ASSA ABLOY is an Olympic winner

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The “greenest Olympic Games ever” is currently having its winter staging in Vancouver, Canada. ASSA ABLOY is there as one of its winning participants. Our contribution is security and safety.

The Olympic Games are the world’s leading international event in which thousands of athletes compete. And unless you’ve been out of touch or in outer space recently, you won’t have failed to notice that Canada currently hosts the 2010 Winter Olympics from the vibrant city of Vancouver.

ASSA ABLOY Canada is the clear winner in its field. The company’s security and locking solutions were selected for many of the venues and buildings involved in staging the events, from the Vancouver Olympic Centre to the UBC Thunderbird Arena, the Olympic Main Media Center and a number of other key locations.

The choice of locations was often driven by two important considerations. For one, the organizing committee had set itself the goal of creating the “greenest” Olympic games in history. For another, the games were being held against the backdrop of a severe financial downturn. Re-using existing facilities where possible was not just desirable, but often necessary.

“It was a challenge to the architects to create something new and exciting out of existing facilities,” says Ken Sekiya, ASSA ABLOY’s senior specification writer in British Columbia. But that didn’t mean compromising on quality when it came to door opening solutions. “Sometimes what we specified for these events would have to live beyond their present use, and function just as well as the buildings take on new or extended roles, post Olympics,” says Sekiya.

Some access solutions will be there just for the event. The Vancouver Convention Centre was turned into a temporary media hub, while the organizing committee’s headquarters received a high-tech makeover.

“We installed an access control solution with time and scheduling in the Media Centre, while the headquarters building received a state-of-the-art refit with access control and security systems, with HID iCLASS credentials and readers located throughout.” says Bud Park, integrated solutions specialist at ASSA ABLOY DSS Canada.

Security in and around the Media Centre became very tight in the lead up to the Games, and the ability to restrict access to certain areas by individual people or groups became an absolute necessity.

“Running wires and mounting power supplies in this very busy building would not have worked at all,” says Dennis Daigneault of Access Logic Inc, the integrator responsible for the installation and programming of the locks. “Issuing users with proximity cards rather than keys was much easier to control and more affordable. If a card is lost or misplaced, we simply remove them from the system and issued a new proximity card. No fear of someone bringing a key to the local key cutting store and making countless duplicates.”

Photo: © VANOC/COVAN.