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ASSA ABLOY - Aperio Overview:

Available on the global marketplace, ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio® Technology enables a wide range of access control providers to cost effectively integrate non-wired doors with mechanical locks into new and existing access control systems.

Doors will merely need to be equipped with battery-powered Aperio® locks with RFID readers and linked to the access control system via a communications hub for online integration, or via update on card for offline integration.

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.

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ASSA ABLOY introduces HES ES100 wireless electric strike to provide retrofit solution for remote control and monitoring

ASSA ABLOY announces the launch of the HES ES100 wireless electric strike, combining the features of the HES 1500 and 1600 Series electric strikes with Aperio® wireless technology to provide an easy, affordable retrofit solution for remote control and monitoring. As the newest addition to the Aperio family of real-time wireless solutions, the HES ES100 concealed electric strike works in conjunction with the Securitron R100 surface-mounted reader to retrofit an opening with online access control using the existing lockset. Battery-powered option Known for innovating strikes, HES offers electric strikes for every type of lockset application and is now extending its offerings to include a battery-powered option. Compatible with nearly all cylindrical and mortice latchbolt locksets, the HES ES100 wireless electric strikes feature interchangeable faceplates and accessories and have a modular construction for easy installation. Our newest electric strike eliminates the most time-consuming and costly part of installation" “Just when you think HES can’t innovate strikes any further, we do with a wireless, battery-operated solution,” says Matt Branson, Product Manager, ASSA ABLOY Electronic Security Hardware. “Our newest electric strike eliminates the most time-consuming and costly part of installation – running wires. The NEW HES ES100 Wireless Electric Strikes with Aperio® technology makes access control simple and affordable without having to run wire to every door.” Global wireless platform Aperio is a global wireless platform that allows one to expand the access control footprint – quickly, easily, and affordably – using existing platforms one trusts. Available across a broad range of locking hardware from ASSA ABLOY Group brands, Aperio provides the flexibility to address a variety of applications throughout any facility. The platform uses wireless communication (IEEE 802.15.4) between the lock and an Aperio hub to provide real-time communication with the access control system, simplifying installation and reducing costs.

Protecting data centres and servers with better physical security with Assa Abloy's locks

According to a recent wide-ranging article on data security in Computer Weekly: “physical security is key to maintaining the resilience and effectiveness of data centres… businesses end up exposing themselves to a range of risks in this area of security is ignored.” A lack of investment in the physical security of servers undermines the cyber-security of data assets and vice versa. Appropriate physical security controls manage risk by minimising unauthorised access to servers. They protect against outsider intrusion and so-called “insider threats”, as well as accidental breaches and damage to server hardware. Improved data protection Aperio wireless locks fill a critical part of this holistic security picture: They protect valuable data by filtering physical access to servers. Server racking solutions may have different locking set-ups, so the Aperio product range has two lock types to accommodate this. Aperio KS100 Rack Lock The Aperio KS100 Electronic Server Rack Lock provides comprehensive, wireless control and monitoring for racks and cabinets, incorporating sophisticated tamper protection. Optional online integration adds real-time control and locks status change alerts Optional online integration adds real-time control and locks status change alerts. The KS100 can be deployed wirelessly, either on-site or in a co-located data centre, and integrated seamlessly with an existing access system. C100 Rack Cylinder The C100 Electronic Server Rack Cylinder has a straightforward design suited to many types of server cabinets. It is wire-free and easy to fit, with no drilling or cabling at the cabinet: Installers simply swap an existing mechanical cylinder for this Aperio device. It is compatible with keyless access using any standard RFID technology and plugs straight into an access control system without complex database integration. Inbuilt RFID scanning In addition to server rack locking, Aperio electronic door devices ensure only authorised staff and contractors even enter the server room itself. Battery-powered cylinders, escutcheons, security locks, and a wireless handle with an inbuilt RFID reader — all available for multiple door types and formats — provide key-free access control to keep potential threats away. Certified wireless locks are available for perimeter doors, too, further extending control and protection. Certified wireless locks are available for perimeter doors further extending control and protection These devices are designed for seamless integration with all kinds of security management systems. Aperio enables facility and data centre managers to extend the reach of electronic security without replacing an existing system or creating unnecessary workload by running separate systems in parallel. On-demand audit trail capabilities tell security managers exactly who accessed any server and when. Layered physical security Aperio provides this critical layer of data security cost-effectively for an increasingly multi-layered security landscape, ensuring a deficit in physical protection does not leave the door open for onsite intruders or cyber-criminals. The right access control technologies make it easy for the right people to reach an organisation’s servers — and keep everyone else out.

ASSA ABLOY offers a range of wireless access control solutions to address major challenges in healthcare security

Security stakes are high at healthcare premises. Patients expect and deserve privacy and safety. Yet, most medical buildings must remain welcoming spaces, many open around the clock. The protection of drugs and confidential data is critical, and every breach demands thorough investigation. Such needs go way beyond what mechanical security was designed to meet. Real-time control and monitoring Hospitals, for example, are often large and spread out. Their locks may need to integrate with fire detection, CCTV and other building systems. Labs and pharmacies are safer when access is managed with time-limited ‘keys’, which can be revoked. In care homes, security must be matched by convenience for a client group, who may have limited dexterity or learning skills. Here, real-time control and monitoring can help managers to react quickly. Too much is asked of a traditional metal key, if it is expected to do all this. Yet, wired security doors can be an expensive retrofit option. Fortunately, there is a solution: wireless access control. Wireless access control solutions Wireless devices provide the easiest upgrade or replacement for any access control system Wireless devices provide the easiest upgrade or replacement for any access control system, based on mechanical or magnetic locks. Credentials, including RFID smartcards, programmable keys or secure mobile keys stored on a smartphone, replace cumbersome physical keys. Wireless components make it a cost-effective option to add electronic control to many more areas of a building. With online locking systems, facility managers can monitor and manage premises at any time of day or night, even viewing the status of medicine cupboards or server racks from the same administration software interface. Integrating wireless locks  Swapping existing locks for battery-powered cylinders or escutcheons can link a door to an access control system. In one recent survey of access control professionals, 95% of respondents judged system integration with other building/security management functions to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ important. To meet this challenge at the Haute Savoie region’s new hospital, managers selected Aperio locking integrated online with an ARD access management system. Because Aperio locks are wireless, the hospital could introduce more layers of security and secure doors without incurring excessive installation or operating costs, including for sensitive offices and drugs stores. Staff no longer carry big bunches or waste time hunting down keys. Individual permissions are all stored on a single, programmable RFID credential. Battery-powered Aperio devices All battery-powered Aperio devices integrate natively with the central system, so wired and wireless access points at Centre Hospitalier Métropole Savoie (CHMS) are managed together, with real-time logs, remote door opening and free time-slot management. “Having just a single badge, and not having to carry around heavy keys, has been a major advantage for us,” said Béatrice Dequidt, Health Executive at Centre Hospitalier Métropole Savoie. “We have implemented internal HR management procedures, creating badges that are automatically integrated into ARD's operating software,” adds Alain Gestin, CHMS’s IT Systems Architect. Powerful, real-time access control Aperio and ARD also maintain compatibility of credentials with the French government’s electronic CPS Aperio and ARD also maintain compatibility of credentials with the French government’s electronic Health Professional Card (CPS), for added staff convenience. Multiple key systems and varied openings, including fire doors, glass doors, offices, pharmacies, car parks and lifts, plus hundreds of workers and contractors needing different, constantly changing permissions. Faced with these challenges, managers at Hospital MAZ, in Zaragoza, knew mechanical keys could not provide the 21st-century security they needed. SMARTair Wireless online access control Hospital MAZ upgraded locks to SMARTair Wireless Online electronic access control, which keeps facility managers updated in real time. A unified access system is controlled by intuitive software, installed at the central server and managed via client servers in different departments. Because the SMARTair Wireless Online system updates via communications hubs in real time, security managers implement all changes via the central system, without needing to waste time walking through the hospital, changing rights one door at a time. Employee convenience is greatly enhanced. Staff and contractors carry a single MIFARE smart card programmed with individual access permissions. Cards are personalised to double as employee IDs, so 625 staff and approximately 100 contractors only carry a single card. "We have achieved all our objectives with the installation of the system,” said Miguel Angel Hernández Jerez at Hospital MAZ. Intelligent keys Programmable electronic key systems put the advantages of access control into a familiar form. They reinvent the key for the 21st century, making it more flexible, powerful and better equipped to handle modern security demands. Lost keys and departed employees are no longer a problem, because their access rights are cancelled with a click. The key’s familiarity is welcome to a user group who are not experts — at least, not in access control. CLIQ electro-mechanical locking system CLIQ offers easy-to-use access control, based on high-security mechanical disc cylinders Managing physical keys can impact nursing care, as pharmacy managers at the UK’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham discovered. An older, mechanical system made it difficult to keep track of who held the right keys. Searching for that person wasted valuable time. They identified a better solution for convenient secure access to controlled medicines: CLIQ electro-mechanical locking. CLIQ offers easy-to-use access control, based on high-security mechanical disc cylinders, combined with encrypted electronic locking and identification. With CLIQ, power to the lock is supplied by a standard battery inside every CLIQ key, so no wires are required — making it an ideal retrofit solution for doors, cabinets and mobile drug trolleys. Each employee carries a single programmable CLIQ key to open any authorised CLIQ lock. No CLIQ device unlocks without the key first being authorised by the software. Remote key management QE Birmingham’s new CLIQ system allows for remote key management. Audit trails for locks and padlocks are available on-demand, so nurse managers can instantly see who has accessed particular cabinets or drug trolleys. “Programmable key solutions really boost medicine safety in hospitals,” said Stephan Schulz, CLIQ Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA, adding “Nurses at Queen Elizabeth, Birmingham, carry their own key with personalised access rights, so they don’t waste time finding out who has the key to every cupboard. Patients benefit.” “The message from all nursing staff is that patients are getting medicines much easier and in a more timely fashion,” said Inderjit Singh, Chief Pharmacist at QE Birmingham, adding “For us, the key return on investment is the quality of service we’re providing.” Simple, effective door control without software When installing a Code Handle electronic PIN lock, users need never worry again In any busy medical facility, however small, it is easy to leave a door unlocked. With expensive equipment or controlled drugs on the other side, an opening invites opportunist trouble. But, when installing a Code Handle electronic PIN lock, users need never worry again. A Code Handle fits right over an existing cylinder, users can simply swap the current handle for a low-profile Code Handle, and fix it in place with two screws, to instantly add PIN security to a consultation room, medicine store or equipment cupboard. It adds electronic security without a bulky push-button door unit, which disrupts interior aesthetics. Code Handle electronic PIN lock solution In Spain’s Basque Country, Fylab sought this easy solution for their consulting rooms. Requirements were straightforward: secure, keyless access around a facility with a lot of daily traffic from professionals and the public. They needed a device that is easy to retrofit, with a design to chime with Fylab’s contemporary medical workplace. Code Handle added this security to three consulting-room doors, without wires or cables. “I am no artist or handyman, but I managed to fit the handles within 10 minutes,” said Fylab’s Founder, Borja Saldias Retegui. Their Code Handle devices lock both wooden and glass doors, keeping equipment and personal belongings safe. “Code Handle provides the simplest solution for access control in a small facility,” Borja Saldias Retegui adds.