Utility Companies are required to have a well-documented security plan to maintain strict access control at their facilities, including monitoring, logging and reporting. To meet NERC-CIP 006 standards the access control system must extend to remote facilities like substations and equipment yards.
Adding to the complexity of these challenges is the utility company’s mobile workforce that requires access to multiple remote facilities to do their jobs.Access control and management of a mobile workforce across multiple sites with strict logging and reporting requirements demands a centrally managed access control system to remain compliant while controlling costs.
In addition, a centrally managed access control system can reduce costs in other ways, reducing liability risks, reducing shrinkage of high-value assets and elimination of the travel and personnel costs often incurred to provide off-hour access to facilities in emergency situations.
Yet these remote sites generally do not have very robust IT infrastructure. They usually have Internet connectivity to support various business functions, but nothing that would require support or maintenance from a system or network engineer.The cost would simply be too high. Furthermore, it is very rare that there is any staff on site that is qualified to operate and maintain a security system.
Do your physical security measures comply with NERC-CIP 006 standards?
Are you able to grant access to equipment sites remotely?
Are you able to track who has access to expensive equipment?
How do you protect your assets from shrinkage?
If your current physical security measures are not able to help you deal with all of these situations then it is time to consider a physical Access Control solution, for increased security, safety and accountability.
Reach Systems is a keyless entry, access control system uniquely designed for retail environments where there is limited IT infrastructure and limited IT staff.
The combination of Reach’s unique architecture and integration with Assa Abloy’s wireless electronic locks enables retailers to increase security and get in compliance with federal mandates at a significantly reduced investment compared to traditional access control implementations.
The Reach ACS is an integrated solution with Assa Abloy’s Sargent v.S2 locks including ReachNet, a web-based management application. All user interaction with ReachNet takes place through a standard web browser, so authorized users may login to the system over the Internet from anywhere, anytime. ReachNet is built on an enterprise class Oracle database and utilizes open source software and operating systems wherever possible. ReachNet is designed to be highly scalable and because there is no on-site software to install, it can be deployed cost effectively for a single door access system or for an enterprise-wide system that spans the globe.
Reach enterprise ACS features include:
- Role Based access to ReachNet
- Remote enrollment of employees
- Remote termination of access permissions
- Automated Notifications based on specified events
- Automated Reporting based on specified events
- Scheduling of doors and users
- Real-time monitoring of all remote sites