When is the lower module reinforcement kit used?
When we see massive attacks occurring on lower grade doors, the lower module reinforcement kit is very effective. Almost all of the time the standard Trident holds up but sometimes we see the combination of low security doors and massive attacks occurring and we will recommend the upgrade kit. Preventing break-ins is a time game and the reinforcement kit adds time.
What is the Trident Alarm? What are its features and how is it installed?
Trident alarms are mounted on the wall, not the door. When the door is opened, the sound stays in the facility, not out into the parking lot. We have battery and hardwired units. Most order battery but especially in new construction with electrical trade on site, we get orders for hardwired. Some retailers choose battery for retrofit and hardwired for new construction. Most order with key capture where the bolts need to be thrown before key can be removed or alarm sounds. This makes sure the manager or another employee does not leave the alarm turned off when they are not there. You can also order with on/off feature.
We can also do a door position switch so the customer knows the door is closed and bolts are locked. This signal would go to their access control system as a monitored point. The unit also has separate monitoring output option if needed for interfacing with other alarms (whether or not you use the Trident alarm), CCTV or other. There is an option for a remote or louder horn (e.g. large warehouses). Trident works with a standard mortise cylinder, so all major key and core systems.
How is the Trident classified? Door alarm? Deadbolt? Exit device?
The standard exit device meets panic hardware requirements (generally for larger occupancies) when we extend the length of the paddle and also do a return where fire hoses cannot get caught. We even have California State Fire Marshal approval. With self locking, extended paddle, return and fire rated you have a fully compliant unit for use on fire doors in corridors and etc. If you order a self-locking exit lock unit, it can be upgraded to an exit device just by swapping out the paddle for the extended one.
What is the digital counter?
Every time the door opens and closes, it takes a count. This is like an odometer and cannot be altered. Many doors are emergency exit or low use only so when the customer sees entries on the counter that do no match usage requirement, then 9 times out of 10 something fishy is going on at that door e.g. theft or smokers sneaking outside violating company policy. The counter is used to keep the employees honest.
Explain how the delayed egress feature works and is deployed
Delayed egress was the last major feature added to the Trident system. Many retail stores want break-in protection and also need to prevent grab and runs. The Trident with delayed egress option (it can be ordered as full kit or retrofit kit) fills this need with a code compliant system. Hitting the paddle releases the Trident lock’s deadbolts and sounds an alarm and activates the timer in the delayed egress locking module. The module continues to hold the door closed for 15 seconds (30 where allowed by code). The alarm sound blows the thief’s cover and they cannot risk being discovered, so they typically drop the merchandise and exit a customer door as quickly as possible to avoid capture. The code compliant delayed egress timer unlocks the locking module after the 15- or 30-second period and the door provides free exiting. The alarm continues to sound and store personnel must manually reset the lock and alarm (as required by code).
The unit has the code required monitoring loop relay that ties in with the building’s life safety system for instant drop out of the delayed egress locking module if the Life Safety system is activated. We DO NOT use a maglock on our DE module so it can be used where local LAHJs forbid maglocks. The delayed egress system can be added to any existing Trident. An interface on the entry side allows for authorized shunting same as the interior. The power supply is included in the delayed egress kits.
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