Nokia Arena, a structure built directly above the main line railway in Tampere, Finland opened its doors in December. The arena, designed by the internationally renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, will host large events, including the 2022 Men’s Ice Hockey World Championships. The central location of the venue and its opening hours around the clock highlight the importance of access management.

For example, it must be possible to separate semi-public, open areas from premises accessible only to employees or hotel guests. Security solutions as well as access management and control systems for the arena have been implemented by Abloy.

In the arena, the doors are opened with access rights on mobile devices and wristbands. Electromechanical keys are also used.

"Access permits can be sent to smart devices, in which case the door opens with the help of a mobile phone or smartwatch in the blink of an eye. This way, for example, an ice hockey team training in the rink does not have to worry about losing the keys or returning them to the right place when the access rights expire at the end of the game shift. When granting access, it is also possible to determine which premises can and cannot be accessed," says Jani Helenius, Property and Security Manager at Nokia Arena.

Directing an audience of 15,000 to safety in case of emergencies is essential for an event center like Nokia Arena. That's why the locks on the arena doors are integrated with the fire safety system. Smooth evacuation is also ensured by ABLOY push bars. All doors and exit routes in the customer premises are equipped with push bars, also called panic bars or crash bars, so that the doors open quickly and easily when needed.