Oakpark installs access control system at Winchester dementia unit

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Oakpark Alarms have just completed a comprehensive access control, CCTV and intruder alarm security system at Colten Care's new dementia unit at St Catherine's View, Winchester. Opening in May 2012, this is the fourth Colten Care development at which Oakpark Alarms has provided the security equipment.

Oakpark Alarms, based in Verwood on the Dorset Hampshire border, have just completed the installation of a comprehensive security system at Colten Care's newest care home and dementia unit at St Catherine's View, Stanmore Lane in Winchester, due to open in May 2012.

The project comprised the specification, supply and installation of a door and gate access control system, CCTV systems and an intruder alarm system and is the fourth Colten Care development at which Oakpark Alarms has been engaged.

The particular security requirements of a dementia unit combine the paramount need for the safety of residents with the equally important need to provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with security as unobtrusive as possible.

Designed to cover a total of 50 doors and external gates, the Paxton Nett2 Access Control System specified has proven to offer far greater flexibility and ease of use for the staff compared to more conventional equipment.

Reception Staff at St Catherine's View are now able to issue access cards to people visiting relatives resident in the home that allow them access only to the specific areas they need to visit and are time-limited. Should the access card not be handed in when the visitor leaves, it will subsequently time out preventing it being from being used subsequently, unless it is revalidated by the Reception Staff first. This therefore improves security to the residents and staff, whilst at the same time negating the need for Staff to escort visitors through the property.

Displays at Reception and each Nurses Station immediately flag up if a door has been opened in an unauthorised manner, thus immediately drawing attention to an issue requiring urgent attention.

Previous experience in dementia units has shown that glass door panels leading into the secure areas can be problematic, so this development has no glazed panels. Upon staff or visitors using their swipe cards to release the electronic locks controlling these doors, a 7 inch TFT flush, wall mounted CCTV monitor adjacent to the door immediately comes on to display the area beyond the door for added safety.

In addition to the door monitoring CCTV, a further CCTV system has also been installed to monitor the Reception area and key external areas and an intruder alarm has been installed covering areas where theft of valuable goods or confidential records might be an issue.

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