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Access solution upgrade for serviced apartments in Milton Keynes

Abloy UK has supplied its SMARTair access control system to a 65-one bed and studio apartment building based in the centre of Milton Keynes.

Your Apartment, is a growing serviced apartment and aparthotel operator based in the UK, with over 300 serviced apartments across Bristol, London and Milton Keynes. Your Apartment’s base in Milton Keynes is the company’s largest (2023) property in their portfolio of 10,000 square feet.

The operator wanted a flexible and integrated access control system for the aparthotel that could grant access to residents, team members and contractors with the relevant credentials at the right time, with the added benefit of audit trails for added security.

The building contractor approached Abloy UK for advice during the specification stage, and the SMARTair system was suggested to offer wireless door entry and provide a detailed security overview of the building: who entered, where and when, in real-time.

A secure virtual key 

With SMARTair, the Facilities Manager is said to be able to control user rights and sets access limitations, time schedules and permissions calendars for different user groups, so people can only access areas in which they have authorisation to do so at a specific time.

The system is integrated with Openow, a smartphone app that opens doors with Bluetooth functionality, meaning the user’s mobile phone is designed to become a secure virtual key. The Facilities Managers are also said to be able to update virtual keys remotely – preventing delays in issuing new credentials or revoking lost ones.

The tailor-made solution is designed to enable residents to use their smartphones to unlock a SMARTair-protected door by tapping the phone against a reader – an attractive proposition, believes Abloy UK, that aligns with the modern luxury of the environment.

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Dynamic brother-duo Charlie Guest and Toby Guest, Co-founders at Your Apartment, said: “Our mission is to create aparthotels with an emphasis on eclectic design, comfort and convenience, quality without compromise. We wanted to incorporate the latest technology as part of this, tailored to the needs of today’s traveller.

“By integrating SMARTair into Your Apartment – Milton Keynes, we offer residents the latest in cutting edge access control, which not only ensures the security of the facilities, but offers easy access and adds to their experience while staying with us.

“It is so simple to adapt access rights if needed – residents and contractors can move freely and easily in areas throughout a time frame, but when that time is over, the area becomes restricted again. We also like the additional layer of security provided by the audit trails.”

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