Ash Green School, Coventry

Ash Green School, Coventry

Client: Ash Green School, Coventry
Type of works: supply of Smartair access control system

Abloy UK has supplied its Smartair access control system for 85 doors at the prestigious Ash Green School, with wireless functionality enabling easy installation across the site.

Located near Coventry, Ash Green is a secondary school renowned as a hub of creative thinking and encompasses eight buildings including an art college.

Initially installed to external and high security doors, the Smartair Wireless system has now been rolled out across classrooms and other internal doors due to its ease of use.

Hard wiring an electric access control system across eight buildings would be extremely difficult and time intensive, making the wireless functionality of Smartair a key factor in its specification to the project.

The installation was carried out by Coventry based Eyden Locksmiths who took advantage of school holidays to complete the £40,000 refurbishment project in two phases without any disruption to pupils.

Rob Eyden, Director at Eyden Locksmiths, said: “As part of the Ash Green School project we used Abloy L100 electric mortice locks and multipoint locks, dependent on application, to accompany the Smartair system. The wireless functionality of the system allowed for an ease of installation that would not have been possible with a hard wired version, and was available at a price comparable to many systems on the market.”

Offering the potential for real time audit trails, remote door opening and automatic updates of access privileges, Smartair Wireless is a revolutionary new platform that combines standalone wireless locks, TCP/IP connection hubs and highly intuitive management software.

The system is powered with wireless bi-directional technology that uses encrypted radio frequency communications to transfer information to and from the electronic wireless door locks to the computer.

This allows for real time monitoring of users’ movements, giving a full event trail of who has entered the building and when.

The access plan and timetable controls of the systems’ users can also be changed to avoid any unnecessary accesses, plus any lost or stolen credentials can be automatically disabled or deleted.

Duncan Rigby, Regional Sales Manager for Abloy UK, said: “Ash Green School took advantage of every aspect of Smartair Wireless’ functionality including the ability to remotely open and lock doors with timers which, in this case, were programmed to open doors at 7am and lock after school in the evening. The school is one of the best in the area academically, and now, with Smartair Wireless it has an access control system to live up to those high standards.”

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