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Returning to the workplace: How access control plays a vital role in a safe and secure return strategy

Case study

Electronic and intelligent access solution “transforms” French museum security operations

With two museums and a singular security environment to cater for, access management was challenging the time and budget restraints for Thiepval Museums’ Technical and Security Manager. We find out how eCLIQ, from ASSA ABLOY, helped improve the operation.

The Thiepval Museums, in northern France, needed trusted, secure entry and exit control to reduce theft from their premises. User-friendly management of access rights was essential — for both internal and external users. They needed a system able to cope easily with changes, site extensions and two-site operation; a solution which would remove the need to change all cylinders when an employee loses a key.

ASSAABLOY-ThiepvalMuseum-21Now the Historial and Thiepval Museums are equipped with 52 eCLIQ locking cylinders across the two sites. The eCLIQ key-operated solution offers them simplified access management, incorporating easy activation and deactivation of keys and simpler administration of access rights and schedules for external providers and contractors, explains manufacturer, ASSA ABLOY. A unified system manages access to both locations.

Every authorised key-holder carries one battery-powered key programmed with only their tailored access permissions. With eCLIQ, missing keys are quickly de-authorised, cutting risks associated with key loss or theft. At any time, facility managers can generate an audit trail to verify who has accessed which locks.

Designed for museum security

Across the two sites, the museums have 40 eCLIQ keys, of which 19 are already allocated to regular users. These Bluetooth-enabled keys are available to both employees and contractors, helping the latter to improve their responsiveness when they are needed on-site.

Installing an eCLIQ system has allowed security teams to better monitor service providers and their movements around and between the two sites, believes the team. It is straightforward for museum managers to limit contractors’ access rights to the duration of a task, whether recurring or one-off.


READ: Securing heritage sites and museums during a pandemic


Museum staff performed the installation of eCLIQ locking themselves, while one training session with the admin software was sufficient to put them at ease with their new system, explains ASSA ABLOY.

An integrated lubricant reservoir is said to ensure cylinders remain maintenance-free for up to 200,000 cycles, and AES encryption, rapid processing and efficient energy management is built into the eCLIQ chip. Batteries can be replaced without the need for tools.

“I am very happy with the eCLIQ solution,” says M. Guyot, Technical and Security Manager at the Historial and Thiepval Museums. “Today, I promote the solution to those around me. I have also given a demonstration to the Somme General Council to show the effectiveness and simplicity of the eCLIQ solution.”

“Normally, as a user client, we try to help you improve your products, but there was nothing to say in this case!”

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