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Increased in Demand for Built-in Security in Office Buildings

By on Oct 19, 2010 in Office

Office buildings in Bangkok had been very open for public access but growing demand globally from multinational companies for greater security has now increased the need for access control to be built into the design and specification of office buildings, according to leading international property consultant, CB Richard Ellis.

CB Richard Ellis has seen a general upgrade of security in the form of access controls throughout Asia and multinational tenants are now demanding that certain features be incorporated into the office design.

The general objective is to be able to restrict access to the building to only employees of tenants and those visitors who have provided identification at the reception.

“In some buildings in Bangkok, this has been done manually with the use of security guards but modern technology in the form of destination-control lifts and card-reading turnstiles is preferable,” said Mr. James Pitchon, Executive Director at CB Richard Ellis.

Sathorn Square, Bangkok’s most modern grade A office development, will incorporate both systems.  The developer has installed Schindler ID destination-control lifts.  All tenants’ employees will have a proximity access card.  They will enter the lift lobbies by turnstiles, similar to those used at BTS sky-train stations.
In the lift lobby, they will use the card at a terminal which will show which lift car has been assigned to their floor at that time.  Each card will be programmed to show which floors an employee is allowed to access.

The advantage of destination-control lifts is not only that access to individual floors is restricted to just those permitted for tenant’s employees and visitors, but that this system also increases the efficiency of the lifts.  A programme assesses the demand to access a floor at any particular time and assigns the lift that will most efficiently take people to that floor.

The turnstile system records when employees and visitors enter and exit the building and prevents unauthorized access to the office floors.

Turnstile access-control and destination-control lifts are now the industry standard for grade A buildings in Asia, and developers of new grade A office developments in Bangkok such as Sathorn Square are ensuring that their developments match international standards.

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