Affordable access control for the education sector

Access Control, a division of ASSA ABLOY UK is reducing energy costs for education premises, by providing cheap to run and quick to install, wireless access control.

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The Department for Education is faced with an estimated budget shortfall of £600 million in 2015-16, according to the Association of Colleges. Despite these financial constraints, it is essential that the safety and security of students, staff and the public is not compromised.

Aperio® is designed to upgrade mechanically locked doors and wirelessly connect them online or offline to new or existing access control systems, with minimal modification to doors and premises, offering a cost effective and simple security upgrade.

In a typical 1,000-door student accommodation block, Aperio® would save at least £9,800 in running and maintenance costs, every year, over wired access control.

Aperio® wireless locks run on standard lithium-ion batteries that only “wake up” when prompted by a smart card or other user credentials. They are not connected to the mains, and do not consume power when inactive.

A standard wired security door uses a magnetic lock and reader that require a constant electrical mains connection to stay locked, consuming an average of 55.2 kWh, every year, a typical Aperio® lock consumes only 0.001 kWh of energy per year.

Damian Marsh, Managing Director of Access Control, said: “Naturally the estimated cuts to the education sector will lead to building owners and facilities managers looking to reduce expenditure wherever possible.

“However, access control should not be compromised; failing to protect and secure people, physical assets and information can be costly and lead to legal consequences and reputational issues arising.

“Aperio® not only works as an effective access control system, safeguarding students, staff and their belongings, but also allows organisations to make savings on energy costs..”

For background and the full calculations, see ASSA ABLOY’s “Energy Matters” white paper at

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