A French coworking space gains flexibility with real-time, cable-free access control Focus is a French real-estate company in a booming sector. With offices nationwide, it specializes in business colocation, offering turnkey office spaces and related services. In 2019 alone, the total number of flexible workspaces across France grew by 20%*.
Reliable, agile access control is a key attribute for this sector. Different users come and go, at all times of day. An office’s client group does not stand still. Change is part of the landscape. For these reasons, flexibility in access management is essential.
To manage access into and around its Lyon coworking premises, Focus sought this type of flexible system combined with contemporary aesthetics and high security features.
For easier installation and cost savings, the Focus team decided on a battery-powered rather than a wired solution. In planning efficiently for the future, they wanted a solution to evolve with their business — adding new features or functionality without the need to replace devices.
Ease of use and system customization were also critical considerations, to make working life easier for the different teams who share their spaces. After extensive research and discussions with a range of service providers, Focus selected ASSA ABLOY’s SMARTair access control system with Wireless Online management.
“For quality reasons, we needed an expert supplier to meet our security and confidentiality needs,” says Gauthier Massardier, Real Estate Manager at Focus. “We needed a company with real expertise and solid experience in access management. Choosing ASSA ABLOY seemed obvious to us.”
Security, cost control and easy self-management
Doors at their Lyon workspace are now securely locked with battery-powered wireless devices. All credentials, door locks and users are administered from the intuitive SMARTair TS1000 software control panel. It allows remote opening and real-time management. Access logs for devices, credentials and users are easy to retrieve, for rapid incident investigation.
Building managers can tailor and update the access rights of any space user — or easily cancel access permissions for everyone who should no longer have access. SMARTair is fully scalable: The team in Lyon can add new openings or devices anytime. Devices have a memory which helps premises remain secure even if power is cut.
SMARTair has the option to extend functionality in future, with features such as unlocking by mobile app, remote lockdown in an emergency or a Web Manager to administer multiple sites.
SMARTair real-time access control is also cost-efficient to manage compared to wired access control — which needs mains electricity — or traditional mechanical security, where locks must be administered manually and individually. Wire-free fitting enables businesses to install SMARTair with minimal disruption to the working day.
In the medium term, Focus plans to equip many other sites with ASSA ABLOY solutions — to further enhance security and streamline daily access management at its workspaces.
To learn how SMARTair wireless access control is perfectly adapted to coworking spaces, download a free solution guide at https://campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/smartair-coworking