Access control or key control....why not both?

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Cliq is key based and therefore offers a simple step up from mechanical security to powerful access control, with no change to existing hardware like doors - so the quandry as to whether to choose key control or access control no longer applies as this solution allows for both. 

A mechatronic locking system like Cliq combines high-end mechanical and electronic protection. A range of key-operated mechanical cylinders and padlocks maximise physical security and attack resistance. Cliq technology then layers encrypted, user-friendly electronic security on top — adding control and convenience without the need for wires: all Cliq devices are wire-free. Power to operate the electronics comes from the battery inside every Cliq key.

Cliq is trusted by organisations in all kinds of industries. Recently, German supermarket chain REWE chose Cliq for its newest warehouse in the north of Berlin. “With Cliq, we have great flexibility in the event a key is lost or if we want to make any changes. We can revoke the key's access entitlements by reprogramming the 400 locking cylinders in use,” explains Marc Haverkamp, Project Manager for the REWE Logistics Centre.

In Sweden, Stockholm’s Vasamuseet upgraded their old mechanical system to Cliq. Staff used to carry heavy keychains with ten or more keys. Now facility managers can amend the access rights of everyone’s Cliq key at any time, even remotely.

“Previously, the biggest problem was lost keys,” says Michael Andrésen, Operations and Security Officer at the State Maritime Museums, Sweden. “Then the lock had to be replaced, which was expensive.” With Cliq, a lost key’s access rights are simply removed, instantly, and it no longer opens any doors. “With Cliq, it’s clear where our keys are.”

According to Assa Abloy, Cliq is also popular with public utilities, because Cliq cylinders and padlocks can handle extreme weather and secure almost any locking point, making it more adaptable than standard electronic access systems. It is also easy for Eau de Valence, a French water utility, to manage mechanical and electronic locks in the same installation: “The electronic and mechanical cylinders are managed by one and the same key,” adds Christophe Nublat, Head of Study and Works Division at Eau de Valence.

To combat the theft of valuable recyclable materials, Communauté d’Agglomération La Rochelle managers installed Cliq padlocks and cylinders at 13 dispersed waste reception centres and issued individually programmed keys to authorised staff. The impact was instant: “The number of burglaries has been reduced in a spectacular way,” says Hervé Begaud at the Communauté d’Agglomération. “We used to report damages every week. Now, we have had a single, failed, attempt on a cylinder in the last 6 months.” La Rochelle district administrators are impressed and now they plan to extend Cliq access control to all critical municipal sites.

Wherever you work, employees leave, keys get lost, and outdated devices with unreliable security are still in use throughout your premises. Yet the remedy to all these problems is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution. There are Cliq extensions for all kinds of security needs, supplementing the easy, flexible access rights management, and scheduling for keys, users and doors that comes with every Cliq installation.

The optional Cliq Connect app smooths mobile workflows. A key-holder no longer needs to update access rights in person, carry additional updating devices, or even return to base. All they need is a smartphone and the app. Assa Abloy sells and supports Cliq technology under several brands, including Ikon, Abloy, Mul-T-Lock, Assa, Vachette and Keso.


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