Assa Abloy's Pulse Receives French Innovation Award
Energy-harvesting Locking for Door Security
Pulse's Trophées de l’Innovation Silver Award was presented at Expoprotection Sécurité in Paris from September 28 to 30, 2021.
“We are delighted to accept the Trophées de l’Innovation 2021 award from Expoprotection on behalf of Assa Abloy teams all over Europe who have created this innovative access solution,” says Aude Rouyer, Product Solution Manager for Electronic and Digital Keys at Assa Abloy Opening Solutions France. “Together, we designed an energy-harvesting system with an eye to the future. Each lock works autonomously, without mains electricity or any need for batteries. Pulse also simplifies key handling, because every user carries just one key pre-programmed with all their cleared permissions, no matter how many locks they need to open.”
Pulse key-operated access control is self-powered: It runs without any external energy source, neither wires nor batteries. Opening a programmable Pulse lock is beautifully simple. A user inserts their programmable Pulse key. The power generated by inserting and turning — kinetic energy which is usually “wasted” — is instead harvested to power the lock’s encrypted electronic security. If the key is authorized by the system, the lock opens.
Pulse's access control innovations
Alongside energy harvesting, judges singled out three more features for their innovative approach. A Pulse key is equipped with two complementary types of authentication technology. It may be used, like a mechanical key, to turn in the lock, generating power to run the system’s electronic security. The same key also doubles as an RFID credential, able to unlock doors via wall or inbuilt readers.
For users and building managers, this is much more convenient than carrying or issuing two separate credentials.
Secondly, embedding Pulse's energy harvesting cylinder technology within the door — rather than on an external knob — brings security, simplicity of installation, and aesthetic benefits.
Thirdly, Pulse locks’ integration with Assa Abloy Opening Solutions’ Incedo access control ecosystem helps security managers to tailor a security system to their exact needs. They can deploy and manage Pulse intelligent key technology at the same site as Aperio wireless locks and wired readers, for example.
A flexible, scalable system controlled from one Incedo hub meets the needs of their premises — without compromises, now or in the future.