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Assa Abloy – Aperio Pinpad What is it?
So, about this Aperio thing...
The Aperio range has been around for some time now, and within the family of products are a wide range of options. Essentially, Aperio allows traditional mechanically locked doors to be upgraded, via the use of cylinders or escutcheons, into electronic access control options. This is done without significant alterations to the door being required, and without a need to install wiring. The latest addition to the range is the Pinpad, which incorporates a keypad into the escutcheon. This introduces costeffective multi-level door security, as the lock can be controlled by the PIN code, by a card reader, or a combination of both. PIN codes can be of between four and eight digits in length. The Pinpad escutcheon is available for conventional RFID technologies including iClass, Mifare Classic/Plus and Mifare DesFire as well as for existing 125kHz access control systems based on HID Prox or EM410x.
Aperio utilises a short-distance wireless link between the lock cylinder or escutcheon and a central communications hub, which is then connected to the access control system using standardised cabling. This means that simply by replacing the cylinders – available in standard lock hardware sizes – or fitting an escutcheon, the door is converted from a key-based mechanical operation to an electronic alternative, which can be used offline or online, dependent upon the site’s needs. The open architecture allows the devices to be connected with most access control systems. The communications hub links wirelessly with the door-side devices, and is connected via an RS485 or Wiegand interface to the main access system. The RFID-enabled cylinders or escutcheons then transfer data to and from the communications hub using wireless connectivity on the IEEE 802.15.4 frequency band (2.4 GHz). Data is encrypted using AES (128 bit) for security purposes. Aperio communications hubs can support up to eight doors per hub, within a range of up to 25 metres dependent upon site conditions. The RFID elements are available as Euro Profile and Scandinavian Profile cylinders, along with Euro Profile, Swiss Profile and Scandinavian Profile escutcheons. All are battery-powered.
What’s the point? Often, sites will already have an access control solution in place. Where the cabling has been in for some time, it’s Sod’s Law that there won’t be clear and concise plans, adequate labelling or a logical approach to the work. One man’s typical process will be a confused mess to another! If you have the time and energy (and the will) to trace numerous cables to add devices (if there is any redundant capacity at all), then it’s not an issue. However, if you need to expand a system quickly and economically, without disruptive and expensive works and adjustments to doors and door furniture, then the Aperio could offer a solution. Also, the ability to effectively select the appropriate degree of security for each door, in terms of credentials and off/online capabilities, delivers a high degree of flexibility too.