Hybrid Access Control Solution for Lydney Community School

the client

Lydney C of E Community Primary School is a medium sized primary school set on the edge of the Forest of Dean. The school has seven classes with 216 children on roll.

The school was using a standalone access control system using a magnetic stripe card reader.


the challenge

The school staff members were experiencing problems with their standalone access control system, due to the tendency of the magnetic stripe cards to wear and the lack of control over the cards. They needed to replace it with a reliable, user-friendly controlled access solution.


the solution

Lydney school chose Nortech to resolve the problem. The solution includes an IP networked CRC220 2-door controller with slimline proximity readers to control access through the main entrance to the building, plus several compatible NanoQuest standalone door controllers to protect internal doors to restricted areas. The small proximity fobs issued to all school staff are managed centrally by Norpass3, Nortech’s access control software. Norpass3 is very user-friendly, offering features such as easy-to-follow dialog boxes to help simplify system management. The system also provides critical features such as event management and report generation plus options to interface with alarm systems and CCTV.


the benefits

  • Proximity fobs can be used on both the networked and the standalone controllers
  • Compact and robust proximity fobs are economic as they never need replacing
  • Being linked to the schools computer systems makes adding and removing fobs and programming access permissions much easier for staff
  • New restricted areas can be easily added to the system B as necessary


customer's comment

"The school has had the Norpass3 system in place for four months and we have found it to be very easy to understand and use, and extremely flexible. The staff have found the system to be so easy and reliable that I would recommend this system without hesitation" - Ms. Louisa Lawson, Head Teacher at Lydney Community School


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