Paxton10 Helps Create Safe Yet Welcoming Education & Culture Complex in Berlin

June 24, 2024

Pears Jewish Campus is a seven-storey education and culture complex that covers over 80,000 square feet, in Westfälische Strasse, Berlin. The building was designed by renowned architectural firm Tchoban Voss and constructed over a five-year period. The €43.7 million project was funded by numerous private donations, the German Federal Government, and UK-based Pears Foundation.
It is the largest Jewish campus in Europe, encompassing a kindergarten, primary, and secondary school, a cinema, sports and events halls, art and music studios, co-working office spaces, as well as a kosher restaurant.
Paxton’s latest system Paxton10 has been installed to secure the building with sophisticated access control, remote-site management, and flexible access permissions.


Security is of the utmost importance for the safety and protection of young students, teachers and professionals working within the campus, given the anti-Semitic incidents. This prompted the development of a comprehensive security concept with enhanced capabilities, including the need for full-lockdown functionality and checkpoints with weapon detection.
Due to the increased level of security needed, Peter Gräf, Managing Director of GRAEF Systemtechnik GmbH, was contracted to oversee the installation and technical aspects of the new security system. Systemtechnik are a group of companies with an arm that specialises in securing high-footfall public sector buildings.
Peter established that this was a project far beyond the normal requirements. He explains: “Every security measure on the campus had to be designed to recognise and ward off potential threats at an early stage and create a safe yet welcoming environment.
“The system also needs the ability to convert into manual operation and shut down all electronic keypads from sunset on Fridays to sunset on Saturdays for Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest.”
For ease of use, the campus managers need web-based remote site management software and a straightforward way to connect across multiple buildings in various locations.
Peter continues: “It is a large site and running cables across it would be a challenge. Having a system that links wirelessly is the simplest and most cost-effective solution.
“Additionally, there are many people requiring varying levels of access permissions throughout the week. Therefore, it is especially important to be able to implement simple measures to allow access to certain areas at certain times by using electronic tokens that can be issued remotely.”
All these requirements coincide with the fact that the system needs long-term scalability, and the design of the hardware used had to meet the expectations of award-winning German architect and artist Sergei Tchoban, who designed the building.


To achieve the enhanced security needs of the campus, Peter recommended Paxton10, access control and video management on one simple platform. This was due to multi-site functionality and flexible software configuration, and no requirement for a VPN. It works utilising cloud technology and a Paxton10 server. He explains: “Paxton 10 is easy to specify and install.
“The modern software is extremely customisable with easily programable rules and can manage multiple sites remotely with the web software or the Paxton Connect app. Also, the mix of storing data on premises and in the cloud made it ideal for this high-security project.”
Paxton10 has been installed on 20 main doors across the campus and on turnstiles that form weapon detecting checkpoints. The system has also been integrated with anti-terror software that locks down the site, meaning no one can enter or leave once initiated.
The current set-up leaves the building managers with plenty of room to scale the system up, as Paxton10 can manage 1,000 doors, and 50,000 users from a single Paxton10 server.
PaxLock wireless door handles have been installed on office doors and employee wellbeing areas. Authorised users can gain access with traditional fobs or more modern smart credentials which are sent through the Paxton10 software to an end-user’s smart device, and work within the free Paxton Key app.
Peter continues: “Smart credentials are ideal for the vast number of students on campus. They like using their smartphones, and it means they are not losing tokens that are expensive to replace.
“However, having the choice to still gain access with traditional fobs has been useful as there are a substantial number of people with varying technological preferences.”


The installation has met the advanced security requirements mapped out in the original concept, and the system can turn into manual operation at the touch of a button for ease of use when Shabbat is being recognised.
Overall, the building managers are pleased with the system’s functionality and have been working with Paxton’s Support team configuring Paxton10 to suit the bespoke needs of the campus.
Furthermore, the hardware installed has met architectural expectations and compliments the buildings heterogenous design, particularly on the main entrances where Paxton’s vandal-resistant panels and readers have been installed.
Peter concludes: “The system has been configured so the campus managers can make changes at the touch of a button, and the Paxton10 hardware is excellent quality and extremely ascetically pleasing.
“I believe Paxton10 is the future of access control.”
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Building board

  • Type of site: Culture & Education Institution
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Number of users/doors: 1,000 to 2,000 users; 35 doors
  • Requirements: Web-based remote management; High-security feature; Simple installation integrating with existing infrastructure; Tailor access permissions for various users
  • Solution: Remote-site management; Multi-site functionality; Flexible access permissions; Smart credentials; High-quality design
  • Paxton products used: Paxton10 Server, axton10 software, Paxton Connect app, Paxton Key app, Entry Vandal Resistant Panel, Paxton10 Slimline Readers, Paxton10 Door controller, PaxLock
  • Integrations: AMOK anti-terror system, Turnstiles

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