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E-magazine RFID & Wireless IoT Global Issue 02/2022
Access Control with NFC and BLE in the EU's Tallest Building
  • Access Control with NFC and BLE in the EU's Tallest Building
  • Access Control with NFC and BLE in the EU's Tallest Building
  • Access Control with NFC and BLE in the EU's Tallest Building
  • Access Control with NFC and BLE in the EU's Tallest Building
Access Control

Access Control with NFC and BLE in the EU's Tallest Building

Varso Place in Warsaw, Poland, is one of the largest office building complexes in Europe and consists of three buildings connected by a shopping and gastronomy plaza: Varso 1, Varso 2, and the Varso Tower, the tallest office building in the EU. The buildings house office and retail space, a hotel, food and beverage outlets, and a fitness and medical center. Varso Place's recreational facilities and Varso Tower's observation deck are open to the public.

The project developer of Varso Place is the real estate development group HB Reavis, which realizes building projects from construction to building management in Europe. The company needed a unified access management solution for the building complex that would control access to the office space. At the same time, public access to the leisure facilities for visitors must not be restricted. The solution must provide secure and easy access to the building and specific floors and office spaces for over 7,000 people per day.

(Image Sources: HID Global, HB Reavis)

Process Requirements

HB Reavis required a solution in which the reading of different identification media is carried out with uniform hardware infrastructure (readers). Access to the office areas must be possible with smartphones as well as smart cards, key fobs or employee ID cards.

Furthermore, the access control solution should be able to be integrated with HB Reavis' More app, through which building services such as janitorial services, car sharing, conference and room bookings are available to tenants and visitors at Varso Place. The goal is to make access management and building services user-friendly, secure and available across technologies.

Objectives of HB Reavis

  • To use a unified hardware infrastructure for access control
  • To enable users with different credentials and identification technologies access to the building
  • To ensure compatibility of the solution with the More app
  • To manage public and restricted access to individual parts of the building, floors and rooms.

The HB Reavis Solution

HB Reavis deploys a mobile access solution as well as BLE and NFC-enabled readers to manage access control. The readers deployed support both high-frequency 13.56 MHz and low-frequency 125 kHz access credentials and are located on all parking barriers, elevators and doors within Varso Place. Access control with smartphones, smart devices, cards and key fobs is achieved and managed for individual building sections, floors and rooms. Tenants, employees and visitors to Varso Place are able to access the various areas for which they are authorized with a "tap" of a smartphone or other form of identification on the readers.

Part of the solution is a software development kit that enables the integration of mobile access authorizations in HB Reavis' More app. Tenants, employees and visitors are granted access to the building as well as access to Varso Place services via smartphone. Mobile access permissions increase security by preventing unauthorized individuals from entering restricted areas. Furthermore, hygiene is improved in this case, as manual issuance of access authorizations in the form of smartcards or key fobs is eliminated, minimizing contact between people.

Technology Partner

Hardware & Software

  • HID Global - Mobile Access
  • HID Global - Mobile-Enabled Readers
  • HID Global - Software Development Kit

Advantages

  • Uniform hardware infrastructure for access control is implemented
  • Allows users with different credentials and identification technologies to access the building
  • Compatibility of the solution with the More app is achieved
  • Public and restricted access to individual parts of the building, floors and rooms are managed
  • Safety and hygiene in the building is improved with a contactless solution

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