Brian Sims

Aperio wireless locks integrated with Siveillance Access

THE INTEGRATION of Siveillance Access from Siemens Smart Infrastructure Suite with Aperio battery-powered access control from ASSA ABLOY puts security at the core of any smart building. Such buildings become trusted environments for those who work there or visit, offering reputational benefits to their occupants. They’re more resilient and more cost efficient to manage.

“Interoperability across management functions is critical for making buildings smarter and powering the next generation of building automation,” stated Richard Sharp, product unit director for wireless door locks at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEIA. “This powerful integration affords security managers more granular control over doors and building usage.”

Wireless, battery-powered locks, connected to a building management solution, make it simpler and more cost-effective to extend access control further into a building. This increases the overall security of the premises.

Movement around the site can be monitored and measured to extract insights about building use, while reducing breaches and thefts. Filtering access deeper into a building – and far beyond the perimeter or entrance door – delivers an opportunity to harness this valuable business data.

Deeper access control also enables a more flexible use of space: Access may be varied depending on the time of day or week, for example, making ‘touchless office’ policies easier to implement. In the case of one-off events, open access may be extended widely then quickly returned to secure status.

Cost efficiencies

A company’s choice of access control technology can significantly impact costs. According to recent ASSA ABLOY benchmarking analyses, choosing wireless rather than wired door locking, for example, brings a large reduction in energy use: more than 70% (or thousands of Euros) over a typical security installation’s life-cycle.

Installing locks which do not need wiring around the door is also faster, less disruptive and more cost-efficient than wired door security. These cost savings present a strong business case for investing in wireless access solutions.

Integration collaboration with Siemens supports a growing number of devices from the Aperio battery-powered lock range, including the escutcheon (E100), cylinder (C100) and server rack (KS100). Each integrates seamlessly with the SiPass access control system, giving security teams control over almost any interior or exterior door (including wooden and glass doors, as well as fire doors) from a single, familiar interface.

Aperio locks are compatible with all major RFID technologies, as well as mobile access via NFC and Bluetooth. All communications between lock, credential and system are encrypted.

Extending access control

An integrated system is already deployed at Hamburg’s HafenCity University (HCU), where Aperio wireless locks extend intelligent access control from Siemens. Around 500 battery-powered Aperio cylinders are connected to (and controlled by) the Siemens system. Aperio locks have built-in RFID readers, so it was cost-effective to add access control to many more doors than would have been feasible with traditional security.

HCU’s new building accommodates around 2,400 students plus 460 members of staff. It incorporates flexible use spaces including a media centre and library, seminar rooms, laboratories and offices. To enhance security, the validity period for any credential can be adjusted for different use authorisations and a given card’s access rights tailored to every individual.

The flexibility of Aperio means that HCU’s facility managers now have greater control. They can respond to organisational changes in real-time, only needing to administer one unified system. They no longer have to deal with the daily workload of physical key management.

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