Abloy UK has supplied its SMARTair access control system to Your Apartment for its new aparthotel based in the centre of Milton Keynes. The system provides flexible and easy-to-use access for its 65 one-bed and studio apartments and gym.
Your Apartment is a rapidly growing serviced apartment and aparthotel operator based in the UK. They champion a considered, tech driven and design-led approach with over 300 serviced apartments across Bristol, London and Milton Keynes. Your Apartment – Milton Keynes is the company’s largest (current 2023) property in their portfolio boasting 10,000 square feet.
Your Apartment required a flexible and integrated access control system for the aparthotel that could grant access to residents, team members and contractors with the relevant credentials at the right time, with the added benefit of audit trails for enhanced security.
The building contractor approached Abloy UK for advice during the specification stage, and the SMARTair system was suggested as the ideal solution, to offer wireless door entry and provide a detailed security overview of the building: who entered, where and when, in real-time.
With SMARTair, the Facilities Manager controls user rights and sets access limitations, time schedules and permissions calendars for different user groups, so people can only access areas in which they have authorisation to do so at a specific time.
The system is integrated with Openow, a smartphone app that opens doors with Bluetooth functionality, meaning the user’s mobile phone becomes a secure virtual key. The Facilities Managers update virtual keys over the air from anywhere – eliminating delays in issuing new credentials or revoking lost ones.
This is a tailor-made solution for residents, with valid keys on their smartphones enabling them to unlock a SMARTair-protected door by simply tapping the phone against a reader – an attractive proposition that aligns with the modern luxury of the environment.
Dynamic brother-duo Charlie Guest and Toby Guest, Co-founders at Your Apartment, explain why SMARTair was the ideal access solution for the property: “Our mission is to create aparthotels with an emphasis on eclectic design, comfort and convenience, quality without compromise. We wanted to incorporate the latest technology as part of this, tailored to the needs of today’s traveller.
“By integrating SMARTair into Your Apartment – Milton Keynes, we offer residents the latest in cutting edge access control, which not only ensures the security of the facilities, but offers easy access and adds to their experience while staying with us.
“It is so simple to adapt access rights if needed – residents and contractors can move freely and easily in areas throughout a time frame, but when that time is over, the area becomes restricted again. We also like the additional layer of security provided by the audit trails.”