Wireless locks can offer staggering cost savings

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Assa Abloy experts examined likely costs of a 100-door installation, and found that labour cost savings for those who chose wireless versus wired locks were a staggering 82.5%.

Installation, operation and expansion: electronic access control has costs attached to every stage of its lifetime. Additionally, the benefits over mechanical locking outweigh these costs, but, according to Assa Abloy they could outweigh them even further with wireless locking technology.

Installation is where it all begins. The installation stage is also the largest contributor to the potential cost saving in choosing wireless. In calculations for a recent cost savings report, Assa Abloy experts examined likely costs of a 100-door installation. Labour cost savings for those who chose wireless versus wired locks were a staggering 82.5%.

Wireless installation is much faster; it is also less intrusive. Leading wireless locks require little or no drilling around the door, whereas wired access control needs cabling through and partly around the door. Building security can be upgraded without inconveniencing your staff or disturbing everyday work routines.

Contribution to business sustainability goals

According to a recent Harvard Business Review, energy efficiency has become one of the “key levers for business success". Battery powered wireless locks use less energy than traditional wired locks, which normally work via magnets connected permanently to electricity.

Wireless locks work differently. They only “wake up” when presented with a credential for which they must make an access decision. This translates into another potentially large saving on the annual energy budget. Assa Abloy suggests that this could be more than 70%, or thousands of Euros over a typical access control installation’s lifetime.

Other related energy and material costs are also lower for wireless locks. During operation, wireless locks require just a battery change — once every two years (approximately).

Wireless locks also provide more flexibility — and can reduce costs — when office space needs to be expanded or reconfigure d for example. High-quality wireless locks can typically be reinstalled at another door without impacting their reliability. You can move them to wherever is convenient. The company says that typical cost savings on an office relocation or expansion are around 30% with wireless over wired locking.

Taking all of this into account, Aperio wireless locks can potentially save money at every stage of their life-cycle. Battery-powered Aperio RFID-equipped cylinders, escutcheons, handles and locks can be fitted as a new access control system or extend an existing installation by linking new doors to the same system wirelessly. There is no need for staff to swap their key-cards, nor for anyone to carry more than one credential. They work seamlessly within almost every major access control system on the market, from over 100 different manufacturers. One control panel manages everything — both Aperio and legacy locks.

Installion is quick, because there is no cabling around the door, no invasive building work, and no need to change door hardware. Aperio devices fit almost any opening or security level, exterior and interior doors — wood, glass or aluminium — from fire and escape doors to meeting rooms, labs and offices.

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