News Briefs May 2014

May 2, 2014

Kaba InSync® RFID Key Offers Dual Technologies

Kaba Access and Data Systems Americas introduces a series of dual credential InSync RFID keys. The new InSync RFID keys offer a single electronic key solution for use on standalone locks and hard wired/telephone entry systems that are commonly used on perimeter doors. InSync locks are suited for market rate, mixed use, garden style, mid-rise, luxury, student, and senior living facilities, and are ideal for retrofit applications.

Kaba InSync RFID keys come standard with HiTag technology and can also carry a secondary PROX, MIFARE®, or DESFire® credential that allows for a single RFID key integration across all current access control systems. Users select and order keys based upon the operating protocol of their existing perimeter door access control system.

With one InSync RFID key, property management saves time and money by eliminating the need for multiple credentials to access different parts of the property. This also streamlines the residents’ experience by providing one key for complete access across the property.

Because properties can preserve their current, familiar hard wired access control systems, they can maximize their initial investments in both product and training. An InSync system with dual credential keys will also operate with other Kaba access control products such as E-Plex® 5600/5700 standalone locks. Kaba E-Plex Electronic Pushbutton Locks are a good fit for heavy-duty back office applications, including inventory/storage, food preparation areas, and break rooms.

“Dual credential keys are a new, cost-effective option for properties upgrading their resident doors with an InSync solution,” states Dale Mathias, vice president multihousing sales. “Now properties can maintain their existing hard wired access control systems and use the same key credential for both, providing dual access with single key convenience.”

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Reality TV Series Follows Alabama Safe Tech

The Safecrackers, a new reality series on truTV, introduces viewers to a pair of Alabama locksmiths who specialize in opening even the toughest of vaults. The first of six episodes aired March 24 at 10 p.m. Eastern.

The series follows expert safecracker Phil Crawford and his best buddy Blaze as they travel the country determined to unravel the mysteries and unlock the secrets lurking in lost and abandoned safes. Phil, Blaze and their fun-loving crew of family and friends can track down and crack open just about anything, from giant bank vaults to intricate antique safes and even armored vehicles and underground bunkers.

Phil Crawford is a master safe cracker who loves a good challenge. He works at Montgomery Lock & Key in Montgomery, Ala., but is originally from Florida and is a beach boy at heart.  With over 20 years in the business, he has seen everything from booby-trapped safes to treasure troves worth $100,000. There is no challenge Phil will turn down. Phil is assisted by Blaze (no last name given), Phil's best friend and "safe scavenger" partner.  Originally from Georgia, Blaze grew up around motorcycles, guns, and ammo and has a passion for all three.  Blaze has studied southern antiquities and weaponry his entire life and he brings this knowledge to help evaluate locked safes and hidden treasures.

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Securitron, Adams Rite Win Awards

Two ASSA ABLOY products have been named finalists for Architizer A+ Awards, the Securitron M380 and the Adams Rite RITE Door. The Securitron M380 also received a 2013 GOOD DESIGN Award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

“We are incredibly proud that our Securitron M380 has been recognized with an Architizer A+ Award nomination and a 2013 GOOD DESIGN Award,” said Wendy Bowman, marketing communications director, EMS & OEM Group, ASSA ABLOY. “The M380 is a classic example of design and function going together hand in hand – simple and understated, and styled to blend with any architecture and décor.”

With its 600 lb. holding force, the Securitron M380 is ideal for traffic control in interior access control applications where fail-safe locking operation and free egress are required. It is available in a choice of satin aluminum, brown, black, brass and bronze as well as polished brass, to fit any architectural vision. By combining common door security components such as REX and camera into a single package, the M380 eliminates the clutter of multiple access control devices around a door. It offers the fastest, most secure installation of any bracket-mount magnetic lock.

“Being nominated among thousands of other entries by Architizer, the world's largest and fastest growing website for architecture, is truly an honor,” continued Bowman. “The RITE Door is top of the line in the healthcare category and our plan is to continue to grow the line across the entire architectural design space.”

The RITE Door is a highly customizable integrated door system that offers beautifully styled doors and hardware in a variety of finishes and designs. This collection enables inspired design professionals to incorporate their aesthetic vision into every opening, allowing a consistent appearance regardless of the door’s function.

The Architizer A+ Awards are a definitive architectural award program with 60 categories and over 300 jurors. Architizer received entries from over 100 countries and the program represents the best of architecture and design worldwide. For more information on the Architizer A+ Awards, visit:

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Kwikset® Sponsor NASCAR’s Ryan Newman

Kwikset® continues to engage with consumers through strategic partnerships by sponsoring Richard Childress Racing and driver Ryan Newman during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season. As part of the partnership, Kwikset will be the primary sponsor and paint scheme for Newman’s car during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kansas Race in Kansas City on May 10, and will have its logo on Newman’s No. 31 car for every race during the 2014 Sprint Cup Series in an associate capacity.

“Kwikset is continuously investing in ways to connect with current and potential customers, and our ongoing partnership with RCR has been a valuable way to engage with this core audience in their daily lives,” said Greg Gluchowski, president, HHI. “Our partnership with RCR and Ryan Newman gives us the opportunity to showcase our passion for safety and innovation and connect with the massive NASCAR audience this season.”

As a leader in innovation and home security, the company views NASCAR as a sport that aligns with its values and serves as a natural way to reach its passionate fan base. Kwikset had a similar partnership with RCR in 2013. This is the first year Kwikset will work with Newman, who is one of the sport’s top veterans.

“We view Kwikset as a great partner and we look forward to working with them to help spread their safety and innovation message,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR. “Kwikset has shown they are strongly committed to NASCAR and we’re thrilled we are teaming up with them again this season.”

Richard Childress Racing ( has earned more than 200 victories and 15 championships, including six in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. Newman, nicknamed “Rocket Man,” has had an incredibly successful NASCAR career. In his 15-year career, he has 17 victories, more than 185 top-10s, and was named NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year in 2002 and Driver of the Year in 2003. He won the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in 2008, the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2013, and has finished a career best of sixth in the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings three times.

“Safety is important in all aspects of my life, so the partnership with Kwikset made perfect sense for our team,” said Newman. “I’m excited to have their logo on my car this year and look forward to educating fans about innovations in security on and off the track.”

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