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University upgrades access control

East London University have upgraded all car park access barriers on their Docklands campus with new electronic controllers supplied and installed by the Atlas Group.

A total of eight barriers, four 'in' and four 'out' have been upgraded to allow entry by card readers and automatic exit by underground loop.

In addition, three new rising arm barriers fitted with Atlas electronic controls were supplied and installed at another location on the Docklands site.

Ian Bruce, a University supervisor said: "It is very important that parking is not only carefully controlled but that the electronic systems allowing access are reliable. We chose Atlas to upgrade our systems after careful checks indicated their equipment had an excellent reliability record and the company provided a high level of service."

East London University has some 17,000 students on sites at Docklands, Barking and Stratford. A modern university at the forefront of academic innovation, UEL enjoys a well-earned reputation for both research and teaching.


Revolutionary safety barrier for Marks & Spencer

Shoppers will be able to take a boat ride along the Grand Union Canal to the newest Marks & Spencer store, an integral part of the retail group's head office development at Paddington Basin in London.

What visitors will not see is the revolutionary 'sticky wheel' safety barrier controlling vehicle access to the store's unloading area. Strict control over access is necessary to ensure vehicles have enough space to manoeuvre.

Developed by the Atlas Group, the Jo-Line safety barrier utilises a steel cable stretched between two pillars. Movement of the cable is activated by the Group's patented 'sticky wheel' magnetic drive transfer system that provides many advantages over conventional fixed drive systems, especially with regard to safety.

At the Marks & Spencer store, the cable is raised to a height of 1.5m across the 6m wide ramp to prevent access, or lowered into a ground level recess to allow entry. The barrier is controlled from the store's security office.

The barrier carries a warning sleeve in reflective materials and is fitted with automatic traffic lights and safety photocells. Should a vehicle hit the barrier when in the up position, the cable will offer restraint. The cable re-positions automatically when the obstruction is removed.

The Jo-Line barrier is one of the first applications for the pioneering technology, which was developed by the Slough-based Atlas Group as a method of overcoming identified problems with the performance, safety, and reliability of access control equipment.

The contract to install the new barrier was awarded to Atlas by Carillion Building, the building's main contractor.

The Marks & Spencer 11-storey head office development, due to be occupied next May, is another 'inside out' building by the Richard Rogers Partnership, designers of London's famous Lloyds building. It is an integral part of a £500 million scheme to put new life into 80 acres around Paddington Station.


New barriers for flagship building

Vehicle access security at Mole Business Park in Leatherhead, Surrey, has been enhanced by the installation of Atlas parking control barriers at the entrance to Leatherhead House, a new flagship building erected by Park owners Hermes, a leading fund management company.

An integral part of the Park's increasingly important security operation, the new barriers were both supplied and installed by Atlas under a contract awarded by Park managers King Sturge. They join four other Atlas installed and maintained barriers which control vehicle access at the Park's north and east entrances.

The new barriers consist of an 'in' rising arm barrier controlled by a card reading system and an 'out' rising arm barrier controlled by an underground loop. The barriers can also be controlled from the Park security building. Access to the underground car park is also controlled by the card reading system.

Atlas managing director Joe Baker said: "Our experience is that controlling vehicle access to multi-occupancy sites, particularly those like Mole Business Park which has a number of high profile tenants, is of growing importance for both security and safety reasons."