Bridging The Gap Between Mechanical Master Keying And Electronic Access Control

Medeco Logic offers most of the functionality of more sophisticated access control systems, like scheduling, audit trails, and the ability to easily add and delete user keys. However, Logic installs without any wiring, door or frame modifications or...


A new electromechanical lock from Medeco High Security Locks challenges the notion that every lock product available in today's security market has to fit into either a mechanical security grouping or an electronic access control grouping. Medeco's Logic platform consists of digital cylinders...


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A new electromechanical lock from Medeco High Security Locks challenges the notion that every lock product available in today's security market has to fit into either a mechanical security grouping or an electronic access control grouping.

Medeco's Logic platform consists of digital cylinders and digital keys that bridge the gap between mechanical master keying and electronic access control. By combining a mechanical cylinder design with electronic technologies, the product installs exactly like a regular cylinder, yet offers electronic audit trails, user access schedules and the ability to quickly add or delete a key from a system.     

It's these features and flexibility that are already appealing to end-users in a variety of commercial segments since the product's introduction and making Logic attractive to locksmiths presently selling hardwired or stand-alone electronic devices or those moving to electronic security offerings.

 

INSTALLATION

Because it leverages existing door hardware, Logic typically installs in less than five minutes and without the wiring, electricity, additional hardware and door modifications that traditional electronic access control installations demand. The lack of door modifications also means fire safety ratings are maintained.

  “With traditional electronic access control, hardwiring just one door and purchasing the necessary equipment costs an average of $2,500 per door,” said Tom Zuckerwar , Product Line Manager. “The cost savings realized in installation time and materials alone are definitely helping generate interest in the security market.”

The Logic platform consists of cylinders available in KIK, Rim, and Mortise formats, as well as deadbolts, cam locks, padlocks, and G8R padlocks for severe environment applications. Additional retail locking cylinders and hardware are being developed for release in early 2008.

The Logic product family allows end-users to develop systems and include applications that traditionally couldn't be served with mechanical-only or other access control devices.

“Retailers have long sought audit trails and user schedules on roll-down gates,” Zuckerwar said. “Running wire down a gate or using stand-alone devices isn't possible. With Logic, these gates—and other applications like rooftop doors—can be retrofitted in a matter of minutes.”

 

How The Digital Key Works

Logic's electronic technology is incorporated in both the key and the cylinder. A computer chip in the cylinder communicates with the digital key through 64-bit DES encryption. The proper credential must be presented for the cylinder to unlock both mechanically and electronically. A unique bitting on the key allows the mechanical locking points – which include mechanical pins and a sidebar – to unlock, and the proper electronic code communicates with a motor in the cylinder to release an additional blocking pin. Failure to have the correct mechanical or electronic authorization leaves the cylinder in the locked position.

The key displays a user-friendly smiley face when access is authorized and a frown when it's denied. The system's battery is in the key and rated for 20,000 cycles or two years, eliminating the concern typically associated with replacing batteries housed in door cylinders.

The key can be inserted in the keyway either face up or face down. All keys are patented and the small design is comparable in size to (or even smaller than) many automobile keys today.

Additional key technical features include:

• Medeco's patented key control

• Up to 1,000 audit events

• Rated for –22 F to 122 F

• Water-resistant

• Easy battery replacement

 

How The Cylinder Works

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