|The standard allows companies to integrate multiple electronic offline locks from multiple suppliers|
Until recently it was hardly possible to combine several brands of electronic offline locks of different kinds of suppliers in one access control system. However, this is a demand of many large European companies, who have announced not to invest in electronic offline locks anymore, as long as there is no standardisation available. To meet up to this demand, ASSA ABLOY, DORMA, Nedap and Zugang GmbH have developed a new standard, the Standard Offline Access Application (SOAA).
By implementing this standard it will be easy for companies to integrate multiple electronic offline locks from multiple suppliers. Each company is therefore free to choose the product which fits best. This freedom of choice will result in reduced prices, as they are not depending on one supplier anymore. Besides that, standardisation also increases the security level. Standards are open and therefore tested and investigated by everyone. This is the most secure way.