ANPR helps secure ambulance regional HQ

As part of a new centrally controlled vehicle security system, The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has recently updated the security of its premises at its Lancashire regional headquarters near Broughton in Preston using Nortech’s stainless steel bollards housing Nedap ANPR cameras.

The NWAS NHS Trust operates around 1,000 vehicles to provide 1.1 million emergency and non-emergency patient journeys annually. Needing to secure the perimeters of the Broughton site, it appointed Expert Security UK, Frank Whittle Partnerships, and W. Monks to design and install the new centrally controlled vehicle security system. 

Expert Security UK approached Nortech to integrate the Nedap Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) into the system, and new automatic barriers were installed to secure the perimeter and prevent unauthorised vehicles. Nortech supplied the ANPR camera housed in a robust stainless steel bollard to protect the camera from potential vehicle knocks. 

As vehicles approach the new barriers, the ANPR reads the number plates and converts each valid number plate into a Wiegand ID string, which it sends to the access control panel in the same way as a standard card reader. The Wiegand number can then be checked centrally for access rights, so that vehicle access can be granted or denied accordingly.