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Door Automation and Integrated Access Control - The Benefits of Working with A Company that Does it All

Door automation and access control go hand-in-hand. The automatic door control market is said to grow by roughly 7% in the next 10 years. This projects a steady rise in the replacement of manual doors and the installation of integrated access control systems.

Door automation and access control systems are automated doors that work on sensor-based technology and can be operated by a remote control system. Automated doors work mostly without physical keys and hence the risk of unauthorized entry through lost keys is lower.

Today, door automation is all about security and planning. One can see door automation integration with access control adopted in multiple spaces like airports, hospitals, educational spaces, sports and cultural centers, manufacturing and research facilities, retail spaces like malls and theatres, hotels, residential complexes and more.

When access control and door automation are integrated, there are many more possible uses. There are more efficient and effective ways to restrict entry, manage crowds and meet the security demands and protocols of larger facilities. Spaces such as hospitals, airports or commercial spaces, and malls that have large crowds daily, have advanced security concerns. Let’s look at what dormakaba has to offer in this space and how integration can bring value.

Integrated access systems allow maximum control and optimization of security and operations of an entire establishment in real-time. This is possible only if door systems are connected to access control systems.

Integrated access control and door automation have multiple benefits:

  • Security alerts can be customized and set according to the owner’s preferences and integrated into the overall access system.
  • Remote access allows for tighter control of security in real time.
  • Integrated access also cuts down the need for overall security staff and manual intervention saving costs for business owners.
  • It makes it much easier for complex environments like hospitals, care facilities and other public spaces to meet compliance requirements. This is because integrated systems involve the recording and storage of data. The data is recorded automatically for study and reporting for improved operations and planning.
  • Energy efficiency and sustainability are high on the list of factors for most owners to move toward the implementation of integrated access control and door automation. It can save energy consumed through lighting and heating in segregated areas.
  • There is an increase in property value because of built-in sophisticated automated door systems. They offer a level of convenience to those who can afford them. Automation adds to the value of a property for a user. Therefore, architects may be tempted to adopt integrated solutions to provide builders with the best end product to sell.

What does dormakaba offer?

dormakaba has a range of automatic doors and access control solutions supported with the latest and most user-friendly door-scheduling tools and platforms to work on. This helps architects and building professionals to manage door schedules effectively for their projects. These platforms help architects and related teams to work together on any project Therefore, dormakaba helps architects design and plan fully-integrated access and security solutions that work seamlessly for a building project.

dormakaba is also at the front of the line when it comes to technological advancements. Therefore, dormakaba brings builders and architects the latest offerings and breakthrough solutions and products for their projects.

Some of dormakaba’s tools and how they benefit architects, planners, and other connected stakeholders are highlighted below.

Exclusive dormakaba tools that make a difference in your planning      

EntriWorX EcoSystem is the perfect platform for collaborative planning

It covers planning the installation and the operational needs of the products and solutions offered. This tool involves all connected to the building construction process and its entire lifecycle.

  • Ideal for architects, planners, installers, facility management and anyone involved in the building construction process and building lifecycle.
  • A digital environment for collaborative working.
  • All planning documents and access information is accessible online to everyone involved.

  1. EntriWorX Planning 360° is home to the Common Data Environment (CDE)

EntriWorX Planning 360°, the web-based collaboration software, simplifies not only the design planning but also communication among all those involved in the planning and implementation of generating the door list. Time constraints, building regulations, safety requirements and ambitious customer needs are easily handled.

  • Open BIM ready, Autodesk-Revit and IFC files, 2D CAD formats.
  • Complex situations and interdependencies can be visualized in 3D.
  • Effective issue management via standard interfaces such as BCF.
  • Easy import and export of door lists.

  1. EntriWorX Planner, a platform for your detailed door and access planning
  • This tool is a detailed service to help you plan your door solutions.  For installation planning: EntriWorX Planner.
  • Planning with functional door models from predefined door templates.
  • Implementation is compliant with standards and building regulations.
  • Visualization of access and security zones including component list and connection diagrams.
  • Development of technical and operational design planning.
  • The technical and operational design plans can be mapped and adapted as needed, for instance by security advisers, installers or by dormakaba itself using the EntriWorX Planner.
  • The tool works with predefined templates, which are then provided in the data cloud.
  • All the information is presented clearly and well-understood by users. This makes the tool so easy for architects, planners and support teams to adopt and use.

Other benefits of integrated access control

Secure entry

There is an option to restrict and manage entry through access control settings. The parameters can be adjusted to variables like time of day, identity, employee IDs, and more.

With larger spaces like hospitals, airports, research facilities and factories, the need for security can be complicated. It requires a solution that is unique to the owner or builder and multi-layered. In these cases, access control systems are tied to other software being used to provide services such as nurse call systems and even video surveillance.

Here, efficient integration plays a vital role. This is because there is a high reliance on remote monitoring and collection of data for better operations management and overall business growth. All this is not possible to achieve without integrated systems. When integrated systems are employed through a single partner such as dormakaba, there are bundled costs and far-reaching benefits.


Automated doors ensure that touch is eliminated. This ensures there is no spread of infection by touch, and therefore, rating it high on convenience. By avoiding touch, the spread of germs can be averted. It is beneficial to use automated doors in old age homes and hospitals since it helps in infection control.  

Offices, high-end residences, hospitals and similar spaces that use integrated access do so to offer convenience as a selling point to the end consumer. Another factor in favor is the ease with which it provides access for disabled people at their workplace since they are unable to open doors themselves.

If convenience for the customer is a consideration while creating solutions for your new building project, then integrated access is apt. Convenience can be considered a form of luxury and perhaps convert to increased business and higher revenue in the long run.

Managing people flow

Integrated access control helps manage people flow efficiently. Employees using mobile apps to enter office buildings save time and allow for a smooth flow of traffic within the premises. This saves time for administration teams as well. This application can be seen in hotels, office buildings, student hostels and more.

Another example is the use of turnstiles and elevator access control. The use of limited floor access in elevators along with turnstiles controlling crowd entry can help manage bottlenecks in crowded spaces like malls and hospitals. It reduces the time for those walking in and out of the building. It, therefore, helps avoid unnecessary crowding in lobbies and entrances of buildings.

Infection control management

Integrated access control and automated door systems are extensively used in secure facilities like hospitals and research laboratories to control infections. When the need for touch is done away with, the transfer of germs in a thoroughfare is eliminated. The same can be adopted for busy areas like malls and office complexes where there is high footfall throughout the day.

Eliminating the human touch to open and close doors in offices is achieved by -

  • using automated doors with integrated access control
  • badges that also customize entry and access in secure areas or private offices.
  • In offices, access control badges mean touch is eliminated and the office as a safe environment for employees stays more sterile.

Many spaces that have previously used manual doors have replaced them with automated door systems and integrated access.

In conclusion

The key takeaway here is that the benefits of using door automation and access control together through an integrated system are high. When a single solution provider is employed like dormakaba, the outcome is seamless, efforts are unified and costs are saved.

Ask our experts more on any of our supporting platforms and tools and understand how dormakaba can bring value to the specification and planning of the next project. Contact us.


What is the key importance of using automated doors?

All kinds of risks of theft and threats to security are brought down drastically with the use of automation. With security at the forefront, integrated access only ensures that authorized entry is allowed at the perimeter or entry of facilities. This is also possible through highly remote access. It cuts out manual intervention and can offer protection without the need for a security guard to be present at the doorways.

What is driving the growth of the integrated use of automated doors and access solutions in projects today?

Primarily, security is the biggest driver, along with convenience and efficiency in building management which plays a bigger role in the post-project completion phase. This is a factor for architects to keep in mind when planning access and door systems. Other points include the safety of personnel and assets within offices and facilities.

Can access control be integrated with other building management systems?

Yes, access control can be integrated with other systems controlling heating, lighting, HVAC, surveillance, and more. Our experts at dormakaba can answer these questions and supplement them with additional inputs specific to your project type.

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