Genetec™, provider of unified IP security solutions, plans to support the ASSA ABLOY® Aperio wireless lock technology in its Synergis IP-based access control solution.
Genetec Synergis incorporates several Aperio® components including electronic cylinders and escutcheons, wireless locks for security doors and the 1-to-8 Hub for controlling access to multiple doors, without the need for expensive cabling. This integration will allow the Synergis Master Controller (SMC) — the intelligent IP door controller of the Synergis solution — to manage Aperio-enabled locking hardware, offering customers wireless lock capabilities within any networked access control deployment.
“The goal with Aperio® is always to enhance secure access at an affordable price,” says Chris Bone, Vice President Access Control EMEA at ASSA ABLOY. “This new partnership with Genetec sees our innovative wireless battery powered door locking technologies integrated into a market-leading access control system in Europe and in the US.”
Martin Huddart, President Access and Egress Hardware Group, ASSA ABLOY Americas, adds, “We are pleased to expand our already strong relationship with Genetec. The combination of Aperio-enabled locks with the Genetec Synergis platform will offer our customers worldwide a flexible solution that will allow them to expand their access control system to almost every opening in their facility.
Aperio® is a global wireless technology that provides an easy, affordable way to connect openings from doors to cabinets, within a new or existing Synergis access control system via wireless communication (IEEE 802.15.4). The Genetec SMC will communicate directly with the Aperio® wireless hubs, which in turn will support several Aperio-enabled wireless locks. A single SMC will communicate with and manage dozens of wireless locks in real-time, while also offering the ability to log tens of thousands of lock events when needed.
This technology partnership integration will help Genetec and ASSA ABLOY customers worldwide to easily grow their existing access control systems without limitations, cost and inconvenience. In addition to wiring savings, the availability of the Aperio® wireless lock technology will allow organizations to easily expand the reach of their access control systems and secure openings that would otherwise go unprotected.
Through this integration, users will be able to deploy a new Synergis system that seamlessly bridges traditional access control hardware with wireless lock technology. Likewise, existing Aperio customers will be able to migrate to a true IP access control solution while maintaining their existing investment in Aperio hardware. As the needs of an organization evolve, Synergis enables hundreds or thousands of locks to be networked within a single security application, simplifying centralized wireless lock monitoring and reporting across one or multiple sites.
“Though our close partnership with ASSA ABLOY and the integration of Aperio® technology, our dealers and customers will have even more options when designing their physical security system,” explains Jimmy Palatsoukas, Senior Manager of Product Marketing at Genetec. “Using their Synergis system, customers will be able to configure and monitor wireless locks, together with their wired IP-based door controllers, from a single application. When Synergis and Aperio-enabled locks are deployed alongside Genetec video surveillance products, users will be able to view all of their lock events and activities seamlessly linked with live or recorded video, giving security professionals a more complete view of their organisation’s security.
François Brouillet, Access Control Product Manager, at Genetec added, “Aperio® integration brings the latest wireless locks to our market-leading access control system. We are launching the integration in both the US and EMEA regions, and considering offline and IP integration as future developments.”
Aperio® Synergis integration supports office mode, as well as multiple RFID technologies including iCLASS, MIFARE, MIFARE DESFire and HID Prox/EM410. Currently online only, the integration uses the RS485 protocol, with 16 Aperio® devices per RS485 output from the Synergis Master Controller (SMC).
Available on the global market place, ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio® Technology enables a wide range of access control providers to cost-effectively integrate non-wired doors with battery powered electromechanical locks into access control systems.