The benefits of wireless access control

  • 8 May 2019

It is becoming more and more popular for organisations to switch to wireless access control. With ASSA ABLOY‘s access control solutions, organisations have the widest possible choice of credentials.

There are a variety of benefits to switching to wireless access control. Wireless devices offer greater flexibility without sacrificing security. With integrated RFID readers, they are easy to retrofit to existing doors and buildings, giving security managers much more control over a site. And because they are battery powered and use almost no electricity when idle, wireless access control helps companies reduce energy bills. 

In ASSA ABLOY’s CLIQ ® key-based access control system, programmable keys with batteries power the cylinder or padlock via an encrypted interface. Electromechanical CLIQ ® and fully electronic eCLIQ cylinders are available for doors, cabinets, lifts, alarm boxes, machines and entrance gates. Users reprogram or revalidate their key access rights at wall devices, with portable programming devices or making a Bluetooth connection between the key and the CLIQ ® Connect mobile phone app.

Card-based access control leaves your credential options wide open. Both ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio ® wireless locking devices for upgrading access control systems and SMARTair ® access control systems are compatible with all leading RFID proximity protocols, including MIFARE ® , DESFire and iCLASS ® . Users can pick from standard smart-cards, tags, bracelets and other convenient formats, tailored to the site. Wireless escutcheons come with optional PINpads, for doors where multi-factor authentication is needed for upgraded security.

In addition, a SMARTair ® system offers mobile-ready access. With SMARTair ® , administrators can open electronic door locks remotely. At the user end, the Openow™ app stores validated virtual keys on a smartphone, so there’s no need for anyone to visit a security office to physically collect or update a credential. SMARTair ® virtual keys can be sent or revoked over the air — for maximum, time-saving flexibility. Users just tap the SMARTair ® lock to open up via Bluetooth.

Whatever size your premises are, and no matter what work you do, a wireless access control system fits. For example, key-based access system CLIQ ® caters to complex, multi-location businesses with thousands of locks securing hundreds of employees, plus contractors who need access round the clock. CLIQ ® cylinders and padlocks not only provide top security but also easy and remote access from a mobile app.

Wireless access control does not restrict your system management workflows. The backbone of every ASSA ABLOY wireless access system is intuitive software which makes it easy for facility managers to control, identify and update exactly who can open every door.

For all ASSA ABLOY wireless access ecosystems, a user-friendly software interface is accessible from almost any standard PC, tablet or smartphone. It gives facility managers an instant overview of their site’s security status from anywhere.

With Aperio ® wireless locks, you manage the new doors from the same interface as your existing access control system. Aperio ® devices integrate online or offline (or both) with access systems from over 100 different manufacturers. System administrators see only one, familiar admin interface. SMARTair ® offers a menu of management options from standalone operation through offline and Update on Card control to real-time control via SMARTair ® Wireless Online functionality. With wireless, the choice is yours.

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