Loughborough University has selected the ASSA CLIQ Remote system from ASSA ABLOY to help secure its plant control rooms. With more than 18,000 students, CLIQ technology has been used across the site for a range of different applications including teaching laboratories and offices. Its success as a security and access control solution has led to it being extended to cover the university’s plant control rooms.
Providing an easy-to-use electromechanical locking system, CLIQ uses high-end microelectronics and programmable keys and cylinders to offer flexible control over access rights.
Loughborough University can program and update each key remotely, removing or granting access privileges for the key holder in real time. This allows only those with the necessary authority at the university to enter a plant control room. Furthermore, the system removes the security risks associated with lost or stolen keys, eliminating the time and cost spent on replacing a mechanical lock.
For staff that leave the university, access rights can be easily be removed by using the system’s simple, web-based interface, ensuring ex-employees and contractors never pose a security risk.
CLIQ Remote also provides a full audit trail of who has accessed the plant control rooms and – because the locks are powered by a battery inside the programmable Remote key – no extra wiring is required when installing the system.
Phil Sheppard, Senior Clerk of Works at Loughborough University, stated, ‘For us, a big advantage to CLIQ Remote is that its electronics effectively extend the patent of the key indefinitely. The system cannot be copied, which means it provides a long-lasting access control solution.
‘The audit capabilities of the system are also really useful, ensuring we know exactly who accessed a plant control room, and when. The system can be extended really easily as well, which has been another key reason why we continue to use CLIQ Remote to meet our access control needs across the university.’