Electronic locking systems for improved safety in local councils

Public buildings and local council authorities are increasingly confronted with the issue of how to ensure that their existing security systems can keep up with the security requirements of today and tomorrow in times of digital transformation.

Mechatronic or electronic locking systems are gaining ground in this area because they offer significant benefits over mechanical locking mechanisms: A lost key can be immediately disabled and access authorisation rights are extremely flexible to change at short notice – they can be programmed individually with time-restricted and limited-area access authorisations depending on requirements.

Local authorities and public institutions are often accommodated in older building structures with purely mechnical locking systems which no longer comply with modern security standards and new legal regulations such as the legal documentation requirements. At the same time, the large number of different users and visitors increases the time and cost involved in managing access authorisation – not to mention other issues such as accessibility, fire protection and access control to high-security areas. In response, there is a high demand for flexible, convergent system solutions which optimise internal organisational structures and are coordinated for use in all security areas.

Flexible security and comfortable use

One important factor influencing the decision of authorities and local councils to use electronic locking systems is the added flexibility which they offer. Public institutions are constantly being restructured, in ever shorter cycles. Security officers and technical managers are struggling to cope with the increase in flexibility which this restructuration demands. To effectively prevent unauthorised access, whether unintentional or deliberate, to high-security areas, it is important to only allow access to doors for public use and intelligently secure all other doors. For example, you can leave some doors freely accessible during opening times but program other doors to be opened only by persons authorised with the relevant access rights.

A mechatronic or electronic locking solution meets these high security demands without reducing functionality and security. The innovative access control systems from specialist suppliers such as ASSA ABLOY can be flexibly extended and combined with other locking systems at the same or other locations. Electronic door locking solutions like the KESO eCLIQ, which are based on the tried-and-tested CLIQ chip technology with advanced microelectronics, also allow central or web-based control of all access rights which saves both valuable time and money. A lost key is also not a major, time-consuming or expensive problem because the system supports a variety of fast and easy solutions in case a key is lost.

Especially for sensitive areas which need to be protected with the highest possible security standards, we recommend locking systems such as KESO Integra. The benefits of both mechanics and electronics are combined together to allow this door locking system to protect against any type of manipulation and is known to be extremely secure.

Reliably secure in an emergency 

Equally as effective and comfortable to use are electronic locking systems for operating and managing fire escape routes and fire protection technology in an administrative building. Good examples are panic push bars from MSL or fire escape solutions fitted with ePED technology from effeff which can both be flexibly adapted to suit any door. They comply with the highest technology requirements: the new SN-EN 13637 standard was implemented right from the start of development. They also offer optimum access and exit control for protection against misuse.