Aperio from ASSA ABLOY protects HafenCity University Hamburg

Staff and students guaranteed safe passage at Hamburg's HafenCity

The customer


HafenCity University



Hamburg, Germany


Students and staff members

2 860


Main usable area : 

14 000 m²


ASSA ABLOY partner:

Siemens AG


Aperio devices installed :

500 offline electronic cylinders

The challenge

HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) offers courses of study and research in fields such as architecture, civil engineering, geomatics, city planning, and urban design. The spectacular new construction of HCU is located on the south-ern bank of the Grasbrook in one of the most important urban development locations in the new HafenCity. Students and staff members from five locations previously dispersed across the city now meet in the new building. 


The central interior space of the building has two foyers on different levels, a media centre with a library, a cafeteria / canteen area, lecture rooms, laboratories, seminar rooms and creative workshops, offices for work groups and research groups, study and group work areas for students, and areas for exhibits and events. One require-ment was made clear during the construction planning phase: Installation of a flexible and modern access control system for the staff and students at HCU.

The solution

In order to increase transparency and to  minimise management costs, HCU installed an innovative electronic access control system from SIEMENS. Aperio® components are an essential part of the system: Around 500 offline electronic cylinders are integrated in the system. In com-bination with online readers/doors, additional doors can be equipped with Aperio®  offline cylinders – and all access entitlements are saved via online access control system to RFID  authorisations.  For security reasons, the validity period can be adjusted for the respective use authorisations.


As a result, the IT department at HCU has greater control, can respond to organisational changes in real time, and will only need to monitor a  single security system. Users require just one locking medium. Mechanical keys are aban-doned in favour of security and convenience. The Aperio® cylinders also have the added benefit of possible extension at a later time. They can react very  flexible to the requirements on the building.