8 Feb 2018

Toyota plant shifts to higher gear with Vanderbilt’s ACT

Vanderbilt’s ACT access control solution was recently installed by BDI Security Solutions Ltd at sites in Burnaston, Derbyshire, and Deeside, North Wales, for car manufacturer Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd.

At Deeside, Toyota operates a 115-acre engine plant. Together, the two sites represent investment of £2.5bn and employ 3,000 people. For the plant’s security, Toyota wanted a tailored solution that would enable them to operate from a virtual environment and respond promptly to requests.

The installation replaced a legacy system that was no longer future-proof and did not allow access control listings to be integrated with Toyota’s general corporate database. Toyota now has a unified solution with badge-printing as an integral and cost-effective element when it had previously been a separate process.

The equipment installed at the manufacturing plant includes ACT Mifare1030 mullion proximity readers at both indoor and outdoor locations. These slim-line readers support third-party smart cards and fobs, feature a robust polycarbonate housing and have an ingress rating of IP67. They are particularly suited to this type of project where the smart card is used for multiple applications across access control and HR.

Toyota is also using ACT eLock MIFARE Classic. This is a wireless door lock that includes an access control reader and opening mechanism, all powered by batteries. ELocks operate with an ACT eLock hub and up to 32 locks can communicate over a wireless network with each hub.