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AssaAbloy: Cut the cables - go wireless with Aperio Print E-mail
Monday, 19 May 2014 19:26

An access control system is standard equipment for companies and public administrations and provides buildings with a very high standard of security. However, installing access control doors is very expensive due to the extensive wiring required. This is why access control systems often only cover doors with very high security requirements.  All other doors feature mechanical locks and therefore cannot be monitored and managed and if a master key is lost there can be a major security risk, not a satisfactory set of circumstances for security officers, so this is where Aperio Technology comes in.

Available on the global market place, ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio Technology enables a wide range of access control providers to cost-effectively integrate non-wired doors with mechanical locks into access control systems. As a result, Security and Facility Managers now have greater control, can easily respond to organisational changes and will only need to monitor a single security system, while users will only require a single RFID access control card.  "ASSA ABLOY`s Aperio Technology allows security and facility managers to conveniently and cost effectively increase the number of doors that can be monitored," explains Chris Bone, ASSA ABLOY Vice President Access Control Solutions EMEA.

Access control system manufacturers and system integrators can now expand their product portfolios with the new technology from ASSA ABLOY and thus achieve greater sales volumes with both new and existing customers. “Incorporating Aperio products into portfolios does not require much extra effort on the part of OEMs and above all is risk-free since we provide a try-me programme free of charge,” explains Chris Bone, Vice President Access Control EMEA at ASSA ABLOY. OEMs can implement the ASSA ABLOY Device Protocol (RS485) or a Wiegand interface in their access control system and are then able to test the technology under live conditions. “Our aim is to use our experience as the global leader in door opening solution to supply OEMs and system integrators with new components for their access control systems and open up a new market segment for them.”  On the one hand, existing customers are able to upgrade their access control systems at a favourable price. On the other, new customers can be offered an integrated system right from the start. Aperio forms a new category of security solutions which is between non-wired, mechanical doors and wired, electronically secured doors. Aperio Technology is available worldwide, meaning OEMs and system integrators can implement transnational and transcontinental solutions.

How does it work?  Upgrade to Aperio - forget about keys.

Doors will merely need to be equipped with battery powered Aperio locking cylinders, escutcheons or locks with RFID readers and linked to the access control system. There is generally no need to replace the existing RFID cards or transponders as these can also be used for wireless Aperio doors.

The Aperio locking cylinder sets new standards thanks to its aesthetics and impresses due to its state-of-the-art technology. This low-maintenance electronic locking cylinder is easily fitted, can be operated with a range of different identity media and is available for different door profiles (Euro, Scandinavian, Finnish) and knob versions. The Aperio escutcheon excels thanks to its slim, timeless design and can be used in all commercially available doors featuring mechanical locks and profiles. It is available for fire doors and for different door profiles (Euro, Scandinavian, Finnish). The wireless Aperio PINpad escutcheon can be used wherever doors are to be secured by multi-level authentication – physically with a card and logically by means of a password. The device allows access to rooms simply by entering a PIN, via a card reader or with a combination of both. Depending on the integration in the Access Control System, the escutcheon supports the integrated Duress Code function to provide increased security. Depending on the integration level of the device, a silent hold-up alarm can be triggered in the security centre if, in a dangerous situation, the user enters the attack code instead of his own PIN. The Aperio security lock L100 offers a unique, easy way to integrate doors with higher security requirements and complies with EN 179 and EN 1125 requirements. It is available for fire doors and for different door profiles (Euro, Scandinavian, Finnish). The optimum burglary protection and resistance against extreme temperatures (down to -65 °C) ensure that the Aperio lock is also suitable for outside doors with special security requirements. The lock features a protection rating of IP55. Users can instantly obtain "open/closed" and "locked: yes/no" status information from the lock at a glance.

Aperio Online - authorisation in real-time:

Using Aperio Technology, the hub contacts the access control software application via an encrypted radio link in a matter of seconds to verify whether a locking medium is authorised for access or not. The radio link to the EAC system operates on the IEEE 802.15.4 frequency band (2.4 GHz) and is encrypted using AES (128 bit). The communications hub can operate up to eight doors within a transmission range of about 15 to 25 metres. Suitable for interior doors, this hub is particularly practical for hallways with a number of adjacent rooms.

Aperio Offline - authorisation by data on credential:

Aperio Offline is particularly suitable for doors which cannot be wired, are used very little or are a distance away from other doors. Very easy to install, an Aperio Offline cylinder or escutcheon is mounted onto the door and then integrated into the access control system. Access authorisations are saved onto existing RFID user cards or transponders. Doors are all managed using the same access control system, whether they feature Aperio Offline or Online. Users receive new or modified access authorisations from a central point.

Aperio Offline cylinders or escutcheons can also be easily used for Aperio Online if operators wish to integrate a door into an online system at a later date. In such a case, the door is incorporated into the access control system via a wireless communications hub, thus providing a favourably priced, non-wired, online solution.

For professional end-users, the greatest advantage lies in the fact that they can now choose the right access control system for every door scenario. Regardless of whether the door is Aperio Online or Offline, both can be administered using the same access control system.  []

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 19:44

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