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September 6, 2021

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The Video Surveillance Report 2021

Case study

French city of Vincennes upgrades to electronic access to solve its lost key problem

IFSEC Global hears why Vincennes city administrators opted for an electronic replacement for its mechanical master-key system which covers everything from schools, nurseries and the town hall across the municipality.

Vincennes-AssaAbloyElectronic-21With several locations around the French city of Vincennes relying on a complex locking system with over 4,000 keys, officials tasked their city security director to find a more responsive solution.

They required an electronic locking system which is easy to install; does not require power to be cabled to every door or lock; and gives municipal staff the ability to tailor access rights for different people, to trace keyholder and lock interactions and to amend or revoke permissions when required. They also needed an established, trusted security partner able to offer all the necessary training and system support.

“A wired access control system was rejected because it required too much work to bring the power to each door,” says Fabrice Pain, Director at the Municipal Technical Centre. “Now eCLIQ provides us access control without wiring at all.”

Interior and exterior doors at buildings including the Hôtel de Ville, 11 nurseries, 12 schools and the Municipal Technical Centre are equipped with more than 650 programmable, electronic eCLIQ cylinders. Almost 1,000 battery powered eCLIQ programmable keys have been issued to authorised staff.

Solving the lost key problem — and reducing thefts

With eCLIQ, lost keys can simply be blacklisted by the city’s central eCLIQ management software, which saves the money spent on replacing mechanical locks. And because every key, lock or user may be audited at any time, thefts from public property have dropped.

ASSA ABLOY, the vendor behind eCLIQ, explains that robust, durable eCLIQ locks can protect lifts, machines, mailboxes, cabinets and more with the same security as sensitive doors. Certified and available in multiple sizes and formats — including the EURO format first patented nearly 100 years ago — eCLIQ cylinders maintain security and regulatory compliance across the city.

During installation, no wiring or cabling was needed at the doors. A standard battery inside every programmable eCLIQ key powers the electronics inside the lock. Every authorised building user brings their own power to the door.

Now, the city security team issues granular access to everyone who needs it — and only where they need it — from a single admin point. The new solution is said to be popular with school and municipal staff, especially since a successful implementation of Vincennes’ integrated Vigipirate plan, in which eCLIQ plays an important role.

With eCLIQ, Vincennes has found a security solution to match its image as a young, dynamic, tech-savvy place to live and work. More important still, eCLIQ key-based electronic access control has simplified security management and solved the lost key problem.

Find out more about eCLIQ and download a free solution guide, here.

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