Victorian building secures with state-of-the-art access

London, UK

Abacus Chartered Architects led the recent project to convert the Lion Health Centre, a historic Victorian foundry in Stourbridge,UK, to a 21st-century medical facility — associated with this they selected the Smartair access control system which works as a stand-alone system, and is already adopted in small and medium-sized healthcare premises across Europe.

"At these protected heritage premises, attractive Smartair components work unobtrusively in both the sensitively converted historic building and its new, modern extension. Smartair complements the contemporary style of the modern build and is competitively priced,” says Graham Sunderland at Abacus Chartered Architects.

Now staff, contractors and authorised visitors at Lion Health open doors using keyless, contactless technology based on RFID smartcards pre-programmed with personalised access permissions. Using the straightforward, secure Smartair Web Manager tool, facility staff can monitor footfall around the health centre, with the reassurance that private offices and other sensitive areas are protected by Smartair access control.

Because Smartair locking devices are wireless and battery-powered, there’s no complicated, expensive and intrusive electrical cabling required during installation. Smartair is ideal for retrofitting an existing building; Smartair installers simply replace any standard door’s mechanical lock with a Smartair device, and connect it to the Smarrtair software, to upgrade a “regular” door to an intelligent door integrated with the building’s Smartair access control system. There’s no major upheaval or disruption to a site’s day-to-day running.

For day-to-day system administration, the Smartair Web Manager tool works in any standard internet browser, with https:// protocol communication and SSL password encryption.

“There was no need to install complicated software,” adds Graham Sunderland, “making for an efficient installation process, and allowing the project to progress quickly.”

Adding, amending or deleting a user is easy. With the Smartair Web Manager tool, a simple click cancels a smartcard’s access rights — a much quicker and cheaper process than replacing a mechanical lock. As a result, security is not compromised if someone at Lion Health loses their credential.


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