17 November 2017
Apollo Fire adopt TouchStar Access Control Solution
Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd specialises in the design and
manufacture of high-quality fire detection solutions for commercial and
industrial applications. From its base in Havant, near Portsmouth on the UK’s
south coast, Apollo has, for over 35 years, designed and built products that
save lives and protect property from the risk of fire.
Over time, Apollo has broadened its offering from a
straightforward focus on conventional fire detectors to the manufacture of
sophisticated analogue addressable detectors and interfaces. Apollo is
dedicated to innovation and continuously explores new technologies that help
deliver leading-edge fire detection solutions.
Through planned expansions, Apollo has reached a leading
global position in the market for professional fire detection. Apollo delivers its
customers tailored, fire detection solutions approved to local standards and
regulations, wherever they are based in the world.
Apollo fire safety products are used in prestigious
locations across the globe: The Statue of Liberty, New York; The Royal Albert
Hall, London; The Kremlin, Moscow, to name but a few.
Apollo is part of the Halma group of
companies. Halma is a FTSE top 250 listed PLC, with over 40 subsidiaries
worldwide; all engaged in specialist engineering activities.
In early 2009, Apollo was awarded the Royal Warrant by Her
Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of our official supplier status to
the Royal Household. Apollo is no stranger to Royal approvals, having been the
first UK company of its kind to hold three consecutive Queen’s Awards for
At its Havant base, Apollo controlled access to the majority
of doors via ‘mechanical’ digi key pads, which required a code to unlock.
However, the codes to open these locks would frequently be passed around by
staff, meaning that Apollo had very little visibility of who had access of
certain locations and when they were being accessed.
Apollo required a solution that would increase visibility of
access to specific locations, and allow them to track and control vital ‘who,
where and when’ data points around the site.
TouchStar deployed its MicroTrak Evolution software, which
has a reporting function enabling Apollo to gain greater visibility of access
around the Havant site.
In addition to the reporting feature, Apollo requested a
complete overhaul of the way their site was controlled to make the site more
secure, and TouchStar offered a bespoke proposal to take in to consideration
all their requirements. A complete, tailored end-to end solution was deployed
covering hardware, software, card/badge production and consumables.
The Touchstar Evolution software can also be easily
integrated to many of the industry standard HR and payroll solutions.
Results and benefits
The new solution is running smoothly and has helped to
improve visibility and access control across the Havant site.
Simon Astle, Site Facilities Manager for Apollo Fires
commented: “The TouchStar solution is now running well and doing exactly the
job we wanted it to do. We now have the ability to see the ‘who, where and
when’ when it comes to access at our site, and therefore we now have a much
more secure facility.”