CLIQ Remote from ASSA, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the manufacturer of door opening solutions, has won the title of ‘Most Innovative New Product’ at the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards.

Held at The Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London, the award was presented to ASSA in recognition of how it is helping transform access control and effective key management in the social housing sector.

Effective key management

John O’Brien, Director of Innovation at BRE (Building Research Establishment) Innovation Park, one of six esteemed housing professionals judging the awards, said: “We found ASSA’s innovation gave housing associations more control over their void properties, reduced costs in repeated visits and allows them to control the whole process. Another area that the judges were particularly excited about is extending the product to provide access for care workers and addressing health issues such as dementia.”

The technology allows housing organisations to give key holders – regardless of location – remote access to a property. Each key can be programmed and updated individually, which means key holders have access only to the areas relevant to them and during their allocated time or dates.

Eliminating workflow delays

ASSA CLIQ Remote is also reducing the time empty properties stand vacant between tenancies. By eliminating the need for physical key handovers, the technology removes workflow delays, ensuring maintenance staff or contractors are able to access void properties as and when needed.

The judges highlighted the impact the technology has already had on organisations such as Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC). Since being implemented 12 months, ASSA CLIQ Remote is saving staff approximately 40 hours of time every week due to improved operational efficiencies, while delivering an additional £60,000 a year to RMBC in rent and council tax from properties that would have otherwise remained empty for longer.

"We look forward to sharing the opportunities it can deliver with other social housing organisations across the UK in the future"

Most innovative product 2017

Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager for ASSA CLIQ Remote, said: “We are absolutely delighted that ASSA CLIQ Remote has collected the prize for most innovative product at the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards. In addition to solving key management issues, ASSA CLIQ Remote also helps manage health and safety, and offer audit traces of visitors to the properties. Hidden costs, which can impact greatly on council’s budgets, can be controlled and reduced by implementing this very simple-to-install solution.”

“We are proud of how CLIQ Remote is helping revolutionise access control for the social housing market, and this award is recognition of that. We look forward to sharing the opportunities it can deliver with other social housing organisations across the UK in the future.”

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