OLS install ACT365 for one of UK’s leading Pharmaceutical companies

OLS install ACT365 for one of UK’s leading Pharmaceutical companies


  • OLS Connect Platform
  • ACT365 cloud-based access control system


Mentholatum required a new solution for the site and upgrade to their existing system. They were also in the process of upgrading the site’s time and attendance system. In addition, they wanted an access control solution that would use the same badge or fob and could be integrated in the future for system administration.


ACT365 system by Vanderbilt is not only fully cloud-based and offers a flexible solution for installation and management, but it also has a very focused API integration. We’re using this to build the “OLS Connect Platform” to integrate products.

Fire alarm mustering, restricted access, site security, and ease-of-use were all with the scope of the project from day one. The ACT365 solution ticked all the boxes for the customer and through an interactive demo, the client could see all the benefits.

ACT365 means no servers, no complicated site infrastructure, and comes with a smartphone app and fire alarm muster reporting. OLS took management of the safe mustering one step further by installing dedicated proximity readers at the fire muster points. This accounts for users and gives a list of exemption of persons who had not attended rather than who did.


OLS installed a full upgrade to 17 doors across the site, including dedicated external fire alarm muster points using Vanderbilt’s range of ACT PRO MF1030E Readers.

This has enhanced the security of the site and enables Mentholatum to restrict access to designated areas for staff. Together, this enhances health and safety by having real-time fire alarm mustering via the app, and ease of management of the whole system via the intuitive platform.

The main challenge was to ensure a single badge was used for all systems, together with providing a configuration that was set up correctly to ease integration in the future. Also, to help the customer with a strategy for safe reporting of staff during evacuations and easily account for all personnel, enhancing site security, and restricting access to the plant.

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