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Local New Plymouth soccer club simplifies security with smart cards

24 Oct 2019 by Assa Abloy

Wireless magnetic locks prove the perfect solution to manage access security at a busy community clubroom.

The New Plymouth Rangers AFC is a busy football club with over 400 members playing in the Taranaki leagues and the Central Football Federation league. Premier player and security manager Zane Foster from DataTalk, was approached by club president Monty Ammundsen to review the clubrooms access system. ‘We were managing 20 metal keys, constantly changing locks as people move on or when keys get lost,’ says Monty. ‘The clubrooms are used for football and other community events, so we’re driving keys across town to let people in and out. It was hard to keep control of and very time consuming and expensive to maintain.’

Zane spoke to Marek Pulawski, electronic security specialist at ASSA ABLOY who recommended the SMARTair Standalone access control system – a simple programming card to add or delete users. No app, PC or programmer needed. ‘The card lets them control all their access doors and provides convenience when managing multiple users,’ says Marek. ‘If they lose a key card, they simply de-programme the lost card. It’s quick and efficient, and you don’t have to change any lock barrels.’

SMARTair system uses wireless technology and the locks are battery powered. There’s no need to install power and have fixed wiring to the doors creating a fast and fairly cost-effective installation.

‘ASSA ABLOY have some good access control systems which we’ve used in the past,’ says Zane. ‘For this job, Marek put me onto a solution that is easily managed by community club members. They supplied it at no cost as sponsorship of the club, as did DataTalk with our installation labour. They are good to use, Marek is always on the phone and helping out where ever he can.’

SMARTair has provided a simple and elegant solution for this community project and helped club management run building access smoothly and efficiently. A simple but time-consuming problem has been solved with some smart hardware tech.

For more information about the products used on this project, contact ASSA ABLOY consultant, Marek Pulawski on 021 830 319 or [email protected] 

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Assa Abloy
ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. ASSA ABLOY is represented in all major regions, on both mature and emerging markets, with leading positions in much of Europe and North America and in Australia. In the rapidly growing electromechanical security sector, the Group has a leading position in fields such as access control, identification technology, automatic doors and hotel security.Since its founding in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company to an international group with 47,000 employees and sales of over SEK 71 billion. As the world’s leading lock group, ASSA ABLOY offers a more complete range of door opening solutions than any other company on the market.Asia PacificThe division manufactures and sells locks, cylinders, electromechanical products, security doors and fittings in Asia and Oceania. The Pacific region (which includes Australia and New Zealand) accounts for a large part of sales, but China and other Asian markets are rapidly gaining in importance. China is also an important country of production. Some of the division’s leading brands are Lockwood, Guli, Wangli, Baodean, Interlock and iRevo. The division has 15,000 employees and divisional management is based in Hong Kong, China.EMEAThe division manufactures and sells locks, cylinders, electromechanical products, security doors and fittings in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Most sales take place in Western Europe, but growth markets in Eastern Europe and the Middle East are gaining in importance. Some of the division’s leading brands are ABLOY, ASSA, IKON, TESA, Yale and Vachette. The division has 12,500 employees and divisional management is based in London, United Kingdom.AmericasThe division manufactures and sells locks, cylinders, electromechanical products, security doors and fittings in North and South America. Most sales take place in the United States, Canada and Mexico. South America is growing in significance, with Brazil the most important market. Some of the division’s leading brands are Corbin Russwin, Curries, Emtek, Medeco, Phillips, SARGENT and La Fonte. The division has 9,400 employees and divisional management is based in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.Global TechnologiesThis global division manufactures and sells products for electronic access control, secure issuance of cards and identification technology, and electronic lock products for hotels. The division consists of two business units, HID Group and ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, which sell their products worldwide. Leading brands are HID, Fargo, Elsafe and VingCard. The division has 2,600 employees and divisional management is based in Stockholm, Sweden.


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