SimonsVoss Presenting Product Developments to its Trade Partners
320 Technology and System Partners From the DACH Region
The 17th century proverb 'no birds in last year's nest' translates today something like “Circumstances have changed and nothing stays the way it was”. A world without keys would be an example of that – one that could recently be experienced during the Partner Days of SimonsVoss in Cologne.
The bi-annual „Keyless World“ meeting is conceived as a community of trade partners in the DACH region who actively drive forward the future of keyless locking. It was founded in 2015 (GIT SECURITY reported) – with the aim of raising market potential and creating digital competencies. On offer are, amongst others, marketing and sales support, training and discussion groups as well as an exclusive 5-year guarantee extension. 320 technology and system partners from the entire DACH region came together on November 10th 2017 at ‚Flora‘ in Cologne. The main focus was placed on the subject of „Creating the Digital Reality“.
As well as strategic insights and foresights, the agenda this time also included the presentation of the new AX Platform and had the SmartHandle AX at the center of attention. AX stands for Advanced Xchange and forms a solid basis for all of the manufacturer‘s products.
More than three years of development work have gone into the new platform. AX will form the basis for a new product era. The background: the existing electronic platform is reaching the limits of its capability – in particular with regard to the controller, the operating system and BLE capability. The particular challenge for the R&D department of SimonsVoss was to create a new system architecture that is future oriented but simultaneously fully supports the existing system.
The result is a building block system: the AX platform contains a powerful 32-bit controller, a central security architecture, is BLE-ready (Bluetooth Low Energy) for new „active+“-applications and uses its own operating system (AXEOS). The first product is the SREL 3 Advanced control unit. The second product stage was ignited in Cologne with the exclusive introduction of the SmartHandle AX – a totally new fitting.
Software and Mobile Key
Apart from the AX Platform and the Smart Handle AX, new software developments (LSM with its own monitoring tool „Smart.Surveil“ and the Smart.Xchange CSV interface) were presented. Both features provide more clarity and ease of use in locking systems.
Things are changing with Mobile Key too: MacOS will provide programming abilities for Apple users in Q1/2018. Thanks to the networking of Pin-Code, the online administration of user pins will be extended as from Q2/2018. This function is very helpful, for example for the administration of rented properties or temporarily assigned access authority. Online opening (Key4Friends) will also be quicker now thanks to shortened LN.I wakeups.
In addition during the Partner Day, a new customer-oriented marketing strategy was presented. This includes, above all, a relaunch of the website planned for November.