The Security Industry Association (SIA) is pleased to announce that Allegion and Feenics will each receive a 2021 SIA Member of the Year Award. SIA will present Allegion and Feenics with their awards at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, which will be hosted on March 23 as a virtual event. The SIA Member of the Year Award honours SIA member companies that have shown notable involvement in SIA committees and working groups, SIA events and the SIA Education@ISC conference program; leadership activity; recruitment of SIA members; and contributions to SIA thought leadership and the industry overall. This year marks the first time that SIA will present the award to two companies – highlighting the diversity of the association’s membership and showcasing companies of different scales that exhibit outstanding engagement in SIA and the security industry. Involvement and contributions to SIA “SIA commends Allegion and Feenics for their exceptional involvement in and contributions to SIA and the security industry as a whole and is proud to honour these innovative, engaged companies as the 2021 SIA Members of the Year,” said Pierre Trapanese, Chair of the SIA Board of Directors. “SIA’s mission to be a catalyst for success within the global security industry would not be possible without the outstanding support of members like Allegion and Feenics, and we look forward to continuing to work together to build on SIA’s resources, programming, and professional development offerings to serve our members and the industry through high-quality information, insight, and influence.” Allegion participations Allegion accepts the award on behalf of the employees, who truly are the foundation of the partnership with SIA Allegion is a long-time SIA corporate member that actively participates in a variety of SIA programs, events, products, and services and welcomes its employees’ involvement in SIA committees, working groups and advisory boards. “Allegion is honoured to accept this award on behalf of our employees, who truly are the foundation of our partnership with SIA,” said Tim Eckersley, Senior Vice President of Allegion International. “Since our inception, Allegion has worked with and through SIA to make a difference on the issues that not only matter to our industry but also to our customers. We’re thankful for engagement opportunities through groups like SIA RISE and the Women in Security Forum, as well as affiliate organisations like the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), among others, that facilitate critical conversations, networking, and idea-sharing.” Sponsor of key SIA events Allegion is highly engaged in SIA’s RISE community for young professionals – with staff serving in roles on the RISE Steering Committee and as mentors in SIA’s Talent, Inclusion, Mentorship, and Education program and participating in SIA’s RISE Scholarship program – and the Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST), with staff serving on the FAST Board of Directors. The company is a regular sponsor of key SIA events, including SIA GovSummit and Securing New Ground, and was the Premier Sponsor of AcceleRISE 2020. “Moving forward, we expect SIA will continue to be a catalyst for progress within the security industry,” added Luis Orbegoso, Senior Vice President of Allegion Americas. “Allegion is excited to remain engaged and work alongside our peers there – especially at a time when our collective industry is leading the way in the responsible use of impactful technology and building the next generation of security leaders. Together, we can make a tremendous difference in driving innovation and protecting people and our communities.” Feenics participations Feenics is an enthusiastic SIA member involved in a variety of SIA events, programmes and initiatives Feenics, a provider of innovative cloud-based access control solutions developed by security industry veterans – has been an SIA member since 2015. Feenics is an enthusiastic SIA member involved in a variety of SIA events, programmes and initiatives. In the past year, Feenics leadership and staff have been highly engaged with SIA’s resources and publications. The company’s employees have participated in the SIA RISE Scholarship program, and the firm was an event sponsor of AcceleRISE 2020. Employees have attended and spoken at multiple other SIA events, including speaking roles at Securing New Ground and the presentation of the Lippert Memorial Award during the SIA Honors ceremony. Active member of SIA “Feenics is honoured to be presented with an SIA Member of the Year Award. We have been an SIA member since our founding and have always benefited from the reciprocal value of contributing to the association and drawing from its impressive array of resources,” said Denis Hébert, President of Feenics and Former Chair of the SIA Board of Directors. “Participating in events, on committees, on the Board of Directors and in the training, as well as contributing to events, training or surveys, in addition to benefiting from valuable publications and research, provides any member with an invaluable return on investment. All this, combined with the simple benefit of networking amongst your peers to discuss collective issues and trends within our industry, is why Feenics is proud to be an active member of SIA.”
Allegion plc, a security products and solutions provider, has agreed to acquire ISONAS through one of its subsidiaries. The transaction is expected to close early in the third quarter of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions. Acquisition of ISONAS ISONAS has edge-computing technology that provides access control solutions for non-residential markets. ISONAS' devices – like its integrated reader-controllers – utilise power over ethernet, making them easy to install and cost effective as they utilise existing customer infrastructures. The company is based in Boulder, Colo. “By bringing ISONAS into the Allegion family, we’re adding a technology leader with solutions that align well with Allegion’s channel initiatives and add new access technologies to our portfolio,” said Tim Eckersley, Allegion senior vice president and president of the Americas region. “As Allegion continues to drive electronic adoption across our industry, we will also continue to offer more IP wall-based choices that add value for customers.” Since its founding in 2000, ISONAS has accelerated growth, established strong customer relationships and built a network of certified integrators and committed distributors. Allegion’s global presence, electronics expertise and channel relationships are expected to further expand the reach of ISONAS technology and increase its capacity for growth. Following the closing of the transaction, ISONAS is expected to operate within Allegion’s Americas region. ISONAS generated approximately $6 million in net sales in 2017. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Tim Eckersley has provided consistent support to the PASS and the National School Boards Association Allegion Senior Vice President and President of the Americas Tim Eckersley was honoured with the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award at The Security Industry Association (SIA) Honors Night during ISC East in New York. Eckersley has been a consistent advocate for SIA’s school security initiatives and for increasing industry collaboration with the K-12 school community. He has played an important and ongoing role in SIA’s government relations efforts to secure federal funding and legislation for security enhancements in K-12 schools. In this role, he has provided support to the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) and the National School Boards Association, in addition to moderating a lunch briefing about school safety on Capitol Hill. Eckersley also plays an active role with the Secure Schools Alliance, which was founded by Allegion in 2015 and works in partnership with SIA to lead the national conversation about school safety and security. Creating safer schools “It’s an honour to receive the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award and to work with SIA to create safer schools,” Eckersley said. “As security professionals, we must collaborate with educators, government officials, law enforcement and parents to protect our nation’s children to the best of our ability.” A 25-year veteran in high growth technology industries, Eckersley is now responsible for leading Allegion’s Americas-based business, which employs more than 5,500 people across Canada, Latin America and the United States, and accounts for $1.5 billion in revenue. The Americas organisation is responsible for several of Allegion’s core brands, including Schlage, Von Duprin and LCN. Trade association collaborations "Tim Eckersley has helped drive SIA's collaboration with the K-12 school community and promote best practices and government policies that will keep classrooms safe for learning. His passion for working with elected officials and industry organisations toward this end is exemplary. SIA is proud to recognise him with the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award," said SIA Chairman Denis Hebert. The Hauhn Award is presented each year to an individual within an SIA member company who has worked to foster partnerships across the industry. The award is named in honour of Jay Hauhn, the previous SIA chairman who supported collaboration among trade associations and increasing member interests. Save Save
Zero’s suite of products will allow Allegion to emphasise on green building applications Allegion Plc, a leading global security products and solutions provider, has agreed, through Schlage Lock Company, to acquire Zero International Inc. Zero, a technical solutions brand, is a recognised leader in door and window products for commercial spaces. Allegion Senior Vice President and President of the Americas Tim Eckersley said that Zero is a valuable addition to the business portfolio that will help Allegion drive greater differentiation and compete more effectively in the new construction and aftermarket space. Zero's product lines include a full array of premium sealing systems, such as sound control, fire and smoke protection, threshold applications, and lites and door louvers. Like Allegion, Zero's products have an international presence. "Our team includes many talented specification writers for new construction projects, and we are particularly savvy in creating application-specific security solutions for institutional and commercial segments," Eckersley said. "With the high-quality and engineered product portfolio from Zero, we can expand our offering to include threshold and weather-stripping applications, bringing additional value to our customers. This will also allow us to leverage our impact in international markets where Zero already has a footprint." With this acquisition, Allegion expands its presence in the door and hardware accessories market. The new Zero suite of products will allow Allegion to increase its emphasis on green building applications that support heating and cooling efficiency, as well as delivering the sound dampening and fire and smoke sealing solutions that commercial customers are seeking. Zero President Elias Wexler said the acquisition was a strategic one for both companies. "I couldn't be happier to add Zero's product expertise to the Allegion portfolio," Wexler said. "There is a natural synergy between our two companies. We align not only in creating innovative solutions, but also in offering significant value to our customers. Allegion was the only company that I would consider taking this step with. The opportunities for growth are multiplied by working together."
Regardless of available budget, every school should keep students and staff safe through improved physical security School leaders face unprecedented security challenges that require them to stay current on the latest security technologies and protocols. Unfortunately, many of K-12 buildings are antiquated and access to funding for upgrades is limited. In advance of National Safe Schools Week (October 19-25), Allegion plc has identified three critical security practices to help school leaders address evolving security threats. "Recent attacks in our nations' schools—including 74 school shooting incidents since Sandy Hook—signal an immediate need to change our approach to school security. Unfortunately, the motivation to evaluate and update security technologies and protocols tends to wane between high-profile events," said Tim Eckersley, Allegion SVP, President Americas. "We can't afford to wait until the next tragedy to do something. Every student, parent and educator deserves a school that is secure in the face of any threat, including armed intruders and natural disasters." Regardless of available budget, here are three things every school should do to keep students and staff safe through improved physical security: 1. Stay focused on proven and reliable practices. The safety threats facing schools today—from both intruders and natural disasters—require immediately responsive and dependable security systems. Avoid untested, new devices and ideas that may put students in greater danger (i.e. bullet proof backpacks and white boards, make-shift door barricades etc.). While the development of these new "devices" may be well intended, it could actually put staff and students at greater risk. 2. Develop a Lockdown Strategy. Lockdowns save lives. Students who locked down in their classrooms at Sandy Hook Elementary School survived. Every school should have a lockdown strategy—the ability to manage the comings and goings of each doorway and lock down, on demand, in the moment, as soon as an emergency arises. Security experts recommend one of the following proven lockdown technologies: Manual lockdown - using keys and classroom security function locks to lock down a space is economical, but relies upon an individual having the right key in hand and being at the right opening during a lockdown situation. Remote lockdown - enables classroom lockdown by remote fob within proximity of door and is a cost-effective alternative to a networked system. Centralised lockdown - this solution, when integrated with access control software, can enable school or campus-wide lockdown. 3. Plan and Prepare. Even the highest security technology will be ineffective without proper training and preparation. A school's ability to activate lockdown relies on the people and protocols you have in place. Every school needs to have a security plan that defines how you'll control access at your school, along with staff roles and responsibilities for implementing those procedures. Protocols and actions should be clearly defined, documented and practiced regularly. These policies and procedures should be part of your school's code of conduct and ensure educators—even substitutes and support personnel—are trained on them. Establish staff-wide accountability and enforce it at all levels. "The bottom line is that the ability to lock down safely and efficiently helps save lives when a school is facing a threat. Regardless of which of these three recommended lock down systems a school uses, drills should be practiced on a regular basis. Staff and students should know exactly what to do and where to go in the case of an emergency. This should be the number one security priority in all U.S. schools," said Eckersley.
The events include a press conference discussing Allegion's electronic security offerings, and a school security seminar Allegion plc, a leading global provider of security products and solutions, is hosting two events to showcase the company's recent innovations in its electronic security portfolio. The events include a press conference to discuss Allegion's new electronic security offerings and a school security seminar. Both events will take place during ASIS International at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta later this month. Members of the media and registered attendees of ASIS are invited to attend both events. Allegion Press Conference: 1:00pm, Tuesday, September 30, Room B-403 Allegion President, Chairman and CEO, Dave Petratis will give the media an overview of Allegion's electronic security solutions across the commercial real estate, campus safety and residential markets. Topics of discussion include: ENGAGE™ technology, which will change the way commercial building owners and tenants think about interior building access by making electronic access control easier and more accessible for the commercial real estate market by making it easier to transition from mechanical keys to electronic credentials. The Keyless Era, a campaign encompassing Schlage's full Keyless suite of electronic locks for the home, including Schlage Touch™ and Schlage Connect™. Schlage's electronic locks free users from the hassles of keys, give them easier access to their home and include options for controlling home security through mobile devices. Critical Considerations for School Security and Lockdown: 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Tuesday September 30, Room B-308 School security challenges can be complex and overwhelming. The threats of today mean reinventing the approach to the safety of students and the physical security of the campus. Tim Eckersley, Allegion SVP, President Americas, will discuss school lockdown solutions as part of a broader discussion about campus safety and security. In recognition of Allegion's contribution to Safe School Week (October 19-25, 2014), the seminar will help school administrators and facility managers better understand effective lockdown procedures, leading to better physical security for children and teachers. Mr. Eckersley will encourage school security providers, influencers and administrators to be aware of new and untested security and lockdown products that could actually put staff and students at greater risk. He will also be available to take questions from members of the audience and the media.