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Lab upgrade

by Mark Rowe

Unilever’s main UK-based laboratory and research centre has upgraded its security. The site at Port Sunlight on the Wirral has had fitted the latest CAP IP intercom stations from Castel. With 750 scientists at the site working on many of the multi-national’s products and foods, there is a constant need for security and worker safety.

Installation company Grange Fire and Security was tasked with updating the access control, CCTV and intercom around the complex. Part of the project required 22 of Castel’s specialist IP intercom units to be installed at the gates, barriers and turnstiles, as well as at staff and visitor entrances and goods in-out.

All calls are directed through to reception within the main building. Unilever, however, aims to find a way of networking all security communication to one central point for all of its UK sites, to reduce operational costs. As a second stage of the project, this aim will be achievable using the Castel IP intercom system now installed. Because the new system is IP, no extra cabling is required.

Castel’s Sales Director, Stuart Hibberd, said: “Working on a project for a company as prestigious as Unilever has been very exciting. Making sure that our products will be able to achieve what the client wants has been paramount, along with ensuring a future-proof system, which we can expand at a later date. With CAP IP, the installation process was simple and easy, as all the equipment was pre-configured before being shipped to the installers.”

About Castel

Castel has been developing and marketing communication and access control products since 1970. Castel develops and manufactures all of its products in full. Castel UK was established in 2010 after the Urmet Group made the acquisition of Castel as part of a deliberate investment plan to broaden its product portfolio and increase export sales.

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