Finishing Brands UK

TDSi Secures the Finishing Brands Building in Bournemouth


To integrate the security, access control and fire safety systems, and provide rapid response times, the leading producer of spray finishing technology, Finishing Brands UK Ltd is using TDSi’s controllers and EXgarde PRO software, installed by security expert Onetec.

20 Doors

300+ Users

EXgrade PRO

The Requirement

Finishing Brands UK Ltd, based in Bournemouth, Dorset, were looking for a sturdy access control solution, the purpose of which was to provide a secure building services solution that protects the firm’s Manufacturing, Research and Development facilities from intruders and the threat of fire.

Dave Feast, Director at Onetec commented, “Finishing brands UK Ltd has a reputation for excellence and its state-of-art facility in Bournemouth required a modern, highly organised and efficient security, access control and integrated building services system to protect its people and investments. Having surveyed the site, we recommended the company use TDSi’s Excel 4 controllers for controlling doors and EXgarde PRO software to oversee the site’s full security network.”

The Solution

Onetec’s installation encompassed 20 doors at the site and catered to 300+ authorised users who use TDSi EXprox proximity mullion readers to gain entry. With excellent reliability and read range, the EXprox readers permitted staff to move seamlessly around the building, whilst being vandal resistant to frustrate any attempts at vandalism or unapproved entry.

The installation also included TDSi’s Excel 4 access controllers which offer a powerful, user-friendly and cost-effective way to remotely control doorway access via either a WAN or LAN connection. They are also straightforward to install, being commissioned through a TCP/IP port and are fully integrated with EXgarde PRO for constant monitoring at a central point – which means doors can be sealed or opened either to deal with an intrusion or to protect occupants in the event of a fire or other emergency situation.

To offer a cost-effective installation process, Onetec installed EXgarde PRO on Finishing Brand UK Ltd’s existing IT system, using a virtual server setup. This meant the security system is still kept separate from the rest of the company’s IT storage but didn’t require the installation of additional unnecessary IT hardware.

The Result

Using EXgarde PRO was a perfect solution as TDSi’s Account Manager, Alex Rumsey added, “As well as offering powerful integration of access control, CCTV and fire control systems – EXgarde PRO features animated graphical icons and contextually sensitive help, so it can be operated intuitively with a minimum of operator training.

Finishing Brand UK Ltd’s security can easily be up-scaled if expansion is needed – with the ability to integrate with the latest generation of biometric readers (such as facial readers) if this is required.

It is also ideal for the company’s integration with fire reporting and musters direction in the event of an incident the security team can be alerted to take rapid action.