Security Dealer & Integrator

OCT 2018

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I n recent years, we have seen gradual adoption of wireless locks and card readers in the commercial and industrial security market segments. e benefit of these devices is easy to see: decreased cost per opening, decreased infrastructure investment in conduit and wiring, and increased flexibility of deployments and modifications. Industry pillars ASSA ABLOY and Allegion have each introduced fully wireless product lines with a sim- ple value proposition: if you want to stretch security capital budget dollars (and who doesn't), you can simply control more doors per dollar with a wireless solution. Many of these wire- less solutions also incorporate mobile credentials via Bluetooth or NFC- enabled devices – further pushing adoption in other areas, such as hospi- tality and visitor management. But what about outside the build- ing perimeter? Utility companies have hundreds of remote sites in areas oen difficult to monitor and control. A recent trend to open reservoirs for rec- reation and fishing further complicates matters. How can we provide access control at all of these locations without a costly wired solution that involves solar power and conduit trenching? Other applications, such as truck- ing, roadside equipment cabinets, municipal recreation areas and stor- age facilities also beg for this type of solution. Dozens of other applications come to mind – and all of them would seem to enhance the value proposition of wireless locks in general. Case in Point: Remote Sites On a recent project, we were tasked with coming up with a wireless pad- lock solution to accommodate hun- dreds of remote sites – most of which require occasional access by operations and maintenance employees. Some of the sites require seasonal access to a limited population of non-employ- ees – all of whom had historically been given a new key every year. e end-user did not want to issue traditional access cards to each of these users due to cost. ey explained that they needed an outdoor version of the newer hotel locks that enable a person to seamlessly enter through the use of a mobile app. I was certain that my client was not alone in facing this challenge and that surely a number of wireless outdoor padlocks must exist in the market- place; however, a survey of the major wireless lock manufacturers did not confirm my suspicions. At least one product from a well-known manu- facturer exists in the marketplace, but it does not (currently) commu- nicate over Bluetooth, and NFC-only solutions can be problematic, as they prohibit iPhones (Apple only recently agreed to open their iPhone NFC capabilities to outside development). I may have been able to use a more traditional lock setup, but this would have required major modifications to existing fences and gates, and most commercially available wireless locks are not rated for long-term outdoor use. Other Bluetooth padlocks exist that target the consumer market (think gym lockers and tool sheds), but those products cannot be managed or moni- tored centrally. The Solution I found a solution from Salt Lake City- based Nokē (pronounced "no key"), a new entrant to the security market who has introduced a hardened, out- door IP66-rated Bluetooth padlock targeted at the enterprise market. e offline lock can be accessed via an app for both iOS and Android. Privileges are set through a cloud- based control and monitoring appli- cation, which also enables users to quickly monitor lock data such as number of users, most common users, and last known battery status. 18 Security Dealer & Integrator / October 2018 Wireless Locks: Going Beyond the Perimeter My quest to solve a client's outdoor access control conundrum Tech Trends BY BRIAN COULOMBE Utility companies have hundreds of remote sites in areas often difficult to monitor and control. How can we provide access control at all of these locations without a costly wired solution that involves solar power and conduit trenching?"

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