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Vice Lieutenant makes ‘Traks’ to present award to Olney firm!

John Kent, right, president of Traka accepting a Queens Award from Alexander Boswell, Vice Left Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire

John Kent, right, president of Traka accepting a Queens Award from Alexander Boswell, Vice Left Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire

An Olney-based access management systems company received its third Queen’s Award for Enterprise from Vice Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire Alexander Boswell.

Traka, in Stilebrook Road, has been rewarded for innovation in its work to automate access management and security within organisations such as the Ministry of Justice.

Traka chief executive and founder, John Kent said: “This is a proud moment in Traka’s history and it is an honour to have been recognised for our continued efforts to find innovative solutions that meet our customers’ different needs. Furthermore the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise demonstrate that innovation in Britain is very much alive and well.”

The award has been presented for Traka’s intelligent lockers which have been recognised for “outstanding innovation” in the Queen’s Award innovation category.

The lockers use Traka’s software and integrates this with access management tools, such as swipe card and biometrics to enable organisations to manage, secure and audit access to devices as part of their overall access management strategy. In doing this, Traka customers are able to take a 21st century approach to access management.

The award follows the company’s most successful year to date. It saw the Ministry of Justice sign a £5million contract to supply electronic key cabinets to potentially every HM Prison in the UK.

Founded in 1995, Traka has grown to more than 100 local employees and a turnover of £10million in 2011.

The company was recently acquired by world leader security solutions provider ASSA ABLOY.

Traka previously won a Queens Award for Innovation in 2004 and a Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2008. This year, the Traka intelligent locker was recognised for “outstanding innovation” in the Queen’s Award for Innovation category. The judges’ criterion was based on demonstrating the “commercial success” of a” truly innovative” invention or services.

Traka systems are used in the UK and in more than 30 countries worldwide in diverse sectors including property access control in prisons, secure units, hospitals, hotels, schools, universities and managed accommodation.

 

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