SMARTair® boosts security at South Denmark mental health facility

  • 14 Jun 2019

The SMARTair ® wireless access control system recently provided the ideal solution when a South Denmark mental health facility required a more trustworthy security system.

Due to growth over the years, Managers at South Denmark’s Syrenparken mental health treatment facility felt they no longer had a trustworthy overview of all their physical keys in circulation. With medicines and psychotic drugs on site, it was critical that only trusted personnel could gain access.

Therefore, as part of a modernization program, it was decided to upgrade on-site access control. One key aim was to replace old-fashioned keys, which can easily be lost, increasing the risk they fall into the wrong hands and take up time. 

The SMARTair ® wireless access control system from ASSA ABLOY was then installed to meet all of the facility’s security needs.

Currently, 143 SMARTair ® wireless locking devices are fitted on resident bedrooms, as well as doors to offices, the medicine room and storage for patient records, plus other confidential areas. Staff and residents open doors with a standard, programmable MIFARE ® credential.

System reliability was a key factor in their choice of SMARTair ® , according to Henrik Jürs, Head of Syrenparken: “It is possible to put our access control system on a virtual server. Should a computer go down, we can put a new computer on and then we have access to it again.”

The SMARTair ® system also offered great flexibility, making it easy to administrate who should have access to which areas, and when. Instead of a bundle of keys, each employee has a key-card encoded with access rights to the exact areas they need. With SMARTair ® , it’s easy to combine online and offline access management within the same installation.

At Syrenparken, 133 offline SMARTair ® escutcheons and 3 updaters, plus 8 offline SMARTair ® cabinet locks, work side-by-side within the same system as 10 SMARTair ® online escutcheons. If a key-card is lost, it’s quick to disable it and activate a new one.

As a result, there is no danger anyone unauthorised will enter controlled medicine rooms with a lost card as a result. Plus, because managers no longer need to call a locksmith to replace the compromised escutcheon, SMARTair ® is also a cost-effective solution for Syrenparken.

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