Aperio frees staff to focus on campus security instead of system admin

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Seamless integration between ASSA ABLOY's Aperio and Pacom Unison offers fine-grained access control for 50,000 cardholders at Lund University.

Customer

Founded in 1666, Lund University is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. It is also one of Scandinavia’s largest: the university has 42,000 students and around 7,500 staff. The university’s Faculty of Law teaches both Swedish and international students, and sought a replacement for its own 20-year-old access control system. In 2015, ASSA ABLOY Aperio partnered with Pacom Unison to install a new access control system. 

Challenge

The Faculty of Law needed to upgrade the access control system for 42,000 students and 7,500 employees without requiring thousands of users to return their smart cards for reprogramming. They needed a solution that allowed security managers to block lost cards centrally, without the need for technicians to visit every door and the system should not require staff to reactivate their cards on update readers. The solution needed to be a way to reduce time spent on system administration, so that security staff can focus primarily on service.

Solution

The secret is seamless integration between Aperio®  locks and Pacom’s Unison security management platform, which was already installed at the Law faculty. Aperio battery-powered locks with card readers are fully integrated with Unison, and have now been installed wirelessly at the Law faculty. The solution required the installation of 140 Aperio escutcheons and 10 Aperio cylinders. Aperio locks can be opened using the existing student and staff cards.

Because Aperio locks can be managed online, security managers can now block lost cards centrally, without the need for technicians to visit the door. It is easy to de-authorize staff and students who leave the university. An operator simply removes them from the user database in the Pacom Unison system, and their smart card no longer opens doors. Everything is managed from one simple, streamlined user interface. Aperio wireless locks are also time-efficient to run and staff has been able to reduce the time spent on user management and system administration radically.

 

Photo: Mikael Risedal