It is well known that the living, social and working habits of the nation are dramatically different today than what they were before the lockdown measures were introduced over two years ago, and many sectors have experienced a significant change as a result.
The retail sector for example, has notably shifted and with it, the role of retail real estate. When businesses closed their doors back in March 2020 shoppers were forced online, thus accelerating the decline of physical bricks and mortar stores, whilst simultaneously driving huge growth in logistics and warehousing. ‘Instant deliveries’ have become the expected norm, placing new and growing demand for urban distribution centres.
As occupier behaviours have evolved, new approaches to commercial real estate are emerging, as property owners look to reduce the impact on their portfolios. Many are looking at repurposing burgeoning empty premises into a different use of space, such as offices, distribution and logistics hubs, residential, leisure, or a mix of all.
Mixed use security
When it comes to security, a multi-purpose building needs meticulous planning and a careful balance between security, convenience, safety and aesthetics must be met throughout. This presents a major challenge for those in charge of maintaining security and access.
Occupants of such a building will be comprised of many different groups – each with different demands on the space, at different times of the day, and days of the week. A consistent theme for all however, is the expectation to feel safe and move with freedom on site.
Exivo is the key
With dormakaba’s electronic access control system, Exivo, building owners and property managers can control access rights at any time, for any room and for each person. Using cloud technology, permissions can be controlled from anywhere via secure online access.
This solution also reduces the need for facility or security staff to manage access at the main entrance reception area, as security permissions can all be granted remotely. Not only does this help minimise queueing at busy times and streamline the flow of people through the building, it also reduces unnecessary face to face contact in today’s socially distanced world.
To achieve this, all entryways and doors are fitted (or easily retrofitted on existing doors) with electronic and wireless locking components such as electronic door handles, readers and digital cylinders. Building occupants are then assigned digital access media – which can be in the form of key fobs or ID cards, or even via a smartphone app.
All users can then only access the spaces they are permitted via their digital access media. Permissions can easily be scaled and implemented for any size facility, even at short notice. For instance, when someone needs to enter the offices within the building after business hours, or when visitors need authorised access for a short period.
Watch our short film below to discover more about Exivo and how it can benefit your scheme.
At dormakaba, we can offer support for those looking to implement new systems or review their existing security schemes, with complete access and data management solutions tailored to the specific needs of all building occupants. We work closely with the RIAI to provide architects and planners with valuable resources to help ensure buildings are safe, secure and compliant.