Wireless access helps save resources and time

London, UK

Real-time access control can enable facility managers to get ahead of security problems, rather than wait for them to get worse. Yet traditional wired access control can be expensive and disruptive to install. Wireless Aperio locks — installed cable-free and integrated online — add this real-time control to more doors often at a more economic price point than equivalent wired door locks.

Real-time management of an online system enables security managers to solve minor issues before they creates a problem. Online control keeps site users safer and ensures an organisation’s valuable equipment and data are protected.

When someone loses their credential, online integration enables facility managers to cancel its permissions and blacklist it right away. Nobody needs to visit a door or system updater. Online access control maintain an overview of site security in real time, with the ability to create audit trails for any lock or user on demand. Security staff can always find out who went where, and when — now, not an hour ago or yesterday. With online access control they can also gain remote control over entrances and exits, which could be critical in an emergency.

Aperio battery-powered locks with integrated RFID-readers are built on an open platform, online (and offline) integration with almost any new or existing security system is seamless. 

Aperio wireless locks already enhance security with real-time, online access control in healthcare, education, corporate, governmental and commercial premises all over Europe. For example, a business education campus now copes efficiently with lost credentials. As a provider of future-oriented business education, The Camp sought an access solution as forward-thinking as their courses. Aperio wireless locks integrated with a TIL Technologies system enables real-time management of the site, with profiles to segment individuals who need fine-grained access to specific areas.

“Many credentials get lost and Aperio enables us to handle this efficiently,” says Benjamin Ciotto, Head of Information Technology at The Camp. A few clicks are all it takes to cancel a lost key-card and issue a replacement.

“Online mode is very important because [access] rights are very often updated for the constantly shifting campus population,” adds Ciotto. “We can also programme access to defined time slots, which is essential when we welcome 200 people for an all-day meeting, for example.”

Other successful installations include Plexal in East London, enterprise and academia work together, with technology companies, start-ups, universities and creatives under one roof. Up to 800 entrepreneurs use the workspace to devise, create and launch products and services. Plexal offices are equipped with Aperio’s wireless, access card-based locking technology. Plexal’s Aperio locks are integrated with Doorflow, Netnodes’ online platform for managing and auditing building access.

A busy site at a French hospital is kept open, welcoming… and secure, because of a modest outlay on 20 Aperio wireless cylinders and escutcheons, which are integrated online with a Castel access control system, and transformed hospital security. Aperio’s immediate impact was to drastically reduce theft. Online integration ensures hospital managers monitor building information in real time — even removing a key-card’s permissions remotely when required.

Crous Montpellier, a student accommodation block fixed their recurring lost key problem by replacing mechanical locks with Aperio cylinders. Now 1,500 wireless Aperio cylinders are integrated online with their ARD security system, giving facility managers a live overview of accommodation security. When a student loses their key-card, it’s simple for a site manager to cancel the old credential and issue a new one.

Another university deters theft with real-time campus monitoring, at Aix-Marseille University’s suburban Luminy campus. As part of a modernisation project, managers sought a retrofit-ready access control solution to upgrade security for two buildings. The campus is now equipped with Aperio cylinders and electronic handles with built-in RFID readers.  Online Aperio integration gives staff a “live” overview of the campus, so they can respond proactively. “We have critical premises, including for the storage of chemicals, some with radioactive properties,” says Cédric Lopez, Maintenance Manager at Luminy.

One key metric for new locking was to deter theft, which was becoming a problem in teaching areas with computers. “Since we installed Aperio, we have not had a break-in,” adds Lopez.


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