January 10, 2023

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The Video Surveillance Report 2022

French co-working space uses cable-free access control for greater flexibility

Focus, a French real-estate company, is using ASSA ABLOY’s SMARTair access control system with wireless online management for more office space flexibility. 

In 2019, the total number of flexible workspaces across France grew by 20%. Reliable, agile access control is a key attribute for this sector as different users come and go, at all times of day, according to ASSA ABLOY.

To manage access into and around its Lyon co-working premises, Focus sought a ‘flexible system’ combined with contemporary aesthetics and high security features.

For ‘easier installation’ and cost savings, the company chose a battery-powered rather than a wired solution, to be able to ‘evolve’ with their business — adding new features or functionality without the need to replace devices.

“For quality reasons, we needed an expert supplier to meet our security and confidentiality needs,” says Gauthier Massardier, Real Estate Manager at Focus. “We needed a company with real expertise and solid experience in access management. Choosing ASSA ABLOY seemed obvious to us.”

Doors at the Lyon workspace are ‘securely locked’ with battery-powered wireless devices. All credentials, door locks and users are administered from the SMARTair TS1000 software control panel. This is designed to allow remote opening and real-time management. Access logs for devices, credentials and users are easier to retrieve, for faster incident investigation.

Building managers can ‘tailor and update’ the access rights of any space user — or cancel access permissions for everyone who should no longer have access. SMARTair is fully scalable: The team in Lyon can add new openings or devices ‘anytime’. Devices have a memory which aims to help premises remain secure even if power is cut.

The control panel has the option to extend functionality in future, with features such as unlocking by mobile app, remote lockdown in an emergency or a Web Manager to administer multiple sites.

The real-time access control is also more ‘cost-efficient to manage’ compared to wired access control — which needs mains electricity — or traditional mechanical security, where locks must be administered manually and individually. Wire-free fitting is designed to enable businesses to install SMARTair with minimal disruption to the working day.

In the medium term, Focus plans to equip many other sites with ASSA ABLOY solutions — to further enhance security and streamline daily access management at its workspaces.

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