The Shard

Opem installed advanced Salto access control systems, CCTV, and remote monitoring for Fora’s flexible offices on the 24th and 25th floors of The Shard. The project enhanced security and integrated seamlessly with The Shard’s existing systems. 

Client

Fora (formerly The Office Group)

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Opem was commissioned by long-term client, Fora, to enhance the security and access control for their flexible office spaces located at The Shard. The integration of advanced Salto access control technology was critical to maintaining the high-security standards expected by occupants and visitors.

Objectives

  1. Implement Advanced Access Control: Install Salto access control systems to provide secure and flexible access for office users.
  2. Enhance Surveillance: Deploy CCTV systems to monitor premises effectively.
  3. Remote Monitoring: Set up remote monitoring capabilities from Opem’s in-house control room.
  4. Ensure System Integration: Integrate the new systems with The Shard’s existing fire and security infrastructure.

Ongoing Maintenance

Provide continuous maintenance to ensure system reliability and performance.

THE CHALLENGE

The Shard’s iconic status and its high footfall posed unique challenges in terms of security and access control. The integration with existing fire and security systems required meticulous planning and coordination with multiple stakeholders, including building management, fire safety officers, and IT teams.

THE SOLUTION

Opem leveraged Salto access control technology to deliver a robust and scalable security solution. Key steps included:

  1. System Design and Planning: Focusing on the specific needs of Fora’s flexible office spaces. Opem mapped out access points, determining surveillance coverage, and planning for integration with existing systems.
  2. Installation of Salto Access Control Systems: This provided multi-factor authentication options, including key cards and mobile access. The system’s flexibility allows for easy management of access rights, catering to the dynamic nature of flexible office spaces.
  3. CCTV Deployment: These were strategically placed to ensure full coverage of entry points and common areas, to provide real-time monitoring capabilities.
  4. Remote Monitoring: Our in-house control room was set up to provide 24/7 remote monitoring of the installed systems, ensuring immediate response to any security incidents.
  5. Integration with Existing Systems: Seamless integration with The Shard’s fire and security systems was achieved through open communication and collaboration with all stakeholders. This ensured that all systems functioned cohesively, enhancing overall building safety and security.
  6. Ongoing Maintenance: Opem established a maintenance schedule to regularly check and service all installed systems, ensuring they remain operational and effective.

THE RESULTS

  • Enhanced Security: The installation of Salto access control technology significantly improved the security of Fora’s office spaces, providing peace of mind for tenants and visitors.
  • Improved Access Management: The flexible access control system allowed for easy management of user credentials, accommodating the dynamic needs of flexible office environments.
  • Seamless Integration: Successful integration with The Shard’s existing systems ensured comprehensive security coverage without disruptions.
  • Continuous Monitoring: 24/7 remote monitoring from Opem’s control room ensured rapid response to any incidents, further enhancing security.
  • Reliable Maintenance: Ongoing maintenance guarantees the longevity and reliability of the installed systems.

Conclusion

The successful implementation of Salto access control technology for Fora’s office spaces in The Shard underscores Opem’s commitment to providing top-tier security solutions. This project not only enhanced the security and functionality of the office spaces but also demonstrated the importance of seamless system integration and ongoing support in maintaining high-security standards.

I have worked with Opem as a supplier for over 10 years during my time at TOG and they are great. The team are so reliable, helpful and always on hand to answer questions during hours and out of hours. Most recently during lockdown and while I have been working from home, their team have been a fundamental help with assisting with remote request for our members and attending to issues that may arise within the buildings such as alarms etc. Thank you for your hard work team.

Lorri Coogan – Head of Operations – West, The Office Group
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