The technology giant Hewlett-Packard uses the security system, Lenel OnGuard, all over the world. In Denmark, Hewlett-Packard chose Petersen-Bach A/S as their sparring partner for consultancy on the system, installation of access control and video surveillance, system servicing, and staff training.

“Petersen-Bach A/S is quick to respond and has been of great help in getting our security system to function well. This has created confidence in our everyday use of the system,” saysHewlett-Packard.

Petersen-Bach A/S came on the scene in 2003, when HP built a new building in Allerød, just north of Copenhagen. Like most other HP premises in the world, the new building was installed with HP’s global security system, Lenel OnGuard®. Petersen-Bach A/S helped set up the system with security levels and train the system’s users.

“We chose Petersen-Bach A/S, which is one of the few approved Lenel experts in Denmark. We wanted a supplier who could also help us implement the security system properly and assist with ongoing consultancy, servicing, and user training related to the individual’s needs,” says Hewlett-Packard.

Security stops burglary

HP has installed access control and video surveillance at strategic points in the building. The video surveillance is recorded and stored on HP’s servers for a while. The pictures are only examined if something happens, as has been necessary a few times in recent years.

“It is important to secure the building, because it does stop burglary. I can see this when I compare with other buildings that are less secure than ours. It is my impression that a lot of burglary is commissioned, with the thieves going after particular items,” saysHewlett-Packard and adds:

“When you prevent a burglary, you also avoid the consequences in the form of damage, which can often be more of a nuisance for the company than, for example, the loss of computers and screens.”

Central administration

HP’s Lenel-users themselves produce the system’s ID cards that give each employee access to particular parts of the building.

HP uses a global database of card holders. This means that system users can program the cards to give employees access to relevant HP offices worldwide. Moreover, HP can issue time-limited cards for temporary staff and tradesmen.

While there is an auxiliary server in Denmark, the Lenel system’s central servers are overseas. So the system is centrally managed and users in Denmark do not have to maintain the system. All changes come automatically from the central servers.

“Lenel is a user-friendly system. Once you have got to know it, it gives a lot of options for linking various elements together to meet your current requirements. And it is also very practical that users can be given access to the system at different levels,” says Hewlett-Packard.