Bristol International Airport


Bristol International is the South West’s largest airport and the second-fastest growing airport in the UK – 4.6 million passengers passed through the airport’s doors last year. Whilst rigorous security measures have always been in place, the increasing incidence of terrorist activities have raised the need for an even more stringent approach.

100+ Secure Access Points

EXgarde PRO Software

Infrared Readers & Keypads

The Requirement

Bristol International Airport was looking for a highly secure, security control and monitoring system, which prevented unauthorised access to prohibited areas ensuring the utmost safety of the airport and its passenger.

The equipment had to meet the Department of Transport MATRA requirements for Airport security. Andy D’Urso, Installation Manager at Camrasonic Ltd, said he had no hesitation in choosing TDSi, having been impressed by their excellent levels of service and technical support provided during several previous programs.

The Solution

TDSi’s EXgarde PRO software provided a fully flexible system. The software allows unlimited key holders, multiple user groups and schedules, built-in badge design and creation while maintaining a simple and intuitive administration procedure.

The chosen design at Bristol International Airport is based on a multiple PC network controlling the terminal building, Air Traffic Control and Pass Office and uses the built-in photographic ID system, providing the ability to maintain the integrity of the restricted zone and prevent unauthorized access to prohibited areas.

Around a hundred doors, barriers and access control points are controlled using TDSi’s own patented design of infrared readers and keypads. Whilst price was a consideration, TDSi could offer a complete package that was unavailable elsewhere.

The Result

Phil Holder, Operational Facilities Manager, at Bristol IA said: “We have found that TDSi’s solution has proved to be not only reliable but most importantly, provides all the security functions that we required.”

Phil continues: “The TDSi access control system has been operating throughout the airport for the past five years and we have found the reliability of the system to be sound. Technical advice and backup are always available and provided as required.”