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CLIQ Remote from ASSA, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the physical security product company, has been shortlisted as ‘Most Innovative New Product’ in the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards.

The developers describe it as an electromechanical cylinder offering key management. For the social housing sector, users can 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.

The makers say that CLIQ Remote is also reducing the time empty properties stand vacant between tenancies. By eliminating the need for physical key handovers, that removes workflow delays, ensuring maintenance staff or contractors are able to access void properties, when needed. Hence social housing bodies can enjoy quicker re-let times and improved working practices, the firm adds.

Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager for ASSA CLIQ Remote, said: “We are thrilled that CLIQ® Remote is shortlisted for ‘Most Innovative New Product’ at the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards. The system offers a secure and flexible solution, helping organisations to streamline their workflow, while also providing a full audit trail and protecting assets from potential security risks.

“According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, housing associations and local authorities own five million homes in the UK. Around 610,000 of these homes are empty, accounting for more than 12 per cent of total stock. This has huge implications for councils, including loss of rental income, increased potential for crime and other security threats, not to mention missed opportunities for would-be tenants to take advantage of safe and secure housing.

“One example of CLIQ Remote’s success in the social housing sector is Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC). Since being implemented 12 months ago, CLIQ Remote is saving staff approximately 40 hours of time every week due to improved operational efficiencies, while delivering an additional £60,000 a year to RMBC in rent and council tax from properties that would have otherwise remained empty for longer.”

The Housing Innovation Awards run at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London, on February 8.


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