PostNord needed to ensure that only the right people get access to each of their 1,500 branches. After installing AEOS, they can manage authorizations centrally and have reduced administration time dramatically.
In 2009, the Danish and Swedish postal companies merged to become PostNord, which is still owned by both states and also serves the rest of the Nordic region. Before the merger, each of the 1,500 branches had its own building manager who had freedom of choice in purchasing access control systems. They also managed access rights locally and distributed access cards accordingly.
As a consequence, truck drivers who visit 15 different branches picking up deliveries daily, needed to file an access request at each branch separately. This was very time-consuming and truck drivers furthermore had to carry separate access badges for each branch. PostNord Group Security found it was time for a major reorganization.
One central security platform
Jonas Kaufeldt, a member of the project team explains, "In the past, there were hundreds of disparate servers with databases linked to more than 30 physical access control systems of different manufacturers. The databases became polluted as employees joined and left the company. Someone’s authorizations may have been removed in one of the systems, but remained elsewhere."
"Due to this patchwork of systems, we were no longer effective in our administration processes. Soon after the merger, we started a migration path to optimize workflow. We wanted to improve PostNord’s processes for authorization management. By investing in a central security platform, we were able to save a substantial amount of time and money."
An Open System
Both Vitani and Nedap are always prepared to support us in determining the best suitable solution
As the project is known as one of the greatest access control migrations in the Nordic region history, the question arises what the consequences for the system are. Jonas says, "PostNord sought an open access control system to integrate various systems. We wanted something that could link with our central SAP HR system, from which the personal data of our 39,000 employees and 40,000 contractors and other temporary staff is managed."
"We opted for Nedap’s AEOS in combination with Vitani’s Data Manager because it’s an innovative solution that fulfills project objectives scalability and flexibility." Vitani is Nedap’s certified business partner in Scandinavia, and they integrated both aforementioned solutions into our existing IT architecture. Both companies are always prepared to support us in determining the best suitable solution, which is a major benefit.
Every branch is connected
When asked about the role of these systems, Jonas replied, "We’ve been able to replace hundreds of different servers with one central server, which connects with over thirty legacy access control systems installed in our branch offices. This offers PostNord the major advantage of being able to connect all branch offices to one central database while retaining the ability to delegate responsibility for authorizations to lower-level security management layers."
"For our truck driver, this has the advantage that he can now file one single access request for all applicable locations via the service catalog, a central self-service web-based application. The building manager must approve it by performing one mouse click, after which access badges with the correct authorizations are printed centrally. This not only saves our staff a lot of time but for us too."
With AEOS, PostNord can continue to work with different types of access control systems as long as they need to. Furthermore, AEOS can easily integrate other functions such as wireless access control, video management, visitor management, card production, HVAC, and more. This can be determined by the requirements of each local operation. As PostNord is continually investing in its buildings and locations in Sweden, Denmark, and abroad, they needed a system that can grow.