ASSA ABLOY Aperio protects Ahoy, the leading event complex in the Netherlands


Ahoy Rotterdam now has state-of-the-art Aperio protection throughout the complex.


Ahoy is a leading event complex in Rotterdam, Netherlands that holds both sports and entertainment events. The event complex, the Plaza, includes six exhibition halls with a total area of 30,000 m², congress and conference centers (7 venues with room for 10 – 500 persons) and a refurbished sport palace with a capacity of 16,000 visitors. It employees 250 people and receives around 1.8 million visitors per year.


With hundreds of events every year, Ahoy needed a secure and flexible locking system with maximum manageability. The present mechanical locking system was no longer efficient due to the loss of keys. The solution also had to adapt to the existing access control system rather than replacing the entire access control system.


Registration, authorization and security; these are a few of the requirements Ahoy had for its new locking system. Around 150 doors in the Sport Palace and the Plaza were equipped with Aperio™ access control system. Aperio made a simple security upgrade possible. Customer installation costs were limited by only minimal modifications to the existing doors and by making use of the existing card readers.

It is now possible to see exactly who the last person was to be in a room and manage access rights for each door. With the easy to expand Aperio wireless lock technology, Ahoy is well prepared for the future.