Brian Sims

Abloy UK introduces durable SMARTair i-gate Electronic Padlock

ABLOY UK has launched the SMARTair i-gate Electronic Padlock, which is built for use almost anywhere, boasting resistance to attack and extreme weather while offering wire-free installation and battery-powered operation. 

This new device in the SMARTair wireless access control range enables security and facility managers to add real-time control to non-electrified gates, cupboards, cabinets and crates.

For many organisations, security and access needs do not stop at the perimeter door, yet finding reliable locking devices which are easy to operate with an electronic access system can be difficult. Gates and outbuildings are hard to reach with cabling. Access devices may not have the resilience required for reliable operation outdoors. The i-gate is built to meet these challenges.

Pip Courcoux, product and sales manager for CLIQ at Abloy UK, explained: “The new SMARTair i-gate Electronic Padlock helps our customers extend wire-free control to new access points. It can be instantly moved to wherever a resistant and adaptable locking device is needed.”

Courcoux continued: “Site managers no longer need to worry about outbuildings, gates, cupboards and more as they can monitor and control access to them electronically, remotely and in real-time when required.”

Swapping and integrating

Upgrading an existing padlocked closure involves simply swapping the devices and integrating the i-gate Electronic Padlock into an existing or new SMARTair wireless access control system. There’s no need for drilling or wiring. The i-gate is available in a contemporary black finish with stainless steel shackle.

Exterior and interior openings previously unsuited to electronic access control can now be controlled and monitored from a familiar software interface, including remotely from the SMARTair Web Manager.

Any i-gate is compatible with any SMARTair system management option: Standalone (for basic access control functionality), Update on Card, Openow (for access management and unlocking via smart phone) and Pro Wireless Online for the real-time management of every door and system user.

Compatible with any credential

The new SMARTair i-gate is robust enough for almost any climate conditions. It has a watertight cover (featuring an IP68 rating) and an internal cylinder with Durability EN 15684 Class 6 certification. It’s battery-powered and works with all standard proximity credential technologies, including MIFARE, DESFire and iCLASS as well as Bluetooth Low Energy.

When i-gate is combined with Openow (the mobile solution for SMARTair), end users no longer need to carry separate card or fob credentials. Instead, their smart phone stores secure virtual keys which can be issued, amended or cancelled at any time.

No-one wastes time collecting or validating an access card. They can unlock the new SMARTair i-gate Electronic Padlock with a smart phone. With Openow, if you have your phone then you are already carrying your keys.

*To learn more, download a free brochure for the new SMARTair i-gate Electronic Padlock at

**For further information on the products and services available from Abloy UK visit

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