Aperio® supplies security for new £15m innovation centre

  • 22 Nov 2018

ASSA ABLOY Access Control, the global leader in door opening solutions, has partnered with NetNodes to deliver assured and secure access to a new innovation centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Plexal is a new £15 million project, acting as a base for an ‘innovation community’ that brings together startups, enterprises and academics all under one roof. 

Aperio® wireless, access card-based locking technology, was chosen to be installed at Plexal, and fully integrated with DoorFlow, an online platform for managing and auditing building access created by NetNodes.

In total, 59 Aperio® L100 wireless high-security door locks were installed across the site to provide the highest levels of physical protection and transmit comprehensive information on door status to DoorFlow in real time. In addition, a further 31 HiD R10 mobile access locks were also provided where wired solutions were necessary, such as for the main office entrances, and for elevators.

Aperio® is an effective, straightforward alternative to a wired, high-end solution. It was installed quickly and easily at the Plexal site without cabling, and will drastically reduce the innovation hub’s maintenance costs and energy consumption going forward.

It’s also easy to upgrade existing mechanically locked doors with Aperio®, as it wirelessly connects them – online or offline – to new or existing access control systems. This can be achieved with minimal modification to doors and premises, offering a cost-effective and simple security upgrade.

Stewart Johnson, Director at NetNodes, explains: “Aperio® offers a hardware solution that is well-suited to our online platform, DoorFlow. Plexal required an adaptable locking solution for a range of different doors and, with no wiring required, it was quick and easy to install Aperio® with minimal disruption.

“The open-plan layout of the space and the high glass doors installed throughout the site meant Plexal needed an access control solution that was discreet and adaptable, with Aperio® perfectly meeting these demands. Should any additional doors need to be added to the system in the future, this can be done easily, without modifying or changing the aesthetics of the environment. This also minimises future installation costs, offering a cost-effective and straight-forward access control upgrade.”

David Hodgkiss, National Sales Manager for ASSA ABLOY Access Control, concludes: “We are delighted to partner with NetNodes to deliver an easily integrated access control system for this exciting new innovation centre in central London. With up to 800 entrepreneurs using the space to devise, create and launch new products and services, Plexal required a solution that was tried and tested. Aperio® enables easy access around the site while providing assured security.

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