Efficient, versatile wireless access helps improve access

London, UK

Festival Place deploys Assa Abloy wireless locking and was also recently recognised with a Green Champion award for its environmental initiatives.

Large retail multiplexes like Festival Place in the UK are a popular destination. Here over 170 shops, a cinema, sports centre and restaurants have an ever-changing roster of permanent staff, cleaners and out-of-hours contractors. Every person requires secure entry on demand, and the public also needs open access for 18 hours every day. 

In this situation, a single lost mechanical key could become a security problem for all users and tenants. A solution using intelligent keys is able to combine the powerful features of electronic access control with the convenience and familiarity of mechanical keys. In hugely diverse leisure settings across Europe, they already help managers do more with less. The right access solution can help increase security safely without putting a burden on those responsible for security.

At Festival Place this involved the installation of 100 Assa Ablloy Cliq electromechanical cylinders, which has drastically cut the burden of mechanical key management.

Since this upgrade, cleaners and maintenance workers now carry an intelligent key which unlocks specific doors for a pre-defined time period. Using simple online admin software, site managers can immediately de-authorise and reissue a lost key or amend any key’s permissions. Generating a comprehensive audit trail — who accessed which lock, and when — takes a couple of mouse clicks.

According to Assa Abloy, Cliq also cuts operational costs for Festival Place. The electronics inside Cliq locks are powered by the standard battery inside every key, not mains electricity. This also meant that the installation was wireless, a huge saving on potentially expensive electrical work.

At Festival Place and many other leisure facilities — indoors or outside — Cliq is able to offer easy access control for all openings with just a simple, single, programmable key.


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