In a survey of facility managers, security managers and other professionals for the Wireless Access Control Report 2021, over 90% of respondents noted the importance of integration across building functions*.

Efficiency in building management is always a high priority for security managers and directors. One way to improve efficiency is by integrating access control hardware. Done right, hardware integration enhances building systems’ capacity and boosts security by enabling better control over people flow. Interoperability is now essential for joined-up security management.

Yet almost everywhere, extending coverage of wired access control to more doors can be expensive. Installing and integrating wireless access control locks is usually more cost-effective, because no cabling or invasive work around the door is needed.

“Hardware integration makes security management more efficient,” explains Russell Wagstaff, Platform Director at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEIA. “When staff continue to control everything from their familiar interface, less training is required. Integration also benefits building users: One credential can open the car park, then the entrance, and perhaps unlock their laptop or book a meeting room.”

To learn more about access control integrations you can attend the ASSA ABLOY’s webcast: “The real benefits of access control integration

Wireless access control technologies like Aperio® — battery-powered devices with RFID-readers — are offered with a published API for rapid, hassle-free integration. “Aperio wireless devices integrate seamlessly with systems from over 100 different OEMs. Rather than increase the complexity of security management, they simplify it,” he adds.

Aperio cylinders, escutcheons, handles and locks can be fitted as a new access control system, or extend an existing installation by linking new doors, servers or cupboards, without wiring. Building users operate these locks with smart cards or mobile phones.

Example: a wireless solution creates a smarter building

At the InHolland University of Applied Sciences, more than 500 Aperio wireless door devices are deployed across 7 separate campuses. All InHolland’s locking devices are integrated with the university’s Nedap AEOS access system.

Going forward, a new university site in Amsterdam will become a smart building, requiring access control to integrate with intelligent building systems. Aperio’s integration-ready design makes it a natural fit. InHolland will enter pilot stage for their new smart building soon.

“I am very satisfied with the implementation and operation of the Aperio solution,” says Frans Bruggeman, Facility Services Consultant at InHolland.

To learn more about access control integrations you can attend the ASSA ABLOY’s webcast: “The real benefits of access control integration”.