Medeco began providing electronic locking systems in 1992 when the company y introduced the first high security electronic lock into the payphone industry. Nearly 1 million electronic locks were installed in payphones throughout North America. Medeco now offers a variety of electronic cylinders to an already full line of mechanical high security products. In this article (part one of a two-part series), we will discuss the history of electronic products at Medeco as well as current and future products.
In 1992 Medeco introduced an electromechanical lock. The VLS technology platform incorporated PC software with a handheld computer connected to an electronic key via a RS232 data connection. The key then communicated with an electro-mechanical lock using encrypted communications. The system was designed to meet the demands of route management applications such as payphone, parking and vending. Some of the primary concerns of this application were, key control and management, route management, access control and accountability all of which were satisfied by the VLS system. But the large form factor limited the possible applications of the product. VLS sales continue today but market demands required that Medeco continue to develop and innovate.
The NEXGEN technology platform project required system management software, an electronic key and an electronic-only cylinder. The key housed all of the electronics and communicated with the lock using new advance encrypted communications. One of the technical objectives was speed to market, which was accomplished by using low risk, proven technology such as standard microprocessor and motor technology and traditional circuit design & fabrication. The software was designed from an operational perspective and Medeco relied on its customers for input. The hardware needed to retrofit existing mechanical locking systems so they needed to have the same form factor as their mechanical equivalent. The key needed to be ergonomically sized so that it could be used as a tool for opening cylinders on parking meters and vending machines. Also NEXGEN needed to be plug & play with no wiring required
In 2002, Medeco introduced the next generation electronic locking and route management platform for industrial applications. The NEXGEN system provides a wide array of solutions and security for virtually any application. NEXGEN hardware is designed to safeguard against mechanical and electronic attack and built to meet the strongest physical and electronic security standards. If a key is ever lost, electronic master keying means that you will never have the expense of mechanically re-keying your system.
NEXGEN keys operate on a schedule defined by management which allows you to secure your customers’ assets by only allowing access during specific time periods. Keys can be activated for several months, or just one hour, giving you flexibility in the control of your system. The line of locks range from vending machine “T handle” locks, gaming locks, parking meter locks to padlocks.
The NEXGEN system provides high levels of physical and electronic security. Nexgen locks are tested for performance in extreme environments such as temperatures of -20C to 70C and 96 Hour Salt Spray Exposure. Locks are designed to provide an extremely long life cycle. The NEXGEN system is also designed to provide maximum deterrent levels against mechanical attacks. The NEXGEN lock incorporates a steel housing, bolt and hardened steel plug face to resist pulling, punching and drilling. A resettable fuse is provided for electronic attacks. The breakaway face design resists forced entry attacks.
NEXGEN keys are programmed to open only specified locks, during specified times, for a specified period. Keys will not work outside of their schedule, so exposure due to lost or stolen keys is limited. A NEXGEN lock cannot be operated by a fraudulent key at anytime.
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