How easily can wireless locks extend the reach of your access control?

  • 6 Mar 2019

A recent survey from ASSA ABLOY and IFSEC Global has found that over 90% of industry professionals polled suggest integrating security systems has increased in importance in the last few years.

As building security becomes smarter, the need for electronic access control systems increases and the findings in the “Wireless Access Control Report 2018”, from ASSA ABLOY and IFSEC Global seem to agree.

For 53% of survey respondents, easy integration with CCTV, alarms, time and attendance, lighting and HVAC would make them interested in upgrading to a particular product — more than any other factor.

In addition, 43% said easier integration with existing access control systems would make them more likely to upgrade.

But why the focus on integration? What are the advantages?

Fewer security interfaces are easier to support and so require less training. Integration can also enhance the experience of building occupants. One credential opens the car park, then the building, and accesses their laptop and buys lunch in the café.

Integration across the business also means security systems — and security teams — contribute to business efficiency, not just the protection of people, premises and other assets. Integrate HR systems with your access control system, for instance, and smart access cards can be automatically revoked when people leave the organisation, reducing overheads and even headcount.

A majority of those polled for the “Wireless Access Control Report 2018” believe it very important (58%) that access control supports open standards in order to be flexible and future-proofed. A huge majority (91%) consider it at least somewhat important. Future-proofing is high on any list of procurement criteria.

The solution to extend access control

Wireless devices like Aperio ® offer one fast, easy and cost-effective alternative enables you to forget about keys and the hassles of key management. The Aperio ® device is a battery-powered lock with integrated RFID-readers. 

Because Aperio ® has an open architecture, it is flexible and modular, so those who already have wired access control and want to add more doors to their existing system find wireless is the solution. Aperio ® wireless locks integrate with security systems from over 100 different OEMs worldwide, for new installations or to upgrade an existing system.

Integration is seamless, extending the reach of an existing system with future-proofed devices. Security administrators operate the new Aperio ® -equipped doors from the same interface as the installed system. Site users carry a single smart access card for all doors, and other functions like canteen payments or library loans are just as easy to integrate.

Wireless locks like Aperio ® can also be the right solution for systems that use mechanical keys. Battery-powered Aperio ® RFID-equipped cylinders, escutcheons, handles and locks can be fitted as a new access control system, or extend an existing installation by linking new doors to the same system wirelessly. 

Aperio ® locks work within almost every major access control ecosystem on the planet, from over 100 different manufacturers. They are energy-efficient, with batteries lasting an average of 40,000 cycles (typically 2 years) before they need replacing.

Plus, installing wireless locks is also more cost-effective than hard-wiring more doors, because there’s no cabling or invasive building work around the door. Changing door hardware is unnecessary. For example, it’s fast and easy to switch a mechanical handle for an Aperio ® wireless handle with integrated RFID reader, to bring more doors into an access system. Watch and installation for yourself here.

Aperio ® devices with built-in RFID readers fit almost any opening or security level. Aperio ® locks protect both exterior and interior doors, from fire and escape route doors to meeting rooms, labs and offices; wooden, glass or aluminium doors are no obstacle.

The portfolio includes cylinders, escutcheons and complete locks for security doors, plus a revolutionary new wireless handle with integrated RFID reader, which recently won Intersec’s Access Control Product of the Year. Aperio ® locks are compatible with all common door profiles: Euro, French, Finnish, Scandinavian and Swiss. Integration with your existing system can be Online or Offline, or both.

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