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James Moore is the Editor of IFSEC Global, the leading resource for security and fire news in the industry. James was previously Editor of Professional Heating & Plumbing Installer magazine.
October 14, 2020

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

Case study

Wireless access control improves efficiencies in Dutch university

At the InHolland University of Applied Sciences, a rolling project to upgrade access control at all locations has been ongoing for several years. The institution wanted to improve security while remaining open and accessible, choosing wireless locks from Assa Abloy as its solution.

AssaAbloy-InHolland-20More than 500 Aperio wireless door locking devices have now been deployed at seven separate InHolland campus sites. These battery-powered locks provide protection for the university’s most important areas and rooms, including offices and exam storage spaces. Aperio devices fit all kinds of interior openings, including wooden and glass doors, as well as fire doors, while Aperio cylinders, escutcheons, handles and security locks have in-built RFID readers for installer and user convenience.

All InHolland’s new Aperio devices are fully integrated with the university’s Nedap AEOS access control system. A single credential allows users to unlock all authorised openings managed by the AEOS system — whether wired or Aperio-protected doors.

The wireless devices are said to be quick and easy to install without disruption to InHolland buildings or their students’ working day. And choosing Aperio saved more than just time. A recent Assa Abloy benchmarking study finds installer labour costs are over 80% lower for wireless versus wired locks. The ongoing cost of running battery-operated wireless locks is also much lower than for equivalent wired electronic locks, which require an “always on” connection to mains electricity to maintain secure status, according to the company. In addition, Aperio gives InHolland the ability to roll out enhancements over time, as needs, budgets and priorities evolved, and can be added and integrated gradually.

Fitting Aperio wireless escutcheons and locks to critical doors ensures university staff, students, visitors and confidential information are safe without impacting site accessibility, explains Assa Abloy. Authorised users open relevant secure doors conveniently with a programmable RFID credential. Credentials can be changed by building managers, with the ability to regularly reconfigure user status as needs and usage evolves around the multi-site campus and university facilities.

Based on its experience, InHolland is already planning for the future. A new university in Amsterdam will become a smart building and will require access control able to integrate with smart building systems. Aperio is built on an open platform, designed for interoperability, so is set to be a natural fit.

“I am very satisfied with the implementation and operation of the Aperio solution and I have every confidence in ASSA ABLOY as a manufacturer,” concludes Frans Bruggeman, Facility Services Consultant at InHolland.

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