longride High School is one of the regions top performing secondary schools, achieving excellent academic results in 2012 with an 83% A* to C pass rate. Set in the picturesque market town of Longridge with a stunning countryside location, the school aims to provide high quality learning with a strong sense of pride, personal achievement and respect.
In today's security conscious environment safety of pupils, staff and equipment is a top priority and many schools are looking for methods of allowing free and easy access throughout school whilst at the same time maintaining security.
When it became apparent that two of the schools doors, close to street level, could be forced open the management of the school became concerned that school security could be breached Atlas Alarms Ltd, one of the North Wests leading electronic security specialists were asked to provide a site survey and risk assess how access and security could be improved throughout the school. Atlas recommended the hugely popular Progeny Access Control systems and in particular the P2 range as this was ideal choice for this kind of application.
P2 systems are designed for systems up to 16 doors and 2000 users and are quick and easy to install and the highly functional software can be up and running in a few minutes.
Commenting on the system, Shaun Bradshaw, Network Manager at the school said 'currently we have 10 doors running on the system and approximately 100 members of staff use key fobs.'
Shaun went on to say 'The system practically runs itself. Office staff have access if they need to release any of the doors at any time during the day. It is a really efficient way of allowing visitors access to the main reception.'
The P2 system in use at the school is complete with proximity readers which are both durable and attractive and therefore add a sense of style to the immediate environment. Major technological advances with the P2 system have allowed a number of cost saving benefits to be achieved, both in terms of installation and on-going costs. Advances in reader data transmission and ethernet electronics and means saving on cabling costs and lower running costs. And the savings don't stop there; by using a 'cross over' CAT 5 cable the P2.net controller offers a cost effective way of connecting a PC to an access controller up to 100 metres away.
The contemporary software which accompanies all P2 systems provides both the installer and end user with a simple to use interface allowing for swift set up and card management. System activity is monitored and can be viewed using the simple to create reports from within the software. Adding custom fields in to the card database allows for even more tailored reports to be created.
The whole installation was carried out by Atlas Alarms Ltd in April 2011 during half term and the system was installed and commissioned and functioning before school re-opened after the Easter break.
Commenting on the positive benefit the access control system has brought to the school Jane Green, Headteacher said ' the Progeny system has provided a much safer environment for all members of the school community.'
Progeny systems tick all of the boxes when it comes to safeguarding people and property in the modern education system. The innovative use technology, online connectivity and stylish and attractive readers can transform the functioning of a school and, as far as humanly possible ensure safety, security and free movement for all pupils, staff and authorised personnel.
Progeny Access Control systems are manufactured in Great Harwood, Lancashire by BSB Electronics Limited. BSB is one of the world's leading manufacturers of Access Control systems and thousands of Progeny systems are in use across the globe.