Wireless access makes a difference on campus

London, UK

Universities push traditional access control to its limits, they need to monitor access all over campus, to know who comes and goes to computer rooms and classrooms, to filter access to conference and seminar rooms according to the time, but also they need students to be safe 24/7, without compromising the sense of freedom they enjoy on campus. Mechanical lock and key solutions cannot do this, but there is an alternative.

“Battery-powered electronic locks with inbuilt RFID readers are a cost-effective way to upgrade existing access control and bring it to more doors,” says Lars Angelin, Business Development Manager for Wireless Locks at Assa Abloy Opening Solutions EMEA. “Our Aperio wireless locks integrate seamlessly with more than 100 different security systems. You don’t even need to change your smart-cards. They fit all kinds of doors. And because they are battery-powered and wire-free, they’re much more cost-effective to install and run than traditional electronic door security.”

The theory sounds simple, and here, 5 real world universities have implemented the change and according to Assa Abloy have experienced a positive impact already.

University of Liverpool, England: aesthetics and sustainability

A BREEAM sustainability rating of “Excellent” was reward for innovative architecture that combines aesthetics with environmental awareness. Vine Court’s sustainable features include rainwater harvesting, solar water heating and battery-powered Aperio wireless electronic locks. Unlike wired access control, Aperio wireless locks use little electricity. Catherine Anderson at the University of Liverpool called Vice Court “a new and exciting benchmark for the Student Accommodation Sector.”

Lund University Faculty of Law, Sweden: easy migration from a 20-year-old system

The Law Faculty wanted to replace their access system without asking 50,000 students and staff to return existing smart-cards for reprogramming. Aperio made the process almost invisible from a user perspective. They didn’t even need to revalidate at a reader and with Aperio wireless locks, security managers block lost cards without traipsing to every door. A Pacom Unison security platform handles everything seamlessly. Facilities staff spend less time on admin and more on security.

Aberdeen University, Scotland: online and affordable

At Aberdeen’s refurbished Student Village, Aperio online cylinders and certified security locks cover doors requiring different grades of security. Cost efficiencies came at installation stage — no cabling to the doors means no expensive electrical contractors — and will continue through the locks’ operational life. Unlike standard wired access control that requires “always-on” mains electricity, Aperio wireless locks are powered by batteries. These typically need replacing every couple of years — and that’s it for maintenance.

Hafen City University Hamburg, Germany: key-free campus for a landmark development

A partnership between Siemens and Assa Abloy provides intelligent, transparent electronic access control at a new docklands hub for the university. Aperio electronic cylinders filter access to the media centre, library, cafeteria, seminar rooms, staff rooms, laboratories and offices. Locking with these wireless RFID devices enables the university to remain an open, welcoming space without sacrificing staff and student safety.

University of Birmingham, England: integrated, future-proof access management

Two new accommodation blocks at the university’s Vale Village complex needed locks to integrate seamlessly with a pre-existing campus security system, including Gallagher Command Centre software. Aperio locks now secure almost 1,800 doors with a low-cost solution that eases the key management workload for facilities staff. Everything is controlled from the Gallagher interface. And because Aperio is scalable, they can add new doors and buildings whenever they choose.


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