Assa Abloy launches energy-saving access system

New access control technology uses lithium-ion batteries to reduce energy costs for education premises

Access Control, a division of Assa Abloy UK, has launched its new Aperio range, designed to upgrade mechanically locked doors and wirelessly connect them online or offline to new or existing access control systems, with minimal modification to doors and premises. 

In a typical 1,000-door student accommodation block, Aperio would save at least £9,800 in running and maintenance costs, every year, over wired access control. 

Aperio wireless locks run on standard lithium-ion batteries that only “wake up” when prompted by a smart card or other user credentials. They are not connected to the mains, and do not consume power when inactive. 

A standard wired security door uses a magnetic lock and reader that require a constant electrical mains connection to stay locked, consuming an average of 55.2 kWh, every year. A typical Aperio lock consumes only 0.001 kWh of energy per year. 

The Department for Education is faced with an estimated budget shortfall of £600 million in 2015-16, according to the Association of Colleges. Despite these financial constraints, Access Control argue that it is essential that the safety and security of students, staff and the public is not compromised. 

Damian Marsh, managing director of Access Control, said: “Naturally the estimated cuts to the education sector will lead to building owners and facilities managers looking to reduce expenditure wherever possible. 

“However, access control should not be compromised; failing to protect and secure people, physical assets and information can be costly and lead to legal consequences and reputational issues arising. 

“Aperio not only works as an effective access control system, safeguarding students, staff and their belongings, but also allows organisations to make savings on energy costs.” 

For background and the full calculations, see Assa Abloy’s ‘Energy Matters’ white paper at

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