Berlin streetcar made secure


Locking solutions for public transport must meet special requirements. Vandalism, corrosion and weather all put high demands on security systems for heavy-duty vehicles.


The Berlin Transportation Company (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, or BVG) manages the Berlin subway, light-rail and bus networks as well as several ferry lines.


BVG needed a secure, robust and universal solution. The strong vibrations to which rail vehicles are exposed to had to be taken into account in order to guarantee long-term operational reliability. It was also important to adapt the door-closing solutions to special requirements, such as rattling, to guarantee smooth driving conditions. Another requirement was to implement standardized routines for fast and cost-effective maintenance.


ASSA ABLOY’s brand Ikon, already a long-time supplier for buildings and stations, installed a security system for BVG’s new Flexity light-rail streetcars. ASSA ABLOY used locking lever cylinders, half-cylinders, switching cylinders and external cylinders to ensure that all requirements were met. 

“We are happy with the products,” Oliver Heisel says. “We would definitely choose Ikon again because of its maintenance program and constant quality improvement, and, of course, thanks to our contacts with Gilbert.”