Irvine, Calif.-based HID Global®  announced that its EdgeReader® ERP40 networked access control solution and iCLASS SE® platform readers were selected by systems integrator Performance Buildings® to create an intelligent facility management system for “on demand” access to shared and temporary offices. Performance Buildings offers the new solution to its customers that include property management companies and landlords in Switzerland and Germany. The solution enables end users to access rented office spaces with legacy technology, existing smart cards and NFC-enabled smartphones.

To address the different needs of its customer base, Performance Buildings sought a flexible identity and access management system that could be applied to any type of building and any type of legacy system for use in a range of different applications. In addition, the solution needed to be interoperable with Performance Buildings’ current IP-based architecture that links all subsystems and their devices, as well as meet the needs of Design Offices, one of Performance Buildings’ property management customers that provide office space to end users.

“Identity management touches everything in the Performance Buildings grid,” said Dr. Vishal Mallick, CEO of Performance Buildings, “A strong identity management governance structure was required from Design Offices to facilitate a seamless experience for their existing tenants and clients using the facilities “on-demand,“ including the ability to book rooms and catering services online, open conference room doors, and sign out once their session is over. It was important to offer a wide menu of services to enhance the way we do business.”

HID Global stated that its IP-based card solution reduced Performance Buildings’ initial investment through the EdgeReader reader/controller’s use of Power over Ethernet that eliminates the need for additional cabling, separate power supplies and multi-door controllers. The company’s open-architecture-based OPIN® application program interface (API) was highly cost-effective and required relatively little effort to create a robust integrated solution with the EdgeReader readers/controllers, the company described.

“We are pleased to deliver a comprehensive and cutting-edge solution that meets Performance Buildings’ stringent requirements while addressing the needs of their customers,” said Volker Kunz, director of sales, Europe with HID Global. “In addition, HID Global’s multiCLASS SE readers, part of our award-winning iCLASS SE® platform, provides tenants flexibility in using a range of new and existing access card technologies, such as legacy proximity cards or smart cards and NFC smartphones to access the office building and rooms.”

Performance Buildings reported that it has seen a return on investment within six months of installation and improved efficiencies thereafter. The company anticipates broadening its use of HID Global networked access control solutions as it continues to expand.

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