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10/05/2019

Self-powered locks have a sustainable future

London, UK

A user inserts their Pulse key and the power generated by inserting and turning powers the lock’s encrypted electronic access control features.

A century after the Abloy brand invented disc detainer technology, the company is still reimagining the future of security. In Finland, the Abloy Pulse ecosystem now delivers highly encrypted, electronic access control via self-powered cylinders, padlocks and electronic keys — with no need for batteries or any external power supply.

A thirst for sustainable solutions grows in all walks of life — including security. In a recent survey for Assa Abloy’s “Wireless Access Control Report”* around three-quarters of industry leaders report sustainability as a growing influence on procurement decisions. Almost half of survey respondents pointed to greentech innovation like energy harvesting as a potential future solution.

“While the self-powered mechanism doesn’t generate much power,” notes the Report, ”electronic door readers and wireless locks don’t actually need much power. They are inactive, and can power down, for long periods. Their only task — reading card credentials and releasing the lock — is completed in less than a second and at the expense of minimal energy.”

With Pulse key-based access control, Abloy believes it is already delivering this sustainable future. Pulse locking is simple. A user inserts their Pulse key and the power generated by inserting and turning powers the lock’s encrypted electronic access control features. If the key is authorised, the lock opens.

Cloud-based access control software ensures administrators can programme Pulse keys with the right access permissions. Users carry one Pulse key programmed with their cleared permissions, no matter how many doors they need to open.

“With Pulse, sustainability, security and user-friendly operation work side-by-side,” says Kimmo Hirvonen, Abloy Pulse Product Manager at Abloy Oy. “Pulse does everything you need from a 21st-century electronic access control system. And does it sustainably.”

“At Abloy we have been creating the future of access control for over a century. Energy harvesting technology is the latest chapter.”


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