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December 20, 2021


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Integrating wireless access control to ‘enhance security with real-time’

ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions explores why it believes wireless and integrated Aperio solutions can enable facility managers to get ahead of security problems, before they become an issue. 

When someone loses their credential, online integration enables facility managers to cancel its permissions and blacklist it right away. Online access control maintains an overview of site security in real time, with the ability to create audit trails for any lock or user on demand. Security staff can always find out who went where, and when — now, not an hour ago or yesterday. With online access control they can also gain remote control over entrances and exits, which could be critical in an emergency.

Aperio battery-powered locks with integrated RFID-Readers are built on an open platform, online (and offline). The wireless locks are already being used to enhance security with real-time, online access control in healthcare, education, corporate, governmental and commercial premises all over Europe.

Case Study One – ‘The Camp’

As a provider of future-oriented business education, The Camp sought an access solution as forward-thinking as their courses. Aperio wireless locks integrated with a TIL Technologies system enables real-time management of the site, with profiles to segment individuals who need fine-grained access to specific areas.

“Many credentials get lost and Aperio enables us to handle this efficiently,” says Benjamin Ciotto, Head of Information Technology at The Camp.

“Online mode is very important because [access] rights are very often updated for the constantly shifting campus population.

“We can also program access to defined time slots, which is essential when we welcome 200 people for an all-day meeting, for example.”

Case Study two – Plexal, East London

At Plexal in East London, enterprise and academia work together, with technology companies, start-ups, universities and creatives under one roof. Up to 800 entrepreneurs use the workspace to devise, create and launch products and services.

Plexal offices are equipped with Aperio’s wireless, access card-based locking technology. Plexal’s Aperio locks are integrated with DoorFlow, NetNodes’ online platform for managing and auditing building access.

To date, 59 Aperio L100 wireless high-security door locks have been installed and integrated online with DoorFlow. These Aperio locks provide Plexal with the highest levels of physical protection and transmit door status to DoorFlow in real time.

 Case Study three – The Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Grenoble

The Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Grenoble occupies a site that’s open to the city. Quite literally, it has no enclosing walls. With so many people on the premises each day, property theft had become widespread. CHU’s 7,800 employees needed reassurance that their belongings, as well as those of visitors, were well protected.

ASSA ABLOY’s immediate goal was to drastically reduce theft. Online integration ensures hospital managers monitor building information in real time — even removing a key-card’s permissions remotely when required.

Case Study four – Crous Montpellier student accommodation

Crous Montpellier has replaced mechanical locks with Aperio cylinders. Now 1,500 wireless Aperio cylinders are integrated online with their ARD security system, giving facility managers a live overview of accommodation security.

Because Aperio integration is online, managers block lost credentials using the software, without visiting the door.

Case study five – Aix-Marseille University

Every day around 7,000 people pass through Aix-Marseille University’s suburban Luminy campus. As part of a modernisation project, managers sought a retrofit-ready access control solution to upgrade security for two buildings.

The campus is now equipped with Aperio cylinders and electronic handles with built-in RFID readers. Locks are integrated wirelessly and online with an ARD access control system.

Cédric Lopez, Maintenance Manager at Luminy, says, “We have critical premises, including for the storage of chemicals, some with radioactive properties. One key metric for new locking was to deter theft, which was becoming a problem in teaching areas with computers. Since we installed Aperio, we have not had a break-in.”

Keep up with the wireless access control market

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  • The current state of wireless access control solutions in the market
  • The rising popularity of mobile access control
  • Awareness of cyber security regulations and how this relates to access control
  • The growing use of the cloud and ACaaS to manage access systems
  • How your choice of access control solution can impact sustainability

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