The Kaba Group is a globally active security company that was first established in Zurich, Switzerland in 1862 by Franz Bauer, making safes with a staff of just three; today the group has around 9000 staff in more than 60 countries.
Kaba can for that reason look back over 146 years of history in lock and cylinder production, during which time it has become the world’s number-one producer of key blanks, key-cutting machines, transponder keys and high-security locks. The company is also one of the world’s leading providers of electronic access systems, locking systems, safe locks, hotel locks, security and automatic doors and time recording systems.
Creating customised locking solutions for end users within the rail industry has been a significant part of Kaba’s business in the UK for over 30 years. With a product design, development and manufacturing facility still located in the UK, Kaba is able to work with their clients to create tailor-made products based upon their specific needs, and considering the particular environment that the product is to be used within.
With the ability to take conceptual ideas from a client and produce working samples in a matter of days Kaba pride itself in its ability to work with its clients as a design partner, offering CAD design and development facilities for new and existing locking applications.
As part of Kaba’s service, key system planning will also play a simple but vital part in the organisation, safety and security of your business, people, visitors and property.
The planning process for a locking system and the associated key plan developed by Kaba’s permutations department depends to a great extent on the intended complexity and capacity of your key requirements. A need to know and understand the proposed long term size of the locking system together with a user ‘hierarchy’ will be required. It is often difficult to change these parameters once a master plan has been signed off.The solution to an effective and long-lasting system is often simplicity. New master plan systems are individually designed from the start to suit Kaba’s customer’s requirements.
Working around the world, Kaba has integrated these products to create a complete security solution for numerous clients that include Network Rail, Bombardier Transportation, Hitachi Rail, Alstom Transportation, Nexus, Eurostar, Virgin and recently First Great Western.
Kaba was invited along to propose a selective opening device for First Great Western’s high-speed trains that would help ensure the passengers safety when alighting the train at shorter platforms. Kaba was able to provide the solution with a patented Kaba 20 key system which allows the Train Manager to control the automatic locking and unlocking device for the train doors. The Train Manager can stand at the last car level with the end of the platform and by simply inserting their Kaba key into the Kaba key switch they can prevent the carriage doors beyond the platform unlocking automatically with the rest of the train.
The system is a success due to its efficiency and simplicity. The keys are strictly controlled at Kaba Ltd Head Office in Tiverton, Devon, ensuring that they are managed by First Great Western personnel and are issued only to authorised First Great Western staff. This programme will also help First Great Western to run longer trains on alternate service routes Security and Access Control systems are important features in every aspect of the rail industry and Kaba’s vast product portfolio includes solutions to encompass all these areas.Station buildings
Most rail stations are open environments where members of the public are able to move around unrestricted. However, there are areas that must have restricted access to prevent vandalism to the property and danger to the public.
At large stations there are frequently offices and restricted areas to which only authorised staff should have access. Depending on the level of security required, Kaba offers a variety of possibilities.
It is not often possible or required to install an online access control system to manage access to these areas, yet there is still a need to be able to have an audit trail to establish who the last person to access the area was. Kaba elolegic products are mechatronic cylinder locks which provide an audit trail and allow for personnel to have access granted or removed easily and quickly. Being stand alone they are ideally suited to rail environments where the design and layout does not allow for traditional online systems.Locomotives & rolling stock
Kaba has a long history of working with train operators to protect their rolling stock. Most units need to have:
- Safety interlocks
- Low voltage switchlocks
- Drivers cab doors locks
- Emergency push buttons
- Cupboard locks
- Key exchange systems
Kaba switchlocks as an example provide solutions where secure control of switching is required. Kaba’s wide range incorporates rotary and micro switches to suit most applications.
The combination of switches, cylinders and key movements have been developed to meet the increasing needs for safety and security, controlling personnel, processes and equipment, and monitoring activities.
Kaba’s sophisticated K3110 switchlock provides a quick connect bayonet fitting that enables the keyswitch to be removed seamlessly from the cylinder barrel to facilitate any wiring.
The Kaba system utilises high quality cylinder locks operated by the unique smooth Kaba dimpled key, being strong and reversible. The Kaba 20 system is used widely within the rail industry and is available with over 100 million key codes, whilst the interchangeable core of Kaba’s quattro pluS system allows it to be retrofitted into most cylinder profiles as part of a master key system.
Kaba switchlocks can be included in master keyed systems with other products such as camlocks, door locks and padlocks to provide a high level of organisational control, with users required to only carry one key.
Kaba Camlocks are built around the reliability and security of the patented Kaba
20 system and offer a range of bespoke design options, choice of single or two-key entry and additional drill resistance for areas vulnerable to physical attack.Platform protection
Increasingly, modern stations are implementing platform screen doors to prevent unauthorised access to the tracks. They operate seamlessly with the doors of the rolling stock, opening once the train has halted and closing only when the passengers are securely aboard. Kaba has substantial experience in design, manufacture and installation of platform screen doors.
Platform screen doors also play a central role in controlling passenger flows, and enhance passenger comfort and safety as well as service capacity. The separation of platform from tracks permits higher arrival and departure speeds for the trains, thus shortening the overall stop time, and enabling service frequency to be increased. Further, the installation of full-height platform screen doors also allows better and more energy-efficient air conditioning in the station. In addition to a broad range of products, Kaba also offers advice, project management and construction, installation and maintenance – all from a single source.Trackside & signalling equipment
Communication and power are essential to any railway and the technology is often protected by trackside cabinets. These cabinets can be the target of vandalism and due to their remote location can be difficult to protect adequately. Kaba has developed the GateShield (see picture) with this in mind as it is able to withstand sustained attack from power hand tools and can simply factoryreplace any padlock and be integrated into a master suite. The GateShield has a proven track record within the rail industry and due to the reliability and the simplicity to install, Kaba GateShield has also been adopted for similar applications within the utilities and telecommunication market sectors.Perimeter security
Goods stations and certain areas of stations are frequently surrounded by extensive grounds that need to be protected against unauthorised entry. Entrances along the outside fence, which provide access for station staff, vehicles, deliveries or external companies, can be problematic as far as security is concerned. Access control for these check-points must therefore be functional, robust and weather-proof.
Extra high security and high security padlocks play an important role in any total access control system by securing exposed areas such as perimeter gates, external installations, warehouse doors and interna doors. Kaba’s high security cylinder lock systems offer the most flexible and secure systems available.
Kaba also offer a selection of dust covers and weather flaps suitable for use in particularly harsh conditions. The covers are designed for use with all Kaba Camlock and Keyswitch products and have been successfully applied on many occasions.
For further details on Kaba’s full product range, please visit the website or contact Adrian McGowan:
Tel: 0870 000 5625 ext 2223