Access Control: Making the Move to Wireless

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If it is determined that the installation can benefit from wireless, then some decisions have to be made. Does the facility already have an existing security management infrastructure in place? If so, a solution can be deployed that interfaces with a facility’s existing security management hardware. If a facility does not have electronic access control hardware in place but already has a wireless infrastructure in place for other devices, such as routers, smartphones, etc., Wi-Fi-based security solutions are available which interface with a company’s wireless network and security management software directly.

These types of systems simplify installation and save costs, as the wireless hardware leverages the already-in-place IT infrastructure and little additional hardware has to be installed other than locks.

You should also consider a point-to-point wireless access control solution — a system that operates completely on its own, with its own dedicated network that does not need to interface with an IT network. These require more hardware — such as dedicated wireless gateways — for the initial installation, but are still much less expensive than wired door systems.

Assa Abloy has created an online tool for integrators to use when conducting an on-site evaluation. Integrators can log onto with an iPad to obtain information about what types of wireless security products are recommended for a facility. The website provides information about locks, door openings and doorframes, other hardware and credentials and connects integrators with Assa Abloy experts.


Peter Boriskin is Director of Electronic Access Control Product Management for Assa Abloy. Request more info on the company at