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value for money for the purchasing
We also want to champion the
convenience of keyless solutions without
compromising robust physical security.
To be frank, it’s very much the case that
all locking solutions should integrate
maximum security and reliability into
their processes. For its part, a keyless
security system should still maintain the
strict standards required by the kind of
physical security installation we’ve all
come to know and respect.
The overriding aim is to integrate
robust and resilient physical locks with
intelligent back-end digital
systems, while also linking
them to security and
which then creates a
more efficient system, in
turn keeping sites thoroughly
protected and compliant and enabling
visualisation of those sites’ statuses for
the managing host organisation.
Operating an intuitive security
ecosystem can also bring about a
considerable return on investment,
which is an important point of interest
for the end user. The value of key-based
access control systems which are solely
mechanical can depreciate over each
year of their lifecycle. That’s a truism
exacerbated further for lost keys or
when they become unfit for purpose due
to a business’ changing organisational
requirements, for example.
However, digital and electro-mechanical
solutions which link back to
a key management cloud system can be
updated and evolve, while analysis of the
data may well provide further and often
significant cost savings.
Planning for the future
One of the biggest challenges facing the
security world is that the rate of
technological change in the last ten-to-
20 years has been tremendous. After
centuries of mechanical keys
and padlocks, we’ve
seen a strong rise of
and keyless or
the last decade.
That has meant
a big change for
many end users.
spoke with one of
our customers in the
energy sector about their
payment method preference for the
security solutions we provide to the
business. It turned out the business was
very keen on a subscription model.
Earlier, the organisation would have
paid for a mechanical piece of metal that
would be used for the next 20 years.
Today, no-one knows what their
company’s infrastructure will look like
in the next decade and this is an easy
way in which to future-proof and
implement keyless solutions.
Don’t fall into the trap of making your
investment decision based on a snapshot
of your operations in today’s world.
Instead, try to see how the picture will
look in the next five-to-ten years and
leave enough wriggle room for change.
In short, make sure the solution you
commit to is future-ready.
‘Keyvolution’ in progress
We’re currently undergoing something
of a ‘keyvolution’. This is an era of
effortless connectivity achieved without
a physical key, but it remains the case
that there are no keyless locks: the key
has just taken on some new forms.
The traditional key will always have its
place, but as a sector we’ve come on leaps
and bounds by dint of devices capable of
integrating with intelligent access control
systems and which can be tailor-made to
meet the security challenges of any site.
The next generation of security
solutions will continue to assist
organisations in meeting regulatory
compliance, provide cost savings,
improve operational efficiencies, reduce
Health and Safety-centred incidents and
ensure that assets are maintained and
Whether it’s a keyed or keyless
solution that your business ultimately
requires, the most important point to
bear in mind here is that you need to
partner with solution experts whom you
trust and who will actively help you to
create an access control ecosystem
purpose-designed to evolve over time.
Pip Courcoux is Sales and Product
Manager for CLIQ Systems at Abloy