2N, the global front-runner in IP intercom systems, has launched a smart access control unit and readers that set a new benchmark in speed, reliability and security, for mobile access control for UK offices and buildings. Research already indicates that more than four in ten office workers' preferred method for storing access credentials is their smartphone. Harnessing next-generation Bluetooth-based mobile access technology, the new 2N Access Unit M multi-technology access control and its readers make it much easier for property developers, distributors and installers to provide multi-factor authentication options for buildings. Choices now include RFID, RFID combined with mobile access via Bluetooth, or RFID with a keypad, which is perfect for projects that require two-factor authentication. This breakthrough technology means faster access with a higher building security level. In addition, the device’s built-in controller also ensures that property owners and companies have a smooth transition to the next-generation Bluetooth-based mobile access technology that is the foundation for adopting much quicker, easier, safer and more flexible access solutions in the future. The new Bluetooth technology will be available at the end of April. Design and features The protection rating of IP55 and IK07 makes the unit well suited to outdoor and harsh environment applications 2N Access Unit M’s compact slimline design fits beautifully with different door frames and its attractive glass front panel that is guaranteed scratch-free for five years completes an elegant design solution for the different office building and lift access control needs. The new unit is fitted to door frames in minutes, requires minimal office cabling and can be configured and administered remotely, so access system installation and office fit-out times are accelerated. Manufactured in the Czech Republic from hard-wearing materials, and with a protection rating of IP55 and IK07, the 2N Access Unit M is well suited to outdoor and harsh environment applications. The reader securely communicates with the web interface, with 2N® Access Commander administration software and the 2N® Mobile Key mobile application. Four new reader options The four new reader options from 2N comprise: 2N® Access Unit M RFID 13.56 MHz - Able to read most cards at 13.56 MHz frequency, this version of the 2N® Access Unit M RFID reader suits companies that prefer traditional RFID technology. Employees who don’t want to use a card simply use their mobile phones to gain access. 2N® Access Unit M RFID Multifrequency – The Multifrequency RFID card reader scans cards at frequencies of 125 kHz and 13.56 MHz – handy where multiple companies are in one building and sharing certain areas. 2N® Access Unit M Bluetooth & RFID - Using Bluetooth technology, the 2N® Access Unit M Bluetooth & RFID reader is the fastest and most secure access option for modern offices – combining access by card or mobile. Employees open doors with their mobile phone with 2N® Mobile Key app – either by tapping a button in the app or the reader itself with their phone left in their pocket. Non-Bluetooth fans can always open the door using an RFID card. 2N® Access Unit M Touch Keypad & RFID - The 2N® Access Unit M Touch Keypad & RFID is ideal for buildings demanding two-factor authentication – with access through a PIN code and RFID card. During working hours, employees can swipe their RFID cards with PIN code entry needed out of hours. The unit reads cards with frequencies of 125 kHz and 13.56 MHz and allows one-off access codes to be generated for visitors. Matt Raban, Distribution Manager for the UK and Ireland at 2N, said: “Mobile access is now the benchmark for office entry systems as Britain’s workforce is demanding faster, simpler and more secure access to offices and buildings. Our new access unit flexible options are all based around a unique entry solution that is twice as fast and more secure than RFID options.”
Mobile credentials are set to become the mainstream choice for access control in office buildings as a new generation of workers are forcing employers and landlords to prioritise fast, secure and convenient access via their smartphones. Omdia predicts annual downloads of mobile credentials worldwide rising from 20 million in 2020 to 120 million by 2023 and 150 million in 2024. It is particularly bullish about Bluetooth, which it predicts to grow by more than three times the speed of the next highest-growth type of access control reader over the next four years (by 119% to 2024, which must not be ignored). Smart building technology This rings true taking into account the CBRE study, where nearly half of employees (49%) said that they would like to use digital solutions in the office, but that they are not widely accessible for them, and 30% of companies seeing smart building technology as a factor in choosing a building. Featuring 2N specialists, the online event will explore the key features of the new technology To help building managers and system integrators understand the benefits of the new patented mobile access technology, 2N is hosting a live webinar on 25th February. Featuring 2N specialists, the online event will explore the key features of the new technology including the new slimline office-focused access unit – where to use it and how this solution can address the needs of proposed and existing office buildings. Integrated access system Matt Raban, Distribution Manager for the UK and Ireland at 2N, said: “Developers in the UK realise that an integrated access system combined with a smartphone application will be the future of technologically advanced office buildings. In this country, it will become a competitive advantage for forward thinking building designers and facility managers.” “Our new technology couples near-instant responsiveness with intelligent security and will become the most reliable mobile access solution on the market.” The 2N On Air webinar takes place on Thursday 25th February at 15:00 CET. Speakers include Chief Sales Officer, Tomas Klima, and Chief Product Officer, Tomas Vystavel.