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The 2022 State of Physical Access Control Report

Case study

Scottish university specifies wireless locks to support its sustainability goals

With sustainability a major goal for the University of St Andrews – Scotland’s oldest university opened in 1413 – university security managers are playing their part by installing wireless locks for a more energy-efficient access control solution.

ASSAABLOY-StAndrewsAccess-22A major challenge facing the university was that multiple different standalone access control technologies had been installed piecemeal at student halls over the years. To upgrade the accommodation, university managers sought a more suitable, integrated solution.

The university chose Aperio battery powered electronic escutcheons from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions. Approximately 1,600 doors have been equipped with electronic access control — without cabling.

The Aperio devices are designed to integrate with both the university’s existing central system and student ID cards. University security managers remain able to control access from a single point and in real time, including for doors in multiple buildings.

Aperio escutcheons are wireless, so can be installed with little energy use and no need for wiring to mains electricity. They are said to consume zero energy when idle and run on standard batteries, consuming little power during operation.

Maintenance involves a change of battery approximately every two years and through its life-cycle, Aperio cost savings during operation are estimated to be around 70% lower than for comparable wired locking, according to ASSA ABLOY.

“Aperio interfaces with our central access control system, which gives us central management and control,” says Pauline Brown, Associate Chief Information Officer at University of St Andrews. “We get 24/7 monitoring and reporting when required.”

Student ID is also combined with the room entry credential, which saves issuing two cards. Staff and maintenance teams can have access rights issued or changed with a couple of clicks in the system.


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