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Nortech’s MRC350 Helps Gunnebo Improve Visitor Experience At The Shard

Access control system specialists Nortech have recently worked with The Gunnebo Security Group to install its MRC350 motorised card capture readers at the Shard in London.
Standing at 87 storeys high, the architecturally distinctive Shard building with its crystalline facade houses a mixture of high end office spaces, restaurants, apartments, a five-star hotel and a public viewing platform. The challenge for Nortech and Gunnebo was to secure the entrance with a system that had a modern and elegant design to complement the building while being 100% effective at preventing unauthorised access.
Gunnebo was able to provide a combination of slimmed-down high speed gates and half-height turnstiles controlled with Nortech’s MRC350, a motorised card capture reader that is designed for use at entrances and exits. Compatible with Gunnebo access control systems and turnstiles, the MRC350 units enable high speed flow of staff and visitors.    
The sleek and stylish nature of Gunnebo’s SpeedStile FL range was a great fit with the synergy and beauty of the Shard building. This was a key deciding factor on the SpeedStile FL products being chosen for this project.
Simon Preston, Marketing Manager at Gunnebo UK commented, “The integration allowed us to provide the Shard with a stylish, efficient and secure access control solution, which eliminated bottlenecks whilst maintaining the flow of visitors and staff. We are very pleased with the result.”
The Nortech MRC350 is designed to be cost-saving because of the infrequent need to replace unreturned cards. It avoids the need for dedicated visitor turnstiles or gates and the intelligent ‘Capture or Return’ mechanism enables the same reader to be used for both staff and visitors. The MRC350 can be used to read any ISO proximity or smart cards, using integrated third party readers so that bottlenecks at entry and exit points are avoided.
As a front-end device, the Nortech MRC350 card capture reader can replace any standard proximity or smart card reader and provide the added capability of capturing cards under instruction from an access control unit. It can be integrated into roadside pedestals, turnstiles or any appropriate housing as an OEM card reader for access control applications. The card data is read by an attached reader and passed onto an access control unit. The access control unit then makes a decision based on this data and signals back to the card capture unit to either capture or return the card, and to indicate whether or not the card has been accepted. The MRC350 card capture reader can use third party readers to support any card format, making it ideal for integration into existing systems.
Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years as an independent British company. The company uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer in mind.


BDO’s Satvir Bungar recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Satvir Bungar, Managing Director of Mergers & Acquisitions and National Head of the Facilities Management Sector at BDO LLP, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018 for his services to corporate finance.
Satvir joined BDO more than a decade ago and has made a significant impact within the firm’s M&A advisory business, both in the Midlands and across the UK.
He has led high-profile UK and cross-border M&A transactions, working with entrepreneurs, listed companies and the private equity industry. Satvir is particularly well-known as an expert in the Facilities Management sector.
Commenting on his award, Satvir Bungar said: “Receiving an MBE for services to corporate finance is a tremendous honour of which I am incredibly proud. I believe this accolade is testament to the many talented clients and team members that I have had the pleasure of working with over the years at BDO.”
Paul Eagland, Managing Partner at BDO LLP, said: “On behalf of the firm, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Satvir. We are thrilled by this recognition of his exceptional contribution to corporate finance.


White Light on the Flipside for Selfridges Exhibition

Selfridges is one of the world’s finest department stores, welcoming over 20 million visitors every year. Constantly wanting to provide their customers with a unique shopping experience, they frequently house different exhibitions and immersive events. Their latest is The Flipside: a multi-sensory exhibition which has just opened. Following their previous work with Selfridges, White Light was approached to provide the complete technical support for The Flipside.
The Flipside is located at The Old Selfridges Hotel and allows customers to journey through a vast, one-of-a-kind space where the world’s most forward-thinking brands and creative minds intersect with radical ideas.
The Flipside features a range of individual brands including Louise Vuitton, Thom Browne, Gareth Pugh and Google Pixel 2. Working alongside Lighting Designer Richard Howell, Production Electrician John Delaney, Designer Chiara Stephenson and Sound Designer Alex Baranowski, WL had to ensure that each designer’s brief was brought to life and that each brand had its own idiosyncratic experience.
Richard comments: “Each brand was distinctive, yet each one had to be immersive. For Louis Vuitton, the brief was to invite visitors to explore a deeply modern way of looking at travel. As part of the design, there were different islands each containing items of opulence and luxury. We had to highlight this through the use of bespoke lighting and rigging.
He adds: “With the Gareth Pugh section, Selfridge’s wanted their customers to experience the designer’s ground-breaking installation, which touched on themes of escape, freedom and clarity. As this was a particularly immersive experience, we drew on ultra-short throw projection lenses along with a bespoke soundscape to couple the projection”.
WL spent two months preparing for the exhibition, including numerous site visits to The Old Selfridges Hotel. The WL team then spent two weeks on site installing the equipment.
Over the next few weeks, the exhibition will be used for a range of events, each centred on the themes of Radical Luxury.

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