LOCKEN Secures 24 hours of Le Mans Circuit
More than one hundred years after the first race, ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest, or roughly translated, the Automobile Club of the West), creator and organiser of the famous 24 hours of Le Mans, has selected the leading integrator of a secure and traceable access control solution, LOCKEN for its fast and reliable security system. Behind the tireless car tracks, there is a set of intricate and complex facilities. In close proximity to the entrance, which welcomes more than quarter of a million spectators, there is a Museum, about 40 restaurants, 20 shops, a medical centre, security stations all along the circuit, paddocks ,where more than 10,000 competition tyres are stored, and of course the stands for each of the 60 competitors.
7 July 2017 News

This accounts for hundreds of different access points, requiring a variety of permissions, which must be closely controlled and monitored by ACO. Access rights are extensive for ACO employees, and some of the circuit’s customers, such as Porsche, which operates a modern building on the track side. The Porsche Experience Centre allows fans to try out its cars, all year round, on an allocated part of the circuit.
With approximately 800,000 visitors hosted on the site each year, ACO has to account for 300,000 accesses, 53,000 of which must be managed during the competition, or the equivalent of 1,800 accesses controlled per day in June.

The specific requirements for access to its enclosure led ACO to focus on the management of access rights, to ensure perfect traceability for all stakeholders. The scope and diversity of facilities, which total several hundreds of crossing points, requires a secure, yet flexible solution.
LOCKEN’s solution is based on unique key-centric technology, which provides the highest possible levels of security and efficiency, with the power delivered by a re-chargeable digital smart key and innovative software (including traceable data).
Key-centric access management is built with the user in mind, it is based around three elements, a smart key, digital cylinders and a unique software suite, providing robust access control.

A trial phase, over several years, has allowed ACO to confirm the reliability and ease of use of the technologies, and LOCKEN to illustrate its enhanced capabilities. The system already handles over 540 points on the site, with 407 different keys to enable access.

Toze Coelho, who is in charge of access within the operational management at ACO, comments: “In 2016, we equipped the sports module, which is at the heart of the race, dedicated to the management of safety – monitoring by cameras/monitors – where instructions are given to the commissioners positioned along the track. This space is highly sensitive, equipped with multiple networks, and is prohibited to the public. Our aim is to extend this process to provide full access control, and we are particularly keen to equip the Museum of the 24 hours of Le Mans with the LOCKEN solution.”

By contributing to the security of the 24 hours of Le Mans circuit, LOCKEN has positioned itself as a leading player in providing enhanced access control solutions to international venues and events.

Box Off – Snapshot of 24 hours of Le Mans

Quarter of a million spectators
10,000 competition tyres
60 teams

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Locken is a best-in-class partner for large, multi-site companies. Its access control solutions are controlled by a single software package for various industries. Its solutions are particularly suited to critical infrastructure and companies with many remote sites, and designed to simplify and protect access to administrative buildings and industrial facilities.

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