Box-it ID Cards Now Control Access As Well As T&A


the client

Box-it UK is one of Europe’s largest and most successful document storage and records management businesses. The head office is based in Winchester, Hampshire.


the challenge

Box-it needed a cost-effective and user-friendly access control solution to control 10 doors at the main office in Winchester.

It was necessary for the installation to be integrated seamlessly with the existing Amano time and attendance system, allowing the use of existing Amano time and attendance cards with the access control system. It was also essential to be capable of future system expansion as required.


the solution

Nortech worked with installer CSS Total Security of Fareham to provide a Norpass3 system covering 10 doors with proximity readers for both entry and exit. The Norpass3 software user interface offered the end user an intuitive software tool to manage key functions such as adding and deleting cards, event reporting, and the allocation of suitable access rights. The use of windows based techniques such as easy-to-follow dialog boxes helped simplify system management.

The system infrastructure uses Nortech’s CRC220 2-door/reader controllers with a combination of RS485 and TCP/IP connectivity. By fitting Nortech proximity card readers that are capable of reading Amano T & A cards made it possible to provide a convenient and cost-effective solution where the Amano cards already being used by Box-it staff can also be used for access control.


the benefits

  • Compact door controllers with integral power supplies and flexible connectivity enabled the project to be completed on time and within budget
  • Norpass3 software provides easy system administration for the client
  • The Nortech system's ability to interface with the existing T&A system enables a single card solution, reducing disruption and avoiding costly system replacements


customer's comments

"CSS and Nortech provided us with the solution we were looking for. It was important for us to be able to continue using our existing Amano cards that control our Time & Attendance system as they are our employee ID badges too; the cards now have 3 roles for our business. CSS have been helping us with our intruder alarm requirements for many years and delivered a speedy and efficient service; something we know they can be relied upon for" - Group Quality Manager at Box-it


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