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Assa Abloy’s Zigbee Integration with MRs

 

Overview

Electronic Door Locks are keyless electronic door locks used by various industries to simplify the management and monitoring of their doors. The electronic door locks come with a pick-proof design ensuring that the intruders or burglars cannot access your property by picking or breaking the lock. Unlike traditional doors utilizing keys, the digital door locks typically can be automated using a central control server simplifying management and access control of the devices while keeping intruders away. Below are some examples of electronic door locks from a Meraki’s partner, Assa Abloy.

Electronic Door Locks have the following advantages over traditional door locks:

  • Increased security due to the keyless nature of the solution

  • Improved operating efficiency by removing the need to physically update the access controls and remotely control them from a central server

  • The enhanced monitoring experience of seeing the users which utilize each of the door locks?

Meraki partnered with Assa Abloy to deliver a simple integrated solution to our customers in such scenarios. Supported MR access points can act as the IoT Controller to integrate with Assa Abloy’s Zigbee Secure Door Lock Solution. Supported MR access points connect to the door locks while serving regular wireless clients. With the Meraki integration, the door locks will directly connect via Zigbee to MRs functioning as Zigbee gateways which connect them to a Assa Abloy Visionline server removing the need for additional Zigbee gateways or other hardware/cabling requirements.

Assa Abloy/Meraki Door Lock Architecture

Customers must run the Zigbee and wireless infrastructures in parallel and maintain hardware and software for both, increasing operational overhead.

Meraki provides a unified Zigbee + Wireless infrastructure with no additional hardware (e.g., USB dongles or PCI-e add-on cards):

How Assa Abloy with Zigbee Integration Works

Terminology

  • Visionline - On-Premise Access Management System for Assa Abloy electronic door locks

Supported Models and Specifications   

IoT Controller Support

The door Lock Integration IoT Controller with Assa Abloy is supported on the following AP models:

Meraki Model Name

Device Family

Zigbee IoT Controller Status

MR57

Wireless WiFi 6E Indoor Access Point

Supported

CW9166

Wireless WiFi 6E Indoor Access Point

Supported


 

Zigbee Gateway Support

 

Note: Only MR models explicitly listed in the table below are supported.

The Door Lock Integration Zigbee Gateway with Assa Abloy is supported on the following AP models:

MR Model Name

MR Family

Zigbee Gateway Status

MR45

WiFi-6 (Compatible) Indoor

Supported

MR55

WiFi-6 (Compatible) Indoor

Supported

MR36

Wi-Fi 6 Indoor

Supported

MR36H

Wi-Fi 6 Indoor

Supported

MR44

Wi-Fi 6 Indoor

Supported

MR46

Wi-Fi 6 Indoor

Supported

MR56

Wi-Fi 6 Indoor

Supported

MR76

Wi-Fi 6 Outdoor

Supported

MR86

WiFi-6 Outdoor

Supported

MR28

WiFi-6 Indoor

Supported

MR78

WiFi-6 Outdoor

Supported

MR57

Wi-Fi 6E Indoor

Supported

CW9162

Wi-Fi 6E Indoor

Supported

CW9164

Wi-Fi 6E Indoor

Supported

CW9166

Wi-Fi 6E Indoor

Supported

CW9163

Wi-Fi 6E Outdoor

Supported

Assa Abloy Door Lock Models

Please refer to the Assa Abloy website for up-to-date specifications and technical details of door locks. 

  • VingCard Allure

  • VingCard Signature RFID

  • VingCard EssenceV2

  • VingCard Classic RFID

  • VingCard Flex

  • VingCard Sigma RFID

  • VingCard Alfa RFID

Prerequisites 

  • Access to a Visionline Server. 

  • Access to Electronic Door Locks from Assa Abloy. 

Note: Enabling the Door Lock Integration on a Meraki network precludes other MR IoT functionality, most notably Zigbee. That is, when using Zigbee, MR access points will not transmit a BLE beacon or scan for nearby BLE devices.

Requirements 

  • MRs listed in the “Supported Models and Specifications” section

  • The Network firmware version should be set to MR 31.1 or higher

  • Assa Abloy Door Locks listed in the “Assa Abloy Door Lock Models” Section

  • A Mifare 4K Plus or higher version card made from VisiOnline Software as a Discovery Card

  • A VingCard RFID encoder with an expiry set

Door Lock Configuration

  1. To enable the door lock integration on supported MR models, navigate to Wireless > Configure > IoT radio settings.

  1.  select the “Door Locks” tab, in “Gateways” select “Add gateway”.

The gateway overview page shows all Zigbee Gateway APs in the network, with a status and a count of how many locks are associated with each.

2. In the sections below, include the information for the Assa Abloy Visionline Server, including the IP address and login credentials. 

 

  1. Select an IoT controller in the drop-down menu which is populated by MR57/CW9166 devices present in the network.

  1. Enter a Gateway power transmit value which is in the range 10 dBm to 20 dBm. Click Save once the settings have been configured.

  1. Verify that the information is correct, and click “Finish”.

Edit Assa Abloy Integration

  1. To edit the door lock integration on supported MR models, navigate to Wireless > Configure > IoT radio settings.

  2. Select the “Door Locks” tab, go to “Settings” and toggle "Assa Abloy Integration" from “Enable” to “Disable” or vice versa.

  3. Within the settings page, there are options to update the Assa Abloy Visionline Server details, IoT controller, and Power transmit levels.

Zigbee Gateway Enrollment

After the Visionline server and the IoT controller setup are completed, all the MR Access Points in the network other than the IoT controller will be enabled as a Zigbee Gateway and capable of connecting to Assa Abloy door locks. 

Enrolling Door Locks

  1. To enroll the Assa Abloy door Locks, navigate to “Gateways” and select the lightning icon to start the enrollment process. 

  1. Alternatively, you can select the specific MR Zigbee Gateway, and click “Open enrollment”.

This will send a message to the AP telling it to allow Zigbee devices to join the network.


 

  1. Enrollment will take place for 3 minutes and within that time an individual will have to tap an Assa Abloy Discovery Card onto the door lock. This will connect the door lock to the specific MR access point executing the enrollment process.

If the discovery card is accepted, a green light will flash on the lock. 

A red light either means that there was an issue when tapping the card (not long enough, close enough, only part of the card touched the card reader) or the card has expired. Try tapping the card again. If this continues to fail, use the Assa Abloy card encoder to check the card status and reprogram if necessary.

Note: If the door lock does not appear on the dashboard within 5 seconds of tapping the discovery card, it failed to associate. Wait 20 seconds before trying again.

  1. Once enrolled, specify the Door Lock name to reflect the location of the door lock and select “Finish”.

 

  1. Once enrolled, the door locks will appear on the specific MR gateway dashboard page that they have been connected to. 

 

  1. An onsite individual will have to turn the deadbolt, once the door locks appear on dashboard. This will help provide the external ID that maps to this lock to Visionline.

Rename Doorlock

  1. To rename specific door locks, select the checkbox next to the door lock, and click “Rename”.

 

 

  1. Enter the name of the door lock and click “Save”. 

Remove Doorlock

  1. To remove an enrolled door lock, select the checkbox next to the door lock, and click “Remove”.

 

  1. Confirm the deletion of the door lock from Meraki Dashboard by clicking “Delete”. 

 

IoT Architecture

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Assa Abloy Door locks

  • Directly connect to MRs functioning as Zigbee gateways connecting them to a Assa Abloy Visionline server.

Meraki APs functioning as Gateways

  • Handles Zigbee protocol messages to and from the Assa Abloy door locks.
  • MR Establishes a connection to the IoT Controller via the MQTT broker and periodically updates its status to the IoT Controller.

IoT Controller

The middleware that configures, manages, and controls a large number of MRs, all of which register to it. All registered MRs communicate to the VisionLine server through the IoT NC. 

  • Manages a database of all MRs - each MRs sends periodic update messages to keep their status current

VisionLine Server

This is the Assa Abloy server that sits on the premises at the hospitality venue.

  • Use the encoder to encode visitor/guest cards with door lock ID and stay duration.
  • VisionLine server GUI to configure, manage and control door locks
  • Other guest-related functionality.

Lock Not Enrolling

  • Sometimes lock enrollment takes a while. The Discover card can only be tapped once every 20 seconds, and this process works best if the back of the door is angled (as much as possible) towards the AP.

If this never works, debugging requires a packet sniffer.

  • Sometimes, locks have issues due to a low battery. The door lock programming cable and the Lock Service 3G application can check this.

Getting More Help

Note: For any complications with Visionline Server functionality please contact Assa Abloy Suppport. Issues related to doorlock to gateway connectivity or IoT controller connectivity within dashboard, please contact Meraki support.  

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