SP Energy Networks set UK utilities trend with largest ever smart key project

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Scottish Power Energy Networks is leading the way with its security and access management control, using a unique key-centric access control solution, from smart electronic key manufacturer, LOCKEN. The leading name in smart key solutions has just signed a contract with SP Energy Networks to secure its electricity supply infrastructure, across more than 17,000 sites.

The energy supplier is looking to roll out the customised solution over the next three years using electronic locks to protect 23,000 access points with over 1,000 users.

The contactless electronic smart key combines the advantages of a traditional mechanical lock with a state-of-the-art electronic solution, with the information exchanged between the key and the cylinder by magnetic induction, rather than by an electrical contact. This allows almost instantaneous opening of the lock and a high reliability of the hardware without disruption by presence of rust, wear or dust.

The solution includes a Bluetooth module, which means the mechatronic key communicates with the user’s smartphone, using the MyLocken app. It is capable of offering centralised control and case-by-case, real-time access control, reaching standards of security that are usually only available from on-line access control systems.

The system does not require any on-site cabling or batteries for the lock, because the key supplies the cylinder with the energy and the information required to open the lock. In this way, users working on large infrastructures or complex sites with multiple points of access can make do with a single key. The solution is made even more flexible by its purely mechanical component, which can be used to open conventional mechanical cylinders, wherever the two types of locks co-exist within the same system.

Nick Dooley MD at LOCKEN UK Ltd explains: “This innovative electronic solution will enable the power supply network to support the improvement of health and safety procedures for the power group’s employees and subcontractors and deliver maximum performance to its customers.

“LOCKEN’s advanced access control solution helps DNOs to comply with Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations (ESQCR). The solution allows simple, flexible, efficient access management, which can be integrated with SP Energy Networks’ existing software system, giving improved operational efficiency which equals enhanced profitability.”

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