Orange, France

​​Making Integrated Access Control Simpler

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Orange is one of the world’s leading telecom operators, serving 240 million customers in 30 countries.


The Challenge

When telecom operator, Orange​, decided to upgrade its access control system – starting with its new French headquarters – it was looking for a partner to help integrate the new Desfire encryption technology into its employee smart card.

Staff use a single card for multiple functions – as a means of identification when accessing different parts of the building, for logging safely onto the IT system, and in time as a method of payment for use at on-site areas such as the staff canteen. 


The Solution

Gunnebo, a long-time provider of access control solutions​ to Orange, equipped the new headquarters with the latest generation of cards and card readers with encryption technology securing the transfer of data from card to reader, from reader to local processing unit (LPU) and from LPU to the servers. 


The Benefits

Since the smart card is compatible with any existing access control reader, it can be used by Orange employees at any building within the Group. The integrated system set up by Gunnebo has now become a standard for Orange which the telecoms corporation plans to deploy not only in its other offices in France, but also at its many sites around the globe. 


“This vision and solution, driven by Orange Security Direction with the help of Gunnebo, serves both to raise the level of building security and make the lives of Orange’s employees much simpler,” explains Denis Mangin, from Orange Security Direction. 


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Orange HQ in France with Gunnebo Access Control“This vision and solution, driven by Orange Security Direction with the help of Gunnebo, serves both to raise the level of building security and make the lives of Orange’s employees much simpler.”

Denis Mangin, Orange Security Direction​​