ABLOY USA Releases CLIQ Plugin for Genetec Security Center
ABLOY USA Critical Infrastructure has announced the integration of the CLIQ Plugin within Genetec Security Center.
“Genetec is recognized as the global industry leader in IP-based security solutions,” states Jerry Burhans, managing director of ABLOY USA Critical Infrastructure, a division of Global Solutions ASSA ABLOY.
“Great partnerships create better solutions which allow clients to do more. With that in mind, we look forward to working with Genetec and its channel partners in the Critical Infrastructure space to provide best-in-class solutions for customers around the globe.”
Integration of the CLIQ Plugin allows operators using Genetec Security Center 5.7 and up to have greater control. They can assign access rules of cardholders granting access to CLIQ locks, in addition to allowing programming of CLIQ intelligent keys with proper access rules. The CLIQ system itself removes the expense of physically rekeying locks and replacing keys since rekeying is done electronically.
“Intelligent keys give customers the ability to expand their access control and management beyond the physical network, while maintaining the Genetec unified experience and auditing capabilities,” says Jordan Burnsed, business development manager at Genetec.
”With the growing importance of management and protection of our critical infrastructure, support for intelligent keys and locks like CLIQ give Genetec users the ability to extend their influence over infrastructure right to the edge.”
CLIQ is a security locking system featuring high-end microelectronics, programmable keys, cylinders and padlocks. It offers a variety of mechanical and electronic system combinations to match different security and flexible access needs. Available globally, CLIQ provides flexible access and key management solutions for all kinds of locking applications.
The intuitive software simplifies the ability to manage access rights, enable and disable keys, and customize access schedules, on site or remotely. A wire-free system, which each key can be programmed and updated individually, grants access to specific areas, all with Audit Trail capability. A long-term battery inside the programmable CLIQ key serves as its power source.
Key to the development, CLIQ serves a valuable purpose for critical infrastructure organizations needing to secure access points for their critical controls and assets, according to the announcement. Besides the need to adhere to new North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) CIP Standards, utility companies are under increasing scrutiny due to their vulnerability to sabotage from both physical and cyberattacks. Many power utility components are often located in remote, unattended areas that are ideal for CLIQ.
Two years ago, a large customer of ABLOY USA Critical Infrastructure re-keyed 4000-plus locations to meet NERC regulations. All told, they have installed over 10,000 locks for use at substations, power plants and wind farms. The utility company, as well as others, upgraded their security measures by installing a PROTEC2 CLIQ system.
The system combines a mechatronic access control system that can be controlled remotely with ABLOY Super Weather Proof padlocks. ABLOY PROTEC² CLIQ padlocks are double-secured by a patented ABLOY rotating disc and key mechanism and CLIQ technology, allowing flexible control of keys, access rights and audit trails into one solution.