Boon Edam provide secure entry solution for Pharm Research Associates

PHRAS Swansea Tourlock

Pharm Research Associates Ltd is a research centre founded in 1996, which provides commercial, physical and biological research and development. Having previously appointed global entry experts Boon Edam to install a Crystal Tourniket revolving door at its Head Offices in Reading, Pharm Research Associates approached the entry specialists once again to refurbish the entrance at its facility based in Swansea. Prior to the refurbishment, the entrance at the Swansea site had a revolving door installed which was not a Boon Edam product. The pre-existing door was beginning to lose functionality and Pharm Research Associates required an upgraded replacement.

Business Challenges

Pharmaceutical companies require enhanced levels of security due to sensitive data held on site. There is always a critical need to monitor and control who is entering the building, to ensure unauthorised access and security risks are prevented. Besides requiring an access control solution to support the company’s high security requirements, there is a more general need for the traffic flow of people entering and exiting the building to be controlled.  

The client worked closely with Boon Edam to establish potential threats and ensure the appropriate level of security was incorporated into the entry solution. It was important for the entry solution to be correct, not only to meet the buildings requirements but also to fit with the existing culture. Initially, there was concerns from on-site employees about the perceived access issues brought on by heightened security measures.

The Solution

Boon Edam’s team met with the client to present a range of possibilities and provided reassurance that heightened security would not be problematic, or affect the smooth operation of the entrance. Upon evaluating the range of entry options, the client chose Boon Edam’s automatic Tourlock revolving door with an aluminium finish for Pharm Research Associates’ entrance.

The Tourlock is the most advanced, high security revolving door in the Boon Edam product range. It ensures that only authorised visitors are granted access to a building’s most sensitive areas. The rotation of the door only begins upon an authorisation signal from its access control system, such as a card reader or biometrics reader. The Tourlock is available with three or four door wings and includes a variety of security systems and upgrades.

The client chose a Tourlock door with four wings and an added one-way weight system for the entrance. The Tourlock’s weight system, which offers a high level of anti-tailgating detection, has scales integrated into the floor of the door to assess the weight of the user. The system is set to a pre-defined weight limit, ensuring that tailgating is prevented.

The Result

The exact level of security was matched specifically to the client’s needs. Installing a Tourlock door with four wings meant that multiple users could occupy the door, as opposed to a one-in-one-out system with a three-wing door. This ensured the day to day operation of the entrance met the requirements specified by the client.

The project took eight months, from confirmation to installation. Despite some bad weather hindering the progress of the project, Boon Edam installed the new door in just four days. Following the installation, a standard 12-month warranty was provided to ensure aftercare of the door. Boon Edam also provided a customer orientation, to inform staff how to use and care for the product over the course of its lifetime. 

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