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‘Most Innovative New Product’ at the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards was named as CLIQ Remote from ASSA, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of the physical security and door product company ASSA ABLOY. The award was presented at The Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London.
John O’Brien, Director of Innovation at BRE (Building Research Establishment) Innovation Park, one of six judges of the awards, said: “We found ASSA’s innovation gave housing associations more control over their void properties, reduced costs in repeated visits and allows them to control the whole process. Another area that the judges were particularly excited about is extending the product to provide access for care workers and addressing health issues such as dementia.”
The product allows housing bodies to give key-holders – regardless of location – remote access to a property. Each key can be programmed and updated, which means key holders have access only to the areas relevant to them and during their allocated time or dates. ASSA CLIQ Remote can also reduce the time empty properties stand vacant between tenancies. By eliminating the need for physical key hand-overs, the product removes workflow delays, for maintenance staff or contractors to access void properties as soon as needed.
The judges highlighted the impact the product has already had for instance at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC). Since first use 12 months, CLIQ Remote is saving staff about 40 hours a week due to operational efficiencies, while delivering an extra £60,000 a year to RMBC in rent and council tax from properties that would have otherwise remained empty for longer.
Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager for ASSA CLIQ Remote, said: “We are absolutely delighted that ASSA CLIQ Remote has collected the prize for most innovative product at the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards. In addition to solving key management issues, ASSA CLIQ Remote also helps manage health and safety, and offer audit traces of visitors to the properties. Hidden costs, which can impact greatly on council’s budgets, can be controlled and reduced by implementing this very simple-to-install solution. We are proud of how CLIQ Remote is helping revolutionise access control for the social housing market, and this award is recognition of that. We look forward to sharing the opportunities it can deliver with other social housing organisations across the UK in the future.”