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Upgrading traditional mechanical
cylinders to PROTEC²CLIQ is easy. A
technician simply replaces the existing
lock cylinder to a CLIQ cylinder. There
is no rewiring or other electrical work,
and each cylinder upgrade takes a few
minutes. The key powers the cylinder
every time it is inserted, and the system
can be installed on a wide range of locks.
PROTEC²CLIQ has continually evolved
over the past decade. The latest upgrade
introduced a lighter key, an LED function
(important in noisy environments), and
a long-life battery that facilitates 100,000
lock openings. Faster lock-opening times
were another enhancement: locks that
previously took 0.4 seconds to open now
open almost instantaneously.
'ASSA ABLOY continually focuses
on innovation, and strives to have the
most superior, advanced technology in
its markets,' says Johan Gantin, Product
Manager, Electronic Keys, at ASSA ABLOY.
'Ongoing updates and the addition of
new features have made PROTEC²CLIQ
a unique product, and the clear leader
in its field. Customers who use it report
significant benefits from having double-
secured access control.'
Benefits for local government
PROTEC²CLIQ is a timely innovation. As
local governments face greater security
risks, having an advanced security system
that combines electronic and mechanical
access control is becoming a bigger part
of risk-management planning.
Up-front cost savings are a key benefit
of PROTEC²CLIQ. With only the cylinder
in the lock changed, councils do not
have to replace and reinstall thousands
of mechanical locks or move to a more
expensive fully electronic security system.
Also, they can choose to upgrade
mechanical cylinders only for higher-risk
areas. 'The council's security budget goes a
lot further because it is not replacing entire
keying systems,' says Noakes. 'It is really just
upgrading a part in an existing lock.'
Ongoing cost savings from
PROTEC²CLIQ are another feature. Being
able to change access rights remotely
means that cylinders do not have to be
changed if keys are lost or stolen. The
process also saves the council time, says
Noakes. 'For example, if a membership
to a council facility, such as a swimming
pool, expires, you don't have to physically
get the key back to cancel access. You're
not managing a large number of keys or
having to get new ones cut.'
Electronic records of asset usage
provide other cost-saving opportunities.
PROTEC²CLIQ provides the council with
insights into which assets are being
used and when -- data that can help
better plan staffing levels, energy usage,
maintenance, security and many other
functions. In time, such data might talk
to other electronic devices, such as
cooling systems, via the internet, to help
organisations manage energy efficiency.
Noakes says: 'Knowing which doors
or windows are being opened and shut
is powerful data in an organisation's
broader energy-management plans and
PROTEC²CLIQ also enhances security.
'A council now has a record of who
accessed a particular area, at what
time, and how long they were there,'
says Noakes. 'They get peace of mind
knowing our product provides two
layers of security: a premium, high-
security mechanical locking device, and
an electronic security system that is
Deeper insights into work patterns
of subcontractors, casual staff and other
service providers is another benefit,
says Noakes. 'Consider a council that
uses subcontractors to provide cleaning
services in a facility that is mostly
secured by traditional mechanical
cylinders. With PROTEC²CLIQ, the
council knows which rooms have been
accessed by which cleaners and when,
and how long they spent in the rooms.
This information is important if there
are disputes between councils and
service providers over work quality or
occupational health and safety issues.'
PROTEC²CLIQ can be tailored for
councils, and for special-needs areas like
heritage sites, says Noakes. 'Upgrading a
traditional mechanical keying system to a
full electronic system in heritage buildings
can cause problems if it requires drilling
through walls and rewiring. Our system
replaces the lock's pre-existing cylinder;
there are no changes to building structures.'
PROTEC²CLIQ's scalability is another
strength. It can easily be added to other
traditional mechanical cylinders as an
organisation grows, or decides that more
of its assets require double-secured
access control -- from the world's most
innovative provider of intelligent locks.
To learn more about ASSA ABLOY,
Warren Noakes, Business Development Manager, Industrial, ASSA ABLOY, and Johan Gantin
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