Michaelsberg Abbey

Reference in the Archdiocese of Cologne

The locking system on the Michaelsberg has to perform several tasks: in the refurbished historic part of the abbey, the new hotel is accommodated, in the new part the administrative and conference rooms are located. The challenge to be met consisted of constantly changing hotel guests.

Secured for the future

Abbey and Forum on the Michaelsberg

Having been used for 900 years by the Benedictine order, the Archdiocese of Cologne decided in 2011 to refurbish the Abby on the Michaelsberg in Siegburg and to expand it. This started a new phase of spiritual life. Architects and other trades had to face the challenge to give room to both, history and future, and to combine old and new.

Two systems, one key

Mechanics and electronics

A combination of electronic and mechanical locking systems secures the historic and modern buildings. The hotel, the administration and the conference rooms are located in the historical part. The solution proposed by the specialist dealer Sectec to secure the buildings and access control convinced the Archdiocese of Cologne.

It is based on the smart combined key from CES, which not only operates all components of the electronic locking system CES OMEGA FLEX but rather also the conventional mechanical locking technology.

Many tasks, one solution

Electronic locking system with modern V-NET programming

The electronic locking system for the hotel and conference areas is programmed and managed with the modern V-NET (virtual network) technology.
At the hotel reception, the guest receives a programmed room card which grants access authorisation to his/her hotel room. Hotel staff can flexibly assign authorisations and can quickly and inexpensively react when a key gets lost.
The mechanical locking system is used where users, such as in-house technicians and hotel and conference staff, do not change frequently.
Where in earlier times a fortress like this one was protected from unauthorised access by a drawbridge, today the electronic CES wall terminal controls access at the main entrance on the Michaelsberg. Here, staff members and hotel guests who have already checked in can identify themselves with their locking medium (combined key or guest card) and pass. Unregistered people have to ask for access via the intercom.