GENETEC has announced a technology partnership with lock maker SimonsVoss that will allow the SmartIntego Digital Locking Cylinder, Smart Handle and Padlock Wireless Locks to integrate with Genetec’s Synergis IP-based access control core system in the Security Center platform.

The idea is to offer a cost-effective and scalable solution for a wide range of customers, including higher education, healthcare, retail and governmental institutions. It’s a sharp move from Genetec and given the company’s relentless focus on cloud delivery, it’s a signal of ongoing change in the access control market.

The partnership means customers will be able to enrol SimonsVoss locks into their Synergis access control systems via version 5.6 of Security Center, which is expected to be available in early Q2, 2017. And because they’re wireless, these integrations are very simple.

The partnership means integrators can offer a greater choice of industry-standard wireless electronic locks and when applied, system design and deployment will be greatly simplified, significantly reducing installation time and labour costs associated with hardwired solutions.

When Synergis and SimonsVoss locks are deployed alongside Genetec video surveillance products, users will be able to view all of their lock events and activities seamlessly linked with live or recorded video, giving security professionals a more complete, unified view of their organization’s security. ♦