CLIQ access control has been installed as the access control system at the latest addition to London’s heritage sector, the Design Museum. It took an £83 million investment, stellar architects and a decade’s work to create a new London site for the museum. The decision to go for a CLIQ access control solution came following a recommendation from the museum’s construction company.

Like many heritage properties, the Design Museum needed access control designed to protect high-value assets and exhibits. Devices must handle a contemporary 10,000m2 site including three galleries, a restaurant/café and an events space, with 100 permanent staff and hundreds (sometimes thousands) of daily visitors. The building has multiple door sizes and must meet British Standards compliance requirements.

CLIQ Protec2 electromechanical locks now control access through 56 doors, forming part of a security ecosystem which also includes mechanical locks. CLIQ is an access control system based on mechanical high-security cylinders combined with encrypted electronic locking and identification. Staff carry a single battery-powered CLIQ key, programmed with only the appropriate, preauthorised access permissions.

“We felt a traditional cylinder locking system wouldn’t work for us, because if keys were lost we’d have to replace the whole suite,” explained Brian Reeves, Head of Facilities at the Design Museum. “By using CLIQ we can just replace the lost key or cancel access.”

Using the CLIQ software, security managers ensure every staff member only accesses the right areas. They can change or cancel a user’s permissions at any time, if personnel leave or change job roles. Contractors are issued with temporary programmable keys, which saves time formerly wasted escorting them around the building. CLIQ also enables integration with third-party cloud-based solutions – for control via a single, central management interface.

“The system also allows us to audit access, giving us more granular control over the building,” added Reeves. “Any company that has a complex structure with different access requirements, or a high turnover of staff, would definitely benefit from the CLIQ system.”

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