Access Control Using Software as a Service
The Cliq Software as a Service (SaaS) solution from Assa Abloy is a mechatronic locking system which combines the strengths of high-end mechanical and electronic security. Physical security is maximized with a range of electromechanical cylinders and padlocks, operated with intelligent, programmable, battery-powered keys. The intuitive Cliq Web Manager software supports efficient workflow management, allowing specific locks to be filtered according to needs. Individual schedules can be created for users, doors or audit trails. With a few clicks, a key or system can require regular key revalidation, making it much safer to issue time-limited access to contractors or visitors. The software works securely to help administer access control in the most efficient way for a site, in a self-managed IT environment or with the company’s Cliq SaaS product. Assa Abloy's EMEA DAS Technical Support and operations Director, Thomas Akerberg, says that the SaaS product was designed to remove the added strain of managing IT infrastructure at the customer’s side. "Our SaaS solution makes budgeting more predictable and removes the need to hire additional in-house IT support and maintenance teams. You always know ahead of time how much resource to allocate and you can scale infrastructure up or down instantly." The solution has complete redundancy in data storage, helping to meeting compliance requirements. The company offers round-the-clock support, maintenance and incident reporting as standard, with Service Level Agreements delivering up to 99.5% availability. The Cliq software is always kept up-to-date, a major benefit for cyber-security resilience. Customers have also rated SaaS above internal cloud or server solutions for flexibility, scalability, cost-effectiveness and suitability for managing access control in SMEs, according to recent survey data. "Because they spend less on server hardware, less on staff and fewer hours ensuring software is up-to-date, our Cliq SaaS customers save time and money," adds Thomas Akerberg.