Cloud-Based Access Control Retrofit Increases Security at N.C. Retirement Community

Check out how the integrator utilized ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio wireless locksets and ProdataKey’s Cloud access control software to secure over 600 doors.

CARY, N.C. — ProdataKey (PDK), a provider of Cloud-based networked and wireless access control products and ASSA ABLOY, announce the completion of a campus-wide security upgrade at Glenaire Retirement Community, located here.

Yadkinville, N.C. -based Modern Systems installed a fully integrated wireless lock and access control solution to secure the 370 doors spread across the community’s main building entrances, public access areas, offices and residential apartment units.

The retrofit makes use of ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio wireless locksets with PDK’s Cloud access control software, providing administrators with the ability to remotely lock and unlock doors, set
specific hours for maintenance workers’ access to buildings, continuously monitor door use and easily retrieve system-wide reports, according to an announcement.

The system will continue to grow, with expansion to all electrical rooms, storage rooms, mechanical rooms and closets, bringing the total to approximately 650 doors, as well as another 190 apartments and 40 assisted living units.

As new doors come online, they will appear within the scalable PDK interface with no interruption to service or administrative functions, according to the companies. System management of PDK software can be handled from any mobile device or computer browser.

Modern Systems was able to upload the user database from Glenaire’s legacy access control system to PDK’s Cloud servers, allowing residents to retain use of their existing cards, which previously
were used only to open the front doors of main buildings.

The new PDK/ASSA ABLOY system now gives those same cards access public areas in addition to their own private residences. “Guest” cards, with more restricted access, are available for residents to give to family or friends as appropriate. Customized card permissions have also been established for staff groups, including service workers, nursing professionals and dining staff.

Glenaire’s Director of Facility Services, Ryan Ferguson says the PDK solution, “has the most modern, up-to-date access control software of anything I’ve seen. In addition, we were able to install the wireless PDK/ASSA ABLOY solution in about half the time it would have taken to install a wired solution, and for about half the cost.”

Modern Systems plans to soon integrate the PDK software and several other security solutions they have installed at Glenaire. Mapping between doors and surveillance cameras, which are part of a new Milestone Systems video management solution, will not only enhance security but assist with Glenaire’s missing resident protocol, according to the company.

When a resident is missing, administrators will be able to quickly call up cameras from the last door where the resident used his or her access card. They also plan to connect the facility’s Situational Awareness and Response Assistant (SARA) risk management solution and mass notification system, from Status Solutions, with PDK. They say this integration will be important both in campus lock-down situations, as well as to assist with entry for response teams during medical emergencies.

“The Glenaire project demonstrates the many ways in which our Cloud solution makes sense for enterprise scale customers,” says Cory Jackson, PDK’s vice president of strategic sales. “The fact that all updates and security patches are automatically installed, system expansion is pain-free and limitless — even across multiple buildings or sites, we offer seamless integration with solutions from valuable partners like ASSA ABLOY and others, and the customer’s in-house network is not exposed to any potential cyber vulnerabilities — are all reasons that PDK is gaining traction with larger customers.

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