Portland Marina

Portland Marina is one of the approved training venues for the Olympic and Paralympic sailing teams

Portland Marina

Dean & Reddyhoff is one of the UK’s leading marine operators and has successful operations at Weymouth, Hasler and East Cowes. They have recently opened their new marina at Portland Harbour. Situated on the Jurassic coast, the marina is accessible at all states of tide and provides premium facilities for its customers. Portland Marina is one of the approved training venues for the Olympic and Paralympic sailing teams. It will form part of the venue for hosting the sailing events for the 2012 games.

Designing in security is important for this type of development. Access control is part of the security package that customers require when berthing their yachts in a marina. Dean & Reddyhoff’s other marinas already use access control, but the systems are not controlled from a PC, so management is time consuming. Keen to start with a clean slate, Steve Godden (one of the company’s directors) was interested in looking at some different options.

Custom Security Services of Verwood, Dorset, were recommended to Mr Godden and he asked them to specify a system. Neil Fitzwalter, sales director of Custom Security Services, visited the site and suggested a Net2 system. Net2 is a networked access control system manufactured by Paxton. Neil says: “We mainly use Net2 for access control. It is a good system and does what our customers need. It is great for our clients as it is so easy to learn and use the software.”

The Marine reader, manufactured by Paxton, was chosen by Neil to show to the customer. He says: “Mr Godden really liked the appearance. It looks really classy and the blue back light is attractive. The reader is also tough enough for this harsh environment as it is manufactured from marine grade stainless steel.” The aesthetic benefits of the Marine reader, combined with the ease of management of the software, meant Net2 was chosen and Custom Security Services was awarded the installation contract.

Net2 now controls access on eight doors, a car park barrier, the steel access gates to the pontoons and the yachts moored there.

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