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Town hall access control enhanced by smart cards.

LEGIC Identisystems Ltd : 15 May, 2007  (Application Story)
Cuxhaven town hall improves access authorisation system with use of Legic smart cards for writing authorisation details automatically onto employee cards when signing in.
A combined access control system that integrates offline components into an
online system has been in use in refurbished Cuxhaven town hall since July 2006. Office doors, bicycle-racks and even the post distribution system can be
controlled and managed through this overarching system.

Dialock Integra devices are innovative offline components that can be integrated
into online access control systems. This makes it possible to integrate even
"normal" interior and furniture doors into seamless, uniform access solutions. The trend towards combined total solutions is no accident: compared with mixed
solutions that use various locking media, combined solutions have far-reaching
advantages when it comes to security, implementation, management of locking
rights and use: both technically as well as from a cost point of view, Dialock
Integra makes it simple to integrate every door into an across-the-board access
control system.

For smaller and medium-sized properties, Hafele also offers an online system
solution that is perfectly coordinated with the hardware components. This consists
of Integra Online Software (SOI), an access controller (ACM) and an interface
terminal (IT). The hardware and software fit together to provide a compact
complete system.

The municipality of Cuxhaven has used an Integra solution in its completely
revamped town hall since July 2006. A new version of the software has already
been deployed. In this North Sea harbour town, four particular reasons were put
forward in favour of replacing its mechanical key system by an integrated
online/offline access control system:

The ability to assign temporary locking rights for all doors online was the first
option that impressed. This optimises utilisation of conference areas for instance.
If a staff member has reserved a room, the appropriate access authorisation is
simply automatically written to their contactless LEGIC badge when they clock on
in the morning. Secondly, the solution allows integration of a web-based time &
attendance recording system. This way, just one medium is required for both
applications. Thirdly, for a public administrative body such as the Cuxhaven town
hall, the system's multi-client capability is an important factor. This means that
further premises such as sports halls or field offices can be integrated into the
system straightforwardly at any time. Fourthly, because the number of electronic
keys is unlimited, the system is already geared up for possible subsequent

Locking rights for approximately 400 passes are reassigned every day. A
combined online read/write device is available for this purpose. Relevant up-to-
date locking rights are stored centrally in the system and written to badges in the
morning automatically.

Offices and adjoining rooms were fitted with 296 Dialock Integra door terminals.
Fifty of these are specially designed for fire resistant doors. These so-called
firestops are self-closing doors and other firestops that prevent fire spreading
through walls and ceilings. Fire resistance ratings and other requirements are laid down by various DIN standards and Guidelines of the German Institute for
Construction Engineering (DIBT). The system comprises a further 18 Dialock
Integra wall-mounted terminals. These are used to integrate not only doors that
shut off corridors and external doors, but also bicycle-racks and garbage areas
into the system.

A Multi-Output Terminal (MOT) even incorporates the post distribution system of
the town hall (wall shelving system with pigeonholes) into the electronic locking
system. Individual pigeonholes, secured by electronic furniture locks, can be
operated using the electronic key via a central reader area of similar design to the
Dialock wall-mounted reader. The corresponding authorisation, together with
other access rights, is also written to the LEGIC badge, bringing it completely up
to the minute.

As a prime contractor for access control, Hafele provides a 360 degree property service to assist planning and implementation of the system. This offering comprises a wide variety of services for architects, designers, contractors, fabricators and building owners.

Two existing areas were redeveloped for the new town hall in Cuxhaven and
combined, together with another newly built area, to create a building flooded with
light in accordance with plans produced by Architekten-Ingenieure PSP in
Brunswick. Thanks to close collaboration between Hafele consultants and all
those involved, the Dialock door terminals have latches that blend in perfectly with
the architectural concept. What is more, installation of the entire access control
system was completed in just six weeks. Later on in the project, Hafele also
supplied all mechanical door furniture such as latches and hinge plates.
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