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MobileKey from SimonsVoss: access control for small offices

MobileKey from SimonsVoss: access control for small offices
SimonsVoss, an electronic lock manufacturer and brand of Allegion, recently advanced into a largely neglected market – the small office / home office (SOHO) market – with its secure digital access solution: the MobileKey access system. MobileKey not only provides smaller systems for the many office spaces in private homes, but also in locations such as doctors' and lawyers' practices, architects' studios, consultancies, advertising agencies and other commercial enterprises.

The SimonsVoss MobileKey product line is suitable for systems with up to 20 doors and 100 users. Intentionally kept manageable, the range offers an excellent price-to-performance ratio. The web-based system also makes it simple for users to benefit from the advantages of intelligent, electronic locking in a small system with few doors and offices because of its easy-to-operate features.

Secure, digital and easy to manage
Like large systems, the elegantly designed SimonsVoss Locking System 3060 consists of digital cylinders in doors opened and closed by transponders (either PIN code keypad or smartphone). Authorization allocation, time schedules, logging or remote opening can be managed using the web application on any terminal device. This simple, clearly arranged app also allows the end user to create accounts and generate locking plans, transmitting data to the SimonsVoss server, where the information is added. Lastly, the locking plan is sent back to the app and uploaded onto a compact programming device. This device takes the familiar form of a USB flash drive, with which users program their cylinders and transponders.

SimonsVoss operates its own web service to calculate data, hosted by an audited Munich-based data center. This ensures that processes are far more secure than mere local storage on a personal computer, thanks to end-to-end encryption.

Installation in a few steps
The system is designed for easy installation, allowing MobileKey to be put into operation in just a few steps. This even applies to replacing existing mechanical door cylinders with electronic ones, since no cabling or special tools are required thanks to radio technology. There’s no need for a drill.

Creating a custom-configured locking plan is as easy as setting up an email account. The user simply registers at on any web-enabled terminal device and activates their account. The locking plan is now created using the set-up agent. The individual doors, garage doors, barriers and other access points are given appropriate identifiers. Access authorizations and restriction can be allocated to individual persons using time zones. Users are, thus, able to control who has access to different rooms and for how long – and a log will track that information.

The whole locking system is ready for use as soon as the system has been custom-configured with the free app. Instead of mechanical keys, users can choose between a digital transponder, a PIN code keypad or opening and closing their doors easily with their smartphone. There are also digital SmartRelays which can be used to operate elements such as lights, heating and appliances in addition to electrically operated doors, gates and barriers.

The SOHO user can make changes as they wish, adding or removing keys and locks at any time. If a transponder is lost, it can be instantly disabled at the click of a mouse. A replacement is configured just as quickly and is then instantly ready for use.

Initial start and addition
In addition to different types of digital cylinders, SimonsVoss also provides two starter sets: Mobile Starter Set 1 contains three transponders and the USB programming device, while Mobile Starter Set 2 also includes a PIN code keypad.

An online addition to the MobileKey system will also be available in March 2016. This online version will connect networked locking components directly with the server via a SmartBridge with system equipment and authorization changes implemented practically in real time. This version will additionally enable doors to be opened remotely, allowing users to open the door for colleagues, trade professionals or the persons of their preference from a distance.

Since September 2015, SimonsVoss Technologies is part of Allegion family of brands. SimonsVoss Technologies is a dynamic, high-tech company with its headquarters in Unterföhring, near Munich, and its production and logistics center in Osterfeld, eastern Germany. Since the market launch of its Digital Locking and Access Control System 3060 in 1998, the company has remodeled its locking technology, which had previously focused on mechanical systems. It is now regarded as a European technology leader for battery-operated electronic locking and access control systems.

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