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Electronic building access control. F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 | 29 Security & Life Safety Systems P H OTO G R A P H Y CO U RT E SY H O U L E EL EC T R I C and security doors have long been the backbone," the team at Assa Abloy point out in their Future Lab newsletter. "Today, building access can be controlled digitally without cumbersome and time-intensive sign-in procedures," says Giovanni Iacovino, from the dormakaba digital team. "Electronic locks are at the forefront of enhanced security, even though they're a more expensive solution. Much like mechanical push-but- ton locks, electronic locks have keypads for programming and entering access codes. Yet, unlike mechanical push-button locks, it's possible to program the electronic locks to have multiple access codes." For shared workspaces, vacation rentals or any other secure space that requires multiple users, these sort of locks – which also allow for time-sensitive codes – can be tailored to specific dates, times, and users. The latest batch of wireless locks are easier to install than ever, making it simple to swap out mechanical locks for high-tech, connected options to improve security and access. Wireless devices like the battery-powered RFID- reading Aperio lock from Assa Abloy is a cost-effective option that makes keys a thing of the past. According to a Assa Abloy study, wireless access control growth looks to be eight percent annually over the next five years – no surprise given the ease and convenience of the product. Plus, with Aperio's open, flexible, modu- lar architecture, it's simple to add more doors to their existing system. "It's easy to start the upgrade process," says Matthias Weiss, Aperio product manager at Assa Abloy. "Your security or facilities manager only needs to contact their regu- lar access control provider to find out if they offer Aperio. We can upgrade nearly any system." Exterior and interior doors, escape routes and meeting rooms, offices and labs are all ideal candidates for this option. "Most electronic locks also come with an access control management system, enabling owners to remotely monitor access to their properties," notes Iacovino. Accessed via web browser or mobile app, these systems generate and send codes securely; users receive notifications in real-time and have a trail of lock uses on hand in case of emergency. The integration with smart home hubs like Google Home or Amazon Echo is another reason electronic locks are gaining in popu- larity. "Once an electronic lock is successfully accessed, lights can be turned on or the air conditioner or heater temperature can be set, enhancing a guest's experience," says Iacovino "Then, when a rental period is over, the water sup- ply can be shut down and energy settings can be regulated to save on costs and energy, and help streamline property management." Of course, there's no one-stop solution for a building's security needs. Maddox notes that every security problem requires a custom solution: no two setups are exactly alike. "Customer-specific solutions that help drive operational efficiencies by understanding our customers pain points is really the driving factor that sets us apart from our competition," he explains. "Not all solutions are out of the box and require different levels of integration and customization in order to meet the desired outcome." LOOKING TO THE FUTURE As video tools become less expensive and more readily available, the potential for video surveillance will continue to increase, but the real security evolution will likely be linked to artificial intelligence (AI) as it develops. AI can proactively predict threats, or analyze and share situational data with human operators. Functions like facial recognition or intelligent sensors will be improved by AI as well. For now, though, savvy industry experts are doing a stellar job with the tools we have here in the present and keeping buildings safe and secure however they can – with integrated digital systems, state-of-the-art fire prevention tools, wire- less access and beyond. A Aluflam.indd 1 2018-11-12 9:36

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