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Abloy UK publishes White Paper focused on Smart Infrastructure Integration

Access control technology is increasingly forming part of a greater, fully-ntegrated infrastructure system that links every aspect of a building together. Successfully integrating digital automation and control systems, smart devices and data analytics with physical infrastructure can offer exciting opportunities for businesses, communities and Governments.

Next-generation Smart Integrated Infrastructure offers new prospects for effectively managing the way in which we live, work and grow, while at the same time allowing us all to remain safe and secure.

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With this in mind, Abloy UK has created a Smart Infrastructure Integration White Paper. This document explores how organisations in all sectors can take advantage of cutting-edge security and access controls, and how they can link into a wider connected ecosystem to deliver operational efficiencies to potentially under-resourced businesses.

*To view the full White Paper visit https://www.abloy.co.uk/en/abloy/abloy-co-uk/about-abloy/white-paper/smart-infrastructure-white-paper/

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Video: Are You Putting Lives at Risk With Poor Fire Door Safety?

Did you know that six out of every ten people wouldn’t know how to identify a fire door?

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To highlight this issue during Fire Door Safety Week 2017, security expert Abloy UK has created a video to explain how organisations could be putting lives at risk by not ensuring fire door compliance in buildings across the UK.

Here’s a link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-IZwpWweDw

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Abloy UK set to showcase security solutions at MLA Expo 2017

Abloy UK is showcasing its range of compliant security solutions at MLA Expo 2017, and will also be highlighting the importance of fire and escape door standards in saving lives. Taking place at the International Centre in Telford between 6-8 October, MLA Expo is Europe’s largest exhibition trade show for the locksmith and security industry.

Products being presented on Abloy’s stand include a wide range of mechanical and electromechanical systems, some of which can be integrated with smart technology.

Standards expert Pat Jefferies (commercial director at Abloy UK) will be hosting an interactive training session on compliance for escape and fire doors, while visitors to Abloy’s Stand (H2.27) can also be privy to a hands-on demonstration of the company’s new products, namely eCLIQ and the Escape Door System (EDS).

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eCLIQ is a completely electronic locking solution which uses the mechanical precision and microelectronic modules of the PROTEC2 CLIQ system. The locks within the range are both secure and reliable, with a compact waterproof design allowing for the strongest possible security.

The system also takes advantage of the core benefits of the PROTEC2 CLIQ solution, as each key is individually programmable. This solves the problem of lost keys and allows for access rights to be easily amended or deleted as required.

The EDS allows Read In/Read Out on escape doors without compromising safety or security. The solution complies with BS EN 13637 and enables delayed egress as well as controlled egress with just a turn of the key.

Other products showcased on the stand will include Abloy’s range of compliant and energy efficient electric locks, EffEff electric strikes, door cylinders, super weatherproof padlocks, rim and mortice locks and door closers.

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Pat Jefferies explained: “We know that the MLA Expo is the key event in locksmith’s diaries, and we’re keen to meet with visitors to discuss a range of topics including fire and escape door standards. Abloy not only has a wide range of compliant high security products, but we’re also renowned for our expertise when it comes compliance. We’re pleased to offer training on this and other topics at our Academy to help make sure the right products are fitted in the right applications.”

*For further information on products and services available from Abloy UK visit www.abloy.co.uk

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Abloy UK introduces RIBA-approved CPD

Abloy UK has released a new RIBA-approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course covering all aspects of electric locking for fire and/or escape door applications.

Fire and escape standards have been developed first and foremost to preserve lives, allow emergency escape and prevent the spread of fire and smoke in dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations.

These standards mean that managers of buildings are legally obliged to adhere to Building Regulations when it comes to access control, for example by protecting escape routes and allowing for the safe egress of a building’s occupants in the event of an emergency situation.

Abloy’s CPD covers traditional requirements for escape and panic doors. For example when a door is electronically controlled for access, there must be a mechanical means of escape in the event of an emergency.

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The new additions to escape door standards clarify what is and what isn’t acceptable as an escape door solution. Simply, any door that has a fire exit requirement must be fitted with fire-tested products, making sure the route to escape is never compromised.

The course also covers ‘Dynamic Lockdown’ which essentially enables escape for the occupants of a building and prevents unauthorised access to areas by compartmentalising zones in buildings, potentially saving lives in threatening situations.

The CPD is recommended for anyone directly responsible for specifying and installing fire and escape doors or related equipment and is available at the Abloy Academy, which is based at Abloy UK’s head office. By arrangement, the CPD can also be presented to local groups throughout the UK.

*For additional details telephone 01902 364543 or send an e-mail to: marketing@abloy.co.uk

**To book the Abloy Foundations course online go to: www.abloy.co.uk/academy

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Abloy UK advises companies to secure remote sites in wake of record £20 million fine for Thames Water

Abloy UK is advising companies to secure remote sites and minimise the risk of substantial fines by dint of using innovative new access control technology. This advice comes in light of the recent record fine of over £20 million given to Thames Water for polluting the River Thames with 1.4 billion litres of raw sewage.

Thames Water was functioning with reduced operational resources, in turn resulting in unmanned sites. When alarms were raised signalling issues, they were not attended to immediately – including one being ignored for 37 hours*.

Abloy UK suggests that a system such as PROTEC2 CLIQ with CLIQ Connect could prevent these kinds of events from happening by allowing access to be granted remotely, such that incidents can be dealt with on a swift basis.

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PROTEC2 CLIQ allows for the remote management of disparate or large electronic master-keyed sites, provides audit trails on locks and padlocks and allows lost or stolen keys to be invalidated, in turn assuring secure key management at all times.

CLIQ Connect enables PROTEC2 CLIQ keys to be activated through a smart phone using Bluetooth 4.0 technology, offering flexibility, time-saving and ease of use of remote access control. The system is ideally suited to organisations that have a number of engineers and contractors visiting remote sites, and offers a solution for many different sectors including defence, the utilities, telecoms, transport, education and healthcare.

Steve Wintle, head of Critical National Infrastructure at Abloy UK, said: “We can see from the example of Thames Water that businesses can be under resourced. This is often how mistakes and accidents can happen. Investment in a system such as CLIQ Connect could have saved a business such as Thames Water a significant fine, not to mention the cost of negative publicity and the impact this could have on share price. By de-centralising the authentication of access, the system can act as a secondary confirmation. Access and actions can be double-checked, thereby preventing costly incidents such as this one from occurring.”

*http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/home/107177/thames-water-fined-record-20million-over-sewage-leaks.html

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Abloy UK to host access control-focused seminar at ISEC 2017

Abloy UK is running a seminar at ISEC 2017 which is specifically designed to explain important changes to access control locking applications on fire and escape doors.

Taking place on 26 and 27 April in the Conference Centre, Citywest, Dublin, ISEC is Ireland’s long-established key event for the Irish security and fire industry.

The seminar will help delegates understand the minimum legal performance criteria for access control locking applications for fire and escape doors. This includes detail around EN 179 and EN 1125 – reinforced with new licencing requirements for locksmiths and installers in the Republic of Ireland through the Private Security Authority – and impending changes in local Building Regulations.

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Pat Jefferies: commercial director at Abloy UK

Pat Jefferies, commercial director at Abloy UK, is presenting the seminar, and is retained by the British Standards Institution and CEN as the UK’s electric locking technical expert. During his presentation, Jefferies will also cover implementing the requirements of the Construction Products Directive, which is applicable throughout Europe.

Jefferies commented: “If you or your business supply, specify or install access control locking or blocking as part of a security system, you cannot afford to miss this seminar. I’ll be explaining the minimum performance criteria and the implications of getting the specification wrong.”

*ISEC 2017 is a free-to-attend event. For more information or to register visit www.isec.ie

**For further information on any of the products and services available from Abloy UK, please call 01902 364 500 or e-mail marketing@abloy.co.uk

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Keeping Up With Compliance: White Paper on Escape Doors published by Abloy UK

Abloy UK has created a White Paper that explains the importance of complying with standards and regulations for Escape Doors and recommends solutions to ensure compliance.

All stages of developing any building need to conform to the required standards. From the architect to the installer, all parties involved need to take responsibility for ensuring the correct compliant elements are in place.

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There’s an average of 162 building fires in Great Britain every day, with more than 9,100 fatalities or casualties from those fires, which works out at around 25 per day. Fitting the correct system can literally mean 
the difference between life and death for the occupants of a building.

In this White Paper, Abloy UK explores why it’s vital that each party – whether an architect, specifier, facilities manager or installer – takes responsibility for ensuring the correct compliant standards are met to guarantee safe egress for the occupants of the building in the event of an emergency.

*To view the White Paper visit http://www.abloy.co.uk/en/abloy/abloy-co-uk/white-paper/escape-standards-compliance-white-paper/

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