Independent Locksmiths and Security’s work for Rondo Building Services has seen the team take home the Integrated Security Solution Under $500,000 Award at the 24th Annual Australian Security Industry Awards for Excellence (ASIAL).
The submitted project featured an integrated security solution for Rondo Building Services, a leading manufacturer and supplier of wall and ceiling systems and complementary accessories to the building industry. Rolled out across national and international sites, the remote access system operates from the organisation’s head office in Sydney.
Rondo sought a solution for their security needs after the IT team expressed frustration having to use different access control and security systems across all their sites. The objective was therefore established to integrate a single security solution across all sites so that Rondo could gain situational awareness of its entire business. The system needed to deliver a single access control card so their team could efficiently access all sites. The single cloud-based platform would also enable Rondo to onboard and offboard employees quickly, ensuring a tight level of security.
To make the project achievable, the organisation needed to have a separate network to their corporate LAN to run the security system.
Independent Locksmiths and Security was contracted to roll out its secCloud managed security system. The system was first established in Rondo’s Victorian distribution warehouses, then later in Queensland and South Australia. For the Western Australia installation, electronics technician Jamie Ripley flew to Perth with Andrew Paton, Rondo’s general manager of ICT services in order to manage the project. Offshore sites in Auckland and Malaysia followed soon after.
To bring each distribution warehouse online, Independent Locksmiths and Security pre-engineered the solution in its Sydney workshop, then shipped the hardware interstate for installation and commissioning. This involved working with incumbent contractors at some sites. Once the system hardware and 4G modem were installed, the teams connected the hardware through the 4G modem into hosted security server secCloud. his would then be ready to centrally operate from Rondo’s head office in Sydney.
The final stage was completed in 2018.
Rondo’s system was integrated with c-bus lighting for extended building automation. Now when staff need to disarm an area, for example the front gate at 4am, they badge the front gate and carpark lights automatically come on. If they then badge the front door at Rondo the door opens, the alarm turns off and the lights turn on.
At the boom gate, the Dallas Delta intercom system was integrated into Rondo’s VoIP telephone system. Now when a truck driver presses the intercom at the boom gate it rings through to the dispatch office who use their phone to open the boom gate. If staff have to leave the dispatch office, they forward the desk phone to their mobile and open the boom gate without needing to return to their desk.
One of the particular challenges faced in Sydney was the inability to get cable out to a boom gate that Rondo needed to control remotely. The solution was to use a point-to-point link from the boom gate back to the security local area network. Effectively, this was running the system over an internet protocol link.
With secCloud Managed Security System, Independent Locksmiths and Security has delivered a network that connects all of the Rondo sites to its hosted server over 4G, allowing it to remain separate to Rondo’s corporate LAN. Rondo can now use one platform to control security across multiple sites both interstate and overseas.
The Rondo management team loves being able to login to the system at the head office in Sydney and be able to view CCTV footage in Perth, New Zealand or even Malaysia to find out what is happening on site.
Independent Locksmiths and Security thanks ASIAL for recognising its work and Rondo Building Services for its ready embrace of technology, integration and the Internet of Things, calling the organisation a wonderful client to work with.