ADT wins award for access-control system at Birmingham Airport

ADT access control
Routes for arriving and departing passengers through the terminal building of Birmingham Airport are set remotely using a BACnet system designed and installed by ADT.

ADT, which provides electronic fire and security solutions, has received an innovation award from Delta Controls for its integrated building-management system at Birmingham International Airport.

ADT designed and installed an access-control system to guide arriving passengers through baggage reclaim and passport control to the arrivals hall. Departing passengers are also guided from the departures lounge through to the boarding gates.

These routes have controllers that the airport refers to as ‘valve doors’. They were supplied by CEM Systems, a sister company of ADT. Operators in the security control room can define the routes passengers need to take and open or close valves using a touch-screen PC.

This integrated system is based on native BACnet technology provided by Delta Controls and interfaces with the CEM door controllers. Commands are sent to CEM’s AC2000 system to put doors into passenger mode, and the system then receives information about whether doors are open or closed.

The system is connected to a dual-screen PC in the terminal control room via the BACnet/IP network. One screen enables operators to configure the valve routes. The other 42 in screen shows the floor plan and colour-coded passenger routes.

Kurt Graves, Delta’s international business manager, comments, ‘ADT’s innovative solution uses BACnet products, which allowed the extremely open, flexible and easy-to-commission design to be implemented very quickly and efficiently. The award recognises the complete project, from its design right through to its successful implementation.’

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