Antwerp Harbour Authority (Havenbedrijf Antwerpen) expands Nedap access control to the new Havenhuis

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Since 2005, the Antwerp Harbour Authority has relied on Nedap's AEOS access control platform. Now, some 12 years later, the Harbour Authority is expanding its system seamlessly to its prestigious new headquarters.

The new Havenhuis was recently opened, bringing together technical and administrative services from various locations in the harbour area. One of the 500 users of this new architecturally wondrous building is network engineer Marc de Caluwé. “Good security is very important. That's why we equipped a large part of the 56 building complexes on our 120km² harbour area with the AEOS access control platform, back in 2005. So, for us, it's a logical choice to add the new Havenhuis to the system."

Optimum security at all times

"We have our own 170km long fibre-optic network. That network is the backbone of our activities, so naturally we maintain it well. We selected AEOS in 2005 because it's IP-based, meaning that we could connect it to the fibre-optic network. If our fibre-optic network is running, then our access control system is running too. But AEOS even keeps functioning if our network fails, providing us optimum security at all times.

Use a single access card

“Another reason for selecting AEOS at that time and for expanding it now to the new Havenhuis is the compatibility with Alfapass. We currently manage 5000 (Alfapass) cards in AEOS. These are used by both employees and shippers and trucks that come to load and unload. The card gives them access to all of the harbour buildings applicable to them, both in Antwerp and in Zeebrugge. Now, after 12 years, we have 385 doors responding to AEOS. And we’re still counting.

Phasing out key plans

"We used to have key plans with which we provided keys to our employees for all our buildings. That was difficult to manage and time-consuming. Using AEOS, we were able to simplify our key plans drastically - saving us considerable time and money. Moreover, those few keys still in circulation are much easier to manage by integrating Traka key cabinets in AEOS. Whenever somebody takes a key from the cabinet and doesn't return it, we know who has which key. This way, we are certain that the keys get returned to the right place and don't get lost," asserts Marc de Caluwé.

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