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Berlin’s Humboldt Forum secures access with intelligent digital locking system

In the heart of Berlin’s historic centre, the Humboldt Forum has been set up as a modern space for culture and science to host events and meetings. To protect access to its facilities, the eCLIQ locking system from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions was specified to provide intelligent, flexible and high security access control standards. We find out more.

ASSAABLOY-HumboldtForum-21Located at a historic location between Brandenburg Gate and Alexanderplatz — right next to Museum Island, Humboldt University and Berlin Cathedral — the Humboldt Forum is a new cultural house in the historic and cultural heart of Berlin. Over more than 42,000 square metres, it will offer space for exchange and diversity in the future and, thanks to its open building concept, will also act as a new public space for Berlin.

With what is described as a vibrant contrast between baroque and contemporary architecture, the building incorporates large parts of the Berlin Palace heavily damaged in the Second World War, combining them with modern elements. Two of the inner courtyards are open 24 hours a day, while the cultural hub will also house collections of several museums.

The Forum’s premises are therefore used differently and accessed by a variety of employees, service providers and external visitors, placing high demands on the security technology being used to protect the building and its assets.

As the building owner, the Humboldt Forum decided on an intelligent, digital eCLIQ locking system from ASSA ABLOY, and commissioned Weckbacher Sicherheitssysteme GmbH for the planning, delivery and installation of the project.

Designed as a robust and durable solution, the keys and cylinders of the modular locking solution are said to be ideal for the design-orientated requirements of the doors in the facility. The system also offers flexible management, whereby access authorisations can be regularly changed, with lost and unreturned keys quickly being deactivated by the system.

Authorisations with time and room restrictions can also be configured, allowing administrators to grant cleaning staff access at specific times, for example. The master key system can be managed directly by the Humboldt Forum via a scalable and flexible cloud-based platform administered by the CLIQ Web Manager.

A total of around 1,500 intelligent programmable eCLIQ locking cylinders were installed in the new structure, which, including its basement and roof terrace, has a total floor area of around 97,000 m2. In addition, 700 intelligent battery-powered keys are made available to the Humboldt Forum Foundation to enable all authorised persons to access the building.

“In this context, intelligent means that the keys used only close and open doors to which access is also programmed. Lost keys are simply deleted and new, customised access profiles are assigned. This means that security and locking convenience with the eCLIQ master key system are state-of-the-art,” explains Jannis Hlous, Project Manager at Weckbacher responsible for work on the Humboldt Forum.

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