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We’re all familiar with the situation: you get home with your hands full of shopping and think “Where did I put my keys?” You root through your handbag, trouser pockets and jacket and realise you’ve left them in the car and can’t get in. In such situations, service providers such as caretakers have to maintain complicated and expensive key management systems in order to meet various requirements and deal with situations relating to door access.
In order to resolve this cost-intensive topic, various parties from the fields of residential construction and the associated supplementary services have joined forces in the digital door entry initiative. Their mutual aim is to communicate the advantages of digital door entry systems throughout all industry sectors and to simplify them by establishing common standards.
Representing Hager Group, our colleagues Thomas Carnaghi and Sébastien Weisse have joined the initiative. Together with representatives from Deutsche Wohnen, ABUS, Schindler, Gegenbauer and KIWI, for example, the main aims were defined during a kick-off event in Berlin. In future, we want to be involved in informing the public of digital door entry systems, going beyond individual interests to analyse business models from an economic, technical and legal point of view, and working towards harmonised technical and legal standards. A draft concept was also agreed upon in late November. The ten founding companies are united in their belief in the huge potential of digital door entry systems. As a result, they are committed to championing their nationwide use and removing existing obstacles.
In addition to joining the initiative, Hager Group has also forged a partnership with KIWI.ki GmbH. KIWI is responsible for keyless access systems for main entrances and apartment doors in multi-family housing. Access authorisations can be managed centrally via the KIWI portal. This does away with the worry of making sure we have the right keys with us at the right time, in the right place. Over 65,000 apartments are covered by the KIWI infrastructure and more than 500 housing associations are KIWI customers. “Hager Group is playing an active role in shaping this shift in door communication towards digital door entry control. Our partnership with KIWI relies on the use and installation of door communication systems from our own Elcom brand. We want to be able to offer our mutual customers from the property sector and the electrical trade professional, innovative and easy-to-install digital door entry solutions," Thomas Carnaghi, Director Corporate Strategy at Hager Group, explains.