Keyless locking systems are not only taking the world of furniture by stormTANmode Basic, Standard, Advanced and Premium: The successful lock management system from Beloxx goes into series production

It's not only in furniture where electronic and keyless locking systems are on the rise – one of the largest German apartment companies is gradually equipping all its buildings with keyless locks. Deutsche Post and Berlin's fire service are also trialling the system, according to the news magazine Spiegel.

We at Beloxx stand for the keyless principle. After all, safety and convenience are also possible without a bunch of keys. This is presumably what those in charge of the Berlin company degewo AG thought when they opted for keyless and contactless door unlocking systems. Kristina Jahn, director of degewo: "We decided to introduce the digital door openers because they offer a real service for our tenants. We choose innovative technologies that improve everyday life for our tenants."

5000 rental properties receive electronic locking systems

After a trial period which achieved positive results in terms of reliability, security and acceptance of the electronic locks, degewo is now rolling out this new locking technology across all of its 5000-plus rental properties. More than 500 rental properties are to receive them each month.

The mode of operation is similar to the BeCode AIR/BeCode AIR+

The mode of operation is similar to that of our furniture locks, the BeCode AIR/BeCode AIR+: to open it, a degewo tenant now simply requires a small, plastic transponder chip. A sensor behind the doorbell plate controls the electronic lock.

When the transponder comes within three meters of the sensor, the electronic door opener is activated for 30 seconds, during which time the tenant can open the door. This basic principle is likely to be particularly popular after coming home with the weekly shopping. The days of standing in front of the door laden with shopping bags or crates of water while trying in vain to get the key into the lock are finally over. Now, thanks to the interaction between transponder and sensor, you can simply open the door, without the need to put anything down.

Bringing an end to the mountain of keys to the benefit of emergency services, tenants, service providers and employees

But there are also other advantages:

  • Ulrich Jursch is head of the central inventory management at degewo. He also sees many advantages for his colleagues. "The caretakers and employees only need one single transponder instead of countless keys, bringing an end to the mountain of keys."

  • It also gives trouble-free access to workmen with a transponder who are often on site. Just like the garbage collection staff, they no longer have to ring the doorbell at each building and wait outside until someone opens the door.

  • This aspect is also of benefit to the emergency services. For example, the local fire service has the right transponder to gain access. "As a fire service we can expect to gain several valuable extra minutes," explains Sven Gerling from Berlin's fire service. He explains that there is an additional advantage in an emergency situation: "There is no need to break down the door, which reduces the need for damage repair."

  • But most of all it is the tenants who benefit from the keyless locking system, as the intelligent transponders have yet another, not insignificant, advantage. If a tenant loses a key, for the sake of security, he is liable for the complete replacement of the locking system. The transponder chip can be easily locked using a corresponding app, the tenant receives a new coded chip and the problem is quickly and simply handled.

The Berlin company degewo is one of the trailblazers that other companies and institutions want to follow. According to a report by news magazine Spiegel, in addition to Berlin's fire service, Deutsche Post is also testing this technology.

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