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In the access control category, ASSA ABLOY won the Golden Protector 2018 for its mobile-ready mechatronic locking system, CLIQ® Connect. The award was presented on 27 June at the SicherheitsExpo in Munich.

CLIQ® Connect is part of the trusted CLIQ® ecosystem, which includes programmable, battery-powered keys and security cylinders. The CLIQ® Connect solution makes mobile workflows smoother, because administrators can change or issue access rights wherever site users are. A key-holder no longer needs to update their key physically in person, carry additional programming devices, or even return to base. All they need is a smartphone and the CLIQ® Connect app.

The app pairs a programmable CLIQ® Connect key, via an end-to-end encrypted cloud connection, with the CLIQ® Web Manager. To change a key-holder’s access permissions, a system administrator simply accesses the CLIQ® Web Manager software — from anywhere — and updates it. A key-holder makes a secure Bluetooth connection between their programmable CLIQ® Connect key and the app to instantly update access permissions from the cloud.

CLIQ® Connect saves companies’ administration costs and increases security, because in the event of a lost key, access authorizations can be deleted instantly.

CLIQ® Connect was previously a winner at the Detektor International Awards, recognizing outstanding innovation in security alarms, access control and CCTV; amongst the recognitions it has received is also the Gold Trophy at France’s APS Awards. In 2014, ASSA ABLOY also collected a Silver Protector Award for its fully electronic locking system, eCLIQ.