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Secure and easy to integrate: Aperio access control has the edge

Secure and easy to integrate: Aperio access control has the edge
Access control is changing. Recent research reveals that wireless access control is now deployed in 29 percent of organizations, with 5 percent already employing a fully wireless solution.

Because wireless access control allows you to forget about keys, it upgrades convenience and security without breaking the bank. Aperio wireless cylinders, escutcheons and locks from ASSA ABLOY can be installed as a new access control system, or can extend and upgrade an existing third-party access system by replacing mechanical locks with wireless technology. Aperio integrates with almost every major access control system on the market. That’s why businesses are cutting the wires and switching to Aperio.

Physical key management adds significantly to an organization’s security budget. Every lost key costs time and money — and instant replacement is impossible. Stolen or copied keys are an ever-present risk. With physical keys, no electronic audit trail is possible, and access rights cannot be reprogrammed remotely.

Aperio wireless access control eliminates the security risk posed by lost keys. Rather than the expensive and laborious task of replacing a lock, administrators simply de-authorize a lost credential to regain a site’s secure status. It takes a few seconds to issue or revoke any smart card’s access rights from the system software. Reprogram an RFID card and you have a new key — instantly.
Installing wireless locks is much cheaper than adding standard hard-wired doors, because there’s no cabling or invasive building work needed. There is no need to change door hardware to go wireless: search YouTube for “Time challenge Aperio cylinder” and you can watch a technician complete one installation, from start to finish, in under two minutes. No wiring and no cabling also means there's no expensive electrical work required, and no need for decorators to tidy up after contractors. Maintenance is simple: an Aperio lock is powered by a standard lithium-ion battery which needs replacing every two years. Nothing more.

Aperio components are also energy-efficient. They run on standard batteries, and only “wake up” when presented with a credential. They are not connected to the mains, and use no power when inactive. One wireless lock uses approximately 0.001 kWh of energy per year, versus 55.2 kWh for a standard wired lock and reader. For a 1,000-door site, that could equate to US$16,800 (€15,000) in running costs saved every year over wired locks. In carbon terms, an Aperio lock emits 0.16 percent of the total emissions produced by a standard wired lock.

There are Aperio components to fit almost any opening or security level, and integration can be online or offline. Because Aperio is built using open architecture, seamless online integration enables a single interface to control both existing hard-wired doors and Aperio battery-powered devices. Online integration is done via RS485 or IP communication hubs that connect up to 32 Aperio devices to the central admin software. Aperio also supports the OSS standard for offline integration via “data on card” updates.

Aperio can protect both exterior and interior doors, from fire and safety doors with mandatory security requirements to meeting rooms, labs and offices. The product portfolio includes battery-powered cylinders, escutcheons and complete locks for security doors which also monitor door status. Aperio locks are compatible with Euro, French, Finnish, Scandinavian and Swiss door profiles. The Aperio server lock is designed for use with server racks, either onsite or in a co-located data center.

Aperio saves money without compromising the security of staff or assets. With Aperio, managers can bring monitored access and detailed audit trails to far more doors in a facility than would be affordable with standard wired access control. If needs change — say, a new building comes onstream — it’s quick and efficient to install more Aperio devices. With the latest Aperio V3 version, remote unlocking commands pass from system to door almost instantly. Another benefit, site users can open both wired doors and Aperio wireless controlled doors with the same smart card, employing standard high- and low-frequency RFID technologies like iCLASS, MIFARE DESFire and Legic.

Worldwide major access control providers have already integrated Aperio wireless access control, including Axis, Gallagher, Lenel, Siemens, Nedap, Bravida, ACS, Syntegro, Pacom, Spica and Genetec. With Aperio, these providers guarantee their customers the latest access control technology, adding wireless capability to a new or existing hard-wired system, including video surveillance, alarm or HVAC systems. The ASSA ABLOY Device Protocol has a simple SDK that allows Aperio to talk to other installed security products, with standard messaging that integrates Aperio into OEM product ecosystems, just like any other component. The customer only sees one system — with the provider’s brand.
Aperio is already proven in diverse settings. In the health care sector, Aperio is the access control backbone at Ghent’s new Hospital Maria Middelares. As part of a $45.3 million (£35 million) refurbishment of urgent care services, Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool extended their access control system with Aperio wireless escutcheons. Aperio cut theft from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Grenoble. In the event of a security breach at any medicine store or patient records room, Aperio locks can generate detailed audit trails for every lock, user or credential.

In higher education, Aperio is the choice of many new-build and retrofitted student halls of residence. University of East Anglia extended their system with Aperio online escutcheons to secure a student residence with 231 en-suite rooms. Around 740 Aperio locks have been fitted at Aberdeen University’s Hillhead Student Village. Over 1,400 students at Birmingham University’s Vale Village site are protected by Aperio wireless technology. At HafenCity Hamburg, 500 Aperio offline cylinders integrate with the access control system.

In a corporate setting, Aperio locks replaced the slow and expensive job of hard-wiring every newly sublet office into i2’s central access control system. Aperio has proven its credentials in the hospitality sector, at the new Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights; at entertainment venues with heavy footfall, including Stavanger Concert Hall and Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena; and in complex industrial settings, including South African energy multinational Sasol.



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