Roland de la Chapelle
LOCKEN was established in 2003, combining the knowledge and expertise of its three founders, Arnaud Flecchia, Roland de la Chapelle and Stéphane Conreux. Well established within the telecom and IT world, this threesome has transformed the business of access control: thanks to breakthrough technology, based on intelligent keys and user-friendly software, they brought to the market a solution that required no wiring or maintenance. This was a remarkable leap forward that has fully benefited major telecom, energy and water distribution infrastructures, where isolated and sensitive, external sites are the norm. LOCKEN Key and Web Request software 2014 saw the advent of the MyLocken application and new customised services were developed around access control In 2004, just a year after the company was setup, the LOCKEN key was sending its data via a remote device directly connected to the system. Awarded the "Trophée de l'innovation" in 2007, LOCKEN picked up the pace of innovation from then on. In 2009, the company released the LOCKEN Web Request software application, a complementary module improving coordination of the activities of technicians on sites. 2014 saw the advent of the MyLocken application and new customised services were developed around access control. The following year, the application took on a new dimension to meet the specific needs of customers with customised functions, such as authorisations, declarations of presence on site and reporting of anomalies, combined with new technologies like beacon and RFID. LOCKEN Smart Access In 2015, LOCKEN completed development of the software application termed LOCKEN Smart Access (LSA) In 2015, LOCKEN completed development of the software application termed LOCKEN Smart Access (LSA), the first multi-technology access management platform, making it a major breakthrough that would emerge as the cornerstone of its future strategy, since the system could now control different types of identifiers such as keys, badges and smartphones. In 2017, LSA's ergonomics were upgraded to a more graphic approach, in line with new practices using applications like Google Maps. Contactless Key and Bluetooth module Over time, major companies in the transport, industry, banking, and local government sectors have followed the lead of multi-site companies and turned to LOCKEN, attracted by its "customer business line optimisation" philosophy. In 2016, the merger with the Italian manufacturer ISEO opened up new avenues: the contactless key with a Bluetooth module arrived on the scene. More efficient and more secure, it has allowed LOCKEN to build leading-edge equipment into its offering. And to empower, today, its customers with tomorrow's cutting-edge technology.
The partnership will open up the possibility of new services in the access control field Developers of cable free access control, LOCKEN and ISEO Group, an Italian designer, manufacturer, and distributor of access management systems, have announced a strategic alliance to strengthen their software and services. Offering wider range of products This joint venture, between two companies with strong entrepreneurial and family culture, harnesses ISEO’s industrial know-how and LOCKEN’s leading software and services expertise. It reflects LOCKEN’s ambition to strengthen its leadership position in cable free access control solutions and the smart digital key market, while also offering complementary technologies. Roland de la Chapelle, LOCKEN’s CEO, explains: “After 14 years of continuous development, and materialised by the 150,000 sites equipped with our solution, we wanted to leverage our expertise into new industries and technologies. Joining forces with ISEO represents an important lever for growth, providing LOCKEN with an expanded path for success. For example, it will enable us to offer a wider breadth of products, meet additional certifications for certain niche markets and access new customers also building on ISEO Group’s strong international presence. These are all key factors instrumental for our future growth.” Integrating innovative communications technologies Now actively looking at all cable free access control projects within the group, the field is wide open for LOCKEN to build on its expertise and contribute to the expansion of the group’s electronics arm. This has already been demonstrated by the integration of new communication technologies, such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Bluetooth, which open up the possibility of new services in the access control field.