National Grid is an international electricity and gas company with 95% of its activities in regulated businesses. It is the largest utility in the UK and the second largest utility in the US. It delivers gas to 11 million homes and businesses in the UK. In the US, National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers and distributes natural gas serving 3.5 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.
Having numerous and diverse facilities throughout New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire to secure, National Grid needed a higher level of security to insure its vast infrastructure of buildings were protected. They needed a way to track access to their sites, process over 156,000 cardholder transactions daily, and monitor who entered and exited their plants, operating yards and substations.
A Symmetry Security Management System from AMAG Technology provided National Grid the flexibility to control all these aspects of security right down to the individual user’s access rights.
“National Grid uses Symmetry access control to control and protect assets based on who should be in certain locations at what point in time,” said Alliance Systems Integrators, Inc., President, Thomas Palermo.
All employees use a smart card to gain access to their designated facilities where they work, and to the areas within the building where they have been authorized. Each department individually controls its list of employees and their access rights. Contractors are also provided badges on an as needed basis.
In addition, Symmetry is used to monitor over 4,000 alarm points to protect the many different types of facilities that comprise National Grid.
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