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    ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions has launched CIPE Manager, a new access management solution for critical infrastructure protection.

    CIPE Manager allows organisations to manage all their keys, locks and access rights from any location, with a cloud-based management system. CIPE Manager connects with every locking solution in the Digital portfolio for Critical Infrastructure Protection by ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions.

    These currently include the keyless ABLOY BEAT, the electromechanical PROTEC2 CLIQ, as well as the high-security mechanical ABLOY master key systems.

    Mervi Hiltunen, Business Development and Solutions Director, ABLOY Critical Infrastructure, said: “The digitalization in access management continues to move businesses towards more cloud-based applications. A survey conducted by IFSEC Global and ASSA ABLOY in October 2020 indicated that while 65% are still using localised, internal servers to manage their systems, 35% of end-users have already moved to cloud-based software. This development is also seen with wireless access control going beyond the buildings and is reflected in our customers’ needs for secure and comprehensive cloud-based management solutions for infrastructure and asset protection.”

    CIPE Manager is designed for day-to-day operational use by security, operations and facility management who control and manage access rights to their organisations’ critical infrastructure sites and facilities. Typical sectors include energy, water, telecom, oil, gas and rail, ports and airports.

    CIPE Manager includes a highly visual map-based user interface that provides a clear overview on the variety of locking points. With CIPE Manager the user can connect the organisation’s mechanical, electromechanical and keyless locking solutions in ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions’ digital portfolio for critical infrastructure into the same system. This allows extensive situational awareness and efficient access and key management.

    The user interface is browser-based, allowing the management of keys, locks, and access rights remotely from any location with most mobile devices or desktop computers.

    The administrator using CIPE Manager can grant and revoke access permissions to people according to their roles, e.g. job task or organisation. In addition to easy access management, the solution offers extended reporting and tracking features with full audit trail data.

    Hiltunen added: “CIPE Manager provides digital convenience, control and security that simplifies managing daily processes, adding operational efficiency and complete situational awareness. With this new addition to our digital portfolio, we now offer complete protection for our customers’ entire critical infrastructure requiring mechanical, electromechanical and keyless access solutions. I’m excited to see the possibilities CIPE Manager has for extending our capability to become the preferred infrastructure access management provider for our customers.”

    CIPE Manager is licensed and delivered to customers as a SaaS (Software as a service) solution, continuously updated and supported by ASSA ABLOY and ABLOY Critical Infrastructure teams.

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