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June 5, 2023


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A suite of connected access solutions installed to secure Helsinki Airport

With 15,000 employees and up to 70,000 daily passenger numbers, airport managers at Helsinki Airport required a combination of locking systems to secure the site and improve access management. We hear how ASSA ABLOY’s connected solutions were specified to do the job.

ASSAABLOY-AirportHelsinki-23A suite of electronic and electromechanical, keyless padlocks and readers now secure the airport. The safe management of movement by passengers, staff and contractors is critical to airport operator, Finavia’s, mission to deliver an efficient service in Helsinki.

To enhance user convenience, the team sought new access solutions to help facilitate adoption of keyless security at the airport. Finavia also required solutions which provide compatibility – they secure all types of opening, from doors and cabinets to fences and cargo. Devices must integrate seamlessly with its Lenel access control system.

“Safety, functionality, durability, security of supply and usability were the reasons we chose the ASSA ABLOY solution,” explains Kari Mäkinen, Senior Access Control Specialist at Helsinki Airport.

Combination of connected access solutions

Working with ASSA ABLOY gave Finavia a broad possible choice of solutions to meet its complex security needs, it explains.

With Aperio H100 battery-powered handles, many types of airport door are now connected to its access control system.

“Now we see in real time who will open the lock and when, and we can modify and grant access rights remotely,” adds Kari.

Authorised building users come and go with programmable, secure ID cards, rather than keys: “The access cards of both Finavia personnel and staff of other companies are easily programmed with necessary access rights,” he continues.

“When employees change, their access is disabled. Or if the card is lost, it can be completely removed from the system. With mechanical keys, that process is much harder.”

Multiple connectable ASSA ABLOY solutions are deployed alongside wireless Aperio and CLIQ Protec2 CLIQ electromechanical door devices. Keyless, mobile-operated ABLOY padlocks secure fencing and cargo, while an antimicrobial coating on ABLOY door automation buttons helps to prevent germ spread.


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