Modern office design needs an advanced access control system that is powerful, flexible and aesthetically in tune with workspace users and their needs. At Plexal, a new £15 million flexible work environment located in the heart of Olympic East London, where the city’s ‘innovation community’ meet to brainstorm and explore new ideas, Aperio achieves all the three virtues wirelessly. At Plexal enterprise and academia work together, with technology companies, start-ups, universities and creatives under one roof. Up to 800 entrepreneurs use the workspace to devise, create and launch products and services. Innovative access control solution Easy, non-disruptive installation of new locking devices was another goal: Plexal preferred a wireless solution Plexal required a tried-and-tested access control solution they could rely on for high-end security to protect this new co-working office against unauthorised intrusion and burglary. Easy, non-disruptive installation of new locking devices was another goal: Plexal preferred a wireless solution. Any chosen solution would need the flexibility to expand access control as Plexal’s site scales over time. Device aesthetics must complement a contemporary, light-filled interior design with lots of glass. Powerful, flexible, wireless connectivity Plexal offices are now fitted with Aperio wireless, access card-based locking technology. Plexal’s battery-powered Aperio locks are integrated with DoorFlow, NetNodes’ online platform for managing and auditing building access. So far, 59 Aperio L100 wireless high-security door locks have been installed and integrated online with DoorFlow. These Aperio locks provide Plexal with a high level of physical protection and transmit door status to DoorFlow in real time. Adaptable locking solution Plexal required an adaptable locking solution for a range of different doors and, with no wiring required" “Plexal required an adaptable locking solution for a range of different doors and, with no wiring required, it was quick and easy to install Aperio with minimal disruption,” says Stewart Johnson, Director at NetNodes. Because Aperio locks are battery- rather than mains-powered, the new wireless solution also keeps Plexal’s maintenance costs and energy consumption low. Aperio wireless locks use no power when idle, only “waking up” to read credentials or maintain a system heartbeat. Annual running cost savings over traditional wired doors are significant. Modern locking device design Aperio aesthetics were a good fit for Plexal’s modern workspace. “We have a futuristic-style, open-plan design here at Plexal — our offices are predominantly glass-fronted, so we needed an effective design which was not only robust but adaptable, too,” says John Herbert, Facilities Manager at Plexal. “What really appealed to me about ASSA ABLOY access control’s products was the aesthetic.” Aperio technology integration And because Aperio technology is built on an open platform for integration with almost any security or building management system, Plexal’s access control solution is fully future-proofed. They have the option to expand to new offices, floors or even buildings easily. Aperio can upgrade mechanically locked doors and wirelessly connect them — online or offline — to new or existing access control systems. This is achieved with minimal modification to doors and premises, offering a simple, cost-effective security upgrade. Aperio can upgrade mechanically locked doors and wirelessly connect them to new or existing access control systems Wireless access control “Should any additional doors need to be added to the system in the future, this can be done easily, without modifying or changing the aesthetics of the environment,” confirms Stewart Johnson. “This also minimises future installation costs, offering a cost-effective and straightforward access control upgrade.” “We foresee change in the not-too-distant future and are delighted at our options to modify,” adds John Herbert. Secure physical and digital access ASSA ABLOY's innovations enable safe, secure and convenient access to physical and digital places, offering efficient door opening solutions, electronic locking devices, trusted identity solutions and entrance automation technologies.
ASSA ABLOY Access Control, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the provider of door opening solutions, has partnered with NetNodes to deliver assured and secure access to a huge new innovation centre in London. Based at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Plexal is a new £15 million project, acting as a base for an ‘innovation community’ that brings together startups, enterprises and academics all under one roof. Plexal sits within the larger Here East complex, which is transforming the former press and broadcast centres for the London 2012 Olympics Games into new spaces for technology companies, universities, startups and creatives. Aperio technology integrated with DoorFlow In total, 59 Aperio L100 wireless high-security door locks were installed across the siteThe innovation hub has been fitted with Aperio wireless, access card-based locking technology, which is fully integrated with DoorFlow, an online platform for managing and auditing building access created by NetNodes. In total, 59 Aperio L100 wireless high-security door locks were installed across the site. These lock solutions provide Plexal with the highest levels of physical protection and transmit comprehensive information on door status to DoorFlow in real time. A further 31 HiD R10 mobile access locks were also provided where wired solutions were necessary, such as for the main office entrances, and for elevators. For organisations looking to invest in a new access control system, Aperio is an effective, straightforward alternative to a wired, high-end solution. It was installed quickly and easily at the Plexal site without cabling and will drastically reduce the innovation hub’s maintenance costs and energy consumption going forward. Cost-effective security upgrade Aperio can upgrade existing mechanically locked doors and wirelessly connects them to new or existing access control systemsAperio can also upgrade existing mechanically locked doors and wirelessly connects them – online or offline – to new or existing access control systems. This can be achieved with minimal modification to doors and premises, offering a cost-effective and simple security upgrade. John Herbert, Facilities Manager at Plexal, said: “What really appealed to me about ASSA ABLOY Access Control’s products was the aesthetics. We have a futuristic-style open plan design here at Plexal – our offices are predominantly glass-fronted, so we needed an effective stylistic design which was not only robust but adaptable too. We foresee change in the not-too-distant future and are delighted at our options to modify.” Discreet and adaptable locking solution Stewart Johnson, Director at NetNodes, explains: “Aperio offers a hardware solution that is well-suited to our online platform, DoorFlow. Plexal required an adaptable locking solution for a range of different doors and, with no wiring required, it was quick and easy to install Aperio with minimal disruption. We are delighted to partner with NetNodes to deliver an easily integrated access control system for this new innovation centre in central London"“The open-plan layout of the space and the high glass doors installed throughout the site meant Plexal needed an access control solution that was discreet and adaptable, with Aperio perfectly meeting these demands. Should any additional doors need to be added to the system in the future, this can be done easily, without modifying or changing the aesthetics of the environment. This also minimises future installation costs, offering a cost-effective and straight-forward access control upgrade.” Integrated access control system David Hodgkiss, National Sales Manager for ASSA ABLOY Access Control, adds: “We are delighted to partner with NetNodes to deliver an easily integrated access control system for this exciting new innovation centre in central London. With up to 800 entrepreneurs using the space to devise, create and launch new products and services, Plexal required a solution that was tried and tested. Aperio enables easy access around the site while providing assured security. “Aperio is a fantastic hardware partner to door security software, such as NetNodes’ DoorFlow. It has been great to work with NetNodes on this project, and we expect to work together on many more successful installations in the future too.”
ISONAS systems ensure that only permitted personnel can access the various school buildings at appropriate times Located on a beautiful campus in the heart of England, Malvern College is a co-educational school for pupils aged 13 to 18. Founded in January 1865 with two dozen boys, half a dozen masters, and two houses, Malvern has, whilst maintaining the finest traditions, grown to provide an innovative and forward-looking education to 350 students in 45 buildings spread over 250 acres. In 2006 the College began an upgrade project to both improve the security and control of building access by replacing the existing mechanical keypad locks with an access control system which could be integrated easily with other critical school systems. “We wanted to create a state-of-the-art building access control system that is second to none,” says Sean Ryan, Estates Bursar at Malvern College. “ISONAS has provided a system that more than meets such criteria.” ISONAS PowerNet reader-controllers The installation of the ISONAS PowerNet reader-controllers were both retrofitted to many of the school’s 45 buildings, and installed in newly constructed buildings including new residence houses and a new state-of-the-art athletics complex. The services were implemented by integrator NetNodes Limited of Birmingham, UK linking the ISONAS Crystal Matrix Access Control Management software system with the school’s complex SQL/LiveDB database. “We synchronise users, groups and badges regularly from the SQL servers,” states Stewart Johnson, Managing Director of NetNodes. User permissions are managed for over 1,000 individual users in over 150 dynamically changing user groups, with access permissions provided on a door-by-door basis for pupils, instructors and administrative staff personnel. As pupils and staff join or leave key groups in the school systems, these changes are reflected in the ISONAS systems to ensure that only permitted personnel can access the various school buildings at the appropriate times. Monitoring and maintaining security for entire school community A unique integration with the school’s time and attendance application provides for “Registration”, a legal requirement for schools, which must be done twice daily to ensure that pupils are safe and their whereabouts known. Time and attendance scripts are run at the end of each day and reported to the boarding house staff by email, notifying staff which pupils have not used their access cards and well as those who have not registered in the past 12 hours. Additionally, maintenance staff clock in and out using their ISONAS access cards. Once daily a script is run and emails are generated to indicate which staff are either late or absent. “These tightly integrated school systems offer the most advanced, dynamic access control available to the staff and pupils of Malvern College”, states Mr. Johnson. “The combination of auto-synchronisation of users, groups and badges along with flexible email reporting of access logs and events have made the ISONAS system a key tool in monitoring and maintaining security for the entire school community.” Economic benefits The economic benefits of the ISONAS system are viewed as an advantage as well. The installation on a cost-per-door basis was quite low due to the lack of a separate access control panel. Additionally, the physical installation of the PowerNet reader-controllers was primarily provided by a combination of in-house personnel and 3rd party contractors, thus further reducing up-front costs. “Since the ISONAS system is network based, the ability to add system capacity on an as-needed, door-by-door basis allows us to expand at our pace as building and budget realities allow,” says Mr. Ryan. “We get exceptional access security for our facilities along with economy and flexibility. We wanted a second-to-none access control system and with ISONAS we have exactly what we were looking for.”