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Amber Women's Refuge goes keyless

16 April 2024

A Kilkenny women’s refuge has bolstered building security by getting rid of keys.

Amber Women’s Refuge, a beacon of hope for female victims of domestic abuse in Kilkenny and Carlow, has upgraded its building’s security by doing away with the traditional and mechanical key locking system that was once on site. Instead it has deployed a simple-to-use but highly intelligent access control system, that includes digital locks and wireless door handles.

A new fob-based system has been seamlessly integrated into the facility's infrastructure and now provides a full overview in terms of user control and access rights, whilst supporting the sensitive nature of the facility’s function.

Access control experts FAAC Keydom and SimonsVoss were selected by the refuge to facilitate its security upgrade and provide greater peace of mind to both staff and clients that their building is safe and secure.

Manager at Amber Women’s Refuge, Lisa Morris, explained: “In a trauma informed environment where keys can be triggering, the implementation of this system has provided a much more trauma informed approach for our clients whilst also maintaining a professional image of the organisation. We received great support in terms of training on using the system too, as it's very important to understand the system and how to utilise it fully.”

The new user-friendly access control platform from FAAC Keydom is designed to adapt to the refuge’s evolving needs over time. Supporting up to 4,000 doors and 500,000 users, the platform is scalable for a large range of applications. 

SimonsVoss provided the door hardware, with its Smart Intego range of intelligent wireless access door handles and digital locks 

The access control system logs all access events to record which users have gained access to a particular space at specific times. The system also offers a function that allows access to be revoked immediately, at the click of a button, providing the refuge with much better visibility and control when it comes to access and security. 

Lisa Morris added: “We went from an organisation with bunches of keys to different doors to now a fob-based system. This is a game-changer in terms of access and security for us.”

Not only does the new access solution provide greater security than traditional locks, especially as physical keys can be lost or stolen, it will also allow for much more granular control over access, such as restricting access to certain areas at certain times.

Bruce Donald, SimonsVoss UK and Ireland Country Manager, said: “Security in a building like Amber Women’s Refuge that has such an important function, and such sensitive daily interactions is non-negotiable.  It was a pleasure to team up with FAAC Keydom to provide a better security and access control solution for the refuge, its staff and clients.

“The refuge does fantastic work in providing a secure and supportive environment where women can seek safety, rebuild their lives, and access the necessary resources and support services they need. The new system will give staff and clients more efficient access as they move around the building, but also the knowledge that they are safe and secure within it.”

Amber Women’s Refuge provides emergency refuge accommodation and a 24-hour helpline offering compassionate, non-judgemental support and information to women and children in Kilkenny and Carlow who are victims of domestic abuse. They deliver safe, inclusive client-centred services both at the refuge and in the community. 

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