Over the years, locksmiths have seen many products that met the need for single-door access control, at the time. At one time, a mechanical pushbutton lock was on the cutting edge. Then electronic pushbutton locks were introduced that could have multiple user codes and be audited with a handheld device. After that, locksmiths were able to use their computers to manage the lock and add capabilities such as automatically unlocking a door at a certain time and relocking it later. Soon, users were able to add credentials that could be managed, without wires leading back to a controller for a new benchmark for standalone access control.
However, every time an improvement or capability was added or a new credential technology incorporated, it meant your customer had to buy a new lock. While consumers have become accustomed to buying a new computer every three years in order to take advantage of the latest and greatest advancement in performance or storage capacity, the average end user doesn’t accept that fact when it comes to a lock.
Because of that, locksmiths will find a way to modify what their customers already have in order to make do. Mechanical locks, especially Grade 1, are made to last many years, in some cases millions of cycles. But, let’s face it, technology advances and situations change, which provide locksmiths with a great opportunity to serve these new needs and prepare their customer for the future.
Understanding this need, Ingersoll Rand recently introduced the Schlage AD-Series electronic locks, bringing a fresh approach to access control and providing a product that can grow with an end users needs. Whether it is a cylindrical or mortise lock or an exit device, the AD-Series electronic locks provide your customer with access control for their present opening requirements, yet it’s ready to be upgraded depending upon their future needs.
For example, your customer may have a cylindrical lock and use only PIN codes to gain access. Since they only need a few codes, they will program it manually, right at the lock. Since they know every employee, there is no need for time/date or audit trail. The Schlage AD-200-CY-70-KP would be the lock to fit their need.
Later, they need the added security of a hard credential, such as a proximity card. By changing the credential reader on their existing AD-Series electronic lock, you can meet these needs and save your customer money in the process by not having to purchase new locks.
Conversely, they may start out with just a card without any PIN code capability, only to find out their insurance requires dual verification card plus PIN. No problem, you just switch out the card-only module and substitute the card plus PIN module. AD-Series electronic locks can be adapted to work with just PIN codes, just cards or cards plus PIN codes.
With all this capability, where does the AD-Series lock fit as a single-door access control product? Think of all your customers who run small businesses and don’t need an integrated system. They only need to control who has access to the back door, the storeroom or the office. Using the AD-200 electronic lock and taking advantage of its ability to be programmed manually, you can give your customer a solution for that one door that incorporates a hard credential like a proximity card and even associate a PIN code to that card for added security.
If they need to an audit trail or time zone, then they can use Schlage SMS Express software to manage those functions. The Schlage Hand Held Device (HHD) is required and this is where an opportunity for the locksmith presents itself. The end user may not want to purchase the software and programming device to manage a single door. This gives the locksmith the opportunity to offer these services, to use their own copy of the software, which can manage multiple facilities, and their programming device. This can make the initial investment much more attractive to their customer.