Aperio – the missing link between access control and physical security

Visitors to IFSEC 09 at the NEC in Birmingham 11-14 May will be able to see demonstrations of Aperio - a market-leading wireless locking technology from ASSA ABLOY aimed at linking physical security with access control systems.

Recently short-listed for IFSEC’s coveted Physical Security Product of the Year, Aperio increases the number of doors that can be integrated into an access control system.  This raises the level of control a security, IT or facilities manager has over a system.  With Aperio, you can upgrade existing doors that are not currently controlled by an access control system, within a matter of minutes.

Matt Thomas, Managing Director of Abloy UK part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, explained: “It’s a simple, cost-effective way for customers to increase security and controllability of their premises because they do not have to replace an existing system; they can simply build on the one they have.  Any existing door can be fitted with Aperio.  It integrates seamlessly with incumbent doors and systems.”

The Aperio cylinder which incorporates the reader and locking mechanism, communicates over an encrypted wireless link to an Aperio hub typically mounted in close proximity to the door.  The Aperio hub also provides an RS485 serial interface allowing for communication with the access control system. 

A user wishing to enter through a door presents their card to the cylinder. The reader in the cylinder reads the card data and transmits this over the secure wireless link to the hub.  The hub in turn transfers the data on to the access control system and awaits the lock/unlock command from the host.

Currently Aperio cylinders are designed to work with Mifare RFID technology and support for HIDprox, iCLASS, MIFARE+ and Desfire will soon be introduced.

“With Aperio we are creating an opportunity to increase the market for controlled doors by bridging the gap between mechanical and electronic security solutions,” Thomas continued.  “Today, only five per cent of doors are part of an access control system.  Our customer research showed a global demand to increase this figure and that’s why we developed Aperio.”

“It’s really simple to install and we’ve made Aperio very user-friendly. To aid installers and system integrators we have created easy to use configuration software that runs in a familiar Windows environment,” added Thomas.

Visitors to the ASSA ABLOY stand at E10 in Hall 3 will be able to see a range of Aperio products on display: from the electronic escutcheon and electronic cylinder to the wireless communication hub. For more information and to book an appointment with a representative on the stand please email: tiffany.cook@abloy.co.uk