Biometrics firm Lava Group wins £500k Irish prison contract

June 25, 2015 - 

Lava Group won a £500k contract to install a biometric security solution at a new prison being built in Cork, Ireland, according to a report by the Belfast Telegraph.

The firm will be installing lock controllers throughout the prison. Lock controllers are able to control the electric locks on a prison cell and can be integrated with biometric technology, intercom systems or cameras.

The new lock controllers are able to be operated by a single person, instead of the three or four officials that other lock controls typically require.

The Irish Prison Service invested about £28 million (USD $43.9 million) to build the prison, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

“This is the largest contract we have won to date and it sets us up on a strong footing for our first year,” said Gareth Morrison, managing director of Lava Group. “Prior to winning this contract we spent 18 months on research and development to develop a product that would meet the demands of this prison.”

Formed last year following a management buy-out from Core (NI), the Lava Group develops software and technology for prisons.

“One of the most important factors for projects of this nature at the moment is that you can demonstrate that your product will produce significant cost savings and we were able to do this,” said Morrison. “The build in Cork is set to be an example for new prisons in southern Ireland going forward and they were interested in finding out about the most innovative solutions on the market.”

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