Maximising an uptime for a French fibre network

ZeFil manages fibre optic communication delivery to businesses in the Toulouse metropolitan area. It provides the final metres of cable between a network provider and the client, in total connecting around 1,000 businesses to more than  40 network operators  in the region. Abloy helps ZeFil to maintain uptime of 99.99%. Indeed, PROTEC2 CLIQ makes an access control completely fluid across dispersed premises for the company.

"The fact that the locking cylinders are autonomous, without any need to bring electricity to the site, while allowing to manage access rights in a very fine manner, is exceptional, I am seduced by this solution!” Philippe Mlakar, Managing Director of ZeFil.


When ZeFil was founded in 2014, the company inherited operations sites scattered around 37 municipalities of Toulouse. Each was equipped with different locks and mechanical keys. Physical key management had become a major hassle, putting service quality at risk, so the company tendered for a new access control system.

Tender requirements mandated a system able to:

  • Ensure high levels of security at all ZeFil operating sites/premises
  • Grant access rights very precisely for different employees and contractors, based on fine-grained  access needs
  • Supply wireless devices to fit each of ZeFil’s multiple door types, without the need to run power cables
  • Ultimately, ensure ZeFil operators and subcontractors remain able to quickly carry out maintenance and maintain service quality at 99.99%


PROTEC2 CLIQ locking from Abloy Oy was the only solution which met every criterion. Wireless cylinders are installed at all ZeFil’s dispersed operating sites and more than 30 programmable CLIQ keys are distributed to employees and service providers.

- One key logistics - Each person carries their own key programmed with personalised access permissions.

- Quick deployment and use - The time saved is huge for everyone who needs to access ZeFil sites.

- Restricted access rights - All ZeFil access rights must be updated every 24 hours, which ensures a high level of security for the fibre network

“ Management of access rights is extremely easy. It’s a real comfort for all” adds Michaël Combes, Director at ZeFil Systems, Toulouse.


PROTEC2 CLIQ is Abloy’s comprehensive and flexible key and access management system. It’s a wireless solution with quick and easy installation, electronic keys and an audit trail. It provides instant and precise situational awareness of movements. 


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