Abloy UK has launched a new discussion paper which discusses the potential threats to port security.
The document will also examine how access can be controlled more effectively to minimise risks and maintain a secure environment for staff, passengers and port workers.
It also explores the convenience that new digital access solutions can offer, while improving operational efficiency and security with reduced costs, logistics and risk of lost keys.
Steve Wintle, Head of Critical Infrastructure at Abloy UK, said: “The UK boasts the second largest European port industry, handling almost 500 million tonnes of freight each year, over 60 million international and domestic passenger journeys, and employing over 100,000 people.
“Port operators and their owners invest an average of £600 million annually into their facilities and estates.
“As gateways for 95% of UK global trade, many are expanding facilities to cope with increasing demand. Security and access control should be paramount – and top of the list regarding investment into improving facilities.
“Digital access control solutions go beyond high-end security, enabling remote access control and simplified key management, with precise audit trails.
“This digital convenience, efficiency and awareness saves time and increases security and operational efficiency to improve port infrastructure.”