Abloy UK is highlighting the functionality of its SMARTair™ wireless access control solution that gives Facilities Managers full control to lock down access to areas of, or an entire building, quickly and safely in an emergency.
SMARTair offers intelligent access control — opening, locking or maintaining access to individual doors or zones to deal with an emergency. With a single command, doors equipped with SMARTair devices may be set to ‘Block Mode’ and can only be unlocked with a specific credential.
This means that apart from designated staff, no one on-site can move around freely. Alternatively, the ‘Emergency Close’ function can lock all openings remotely and simultaneously, but an authorised credential may still unlock them.
As a third option, every device can be set to ‘Emergency Open’, which unlocks them all. This could provide fire services with instant access to a whole building or site, for example.
Easy online management
With the SMARTair solution, full building lockdown may be initiated from the system’s software interface or Web Manager. It can also be activated via an emergency push-button connected to a SMARTair HUB. In addition, SMARTair enables control of each individual door, if required.
A facilities manager can pre-define over 250 different lockdown ‘zones’. In any emergency, they choose whether to lock down a whole zone or just specific doors. This level of control could protect people and valuable assets — or in extreme situations, even save lives.
With the control provided by SMARTair’s ‘Global Lockdown’ feature, managers can be confident building users have the highest level of protection against the unexpected.
Convenience and flexibility
With intuitive management software and battery-powered locks for almost any application, a SMARTair system is easy to install and convenient to use. It can handle a large number of users and offers a choice of credentials, including standard RFID cards, tags and fobs along with Mobile Keys via the SMARTair Openow™ app.
The system is more cost-efficient to run than wired access control, which needs mains electricity, or traditional mechanical security, where locks must be managed manually and individually. Doors require minimal alteration when SMARTair devices are fitted because no cabling is required.
Ifazaad Liaqat, Technical Sales Manager SMARTair explains: “With mechanical security systems, remote lockdown is impossible, and many existing wireless electronic access control systems do not have the ability to lock down efficiently — or even at all.
“With the comprehensive range of SMARTair devices — escutcheons, cylinders, locks and a wall reader — plus flexible control from the SMARTair software, facilities managers can run their site efficiently, safely and with confidence, even in an emergency.”