The customer

University of East Anglia

Norwich, England

ASSA ABLOY partner:

Aperio devices installed:
200 Aperio Online escutcheons

Year of installation:

The challenge

231 rooms

UEA occupies a large campus and sought a locking system for its newest on-site residence, Crome Court. The accommodation has en suite rooms rented to postgraduates, separated into flats for 8 to 13 people.

Crome Court was designed to minimise environmental impact, including CO2 emissions. Its access control system is expected to contribute.

Key requirements included:

  • secure electronic locks built to serve the unique demands of student accommodation
  • stylish component design with an environmentally advanced profile
  • an affordable solution to ensure the project came in within budget
  • a solution provider who could offer on-site training to assist with lock installation

The solution

Extending the system

UEA has used Gallagher access control for a decade. They turned to Aperio wireless locks to extend their existing platform to Crome Court. Doors were fitted with Aperio® Online wireless escutcheons, with installation training provided on campus by ASSA ABLOY.

Students open doors with smart-cards instead of keys. Battery-operated Aperio® locks emit much less CO2 than wired locks.


UEA staff control doors from a web-based interface or mobile phone, with audit trails online enabling real-time monitoring. Gallagher and Aperio devices can operate with the same data on the card, allowing for tighter integration which saves the customer money.

Flexibility is another asset: additional doors can be integrated into UEA’s Gallagher system whenever needed.

"ASSA ABLOY have extensive experience within the education sector. We are pleased to be piloting the system in our student accommodation and hope to roll out Aperio across all residential estate."

- Christine Beveridge, head of campus services at University of East Anglia