Multi-tenanted building.  41 floors

To provide an access control solution which allows tenants to manage their own area whilst the landlord maintains overall control. Solution to be hassle free and rolled out seamlessly.


A highly tailored, browser based system, which avoids the need for software to be installed on each tenants’ server. Easy deployment supported by both phone and on-site technical support.

One of country’s most iconic buildings is now benefitting from the enhanced functionality provided by Grosvenor Technology’s Sateon access control system.

30 St Mary Axe, more commonly known as The Gherkin, houses a range of prestigious companies across its 41 floors. When it came to replacing their existing access control system, CBRE 30 St Mary Axe Management Ltd wanted a solution which could not only be rolled out seamlessly, but also allowed tenants to manage their own areas.

Following a competitive tender process, the firm worked closely with Grosvenor Technology and Universal Security Systems to achieve a highly tailored system using the Sateon platform. As a browser based access control system, Sateon was easily deployed without the need for additional software to be installed on each of the tenants’ valuable server space. The integrated system incorporates almost 200 card readers and Sateon door controllers and allows current door statuses to be viewed through a fully navigable map interface.

A fully partitioned, Microsoft SQL backend database allows each tenant to manage their own area, including reports on staff attendance and identity card access, whilst CBRE 30 St Mary Axe Management Ltd maintain overall control of the building. Grosvenor Technology provided technical support throughout the set-up process via phone support and on-site to ensure a smooth transition.

Danny Moody, Security Manager from CBRE 30 St Mary Axe Management Ltd commented:

Having worked with staff from Grosvenor Technology in the past, we knew the quality and work ethic we could expect from them. The Sateon package was particularly attractive to us as it allowed tenants to manage their areas via any web browser, anywhere in the world. This saved us considerable time hardwiring new connections into our server.

I can honestly say that Grosvenor Technology’s staff were key in ensuring that the installation and mobilisation period worked as smoothly as possible. As a UK based company, they were able to assist Universal Security Systems whenever required and the follow up support with regards to training, bespoke alterations and troubleshooting has been first class. I’m satisfied that we made the right decision when choosing Sateon as our new access control platform.

Highly versatile and scalable, Sateon can be adapted to meet the requirements of any business. The system offers outstanding interoperability with an increasing range of 3rd party hardware, from CCTV cameras and card readers, to intruder and fire alarms. The powerful central server which supports the sleek front-end also ensures that any updates are immediately applied to all users without the need for IT support or additional local server space.