26 March 2021
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EMKA collaborates to develop a low power outdoor cabinet handle for control cabinets

Fast internet and interference-free telephony is the purpose of outdoor telecommunications control cabinets. Their roadside location sometimes makes them a target for criminal activity. In order to protect the sensitive electronics and only allow access to authorised persons, EMKA has developed an outdoor lock solution.

The low-power outdoor handle forms an intelligent system with a wireless cabinet that transmits data to a central management with real-time monitoring. Locking solutions from EMKA are used in order to control access.

Two and a half years ago, the Dutch EMKA subsidiary started cooperating with the security technology distributor TKH Security and some large companies. These companies included the telecommunications sector to develop intelligent outdoor lock solutions. This initially resulted in the Tecnolimit project: across the Netherlands, around 500 switch cabinets were fitted with about 1,500 EMKA electronic swinghandles 1317.

This concept has now undergone further development: The result is the Low Power Outdoor handle, and according to Ramon Philippo, managing director of EMKA Benelux, it is the “next step in outdoor lock management“. A passive, wireless locker without mains power, and an intelligent lock with an integrated card reader as well as TKH Security’s JUNO Prozessor combine to offer a new solution certified according to RC2 burglary protection.

A LoRa/NB-IoT connection transmits data to the central network operations centre (NOC). An employee can monitor all lockers’ status via real-time monitoring on the display. This includes how long the lock and door have been open, the temperature inside the enclosure, whether water is penetrating into the cabinet, or whether the cabinet is tilted by more than eight degrees. An automatic message is sent in the event of a malfunction. The de-energised, battery-operated cabinet can be opened with a compatible key or smartphone – but only if access has been granted in advance. The result: the operator benefits from efficient maintenance, has complete control over the status, saves time and costs.

Starting in March 2021, the first 500 cabinets have been installed in the Netherlands for one of the country’s largest telecom providers.

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