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Aperio® brings real-time monitoring to student accommodation

When the University of Birmingham opened its newest accommodation block, it required an access control system to meet the unique needs of a student population. With extensive experience in the university sector, ASSA ABLOY was the preferred choice. Over 1400 students housed at Edgbaston’s Vale Village site are now protected with Aperio® wireless access control.

University halls of residence have a complex set of access control requirements. Accommodation blocks often house large numbers of students, whose population is in a constant state of change. Physical keys can be frequently lost, compromising site security and causing time and money to be wasted every time mechanical locks must be changed. Electronic access control with real-time monitoring enables security managers to stay in control of the site.

Student rooms and entrance doors at both Chamberlain and Mason halls have been fitted with Aperio® wireless devices. All door locks are fully integrated with Gallagher Command Centre software. Because Aperio® components are built using open standards, integration with Gallagher’s security system is seamless, and provides security staff with a single point of control over the site.

“We were pleased to be able to provide the University of Birmingham with a solution that integrates tightly with their existing campus-wide system,” says Jason Boyce, Sales Manager at Gallagher. “Unlike other systems, Aperio® provides audit trails online, allowing for the real-time monitoring of doors.”

A mix of online escutcheons and cylinders, for both Euro and Scandinavian profile doors, have been installed. Installation was wire-free, and locks are powered by standard lithium-ion batteries, which guarantees the university a low-cost security solution. It also removes the need for mechanical keys.

Birmingham joins many other Universities who have chosen Aperio® to protect their students while improving the overall student experience.

“Our extensive experience within the education sector has enabled us to provide the University of Birmingham with a seamless integrated solution,” says David Hodgkiss, National Sales Manager at ASSA ABLOY Access Control. “The university already has plans to roll Aperio® out to other residences.”


  • About Aperio®: Available on the global market place, ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio® Technology enables a wide range of access control providers to cost-effectively integrate non-wired doors with mechanical locks into access control systems.
  • About Vale Village, University of Birmingham: Part of the Vale Village site in Edgbaston, Chamberlain is the newest student accommodation block operated by the University of Birmingham. It is composed of a 21-storey tower and 3 low-rise blocks, housing over 700 students in a mix of en suite rooms and self-contained studio apartments. Also at Vale Village, Mason has over 800 en suite self-catering rooms as well as 36 student apartments. For more information, see www.birmingham.ac.uk.