The Wireless Access Control Report 2021 reveals strong growth for wire-free solutions. Almost four in ten premises with access control now have a partly or fully wireless system — and the take-up of wireless is growing fast.

“Among many advantages of wireless discussed in the report, and by the wider smart buildings community, I would highlight two,” says Russell Wagstaff, Technology Platform Director at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. “Firstly, removing the need to cable every door makes it easier and more economical to bring more doors into an access system. So, wireless technology upgrades the intelligence of building security quickly and cost-effectively.”

“Secondly, the energy efficiency of wireless locks delivers real cost savings and sustainability benefits. Standard batteries for wireless locks or keys have long lives.”

The more applications that can be secured and unlocked with a single credential, the better for site users

Russell Wagstaff, Technology Platform Director at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA

Intelligent security enables smarter working

“All the energy is in the key,” says Christophe Nublat, Head of Study and Works Division at Eau de Valence, a French municipal water supplier, where CLIQ® wireless electronic locks are installed. “There is no power supply to the lock, and therefore very little maintenance.”

To create a new, responsive co-working space in Alicante, ULab chose wire-free SMARTair® locks for real-time access control to accommodate both daily users and event attendees. “In addition to regular daily traffic [of around 100 staff], weekly traffic can almost multiply by ten for an event,” says Enrique Burgos, Director at ULab. “We needed an access control system as flexible and convenient as SMARTair.”

Where next for wireless?

Wireless locks for “non-door” applications — lockers, servers, cabinets, machines and more — can extend intelligent security more deeply into the smart building.

“Partly it’s about convenience,” says Russell Wagstaff. “The more applications that can be secured and unlocked with a single credential, the better for site users. Facility managers benefit from the wider scope of their access system, which gives them more control, including outdoors.”

The 2021 Wireless Access Control Report covers mobile access control, cloud management, integration, cyber-security, sustainability and more. To download a free copy, visit https://campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/wacreport2021