Have you ever thought about the northernmost things on earth?

Way up north, in the permafrost, 1300 kilometers beyond the Arctic Circle, lies the world's largest secure seed storage, opened by the Norwegian Government in February 2008: The Svalbard Global Seed Vault Deep. It is is a secure backup facility for the world's crop providing long-term storage of duplicates of seeds conserved in genebanks around the world. This provides security of the world's food supply against the loss of seeds in genebanks due to mismanagement, accident, equipment failures, funding cuts, and natural disasters.

Since security is a must in this place, the customer’s requirement was to control the car/vans access to the Seed Vault’s entrance taking into account the following factor:

  • The average winter temperatures on Svalbard range from -13 to -20 °C (8.6 to -4.0 °F)

The local norwegian installer TOJO AS, supported by FAAC Nordic staff, suggested installing an Access XL2 barrier with 6 m boom which grants perfect running even under harsh weather conditions (up to -30 °C / -22 °F).

Even if the barrier does not run often during the day, it keeps running perfectly whenever it is needed. Magnetic Autocontrol barriers work reliably in cold climates and are specifically designed to operate in temperatures up to -30 °C.

We can’t of course be 100% sure that this is northernmost installed barrier on earth but we can assure that Magnetic barriers provide comfort and safety even after the harshest of nights!

  • Installed Product: Access XL2 barrier