Sargent and Greenleaf (S&G), a division of STANLEY Security that manufactures high-quality mechanical and electronic locks, announces its newest locking solution that provides safe security with access gained through a mobile app, eliminating the need for a keypad. Called AxisBlu, the lock combines Bluetooth technology with S&G’s proven lock components for a truly secure safe lock option. Just launched, AxisBlu uses an easy-to-install, unobtrusive medallion that connects via Bluet...
EVVA's electronic system range has been extended by the electronic cam lock. It can be integrated into any AirKey and Xesar system. "This means that EVVA's electronic product range is becoming even more versatile," Sabine Ribits, product manager at EVVA, explains. Be it for sensitive areas, such as pharmaceuticals cabinets, display cases with valuable contents at jewellers' or even lockers in sports facilities, letterboxes in residential developments or distributor cabinets – electronic c...
Business doesn’t stand still, but security feels static. Whether mechanical keys or wired door locks, access control doesn’t always have the flexibility a changing environment needs. When is the right time to expand an access control system? And what’s the best way to do it? Extending coverage for traditional access control is expensive and intrusive, but there is an alternative. If one wants to forget about keys and the hassles of key management, wireless locks are the fast a...
ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, global provider of door opening solutions, has introduced its stylish and distinctive new cover design to the high-quality DC700G range. DC700G-CM door closer The DC700G-CM features Close-Motion technology to ensure doors close quietly, while the DC700G-FT includes an integrated escape door locking solution that can be easily retrofitted to fire doors, without risking certification. Both door closers are available in the new contempor...
Allegion US, global provider of security products and solutions, announced the latest version of the Keri Systems’ software now supports Schlage locks in no-tour mode. Schlage locks The supported locks, which include Schlage Control, NDE and LE, are ideal for multi-family property managers looking to retrofit their existing properties with electronic access control on individual apartment spaces. This provides more security, eliminates unnecessary expenses around managing traditional key...
Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands, Inc., Hardware and Home Improvement Division, global provider of residential security systems, announces a new Control4 version of its Signature Series Deadbolt with Home Connect. Utilising the popular Kwikset single-cylinder deadbolt as its foundation, this keypad-less lock is ideal for homeowners seeking the safety and peace of mind of a Home Connect solution who are already using or are considering a Control4 Smart Home. Control4 Signature Series Deadbolt K...
ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, a provider of door opening solutions, has released its latest white paper on key management and control for void properties in the social housing sector. According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, housing associations and local authorities own five million homes in the UK, with 610,000 of these homes empty at any one time between tenancies - approximately an eighth of the total stock. Impact of effective key management The white paper from ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions addresses the impact that effective key management The time spent by local authorities physically handing over keys between different maintenance staff and contractors can cause significant workflow delays, increase the risk of keys being lost or stolen, and result in considerable delays in re-letting properties. All of these issues can potentially lead to large costs for councils and housing associations. The white paper from ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions addresses the impact that effective key management and control can have on improving operational efficiencies for void properties, as well as ensuring budgets are used more efficiently. Finally, the white paper outlines how ASSA CLIQ Remote can make a huge difference to an organisation’s key management and control processes. These include streamlining operations, reducing the risk of lost or copied keys being compromised, cutting costs and improving an organisation’s sustainability credentials. Electro-mechanical locking system ASSA CLIQ Remote is a simple, intelligent electro-mechanical locking system that allows only those with the necessary authority to access a building. It enables owners to have complete control over who can access a property, with members of staff allocated a single key, and entry permissions that can be altered remotely or set for only a certain length of time. The need for an efficient and effective key management process is really important" One organisation to benefit from ASSA CLIQ Remote is Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC). Since its introduction, the system has helped the council save approximately 40 hours of time every week. The reduction in re-let times has allowed RMBC to deliver an additional £60,000 a year in rental income revenue, enabling the council to use its budget and resources more effectively. Social housing sector The guide’s author, Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager for ASSA CLIQ Remote, said: "In the social housing sector, the pressure to re-let houses as quickly as possible and work to tight budgets should not be underestimated. Nevertheless, properties will inevitably stand empty between tenancies, while staff and contractors carry out the necessary repairs and maintenance." He further added, "As a result, the need for an efficient and effective key management process is really important. Our latest guide discusses this in more detail, while demonstrating the benefits of adopting ASSA CLIQ Remote. It has proven to help save local authorities and housing associations considerable amounts of time and money."
The new SALTO XS4 One escutcheon is a revolutionary stand-alone electronic lock that packs a lot into an attractive, slim and functional handle set. Electronic lock with RFID capabilities It brings together the convenience of an offline point, with easy installation to almost any door and no wires, with virtually the same kind of power and performance of an online point. It offers comprehensive RFID capability including DESFire, DESFire EV1, Mifare Classic, Mifare plus, Mifare Ultralight C and Bluetooth Smart. Suitable for use on almost type of door between 32mm and 120mm thick, it is compatible with most Euro profile doors, even narrow profile framed doors; it is compatible with DIN mortise locks, European mortise locks and narrow style mortise locks. High security protection High security protection is provided via high resistance, hardened anti-drill plates to protect wiring and the reader area. Additional protection is provided by hardened axes and floating steel balls in the handle area. A door status detector monitors intrusion or provides door left open status (wireless escutcheons only) and an electronic privacy function is provided through a choice of thumb turn or button on the inside of the handle. The new XS4 One is available 2 different reader colours: Black and white and the escutcheon comes in a choice of 6 different finishes, making it the perfect choice for almost any type of door.
Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware & Home Improvement Division, provider of residential security, announces the availability of the contemporary versions of the company’s popular traditional deadbolts: the SmartCode 914 Deadbolt Lock and SmartCode 916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt. With their updated, modern designs, these new stylish versions of the industry’s leading wireless, access control locks continue to utilise Kwikset’s Home Connect technology. As a result, they integrate with home security and automation systems to deliver convenience and peace of mind to homeowners with remote locking/unlocking via smartphones and tablets. Wireless security features The new versions of the SmartCode 914 and SmartCode 916 with Home Connect technology incorporate the new Z-Wave 500 Series chip. The new chip provides a number of enhancements, including extended wireless range and wireless security features that reduce the vulnerability of the network during enrollment, as well as increased battery life. Said Keith Brandon, Divisional Vice President of Residential Access Solutions, Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware & Home Improvement Division, “These additions to the SmartCode line exemplify Kwikset’s commitment to not only meeting customer demand for convenience-enhancing technology, security and innovation, but also providing a variety of aesthetic options.” SmartCode 916 also features Kwikset’s unique SecureScreen, which helps mask ‘smudge’ attacks Convenience of features Both the SmartCode 914 with its 10-button keypad and the SmartCode 916 with its responsive capacitive touchscreen offer the convenience of features like keyless entry and dedicated one-touch locking, as well as the security of an all-metal, tamper-resistant interior escutcheon, ensuring top-quality and durability. The SmartCode 916 also features Kwikset’s unique SecureScreen, which helps mask ‘smudge’ attacks in which users codes can be potentially jeopardised by detecting frequently used numbers from the oily residues on the touchscreen surface. Both locks are available in three finishes: Polished Chrome, Satin Nickel, and Venetian Bronze. MSRP for the SmartCode 914 is $199; MSRP for the SmartCode 916 is $229.
If you’re responsible for a medium or large-sized office, it’s more important than ever that you have access to a means of ensuring people’s safety, managing risks and fraud, and protecting property. Any security system that you employ must therefore meet the most demanding commercial requirements of today’s offices, and tomorrow’s. This means thinking beyond a basic intrusion system and specifying a comprehensive solution that integrates smart features like access control, video management and intelligent video analytics. Because only then will you have security you can trust, and detection you can depend on. Reliable entry management Access control systems have been developed that guarantee reliable entry management for indoors and outdoors Access control is becoming increasingly important for ensuring the security of office buildings, but as the modern workplace evolves you’re unlikely to find a one-size-fits-all solution. Today, it’s commonplace to control entry to individual rooms or restricted areas and cater to more flexible working hours that extend beyond 9 to 5, so a modern and reliable access control system that exceeds the limitations of standard mechanical locks is indispensable. Access control systems have been developed that guarantee reliable entry management for indoors and outdoors. They use state-of-the-art readers and controllers to restrict access to certain areas, ensuring only authorised individuals can get in. With video cameras located within close proximity you can then monitor and record any unauthorised access attempts. The system can also undertake a people-count to ensure only one person has entered using a single pass. Scalable hardware components As previously mentioned, there is no one-size-fits-all system, but thanks to the scalability of the hardware components, systems can adapt to changing security requirements. For example, you can install Bosch’s Access Professional Edition (APE) software for small to medium-sized offices, then switch to the more comprehensive Access Engine (ACE) of the Building Integration System (BIS) when your security requirements grow. And, because the hardware stays the same, any adaptations are simple. APE’s ‘permanent open’ functionality allows employees and guests to enter designated areas easily and conveniently The APE software administers up to 512 readers, 10,000 cardholders and 128 cameras, making it suitable for small to medium-sized buildings. With functions like badge enrollment, entrance control monitoring and alarm management with video verification it provides a high level of security and ensures only authorised employees and visitors are able to enter certain rooms and areas. Of course, there will always be situations when, for convenience, you need certain doors to be permanently open, such as events and open days. APE’s ‘permanent open’ functionality allows employees and guests to enter designated areas easily and conveniently. Growing security needs You switch to the Bosch Building Integration System (BIS), without having to switch hardware (it stays the same, remember?). This is a software solution that manages subsystems like access control, video surveillance, fire alarm, public address or intrusion systems, all on a single platform. It is designed for offices with multiple sites and for large companies with a global presence. Bosch Building Integration System (BIS) manages subsystems like access control, video surveillance, fire alarm, public address or intrusion systems, all on a single platform The BIS Access Engine (ACE) administers up to 10,000 readers and 80 concurrent workplace clients per server, and 200,000 cardholders per AMC. An additional benefit to security officers is the ability to oversee cardholders and authorisations through the central cardholder management functionality and monitor all access events and alarms from every connected site. For consistency, multi-site cardholder information and access authorisations can be created on a central server and replicated across all connected site servers, which means the cardholder information is always up to date and available in every location. Intrusion alarm systems Bosch B Series and G Series intrusion control panels can also send personal notifications via text or email Securing all perimeter doors is vital when protecting employees, visitors and intellectual property. Doors are opened and closed countless times during business hours, and when intentionally left open, your office is vulnerable to theft, and the safety of your employees is compromised. For this reason, intrusion control panels have been developed with advanced features to ensure all perimeter doors are properly closed, even when the system is not armed. If a door remains open for a period of time (you can specify anything from one second to 60 minutes), the system can be programmed to automatically take action. For example, it can activate an audible alert at the keypad to give employees time to close the door. Then, if it is still not closed, it will send a report to a monitoring center or a text directly to the office manager, and when integrated with video it can even send an image of the incident to a mobile device. Customised intrusion systems What about people who need to access your building outside of working hours, like cleaning crews? Your intruder system allows you to customise the way it operates with a press of a button or swipe of a card. This level of control enables you to disarm specific areas, bypass points and unlock doors for cleaning crews or after-hours staff, whilst keeping server rooms, stock rooms and executive offices safe and secure. Bosch B Series and G Series intrusion control panels can also send personal notifications via text or email. You can program the panel to send you opening, closing, and other event alerts, which means you don’t have to be on-site to keep track of movements in and around your facility. Video management system A video management system will add a next level of security to your access control system Every office building has different video security requirements depending on the location, size and nature of the business. Some offices may only need basic functions such as recording and playback, whereas others may need full alarm functionalities and access to different sites. A video management system will add a next level of security to your access control system. For example, the video system can provide seamless management of digital video, audio and data across IP networks for small to large office buildings. It is fully integrated and can be scaled according to your specific requirements. The entry-level BVMS Viewer is suitable for small offices that need to access live and archived video from their recording solutions. With forensic search it enables you to access a huge recording database and scan quickly for a specific security event. For larger offices, embellished security functions for the BVMS Professional version can manage up to 2,000 cameras and offers full alarm and event management Full alarm and event management For larger offices, embellished security functions for the BVMS Professional version can manage up to 2,000 cameras and offers full alarm and event management. It’s also resilient enough to remain operative should both Management and Recording Servers fail. Large multi-national companies often need access to video surveillance systems at numerous sites, which is why BVMS Professional allows you to access live and archived video from over 10,000 sites across multiple time zones from a single BVMS server. When integrated with the BVMS Enterprise version multiple BVMS Professional systems can be connected so every office in the network can be viewed from one security center, which provides the opportunity to monitor up to 200,000 cameras, regardless of their location. Essential Video Analytics Video analytics acts as the brain of your security system, using metadata to add sense and structure to any video footage you capture If your strategy is to significantly improve levels of security, video analytics is an essential part of the plan. It acts as the brain of your security system, using metadata to add sense and structure to any video footage you capture. In effect, each video camera in your network becomes smart to the degree that it can understand and interpret what it is seeing. You simply set certain alarm rules, such as when someone approaches a perimeter fence, and video analytics alerts security personnel the moment a rule is breached. Smart analytics have been developed in two formats. Essential Video Analytics is ideal for small and medium-sized commercial buildings and can be used for advanced intrusion detection, such as loitering alarms, and identifying a person or object entering a pre-defined field. It also enables you to instantly retrieve the right footage from hours of stored video, so you can deal with potential threats the moment they happen. Essential Video Analytics also goes beyond security to help you enforce health and safety regulations such as enforcing no parking zones, detecting blocked emergency exits or ensuring no one enters or leaves a building via an emergency exit; all measures that can increase the safety of employees and visitors inside the building. Intelligent Video Analytics Intelligent Video Analytics have the unique capability of analysing video content over large distances Intelligent Video Analytics have the unique capability of analysing video content over large distances, which makes it ideally suited to more expansive office grounds or securing a perimeter fence. It can also differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers such as snow, rain, hail and moving tree branches that can make video data far more difficult to interpret. The final piece in your security jigsaw is an intelligent camera. The latest range of Bosch ’i’ cameras have the image quality, data security measures, and bitrate reduction of <80%. And, video analytics is standard. Be prepared for what can’t be predicted. Although no-one can fully predict what kind of security-related event is around the corner, experience and expertise will help make sure you’re always fully prepared.
ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global door opening solutions’ provider, is launching the new CLIQ Go system for locksmiths looking to future-proof their security expertise. Remote access management To keep operations simple, CLIQ Go allows customers to remotely manage security from a smartphone App. This enables clients to easily manage and change access rights on demand, and instantly revoke authorisation if needed. CLIQ Go offers a major upgrade to traditional mechanical keys. Just one mechanical coding for all systems enables locksmith to keep keys and cylinders in stock, and to programme and configure on demand using the CLIQ Express software. The system combines high electronic and mechanical security and is powered by a battery inside every key. Furthermore, no software installation or maintenance is required at the client’s end, keeping operation simple for locksmiths and customers alike. CLIQ Go is perfect for installers and resellers looking to offer quicker and more efficient services to small and medium-sized businesses" Secure access control “CLIQ Go is perfect for installers and resellers looking to offer quicker and more efficient services to small and medium-sized businesses,” says Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager for ASSA CLIQ Remote at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions. “Managers don’t want to be wasting time changing all their cylinders because someone lost a key, and with CLIQ Go they don’t need to. Secure access control is at their fingertips.” “It offers high standards of security at a cost-effective price, as well as a recurring revenue stream for savvy locksmiths. CLIQ Go brings old-fashioned locks into the 21st century, and forward-looking business clients will love it.” CLIQ Go master key system CLIQ Go cylinders are quick and easy to install without wiring at the door. Cylinders and keys are built to withstand the elements, so can be used on interior and exterior openings, and work across multiple types of enclosure, including doors, cabinets, cupboards and padlocks. CLIQ Go has the potential to be the last master key system the end user ever needs because of the control on keys they have.
UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, a premier provider of door opening solutions, has been granted a second patent for its keyPRIME reversible key cylinder system, giving a patented lifetime to 2036. Providing secure key control, the second patent ensures UNION keyPRIME offers one of the longest patent protected products in the market. Keys and cylinders can only be ordered, cut or assembled by authorised partners. Delivering similar benefits and greater value compared to expensive dimple systems, UNION keyPRIME is ideally suited for commercial, education and healthcare environments. The solution can be keyed for just one or multiple doors, making it also suitable for residential or SMEs, while cylinder upgrades or replacements are convenient and easy to install. The platform offers a range of technical features with performance that goes beyond the standard of BS EN 1303: 2015 UNION key management solutions Boasting a solid 3mm thick key, crafted in nickel silver, the technology combines a contemporary appearance with a proven pin-tumbler design. UNION keyPRIME is available as a master key solution, keyed alike or keyed to differ, in euro, single, double, or key and turn cylinders. The platform offers a range of technical features with performance that goes beyond the standard of BS EN 1303: 2015. When the platform’s long-lasting patent protection, master keying capabilities, and multiple levels of physical security are all taken into account, UNION keyPRIME provides a range of superior performance features over others available on the market. Furthermore, for single cylinders an adjustable cam is offered as standard. keyPRIME is patented until 2036 Craig Birch, Product Category Manager at UNION, explains: “Now protected until 2036, the UNION keyPRIME delivers the most assured patent protection available on the market, providing long life and peace of mind to users. Offering the same reversible key benefits and greater value than more costly dimple systems, its symmetrical faces and no sharp edges means the key works easily, no matter which way it is inserted.” “Coupled with our 100 years’ experience in master keying, UNION has a heritage that is second to none. We are therefore thrilled be granted this second patent for our keyPRIME cylinder system, as we continue to deliver great security and protection to our customers.”
Ask a student, or pretty much anyone, what they think about “access control” and you’ll get a shrug. Conversely, all of us are enthusiastic about security and convenience. Students across Europe are discovering SMARTair wireless access control gives them both. Adding SMARTair access control to a door involves just replacing a standard cylinder or escutcheon with a digital, smartphone- or smart-card–operated electronic lock. It’s hassle-free to make the switch to SMARTair. And with a system design focused on user experience, SMARTair takes some of the everyday pain out of student life. Wherever you fit SMARTair, it’s easy to configure access cards to enable payments in the canteen or at vending machines; for changing room locker locks; and for the photocopier or library loans. You can’t do that with a metal key. MIFARE RFID cards At Madrid’s prestigious Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF) students now open doors with smart MIFARE RFID cards instead of keys At Madrid’s prestigious Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF) students now open doors with smart MIFARE RFID cards instead of keys. CUNEF fitted escutcheons to monitor and ease access to different areas of the university for 1,600 students, without the need for expensive wired door locks. If a student loses their card, there’s no threat to campus security. A manager issues a new credential which automatically cancels the lost card — much faster than changing a lock. When Mezzino took ownership of Rialto Court — apartments for students attending Durham University and Teesside University — they replaced a mechanical master key system with SMARTair. From the company’s point of view, the high annual tenant turnover and a need for scheduled cleaning and summer shutdown were becoming difficult to manage with physical keys. Students also reaped the benefits of their new, user-friendly access system. They have the confidence no previous resident of their flat has copied a physical key. At Funway Academic Resort in Madrid, student rooms are also locked with SMARTair escutcheons. Energy-saving wall devices inside rooms regulate electricity use, and students each have their own safe locked with a SMARTair cabinet lock. The Funway gym, study rooms, games rooms, swimming pool and changing rooms, spa and staff areas are also locked with SMARTair escutcheons — and open with the same smart-card. SMARTair Openow solution The recent launch of the SMARTair Openow solution puts credentials on a mobile phoneThere’s more to come from SMARTair. The recent launch of the SMARTair Openow solution puts credentials on a mobile phone. With SMARTair and the Openow app, students can open their rooms and authorised doors with a smartphone. If you have your phone, you’re already carrying your keys. Student services or facilities managers issue virtual keys over-the-air — and can revoke them whenever they choose — so there’s no need for a key-card handover meeting, at the beginning or end of term. A time-limited virtual key arrives ahead of the first day and automatically expires when it’s time to vacate your halls. Mobile credentials Mobile credentials will be a big hit. Student life goes on inside the handset, as much as IRL (“In Real Life”, for the uninitiated). Last year’s Deloitte Mobile Consumer Survey found a fifth of 18- to 24-year-olds even check their phone for messages in the middle of the night*. From a security standpoint, phone-based credentials have another advantage. Checking our phones is “habitual”, “unconscious” and “repetitive”, according to one study**. We know very quickly if it is missing. How soon would you notice a missing plastic card, especially if you were enjoying yourself on a night out? Biometric security Plus, a virtual key on every student’s smartphone potentially provides an extra layer of biometric protection for every controlled university door Plus, a virtual key on every student’s smartphone potentially provides an extra layer of biometric protection for every controlled university door. Fingerprint, and even face and iris, scanners are commonplace on smartphones. ”Generation Z students were raised as digital natives,” says Felix Moran, SMARTair Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY. ”They expect convenience as a standard feature, not a mechanical solution used in Ancient Egypt. In Europe’s increasingly international, marketized higher education ecosystem, attracting these tech-savvy students is critical, as is keeping them satisfied with the campus experience.” SMARTair TS1000 software The complete SMARTair solution includes wireless escutcheons, cylinders, wall readers, locker locks and more; the intuitive SMARTair TS1000 software; and the enhanced new Openow app functionality. It works out the box and is easy to install — and even easier to operate.
CaleyLock Edinburgh was established in 1973 and is one of the longest established locksmiths in Edinburgh – the current owners took it over in 2011 and moved into their brand-new purpose-built premises in December 2017. CaleyLock installs and commissions as well as builds cylinders and padlocks in-house and their main customers belong to utilities, commercial, high-end residential, banking, local authorities and leisure sectors. When preparing to move to their new premises, they needed a security solution which would not only secure their premises, but also enable them to create a Showroom for customers – this is where CLIQ from Abloy came in. CaleyLock worked together with Abloy UK to install CLIQ throughout their premises to secure a number of external and internal doors. A key benefit that CaleyLock have gained from the installation of CLIQ is the ability to change access rights for employees CLIQ monitoring & access solutions A key benefit that CaleyLock have gained from the installation of CLIQ is the ability to change access rights for people including employees, and monitor the access to restricted areas. The owners also now have peace of mind that nobody can access unauthorised areas outside of work hours and lost or stolen keys can easily be deleted from the system. CaleyLock are also delighted to now have a CLIQ Showroom to be able to demonstrate PROTEC2 CLIQ from Abloy to customers and end-users in a real-life working environment, which has proven to be efficient in displaying the benefits that CLIQ can bring to any organisation, big or small. Ross McKay, Director of CaleyLock Edinburgh said of the installation “We find CLIQ is working really well for us, as our new premises are purpose built – there were no locks installed initially so this has been a great upgrade to the security. As part of the system, we also have a low energy Bluetooth key which is ideal for people working in remote areas as we can see from the audit trail who has accessed specific sites, and when.”
Nearly 1000 teams of architects from around the world competed to design an important new building – a “Tall Emblem Structure” that would promote “the new face of Dubai”. The selected winner was the iconic Dubai Frame, and when its doors opened to the public in January 2018, those doors were automatic revolving doors from Boon Edam. Boon Edam automatic revolving doors Situated in Zabeel Park in Dubai, The Dubai Frame is expected to be a major tourist destination attracting two million people a year. It is an impressive structure, with two 150-meter vertical towers connected by a 105-meter horizontal structure at the top to form an enormous frame. It is positioned in such a way that representative landmarks of modern Dubai can be seen on one side, while from the other side, visitors see older parts of the city. The design of The Dubai Frame was selected as the winner of the ThyssenKrupp Elevator Architecture Award in 2009. The architects were clear in their vision to use the negative space of the frame to celebrate and highlight the development of the past, current, and future Dubai – a metropolis that has evolved from its origins as a fishing village to a modern city full of emblematic structures. Selecting the public entrances for the ground floor was an extremely important part of the project The Dubai Frame According to the website for DONIS, the architectural team who designed The Dubai Frame had this to say, “Opposed to the complexity in architecture, The Dubai Frame is a simple structure, yet with an incomparable presence in the city; it achieves the most with the least and will become the new landmark of Dubai. DONIS has designed other iconic structures including the Dubai Porsche Design Towers and the Dubai Renaissance Tower.” Selecting the public entrances for the ground floor was an extremely important part of the project. The entrances must visually support the impressive nature of the structure; they must be durable enough for the high volume of visitor traffic expected, and they must provide sufficient security, safety, accessibility, and other factors that are vital to the project. TQA revolving doors When the building opened, the selected entrances were automatic, three-wing TQA revolving doors from Boon Edam. Revolving doors have been a specialty of the company since the earliest years of operation and have continually evolved through many years of experience and product development. The Dubai Frame entrances were an ideal application for our TQ automatic revolving doors" “The Dubai Frame entrances were an ideal application for our TQ automatic revolving doors,” explains Mike Commarmond, Managing Director of Boon Edam Middle East. “Their finish was customised to match the architect’s design and aesthetic requirements; it was a perfect fit for the need, and we were able to provide overwhelming evidence of their long-term durability and service based on our long experience with these products.” Security night locking capability The TQ series of revolving doors is available in both manual and automatic operation and is versatile enough to cover a wide range of application needs. The doors can be provided in a variety of colors and finishes, from powder coated or anodised metals all the way to stainless steel and even polished to a mirror finish to match or complement the installation. In addition to a collapsible door set for emergency exit, the TQ series offers a variety of night locking options, including a new security night locking capability that works in conjunction with an access control system to allow authorised users to enter during evening or weekend hours. Revolving doors allow for simultaneous two-way traffic, and even support the efficiency of building environmental control systems, making them a great choice for many building entrance types.
Security expert Abloy UK has supplied the Design Museum in Kensington, London, with over 56 PROTEC2 CLIQ electromechanical cylinders to secure doors within the building and form part of a security system that protects high value assets and exhibits. The Design Museum is an innovative new exhibition centre showcasing a number of design features. The building is 10,000 square metres with over 100 staff working at any given time in the building’s three galleries, restaurant, café and events space. The museum opened to the public in November 2016 and required a new master key system within the schedule. The Design Museum’s construction company recommended Abloy for the specification due to the company’s excellent reputation for supplying master key systems within the museums and heritage sector. There are a number of different contractors on site every day and the security team were having to escort visitors around the site Electro-mechanical access control system Abloy were asked to specify two options - a solely mechanical solution and PROTEC2 CLIQ, an electro-mechanical solution. PROTEC2 CLIQ is an easy-to-use access control system based on mechanical high-security disc cylinders combined with highly encrypted electronic locking and identification. CLIQ was selected over the mechanical option as this gave the museum more flexibility to change access, whilst eliminating the need to change cylinders. There are a number of different contractors on site every day and the security team were having to escort visitors around the site, which was proving very time consuming. Encrypted electronic locking mechanism The CLIQ software was installed in the control room and the cylinders secured doors, allowing access only to areas personnel were authorised to enter. This gave the flexibility to change access without jeopardising security. For example, if a master key was lost on a mechanical system they would have had to replace cylinders as well as keys which would have been costly, but CLIQ eliminated this risk. Abloy worked closely with the architect and construction company to obtain information of door sizes and quantities and also highlighted compliance requirements to ensure the installation met British Standards. Brian Reeves, Head of Facilities at the Design Museum, said: “We felt that a traditional cylinder locking system wouldn’t work for us, because if keys were lost we’d have to replace the whole suite. By using CLIQ, we can just replace the lost key or cancel access.” CLIQ gives the Design Museum extra functionality over a mechanical system" Cloud-based access control “The system also allows us to audit access, giving us more granular control over the building. Any company that has a complex structure with different access requirements or a high turnover of staff would benefit from the CLIQ system.” Lisa O’Flynn, CNI Account Manager at Abloy UK, added: “CLIQ gives the Design Museum extra functionality over a mechanical system. As well as being able to change access rights, the system offers audit trails, and can be integrated with other cloud-based solutions for control via one central management programme.”
Schools across the U.S. are challenged by safety and security issues that require a broad-based effort to ensure a safe learning environment. School safety initiatives often include technology and human-based solutions, and both play an essential role in preventing and controlling security vulnerabilities throughout a school. The Upper Township School District (UTSD) is a comprehensive community public school district, serving students in pre-school through eighth grade from Upper Township, in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. Located in Petersburg, New Jersey, the UTSD wanted to strengthen classroom and building security by upgrading the locks on classroom and perimeter doors. Their options at the time included an interior classroom mechanical lockset; a wireless lockset that was not online; and an online communication wireless lockset. The online wireless lockset was the desired choice for UTSD because it allowed the school to be locked down immediately and remotely. The problem however was that the cost of deploying wireless locks for more than 130 doors throughout the three buildings was significantly more than UTSD had budgeted. Given the fact that we also wanted the ability to lock the perimeter and interior doors of each school, Sielox had the complete solution for our needs" Pinnacle access control system During the course of UTSD’s search for a more affordable solution, new wireless lock technology became available and at a cost that was approximately 50% less. The savings allowed UTSD to move forward with the project that now had capability for a layered approach to school security. This included installing Sielox’s Pinnacle access control system for control of interior and perimeter doors and the 1700 intelligent controller integrated with the new Schlage NDE wireless locks. The system was designed and built by CM3 Building Solutions, a security channel partner with Sielox. “We were looking for the best solution to handle a lockdown situation at the three schools in our district,” said Vincent Palmieri, Superintendent, Upper Township Schools. “Given the fact that we also wanted the ability to lock the perimeter and interior doors of each school, Sielox had the complete solution for our needs.” CLASS provides real-time classroom status, updates and notifications to administrators using graphical maps, email and text messaging CLASS emergency notification and lockdown solution Sielox’s CLASS (Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System) emergency notification and lockdown solution was also installed. CLASS provides real-time classroom status, updates and notifications to administrators and first responders using graphical maps, email and text messaging to assist in making split-second decisions in the event of an incident or developing situation. “We were blown away by CLASS and how it works with the locks. With this layered security system in place, we can lockdown the building, change alert levels when needed and communicate with local law enforcement in real-time,” continued Palmieri. Sielox’s layered access control and lockdown systems have been successfully deployed in schools across the country. Products are designed and manufactured in the U.S.A. and meet or exceed any user requirement from entry level to enterprise wide systems.
Lock and key security has come a long way since Ancient Egypt. Over the centuries, Romans, the lever tumbler and Linus Yale’s pin tumbler all took the technology forward. Each was a significant milestone. But in truth, your average pharaoh would still recognise his clever gadget. The latest advances in key-based electronic access control, on the other hand, would send Rameses into a tailspin. A mechatronic locking system like CLIQ combines high-end mechanical and electronic protection. A range of key-operated mechanical cylinders and padlocks maximise physical security and attack resistance. CLIQ technology then layers encrypted, user-friendly electronic security on top — adding control and convenience without the need for wires: all CLIQ devices are wire-free. CLIQ offers a simple step up from mechanical security to powerful access control, with no change to existing hardware like doors Smart cloud-based security interface Power to operate the electronics comes from the battery inside every CLIQ key. And because it’s key based, CLIQ offers a simple step up from mechanical security to powerful access control, with no change to existing hardware like doors. Smarter security, secure cloud-based interfaces, mobile endorsement and a more flexible workplace are within easy reach for any building. CLIQ is trusted by organisations in all kinds of industries. Recently, German supermarket chain REWE chose CLIQ for its newest warehouse in the north of Berlin. “With CLIQ, we have great flexibility in the event a key is lost or if we want to make any changes. We can revoke the key's access entitlements by reprogramming the 400 locking cylinders in use,” explains Marc Haverkamp, Project Manager for the REWE Logistics Centre. Adaptable access system In Sweden, Stockholm’s Vasamuseet upgraded their old mechanical system to CLIQ. Staff used to carry heavy keychains with ten or more keys. Now facility managers can amend the access rights of everyone’s CLIQ key at any time, even remotely. “Previously, the biggest problem was lost keys,” says Michael Andrésen, Operations and Security Officer at the State Maritime Museums, Sweden. “Then the lock had to be replaced, which was expensive.” With CLIQ, a lost key’s access rights are simply removed, instantly, and it no longer opens any doors. “With CLIQ, it’s clear where our keys are.” CLIQ is popular with public utilities, because CLIQ cylinders and padlocks can handle extreme weather and secure almost any locking point, making it more adaptable than standard electronic access systems. It is also easy for Eau de Valence, a French water utility, to manage mechanical and electronic locks in the same installation: “The electronic and mechanical cylinders are managed by one and the same key,” adds Christophe Nublat, Head of Study and Works Division at Eau de Valence. We used to report damages every week. Now, we have had a single, failed, attempt on a cylinder in the last 6 months" Reduced burglaries To combat the theft of valuable recyclable materials, Communauté d’Agglomération La Rochelle managers installed CLIQ padlocks and cylinders at 13 dispersed waste reception centres and issued individually programmed keys to authorised staff. The impact was instant: “The number of burglaries has been reduced in a spectacular way,” says Hervé Begaud at the Communauté d’Agglomération. “We used to report damages every week. Now, we have had a single, failed, attempt on a cylinder in the last 6 months.” La Rochelle district administrators are impressed: they plan to extend CLIQ access control to all critical municipal sites. Wherever you work, employees leave, keys get lost, and outdated devices with unreliable security are still in use throughout your premises. Flexible access rights management Yet the remedy to all these problems is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. There are CLIQ extensions for all kinds of security needs, supplementing the easy, flexible access rights management, and scheduling for keys, users and doors that comes with every CLIQ installation. For small to medium-sized businesses, CLIQ Go supports managers in administering their access system on the move and in the cloud. Lost keys are easy to revoke via the CLIQ Go app, designed to be easy enough for a non-specialist to operate. Even a pharaoh. In medium to large businesses, security managers can administer their CLIQ system using the CLIQ Web Manager via a standard web browser. The additional option to operate on a Software as a Service basis can help reduce IT infrastructure costs. Data security is ensured, plus 24/7 monitoring and support are available on request. In the event of a fire, firefighters update their CLIQ key at the station or on the move, using a key updater kept in each fire engine CLIQ Remote with Connect For managing a large business with remote sites or a mobile workforce (or both), CLIQ Remote with CLIQ Connect is the tailor-made solution. In Sweden, the Skellefteå Fire Service uses CLIQ Remote. In the event of a fire, firefighters update their CLIQ key at the station or on the move, using a key updater kept in each fire engine. There’s no longer any need for stations to hold and manage multiple sets of keys, or for off-site firefighters to first go to the station for the right key. A rapid response means more chance to prevent a fire from spreading. “With the CLIQ Remote key updater in each fire engine, we can authorise a key for a limited time. If we lose the key during an emergency, for example, it becomes useless after 60 minutes,” says Skellefteå fire engineer Johan Marklund. Mobile accessibility “Previously, we had a key safe at every fire station,” he adds. “At the main station alone there were about 100 keys. We had to take inventory regularly and sometimes found certain keys no longer worked. In a serious situation, we wouldn’t have been able to enter premises without breaking down the door. I recommend emergency services in other locations choose the same solution.” The optional CLIQ Connect app smooths mobile workflows. A key-holder no longer needs to update access rights in person, carry additional updating devices, or even return to base. All they need is a smartphone and the app. The app pairs a programmable CLIQ Connect key, via Bluetooth and an encrypted cloud connection, with the CLIQ Web Manager. To change a key-holder’s access rights, a system admin accesses the CLIQ Web Manager software — from anywhere — and updates their profile. The key-holder establishes a secure Bluetooth connection between their programmable CLIQ Connect key and the CLIQ Connect app to instantly update permissions.