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March 18, 2021

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Belgian expo hall switches to key-based access control

With hundreds of doors and a 3km perimeter, the Flanders Expo sought electronic key-based access control from ASSA ABLOY as a modern replacement for its impractical mechanical locking system.

ASSAABLOY-EasyFairsGroup-21The choice of an electronic security solution enables security staff to save time, no longer needing to travel physically around a large site. Wireless devices were selected to avoid a projected 10km of cabling.

The key-operated CLIQ electromechanical locking from ASSA ABLOY serves both interior and exterior doors, with deadbolts included as part of the facility’s insurance requirements. Because CLIQ’s programmable keys can operate the deadbolt — not just the latch-bolt — door security meets standards set by insurers.

“CLIQ intelligent key technology provides the familiar security of traditional locking alongside the powerful features of electronic access control,” says Stephan Schulz, CLIQ Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA.

CLIQ has a combination of mechanical and electronic protection. A range of key-operated electromechanical cylinders and padlocks maximise physical attack resistance, while the technology layers encrypted, electronic security on top. Power to operate the locks comes from a standard battery inside every CLIQ key, with a lifetime of up to 10 years, according to ASSA ABLOY.

And because it is key based, CLIQ offered a simple step up from mechanical security. “As a company, we needed a more flexible system. That’s how we chose CLIQ,” adds Bart Serraes.

Programmable CLIQ electromechanical locks now secure over 200 interior doors at the exhibition hall, as well as 100-plus openings around the building’s perimeter.

Operations Supervisor for the Easyfairs Group, Bart Serraes, noted that “the chance of losing keys was high” with the older mechanical systems. Now, the business can program keys to allow access for different types of user, using the CLIQ Web Manager software. The team flexibly grants or denies access to both internal users and external partners and suppliers — and revoke rights in any lost key without needing to change the locks. CLIQ is a “flexible system for determining access rights,” adds Bart.

Flanders Expo became the first Easyfairs site to install CLIQ access control, while a second venue has already followed.

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