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ASSA ABLOY: the global leader in door opening solutions

January 29, 2016

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The rising role of IT in physical access control

Whether you’re a security buyer or an integrator, installer or specifier, this is your guide to the history, entrance systems, locks and other security products developed by access control pioneer ASSA ABLOY.

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Formed in 1994 from a de-merger of ASSA AB and guarding giant Securitas AB, the ASSA ABLOY Group is the world’s largest lock manufacturer by sales volume. The Swedish conglomerate acquired the second part of its moniker when Finnish lock manufacturer Abloy Oy was brought into the ASSA stable shortly afterwards.

ASSA ABLOY intelligent locks and security products and ASSA ABLOY locks can be found in a wide variety of sectors the world over. Some of the access-control industry’s most notable innovations can be traced to the Scandinavian pioneers, with Abloy founder Emil Henriksson inventing the disc tumbler lock mechanism for instance.

Drawing on its Scandinavian heritage ASSA ABLOY claims to combine “aesthetics with function, ergonomics, safety, longevity and environmental responsibility through our comprehensive range of architectural product solutions.” Given the popularity of Scandinavian fashion and design – and this is about more than just the IKEA effect – ASSA ABLOY has thrived as much for the aesthetic appeal of its products as their functionality.

In which markets are ASSA ABLOY door opening solutions on sale?

From the UK and Europe to Brazil and the United States ASSA ABLOY solutions are widely installed on in every major global market. The company has three regional divisions – for EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), the Americas (North and South America) and APAC (Asia and Oceania) – and two global divisions, Global Technologies and Entrance Systems.

ASSA ABLOY solutions are installed in a wide range of vertical sectors, including healthcarecommercialeducationtransportutilitiesgovernment and leisure.

The CLIQ range – which comprises physical keys and electromechanical cylinders – was launched with high-security installations in mind. One industry that needs high levels of security, the utilities sector, was recently targeted in a marketing campaign for the CLIQ brand.

The video below, meanwhile, highlights the benefits of the company’s mobile-access solution – whereby smartphones can operate locks via wi-fi – to the hospitality trade. Reflecting on ASSA’s evolution from a hardware provider to a technology company Tim Shea, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality and ASSA’s executive vice president, speaks about re-branding VingCard Elsafe to ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, their mobile keys and outlines the brand’s vision for the future.

Launching the Future Lab resource ASSA ABLOY has not been slow to recognise the growing importance of the smart home market. ASSA has also produced the video below to burnish its credentials in the burgeoning home automation market.

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Aperio®, which readily integrates with third-party access control solutions, is a smart technology that wirelessly links mechanical locks to an existing access control system. Available in all major markets Aperio® hardware enables a wide range of access control providers to  integrate non-wired doors with mechanical locks into new and existing access control systems. Doors will merely need to be equipped with battery-powered Aperio® locks with RFID readers and linked to the access control system via a communications hub forward for offline integration.

As a result, claims ASSA ABLOY, security and facility managers now enjoy greater control, can easily respond to organisational changes and will only need to monitor a single security system. As for users, they will require a single RFID access control card to access any doors activated via Aperio® locks.

SMARTair™ represents an intelligent step up from mechanical keys. Pitched as a cost-effective alternative to a full, high-security system, SMARTair is a wireless, rather than wired, access control solution.

A lost card is much cheaper and quicker to replace than a key, something customers tend to recognise in their procurement decisions. replacing a key. SMARTair™ access
control doors can simply be reprogrammed in the case of lost cards so there is no need to replace locks and cylinders.

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CLIQ™ is a security locking system with high-end microelectronics, programmable keys and cylinders. The system offers a variety of combinations of mechanical and electronic systems to match different security and flexible access needs. CLIQ is marketed as a tool for flexible access and key management solutions for all kinds of locking applications.

Part of a wire-free system each key can be programmed and updated individually to allow access to specific areas at specific times and dates, accommodating constantly changing access requirements for maximum flexibility. A battery contained inside the programmable CLIQ key provides the power.

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ASSA ABLOY security doors

ASSA ABLOY also designs, manufactures and installs high-performance steel and timber doors. Tailor made to individual project requirements, with the support and resources of the global leader in door opening solutions.

“We offer the UK’s leading ranges of proven security doors – Powershield steel doors and Safeguard timber doors.

“Our precision-made doors are supplied with factory-fitted hardware and installed by skilled teams of directly-employed site personnel.

“Our joined-up approach to supply chain management, purchasing, delivery and installation provides clients with assurance that projects will progress swiftly and efficiently.

“For architects, specifiers and contractors, ASSA ABLOY security doors offers one-stop security door solutions from a single, experienced and trusted source that will provide a full project management service from door design to installation.

ASSA ABLOY has made more than 150 acquisitions since its formation more than two decades ago. At the time of writing its most recent acquisitions were Papaiz, a lock company, and Udinese, a manufacturer of hardware for sliding doors and windows in Brazil. ASSA ABLOY also bought Amarr, one of the leading players in the North American garage door market in 2013. Previous acquisitions have included:

  • Ameristar
  • Arrow Lock and Door Hardware
  • Emtek
  • Fargo Electronics
  • HID Global
  • Medeco
  • Yale
  • Chubb
  • Besam
  • VingCard
  • Elsafe
  • Crawford
  • FAB
  • Pemco
  • Adams Rite
  • Traka
  • Mul-T-Lock
  • ENOX
  • Rixson
  • Sargent
  • Lockwood
  • IKON
  • Union
  • Pickersgill Kaye
  • Prima Doors

What do buyers of security technology need to know?

You can find out more about ASSA ABLOY products on the company’s website. The company is also a fixture at top security trade shows around the world, including Essen in Germany and IFSEC International in London in June.

If you want to find out more about how its technologies are deployed in the real world, then check out the following downloads, white papers and case studies:

What do installers/integrators of security technology need to know?

On its own website ASSA ABLOY invites specifiers to consider its ethos:

“From security doors and sophisticated access control technology to classic, cutting edge and custom ironmongery solutions, our ability to professionally coordinate form and function
with a fully integrated BIM interface enables ASSA ABLOY to offer unique attractive and robust solutions to meet even the most discerning design requirements.”

It also boasts of “proven design led solutions delivering full life-cycle efficiencies throughout the build process.”

The company also provides a useful BIM Objects Portal, from where architects and specifiers can download BIM models to help them meet the growing demand for BIM building practices.

The website also outlines training provision, whether you’re working on “a small, one-off project or a large scale consultancy for thousands of doors.”

At the ASSA ABLOY Academy specifiers, integrators and architects attend free seminars and presentations – which can form part of RIBA-certified CPDs – on the implications of new standards and legislation, among other things.

ASSA ABLOY is a perennial exhibitor at the world’s largest security exhibitions, including IFSEC International.

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