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LOCKEN, the smart key product company, reports providing Palma de Mallorca Airport with access control. As the third largest in Spain, Palma covers the Balearics and welcomes around ten million tourists annually; and, on some August days, hosts as many flights as London Heathrow. Palma’s operator, the AENA group (which also manages Madrid and Barcelona airports), has seen passenger numbers return to a strong upward curve over the past two years.
LOCKEN is equipping access points around the security perimeter of the two main runways at Palma. These are restricted areas, with entrance gates that must allow access to emergency services in the event of a major accident. The padlocks that close these gates are fitted with LOCKEN cylinders. They can only be opened by holders of a smart electronic key, with the necessary access rights. Positioned outside, they have to withstand severe weather, due to the high temperatures and close proximity to the sea.
Nick Dooley, Managing Director of LOCKEN UK, pictured, says: “The robust and flexible nature of LOCKEN’s access control solutions illustrates the total reliability of the system, which is made possible by cable free technology: the passive cylinders are actuated by the intelligent electronic key, which transmits both the power and the access authorisation needed to open the cylinder. The key communicates the information to the central system and the LOCKEN solution allows accurate and regular control of gate opening.”
In Palma de Mallorca, these padlocks are used as ‘guard points’: by signalling their passage on these dedicated devices, the security guards on patrol can enable the Security Division to verify compliance with procedures.
Nick Dooley adds: “As in other major European cities, the example of Palma confirms LOCKEN’s ability to meet the increasingly demanding requirements of the airport sector, as well as its capacity to adapt to the needs of each of its clients.”