Aperio® frees staff to focus on campus security instead of system admin

Fine-grained access control for 50,000 cardholders, with ASSA ABLOY and Pacom.

The customer


Lund University Faculty of Law  (www.law.lu.se)



Lund, Sweden


Year of installation : 



Aperio® Partner : 

Pacom Unison  (www.pacom.com)


RFID technology :



Aperio devices installed :

  • 140 electronic escutcheons
  • 10 electronic cylinders 

The challenge

Founded in 1666, Lund University is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. It is also one of Scandinavia’s largest: the  university has a single smart access card for its 42,000  students and around 7,500 staff.The university’s Faculty of Law teaches both Swedish and international students, and sought a replacement for its own 20-year-old access control system. 


Additional requirements included:

  • A system that enabled security managers to update Law Faculty access rights, but did not require thousands of users to return their smart cards for reprogramming
  • A solution that allowed security managers to block lost cards centrally, without the need for technicians to visit every door
  • A system that did not require staff having to reactivate their cards on update readers
  • A way to reduce time spent on system administration, so security staff can focus on service

The solution

The secret is seamless integration between Aperio® locks and Pacom’s Unison security man-agement platform, which was already installed at the Law faculty. Aperio® battery-powered locks with card readers are fully integrated with Unison, and have now been installed wirelessly at the Law faculty. Aperio® locks can be opened using the existing student and staff cards.Because Aperio® locks can be managed online, security managers can now block lost cards centrally, without the need for technicians to visit the door. 


It is easy to de-authorise staff and students who leave the university. An operator simply removes them from the user database in the Pacom Unison system, and their smart card no longer opens doors. Everything is managed from one simple, streamlined user interface. Aperio® wireless locks are also time-efficient to run: “We have been able to reduce the time we spend on user management and system  administration radically,” adds Magnus Svensson.

Installation was problem-free. Aperio® has proven to be very cost effective and is really appreciated by staff and students.

Magnus Svensson, Infrastructure Manager at the law Faculty