Utilizing its Smartair locks and Update On Card readers, Abloy UK, a member of the ASSA ABLOY Group, is providing an intelligent access control system at Royal Holloway, University of London. The integrated package controls and monitors staff, student and visitor access through interior and perimeter doors at the university’s Huntersdale administration building.
Forty nine battery-operated Smartair locks were installed on internal doors, which Royal Holloway security personnel control and update using three Update On Card Smartair readers and a portable programmer. Access through the perimeter doors is controlled by an on-line access control package linked to the University’s main IT system, so that any changes in access rights can be implemented quickly.
Providing a user has suitable access rights, all he needs to do to gain passage through a Smartair-controlled door is present his contactless card in the vicinity of the reader and lock.
Unlike conventional battery-operated locks, security staff do not have to visit each lock to update access rights. All cards are automatically updated with the latest access information when the updater is linked to the IT network. The system information is automatically updated in each lock when an updated card is presented to that door’s reader.
Door security is managed centrally from a PC, which creates, stores and modifies user access information. Door usage can be monitored using Smartair’s powerful audit trail facility, which can not only report which doors were opened by what cards, but can also detail all the doors opened by each card.