A challenging pilot environment for a digital lock
Let’s get back to North Karelia and the Linnunsuo measurement centre, where it all began. Among other things, this station monitors the acidity, electrical conductivity and iron content of the soil in the former peat production area. Right here, the cooperation between Abloy and Snowchange began with the common need to secure precious work for the Nordic environment.
“We started a conversation about how Abloy could support climate work and take solution-oriented biodiversity work forward. Our Linnunsuo measuring station contains very sensitive technology that is important to secure. Another factor is the cooperative’s growing staff, for whom a visit to the measurement centre must be easy and flexible at any time of the day,” says Mustonen.
Operated with a mobile app, the new ABLOY BEAT Bluetooth padlock allows flexible access and the activation of access rights for users of the Linnunsuo measuring station. Designed for remote areas and busy schedules, it drastically simplifies Snowchange’s travel and key logistics, ensuring savings in emissions, costs and time.
Another interesting aspect of the ABLOY BEAT pilot site at Linnunsuo is the Super Weather Proof (SWP) lock’s response to the area’s challenging weather conditions. In addition to snow accumulation, the temperature in winter can drop to -30 degrees in the river valley. Linnunsuo therefore offers a great pilot environment for a digital locking solution designed for critical infrastructure protection.
“The new solution has only been in use for a couple of weeks. The coming winter will show how well the lock meets our needs. If everything goes well, we’ll consider extending its use to our other destinations. In Upper Lapland, for example, winters are even harsher than here in North Karelia. There, we’re already talking about -40 degrees Celsius. And destinations can be dozens of kilometres from a settlement with a working telephone connection. This poses quite a challenge for the lock, but Abloy’s tough quality makes a big difference,” says Mustonen.