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Finland’s Nokia Arena Reveals Touchless Security Technology

Finland’s Nokia Arena Reveals Touchless Security Technology
17 December 2021
 

Europe’s newest multi-purpose arena, Nokia Arena, demonstrates some of the most modern access management technology.

In the arena, doors are opened touchlessly with access rights on mobile devices and wristbands. Electromechanical keys are also used.

Access permits can be sent to smart devices, in which case the door opens with the help of a mobile phone or smartwatch in "the blink of an eye".

ABLOY has implemented several security solutions as well as access management and control systems for the arena, which will host large events, including the 2022 Men’s Ice Hockey World Championships.

 

Separating the Public and Employees

 

The central location of the venue in the city centre and its opening hours around the clock highlight the importance of access management. For example, it must be possible to separate semi-public, open areas from premises accessible only to employees or hotel guests.

"We have introduced a wide range of keys. Access permits can be sent to smart devices, in which case the door opens with the help of a mobile phone or smartwatch in the blink of an eye. This way, for example, an ice hockey team training in the rink does not have to worry about losing the keys or returning them to the right place when the access rights expire at the end of the game shift. When granting access, it is also possible to determine which premises can and cannot be accessed," said Jani Helenius, Property and Security Manager at Nokia Arena.

"The locks are also integrated into the work shift system of the arena's restaurants. For example, when a waiter arrives at the beginning of his or her shift, the access rights granted to the person immediately take effect in the necessary premises", ABLOY's Key Account Manager Mikael Ermala added.

 

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Picture: a photograph of a smartphone being used to gain access to a door

 

Emergency Measures for Large Audiences

 

Directing an audience of 15,000 to safety in case of emergencies is essential for an event centre like Nokia Arena. That's why the locks on the arena doors are integrated with the fire safety system. Smooth evacuation is also ensured by ABLOY push bars. All doors and exit routes in the customer premises are equipped with push bars, also called panic bars or crash bars, so that the doors open quickly and easily when needed.

"Simulations during the construction phase have shown that 4,500 people can be guided away from the main floor of the arena in less than eight minutes. The entire arena can be emptied in about 15 to 20 minutes, in an optimal situation. This would not be possible without effective opening mechanisms on the exit routes," said Jani.

The arena is expected to host over 1,000,000 every year, employing more than 600 people and around 1,200 hotel, restaurant and event production professionals during major events.

Picture: a photograph of the exterior of the Nokia Arena

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 17 December 2021

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