Cutting emissions, keeping students secure

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When the University of East Anglia (UEA) needed a secure electronic access solution for its new environmentally sound student accommodation, they left the job in Gallagher’s and ASSA ABLOY’s capable hands.

Customer

The University of East Anglia (UEA), one of the UK’s leading public research and teaching establishments.

Challenge

To provide an access control system to secure Crome Court, the on-campus student accommodation completed in 2015. Since the building was designed to create minimal environmental impact, the solution was expected to help fulfill that aim. Divided into flats for eight to 13 people, the building has 231 suite rooms rented out to postgraduates. 

Solution

In collaboration with our security partner Gallagher, ASSA ABLOY fulfilled the customer’s need for a stylish and secure electronic locking system according to the environmentally friendly profile of the housing block. The solution had to be affordable yet reliable, and ASSA ABLOY was required to provide on-site training to assist with lock installation.

Having used Gallagher’s access control systems for over a decade, UEA adopted their Aperio solution for Crome Court. The system provides an online audit trail and allows real-time monitoring. The battery-powered energy-efficient E100 Online escutcheons are activated only when a user’s credentials are presented to the reader, and UEA staff can control the doors from a web-based interface or mobile phone.

Gallagher and Aperio devices may be operated with the same data on the user’s card, which allows easy integration and cost savings. Further doors can be added when needed and the hope is that Aperio will be rolled out across all residential estate at UEA.