Transition from mechanical to electronic locks need not be a headache

London, UK

While mechanical keys will keep a building secure, they can lack the flexibility to adapt to changing security needs. Standard physical keys are difficult to track without a key management system. Replacing keys or changing locks can be time-consuming and expensive.  Yet the alternative — electronic access control — can seem daunting to some, over-technical and potentially expensive. But, according to Assa Abloy, this need not be the case with the right wireless access control system.

Everything begins with the credential — a digital key that building users will carry at all times. Credentials can be plastic smart cards, fobs, wristbands or even stored in a secure mobile phone app. The best wireless access control systems let the user choose the format to suit the business, and even to mix different types of credential in the same building.

When you swap keys for credentials, you bring enhanced flexibility to building security. Most importantly, if someone loses their credential, you can cancel it with a click. You’ll never rekey or change the locks again.

Electronic access control is highly flexible. So, if some staff should have access everywhere, but others only through the main door, it is easy to programme the system to allow just that. Plus, you can programme and reprogramme credentials and wireless door locks as many times as you like: employees leaving or joining the company create very little workload.

If the worst happens and there’s an unexpected incident — unauthorised intrusion or theft — an access control system helps you handle it quickly and efficiently. Because everyone carries personalised credentials, your system software will tell you who went where and when.

A modern, wireless system with digital door locks, programmable credentials and user-friendly software (to keep it all running) is easy, affordable and fast to install. It takes only one day to switch a medium-sized office from mechanical lock-and-key security to digital credentials. There is no major cabling, no major adjustments around existing doors and almost no noisy, dirty drilling.

All over Europe — at offices and sports venues, schools and university dorms, co-working spaces and medical practices — Smartair wireless locks have transformed workplace security. Smartair battery-powered cylinders, escutcheons, security locks and readers are fast to fit and can protect almost any door or access point, from boardrooms and storerooms to fire escapes and lifts. Little or no training is needed to use Smartair’s management software: when your installer departs, hardware and software will be ready to go.

We spend six months of our lives looking for lost things according to a survey conducted by Newyorker magazine. Metal keys don’t have to be among them.


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