Burrford University College has always been focused on providing a safe yet relaxed environment for all students and staff. They had a range of parking and security challenges on their main campus site including managing the limited parking resource for visitors and contractors in addition to the everyday users.
The estates team had the difficult task of providing adequate car park spaces for up to 900 vehicles on-site with 90 staff, 1250 students and a variety of delivery and contractor vehicles entering and leaving the site daily. Fortunately not all of the students arrived by car every day, but many seemed to have access to a family car which they would sometimes park in the main car park and apparently forget about it for up to a week at a time. The pressures increased when the conference center was booked which could see the arrival of an additional 100 paying delegates all expecting a place to park on tarmac rather than on a muddy verge.
Another serious concern was the increasing reports of anonymous white vans driving on-site and the occupants taking almost anything that could have a resale or scrap value. This had even included the disappearance of some new kitchen appliances that had been left outside for a few minutes whilst the old appliances were being uninstalled.
Burrford employed a paper permit system for staff and students but this was proving a real strain on their admin resources dealing with lost permits, vehicle changes, temporary vehicles and vehicles not displaying permits.
The staff car park never seemed to have any spaces after 8.30am and there were reports of cars that never appeared to leave the car park. A radical approach was needed…
The Head of Estates, the HR Manager and the Security Manager met several times to discuss and consider the available options and felt that ANPR technology might be able to provide an intelligent solution to the challenges along with barriers to control the three car parks: Staff /General Visitor, Student and the Conference Centre for both Staff and Delegates.
A Genie GANPR system was installed to manage User Categories for the three car parks along with tailored access times to restrict unauthorised users. Genie GANPR Cameras were installed near the barriers to each car park
and linked to the ANPR Server allowing access to those with a ‘virtual permit’. Every student and staff member was allocated a virtual permit that is either permanent or had an expiry date and time. This was also applied for Day Visitors and Contractors where variable length permits could be assigned as required. Visitor Groups or individuals can now be managed by either assigning a per-defined category or an individual access period.
As well as managing the visitors Burrford permit on campus, the Genie GANPR systems can also alert security staff to unwanted visitors or any vehicle that is not identified as “known” or a pre-booked visitor or contractor. Creating a security alert (which can be sent via email to a smartphone) allows the security team to be more proactive and responsive by intercepting an incoming vehicle rather than dealing with the consequences of a car break-in or costly theft.
Tom Dalton, Security Manager at Burrford University College said”The new ANPR system has solved a lot of the parking issues that we had on site. Everyone knows what car park they are meant to use but now if they try and enter a different one they simply can’t access it. Congestion has been reduced as people are no longer driving around looking for a space and pre-booked conference delegates can now park with ease”
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