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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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Clay by SALTO access control solution on show at MLA Expo in October

SALTO Systems, together with partner EMS Distribution, will be presenting Clay by SALTO on Stand 217 at this year’s MLA Expo, which runs at the Telford International Centre from 2-4 October.

In a world where everything is becoming smarter, security and risk management professionals are looking for new solutions that make sense in an increasingly digital-focused environment. They want to substitute mechanical locks with secure electronic products, in turn creating keyless buildings that are smart to own, operate and manage.

Clay by SALTO is the ideal solution for achieving this. It’s a secure, cloud-based wireless locking solution that provides security professionals with a smart access control system that’s easy and quick to install, commission and manage.

Existing mechanical locks would be replaced with Clay smart locks. They fit any type of door. It’s then a case of installing Clay IQ that serves as the hub between the wireless lock and the cloud. This is simple to set up. There’s no configuration needed. It’s truly a plug-and-play solution.

The Clay by SALTO access control solution

The Clay by SALTO access control solution

The software is then set up for end users to control the access rights around ‘Whom?’, ‘When?’ and ‘Where?’

There’s no requirement for installation on a server. End users simply manage and control their Clay access control system by downloading the my-Clay app. This works with any Internet-connected device, be it a PC, tablet or smart phone. The result is immediate access control from everywhere, with alarms and notifications as they happen.

Clay by SALTO provides end users with excellent functionality and performance. It offers a flexible management system that requires no software installation nor the cost of a fully-wired electronic product.

Advanced SALTO access set-up secures No Man’s Fort 

A mile offshore from the Isle of Wight you can find one of Britain’s most unique Victorian structures. Built between 1867 and 1880, No Man’s Fort has recently been re-launched as a luxury hotel and party venue by AmaZing Venues, part of the Clarenco Group. 

Originally designed to house 80 soldiers defending the country from possible invasion, No Man’s Fort has been turned it into a unique ‘get-away’ destination playing host to 22 luxury bedrooms, a dining room that can seat 200 people, games rooms, a laser battle arena, an outdoor terrace with a sun deck, a hot tub, a sauna and, of course, that much-needed parking space for your helicopter!

No Man's Fort: now a luxury hotel development

No Man’s Fort: now a luxury hotel development

SALTO Systems’ partner Lock-Tech Systems was employed to design and install the hotel’s access control system.

The client was particularly concerned about providing a feature-rich technical solution in keeping with the aesthetics of the doors inside No Man’s Fort. To meet this specification, Lock-Tech selected SALTO’s Aelement electronic locking system, which combines all the features of SALTO’s award-winning access control solution with the ability to incorporate the uniqueness of the client’s existing door handles.

Aelement has been developed with the needs of hotels in mind and features a range of hospitality-specific applications, including the ability to control the security of the entire hotel from a single location. This encompasses granting access privileges to individual guest rooms and gathering audit trail data from every door in real-time – all without leaving the front desk.

Other benefits for the hotel include instant room move and instant extended stay abilities, as well as lost card cancellation, intrusion alarm, door ajar alarm, remote opening, real-time audit trails, passage mode activation for meeting rooms and automated low battery reporting.

This technology mix affords the hotel’s management the ability to continuously upgrade security without having to upgrade the locks, saving on operating costs while providing what’s most needed – total control.

“This project stood out for me because of the logistics involved in just getting to the site,” urged Lock-Tech’s systems manager Anthony Harvey. “A helicopter may have come in handy at times to be honest! Despite the logistical challenges, our team pulled together and delivered a system that exceeds the customer’s expectations. I’m sure it will continue to do so for many years to come.”

Phil Harvey, managing director at Lock-Tech, added: “This project demonstrates Lock-Tech’s ability to meet customer requirements no matter how difficult or impossible the task may seem. We look forward to continuing to work with AmaZing Venues on any of the company’s exciting future developments.”

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IHS Research Note: Impact of Access Control on Mechanical Locking Devices

Adi Pavlovic (analyst for access control, fire and security at IHS) comments on how the adoption of access control systems is impacting mechanical and peripheral locking devices.

The increased popularity of electronic access control systems is contributing to the market growth of electric strikes and electromagnetic locks, each of which is forecast to outperform mechanical locks through 2017.

From 2012 to 2017, IHS expects global revenues for electromagnetic locks and electric strikes will grow at compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) of 6.9% and 7.8% respectively. In comparison, mechanical locks are projected to experience a weaker CAGR of 4.5% in the same time frame.

Access control systems are becoming increasingly popular because they provide a higher level of security while offering integration opportunities with time management and building automation systems. While the main barrier for growth of electronic access control is higher upfront cost, the long term benefits involve reduction in costs associated with re-keying mechanical cylinders.

Typical Mechanical Door Lock

Typical Mechanical Door Lock

Although the trend towards access control solutions is driving the uptake of electric locking devices, they are not completely replacing mechanical locks.

IHS expects most applications still require a mechanical lock override in the case of a power failure or system error. Thus, access control is only limiting the growth of mechanical solutions in the medium-term, not necessarily replacing them.

Electric lock uptake

In terms of electric lock uptake, electromagnetic locks and electric strikes are the most common electric locking devices used in accordance with access control systems.

Traditionally, electromagnetic locks have been the standard solution. However, mature markets such as the United States and Western Europe have started adopting electric strikes at a stronger pace.

Electric strikes are assumed to be more secure, aesthetically-pleasing and more energy efficient than electromagnetic locks and are projected to have stronger growth from 2012 to 2017 in every region except Asia. This is due to the Chinese market’s preference for using electromagnetic locks over electric strikes.

Electromagnetic locks are easier to manufacture, more affordable and simpler to install making them ideal for more price-competitive markets such as China.

This trend towards electric locking solutions is not only impacting mechanical locks, but also exit devices as well. Globally, standard mechanical exit devices were estimated by IHS to account for 70.8% of all exit device revenues in 2012. This number is projected to decline to 69.8% by 2017 due to the increased adoption of electrified trim and electrified latch retraction exit devices.

Solutions that implement electric locking devices as a means of security will commonly install electric exit devices for egress in order to fulfil a complete access control system.

Growth and predicted revenues

Overall, the trend towards electric locking solutions is active on a global level. While growth for mechanical locks is expected to be somewhat limited due to this trend, the global mechanical locks market is still projected to have healthy growth in the medium-term.

In terms of revenue, when comparing the markets for exit devices, mechanical locks and electric locks (strikes and electromagnetic), IHS estimates that about 77% were mechanical in 2012.

By 2017, IHS expects the market for mechanical solutions to represent only 71%.

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