Tower 185 relies on SMARTair access control from ASSA ABLOY


SMARTair access control solution for Tower 185, a building in Germany, that has received multiple certifications for its sustainability and innovation from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) and the U.S. Green Building Council.


The ensemble of Tower 185 comprises a high-rise office building with 51 floors and a base building with a horseshoe-shaped floor plan. It is the fourth tallest high-rise building in Germany and one of the first high-rises in Europe that has been issued Gold LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building has also received a Gold Certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). With numerous innovative approaches, Tower 185 spares valuable natural resources and thus the environment. For instance, more than 2.3 million liters of drinking water are saved each year by using rainwater, and with an intelligent energy concept, current specifications of energy savings regulations are undercut by more than 20 percent.


According to the original plans, the entire building would be equipped with a mechanical locking system. However, with the repeated loss of keys and the associated expense, the facility management decided to install a more flexible and user-friendly solution.


A SMARTair electronic access control solution was chosen. In this system, access permissions at the door are updated via user cards. These authorizations can be adjusted with time schedules that are automatically read by the event memory. The access control management is simple, visual and easy to operate. SMARTair is also cost-efficient in its daily operation. Instead of a permanent connection to the main network, individual components are powered by standard batteries. This reduces operating and maintenance costs for the doors to a minimum. The intelligent technology provides notification when it is time for battery replacement. SMARTair is easy to install and does not require any wiring. Lost keys are also no longer a problem, because the access rights of lost cards can be revoked within a matter of seconds.