News Briefs, July 2012

ASSA ABLOY Mobile Innovation Showroom On The Road To ASIS 2012

The ASSA ABLOY Mobile Innovation Showroom (MIS) is back on the road and beginning the official countdown to ASIS 2012, Sept. 10-13, 2012. Currently with over 70,000 miles traveled to over 100 cities across the country, the truck features more than 100 products across five sections in a 750-square-foot showroom. 

The MIS will be on the show floor at the upcoming ASIS 2012 in Philadelphia, PA, and provide attendees the chance to experience a wide range of ASSA ABLOY solutions ranging from the advanced technology of the security continuum, life-safety, sustainable building solutions, aesthetic openings and services and training.

Continuously updated throughout the year, the traveling display is designed to provide an interactive experience of the latest in the range of security solutions for end-users, customers, architects, designers and security integrators.

 “The theme of this year’s ASIS show is ‘Driving Security’s Future’ and what better way to do that than with an 18-wheeler tractor trailer! If you haven’t seen the Mobile Innovation Showroom in the past six months, you haven’t seen it at all. We are highlighting a range of brand-new products from across our family of brands that systems integrators can see first-hand exclusively in the truck,” said Sean McGrath, Senior Director of Marketing and Solutions, ASSA ABLOY. “

The ASSA ABLOY MIS will be located at the ASSA ABLOY booth #1708 in the Philadelphia Convention Center, during the show (Sept. 10 –13, 2012) with tours running every 20 minutes.

For more information on the Mobile Innovation Showroom and its scheduled stops, visit For more information on ASIS, visit


Kwikset Locks Featured in Country Living Magazine

At a time when homeowners are investing in highly flexible and usable spaces, Country Living features Kwikset® as a smart and convenient security solution throughout its 2012 House of the Year micro-cottage project. Kwikset's sponsorship will extend smart security options to a kitchen, office and guest bedroom with Kwikset's Signature Series™ products. Kwikset's SmartKey® re-key technology and SmartCode™ keyless entry products are featured in each of the micro-cottages.

"Country Living is well-known for celebrating stylish interiors that reflect their readers' interests and personal journeys," said Tracy Haugh, senior brand manager, Kwikset. "By partnering with the House of the Year, we will showcase how Kwikset's smart, simple security solutions align with homeowners' unique lifestyles and style preferences."

"We're so glad to have Kwikset lend their support to the House of the Year project," says Sarah Gray Miller, editor in chief, Country Living. "Like with all homes, it was important to ensure the safety of Country Living's House of the Year, and Kwikset made that process seamless and easy."

Country Living's 2012 House of the Year building project, Room to Spare, consists of three separate single room micro-cottages approximately 250 square feet each. Separate from the main home, these cottages enable homeowners to add space without the hassle and inconvenience of major construction. The micro-cottages were displayed at The World Financial Center and open to the public for one week in May. Additionally, homeowners can tour the cottages in the September issue of Country Living and virtually on August 7, when the issue hits newsstands.


Steelcraft® Debuts Stainless Steel LS-Series Doors & FS-Series Frames

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies introduces its new stainless steel Steelcraft LS-Series doors and FS-Series frames. The new doors and frames offer effective performance even in notoriously harsh environments such as waste water treatment plants, food processing plants, bio laboratories and indoor aquatic environments. Steelcraft stainless steel doors and frames and internal components are fabricated from 100 percent stainless steel, never clad, to ensure that there is no contamination from dissimilar metals that can result in galvanic corrosion.

 “The addition of stainless steel doors and frames to the rest of our line provides a total Steelcraft solution for our dealers and integrators by using Steelcraft products for projects that require stainless steel doors and frames in addition to hollow metal,“ emphasizes Jeff Necastro, Product Manager for Steelcraft Doors and Frames at Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. “Steelcraft stainless steel doors and frames also offer a striking look combined with performance that is ideal for airports, restaurants, museums and performing arts centers. LS-Series doors and FS-Series frames are also environmentally friendly since stainless steel is 100 percent recyclable.”

Steelcraft’s new line of stainless steel doors and frames are available both in a standard offering and can be customized to fit the most demanding application performance or aesthetic design requirements.

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CyberLock Case Study: Managing Access To Watersheds

The Cedar River Water System was developed by the City of Seattle in 1895. Almost 100 percent-owned by the city and under the management of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), the watershed encompasses 90,638 acres of pristine forest land in the Cascade Mountains.

The Cedar River Watershed along with the 12,500-acre South Fork Tolt River Watershed supply drinking water to 1.4 million people in the greater Seattle area.

After 9-11, the Federal Government required SPU to undertake a utility-wide assessment to identify critical assets. The assessment revealed that the protection in place on the watershed needed some improvement.

Darian Davis, SPU Security and Watershed Protection Manager, says, “We needed to track and electronically document traffic in and out of our facilities and watershed areas.”

The drinking water supply from the Cedar River is unfiltered so the watershed is completely closed to the public. No trespass of any kind is allowed. SPU was tasked with meeting Federal Critical Infrastructure Guidelines for municipal water supplies. With over 30 gate entrances on the Cedar River alone, this presented unique challenges.

After extensive research, SPU selected CyberLock to secure all the entrances to the watershed that could not be serviced with automated gates due to no available power and communication lines. In June, 2007, they proceeded to install CyberLock electronic padlocks on these remote watershed gates, storage units, and utility sheds. Since the initial installation, SPU has expanded the CyberLock system to include the 12,500-acre Tolt River Watershed due to similar challenges. A strong reason for implementing the CyberLock system was to maintain their Limited Alternative Filtration status on the Cedar.

 “CyberLock helps us comply with Department of Health regulations by maintaining a closed and secure watershed,” says Davis.

The CyberLock system allows SPU additional control over the access of contractors, employees, and researchers throughout the watershed. “Being able to program each person’s electronic key to open specific locks that allow them to do their job is a real benefit. Also, the audit trail the locks and keys provide is a good investigative tool when there is an incident on watershed property,” says Davis. He adds, “CyberLock is an important part of Seattle Public Utility’s security plan-of-action that enables our watersheds to meet Federal Guidelines for securing critical infrastructure.”


A Look Inside A Fiberglass Entry Door

A fiberglass entry door is more than just a beautiful decorative accent; it’s a hard-working part of a home’s structure. Constructed to meet durability guidelines and standards set by the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) for resistance to air leakage, water penetration and wind pressure, a residential fiberglass entry door must also pass a testing standard of 25,000 door slams before it can be certified.

Mentally peel back the layers of an energy-efficient Therma-Tru® Classic-Craft® fiberglass door and you’ll find components that combine to provide the home with protection from air and water infiltration.

Start with the core of the door. The polyurethane foam core offers up to four times the energy efficiency of a wood door and contains no CFCs. A solid hardwood square edge for strong performance that reproduces the look of a real wood door surrounds the foam core and a wood lock stile runs the entire length of the door to add structural integrity and heft.

Covering the insulation materials is a door skin. Fiberglass door skins can be made to replicate real wood (which can be stained and finished easily) or come in smooth, paintable surfaces. The fiberglass door skin resists denting, cracking, splitting and splintering. It also resists rust, shrinking or swelling with temperature changes, or warping.

To gain a tight fit with the door, a composite adjustable sill (a component of the Therma-Tru Tru-Defense® system) reduces the destructive effects of water. Adjustability allows for an air-tight seal with the door bottom to prevent moisture damage. The composite materials resist rotting, warpage or splitting to provide long-term durability.

Next on the “tour de’ door” is the kerf-applied dual bulb door bottom on a Therma-Tru fiberglass door. This provides a tight seal by mating with the door’s composite bottom end rails. Another feature of the Tru-Defense system, this component features dual bulbs and dual fins that sit tightly on the sill for improved resistance to air and water infiltration.

Adjustable hinges on the door frame provide horizontal and vertical adjustment allowing for a perfect fit. Foam-filled compression weather stripping surrounds the door frame to form a solid seal against moisture and air infiltration. The hinges are self-aligning for added stability.

Two major components of an entry door are extremely visible at all times --- the locking system and the decorative glass. The multi-point stainless steel locking system offered by Therma-Tru adds security to the door while resisting rust and corrosion. On a shootbolt locking system, three points of locking features with bolts shoot out from the top, bottom and center of the door. A tongue locking system is also available that has a three-point locking features with tongues that come out from the side of the door for a secure fit. Multi-point locking system strike plate packages are available for both versions to add additional stability to the door unit.

Created to reflect the personality of a home, decorative glass packages -- available in a variety of sizes and shapes -- are encased between two panes of tempered glass for energy efficiency and easy cleaning.

For a complete diagram and more information of the components of a fiberglass door, visit


University of San Francisco Embraces Near Field Communications

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies and the CBORD Group, Inc., the leading provider of campus card and integrated security solutions to colleges and universities, today announced the successful roll-out of near field communication (NFC)-enabled campus card credentials at the University of San Francisco (USF) for door access and spending at laundry terminals. The project’s first phase was recently completed with high acceptance, and further expansion is planned. The USF solution is comprised of the CS Gold® campus card system from CBORD® and Ingersoll Rand’s aptiQmobile™ web-based credential services and multi-technology readers.

In the residence hall included in the pilot, USF uses NFC for door access and laundry payments. Instead of presenting their USF One Cards, participating students use the aptiQmobile application on their personal iPhones to enter the building and pay for laundry using their existing credentials. The NFC credential seamlessly integrates with USF’s CS Gold campus card system from CBORD.

“We want our use of Near Field Communications to enhance the USF One Card experience on many levels, which is why we introduced it for both door access and laundry payment,” said Jason Rossi, Director of One Card and Campus Security Systems, University of San Francisco. “Our students have embraced it, telling us they prefer the convenience of their iPhones to digging for their One Cards. This convenience is important to us, but equally important is the security of using their existing contactless credentials, keeping our transactions secure. The combination makes for a first-rate experience for our students and our staff.”

CS Gold, the one-card system in use at USF, fully supports NFC credentials and seamlessly integrates with the aptiQmobile web service, so the credential download process is easy. Students download the aptiQmobile application from the iPhone App Store to install USF One Card credentials to their phones. To use the credentials, they simply open the app and present the phone to the reader. Access and spending are quick, easy and secure.

“An added benefit of the aptiQmobile NFC solution is that USF did not need to change readers,” added Raj Venkat, business leader for readers and credentials at Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. “This is because if Schlage® AD-Series locks or Ingersoll Rand’s multi-technology readers are already installed, it’s simply a matter of downloading the credentials to the students’ phones and they are ready to go.”

“We really enjoy partnering with forward-looking campus environments like the one at the University of San Francisco,” commented Max Steinhardt, President, The CBORD Group, Inc. “The USF pilot, and now this roll-out of NFC technology, means better benefits for students and system users, while at the same time fully supporting the integrity and manageability of campus security. We’ve seen interest in this approach from other customers, and we’ll be looking to work with them on NFC implementation as soon as we can.”