Ship shape: ASSA ABLOY helps preserve Sweden’s maritime heritage

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The Vasa is the world’s only 17th-century warship to have been salvaged in perfect condition. No wonder she attracts more than a million visitors a year. Now ASSA ABLOY has provided the security measures required for Sweden’s maritime treasure.

Swedish National Maritime Museums commissioned ASSA ABLOY to help preserve the country’s naval heritage by implementing just the right kinds of security systems in three of the country’s finest museums: the Vasa Museum and the Maritime Museum in Stockholm, and the Naval Museum in Karlskrona. The security update has been carried out in connection with the expansion in 2013-14 of the Vasa Museum and the Naval Museum.

Now all three museums will benefit from the installation of the ASSA CLIQ Remote system and the ASSA ARX access control system (the latter features an online reader and contactless tags).

ASSA CLIQ Remote replaces ASSA 700 cylinders, the mechanical locking system previously fitted for use with the museums’ interior doors. The new system makes it possible to give one person – regardless of their location – remote access to a locked facility. It is also possible to determine when and where the key will work.

Michael Andrésen, Head of Operations and Security at the Vasa Museum, part of the National Maritime Museums, says: “We wanted an electromechanical system that allows keys to be blocked easily.” Hence the installation of the ASSA CLIQ Remote.

Both this and the ASSA ARX access control system enable differentiated authorization, which is significant given that there are facilities on the premises to which few people are allowed access.

The Vasa Museum houses the magnificent warship commissioned by King Gustav II Adolf. The vessel sank just off Beckholmen in Stockholm harbor on her maiden voyage in 1628, and remained on the seabed until she was salvaged in near-perfect condition in 1961. 

Naturally, ensuring top security at this high-profile museum is of paramount importance. The ASSA CLIQ Remote system has removed the need for a key chain holding multiple separate keys, and eliminated the problem of master keys going astray and having to change the locks. “Now one key is all our staff need,” says Andrésen.

Further, ASSA ARX allows keys to be issued to only a limited number of staff, while most staff only needs an electronic tag.

The new keys can be remotely updated with unique authorization for each person, depending on the facilities they need to access.

The new security solution also allows for the speedy evacuation of large numbers of visitors. (The Vasa Museum can accommodate up to 2000 at the same time, a figure that is reached daily during the summer.)

Fire drills and emergency training sessions are held regularly at all three museums. Now equipment supplied by ASSA ABLOY will facilitate the smooth-running of the museums’ evacuation routines.

“At the Vasa Museum, for example, we have emergency bars on the entrance doors and panic bars provided by ASSA ABLOY on the doors in the large ship hall,” Andrésen says.

About the Vasa Museum

  • Address: Djurgården, Stockholm
  • Established: 1990
  • Belongs to: Swedish National Maritime Museums (government agency)
  • Houses: Vasa warship, which sank in 1628
  • Vasa sank owing to top-heaviness and instability
  • Ship commissioned by King Gustav II Adolf