Most cell phones, MP3 players and even cameras have touch screens. However, we spend our days inserting keys into mechanical locks, pressing telephone keypad buttons, or presenting an identification badge to the lock’s reader in order to gain access. The electromechanical door lock is finally catching up with touch screen technology. A product that moves us into the future is the Arrow Revolution.
The Arrow Revolution is a battery powered standalone lockset designed for light commercial, institutional and residential applications. These ANSI/BHMA A156.2 Series 4000 Grade 2 lockset levers are ADA compliant. The Revolution has a UL three hour fire label. The levers return within one-half inch of the door surface.
What makes Arrow Revolution distinctive is its illuminated touch screen, located within a half inch of the door surface. The angle of the screen makes it a comfortable line of sight for individuals of all heights.
This capacitive touch screen has an acrylic surface that activates when touched by a sufficient surface area of a person’s hand. Thicker gloves can impede activation. However, the screen can be activated and access can be gained wearing surgical gloves.
Upon activation, a tone is sounded and the image of a 12-character telephone keypad appears on the display. In addition to the illuminated keypad, there are the lockout icon, passage mode icon, low battery icon, and the Previous icon. The Previous icon located in the top right corner is used to return to the previous screen when in the programming mode.
As a user touches the screen, a tone sounds and the number flashes. When a correct code and the “*” or palm touch is entered, the illuminated display roles upward, like a window blind opening. This indicates the locking mechanism is unlocked and the lever can retract the latch.
If too much time lapses (approximately 20 seconds) between keystrokes, the lock will say “time expired” and enter the sleep mode to preserve the battery life. The touch screen will remain dark until it is activated by contact.
The weather resistant Arrow Revolution is available with key override or electronic access only. If the batteries lose their charge, there are positive and negative contacts located beneath the exterior level assembly. Placing a 9VDC battery against the contacts powers the lockset with sufficient energy to unlock the door.
The Arrow Revolution is designed to operate in two configurations Easy Mode and Advanced Mode. To set the mode, use the switch on the base side of the interior assembly above and to the left of the motor wire connector. A decision should be made to use either the Easy or Advanced Mode prior to installing the Revolution lock. Changing the mode resets the lock to factory default specifications.
The Easy Mode is designed for up to eight user codes controlled by one Supervisor Code. The Supervisor Code controls the four functions of the Easy Mode in addition to gaining access. The Supervisor can register, change and delete User Codes. The Supervisor Code controls the Passage Mode, Silent Mode and Language Mode. The Supervisor can enable and disable the Passage Mode feature. Silent Mode disables the door operation audio prompts, but does not mute the interactive narrated audio while in the menu mode. The Revolution has interactive directions installed in English (default), Spanish and French that are end user selectable.
Easy Mode Supervisor and User Codes can be registered and changed using the I-Button programming method. I-Button programming should be used when initializing the Revolution. The I-Button is located behind the battery cover above the batteries. Once the lock has been programmed, changes to the User Codes and functionality can be accomplished using the touch screen. Programming assistance is available when programming at the touch screen with voice-guided prompts.