Guaranteeing quality water

Eau de Valence provides clean drinking water for over 65 000 residents in the city of Valence in the south-east of France. The company manages 4 boreholes on the outskirts of the city, 300 kilometres of water pipes, and has many widely dispersed sites within its operational area. 

“After we chose PROTEC² CLIQ key-based access management system, both the electronic and mechanical cylinders are now managed by the same key”,

says Christophe Nublat, Head of Study & Works Division Eau de Valence.



Because water utilities have multiple sites, often in remote areas, infrastructure security is both critical and challenging. The municipal water authority for the city of Valence, Eau de Valence, is no exception. A few years ago the company began the search for a partner to :

  •  provide reliable access control solutions able 

  •  protect dispersed and remote sites from unauthorized intrusion and the resulting degradation of assets.

  •  lock technology that could handle the deployment of mechanical and electronic locks in the same system.



Eau de Valence have about 40 PROTEC² CLIQ programmable cylinders, padlocks and battery-powered keys in use. Comprehensive audit trails for every cylinder, padlock and key are now available on demand, so monitoring the frequency of contractors and other keyholders who visit the sites is easy. Limiting user access permissions to precise time periods is also easy. 

Mandatory weekly key revalidation provides yet another layer of security. Furthermore, users now need only one single programmable key, cutting down on costs and waste and further increasing security, convenience and confidence in the new locking solutions.

With weatherproofed locks and padlocks, CLIQ locking solution can lock almost any opening, making it much more adaptable than other electronic access control systems. Five Eau de Valence keys are also equipped with CLIQ Connect technology, so supervisors can update the access rights of workers on the move, via Bluetooth and the CLIQ Connect app, if a problem arises when they’re away from base.


  • Easy and flexible to operate - CLIQ Connect keys can be updated anytime and anywhere.

  • High security - Possibility to check access rights in real time. This minimizes the potential risk of a lost key.

  • Cost-effective - Use existing smartphones to update the keys with latest access rights.

  • Support for business processes - Real time audit trails make it possible to manage resources and workflow.


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. 


CLIQ Connect

CLIQ Connect mobile solution minimises the risks around lost keys, logistics of managing them and access control. You are able to grant access rights from wherever you are, even to unmanned locations, regardless of distance and time, with the convenience of mobile technology.


Super Weather Proof Padlocks

The Super Weather Proof (SWP) Padlock range meets IP68 specifications and can withstand the harshest conditions from storm-driven salt water or fine desert dust. They also come with electromechanical versions able to be linked to our CLIQ system.