News, May 2017

May 1, 2017

ASSA ABLOY Looks to Future

The ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions team doesn’t settle for the way things work now, choosing instead to dream about the way things will work in the future. That’s why ASSA ABLOY engineers and innovators develop solutions today that focus on technologies to better protect the places in which you live, work, study and play.

In addition to innovating across all product lines, utilizing technology to help support the specification and installation of those products is also a focus. ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions is showcasing three platforms that use technology to advantage.

The BILT Application - for Apple and Android devices - provides access to fully interactive installation instructions. The voice narrated, step-by-step guides direct the installer to ensure a trouble-free and efficient installation. That means the app is helpful for one time installs, or can offer training for an installer before they head into the field.

 “The key benefits to the BILT Application are that it greatly enhances understanding of the product and installation while also reducing the amount of time it takes to install a product,” said Jeffery Granath, Operational Development Manager at ASSA ABLOY Americas. “It really goes the next step to make sure you are installing it correctly. The app shows you exactly how this is going to look before you begin. And it allows you to rotate the assembly and zoom in on any component you want to.”

Further, the app allows seamless updates if a product changes or install instructions are updated. The result is the most clear and up to date install instructions possible.

The app may even one day utilize Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies being developed by the ASSA ABLOY team.

Augmented Reality (AR) technology is demonstrated with a wearable that provides a holographic overlay onto the physical world around you. By using a headset, you can work in a real space as you virtually view the installation of products onto an actual opening. The AR technology also double checks your work after the virtual install, and takes you through additional steps, such as wiring.

“When you experience the Augmented Reality technology you’ll be able to see not just what we can do now, but how this might be applied in the future as wearables get smaller,” Granath said. “Think big picture. What if you were able to go to an existing job site and were able to superimpose any door onto an opening? And what if it auto measured the opening, and selected the doors that work? And then at the end, after selecting every opening by seeing how it will looking in real time, the system sent you a shopping list of what you’d chosen? It’s absolutely incredible where we can take this technology.”

A further step for AR technology would be to integrate it into ASSA ABLOY Openings Studio™, the Building Information Modeling (BIM) software from Door Security Solutions.

ASSA ABLOY Openings Studio is a suite of BIM software tools for creating and visualizing 3D doors, frames, and hardware objects used in design, construction, and facility management.  By integrating with industry standard Revit 3D software, Openings Studio allows you to plan, review and track the design of your openings throughout the planning process and avoid miscommunication and the potential for costly change orders.

IDN-Hardware Sales Trade Show

IDN-Hardware Sales hosted its 28th Annual Trade Show and Security Conference March 15-18 in Novi, MI. The show's gaming theme included Friday night's "Casino Night," which gave customers a fun opportunity to try their hand at craps, roulette and blackjack with their allotted gambling chips. When the games ended, many customers cashed in their chips for gift cards. Saturday continued the theme with chips being earned for orders placed, and many customers walked away with gift cards and prizes.

Education always being first and foremost, IDN-Hardware Sales offered four days of classes for locksmiths, including servicing storefront doors, door installation, school security hardware, automotive updates, access control solutions, the latest in key machines and more.

The IDN-Hardware Sales Michigan Trade Show was filled with more than 70 manufacturers displaying items as diverse as automotive products, locksmith tools, padlocks, electronic access control, CCTV, safes, safe locks, key machines, doors & frames and both residential and commercial locks. There was something for every locksmith to see and hundreds of locksmiths made the trip to the Detroit area for the show.

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Hager – Salto Access Control Alliance

Hager® Companies announces a new alliance with SALTO Systems. Hager powered by SALTO offers keyless entry solutions ranging from stand-alone, to data-on-card with online and offline access points, to real-time control and updates.

“We are thrilled to provide customers with a robust, customizable, and value-driven access control locking system,” said William Shockley, Group Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Hager Companies. “Whether you need a solution for several openings or for 65,000, Hager powered by SALTO provides our customers with a single source solution for their access control needs.”

The Hager powered by SALTO HS4 platform is a suite of modular access control products that give end users, developers, installers, distributors and architects the freedom to design systems that meet their needs. With tools such as audit trails, credential/access rights management, and opening modes, Hager powered by SALTO provides security solutions that meet the requirements of any facility.

The design of the HS4 platforms provides access control solutions that encompasses the entire building, both interior and exterior. The economic viability of the HS4 system extends these solutions to cabinets, lockers and even padlocks giving system administrators, facility managers, building owners and other end-users not only operational and security benefits, but a better user experience as well. All communications are encrypted and transmitted on closed networks. Credentials are available in many formats including key cards, key fobs, bracelets and Bluetooth enabled devices.

Due to its compatibility with other systems, the Hager powered by SALTO platform adapts easily to keep pace with evolving requirements and can accommodate a wide variety of industries, including multi-family, assisted living, education, healthcare, retail, commercial, leisure and entertainment, transportation, and government.

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Midwest Wholesale Hardware Partners with Allegion

Kansas City, MO –Midwest Wholesale Hardware announces that it has joined Allegion Wholesale Partner Program.  Purchases from Midwest Wholesale will now be automatically added to Allegion Locksmith Partner accounts, with reporting retroactive to January 1st, 2017.  This partnership allows Midwest to provide all the benefits of the Allegion Locksmith Partner Program to any Allegion Locksmith Partner participating in the Program, including access to Midwest’s extensive stocking of Allegion brand products for immediate availability.

 “We are committed to providing the products and services needed to meet all commercial locksmithing needs,” stated Chris Casazza, CEO of Midwest. “We are excited about this partnership with Allegion and the benefits it provides to the locksmiths that they have selected to participate in their Allegion Locksmith Partner Program.  And with our next-day delivery to over 75 percent of the U.S. population, we can provide locksmiths what they need, when they need it.” 

Midwest Wholesale Hardware has been a national wholesaler of commercial door hardware and security products since 1987 and expanded their offering to include residential door hardware in 2016.   With headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, and locations in California, Pennsylvania, Texas, South Carolina, Florida and Indiana, Midwest has expanded their next day delivery footprint significantly. More Info:

ASSA ABLOY, Millennium Group’s Ultra Integration

ASSA ABLOY announces the integration of their IP-enabled PoE (Power over Ethernet) and WiFi access control locks with Millennium Group’s Ultra browser-based access control platform. 

The integration with Millennium Ultra offers integrators even greater flexibility to provide comprehensive security management tailored to the specific needs of a facility. The range of IP-enabled locks from ASSA ABLOY Group brands Corbin Russwin and SARGENT utilize a facility’s existing IT infrastructure to enable access control at a fraction of the cost. PoE locks use a single Ethernet cable for both power and data, and WiFi locks connect to the access control system through an 802.11b/g/n WiFi network. Both solutions simplify installation and significantly reduce costs and components.  

Millennium Ultra is designed with a highly scalable architecture capable of supporting sites from one door to thousands of doors across multiple campuses. It can be customized for any business environment allowing easy, intuitive access to complex functionality. 

 “We are excited about partnering with ASSA ABLOY and providing our customers the opportunity to efficiently and cost effectively expand the environments they can manage as part of their systems,” stated David LeBlanc, President, Millennium Group. 

 “The integration of our IP-enabled technology will further enhance the scalability and breadth of the Millennium Ultra platform. The combined solution offers a new level of  ease – for both installation and management,” said Martin Huddart, President Access and Egress Hardware Group, ASSA ABLOY Americas. 

Dahua Expands to East Coast

Irvine, CA – Dahua Technology USA, a leading manufacturer of video surveillance solutions proven the world over, is expanding its U.S. operations with a new facility in Massachusetts. This is Dauhua's second location in the United States joining the company’s first location in Irvine, California which was established in 2015.

The new Dahua facility in Massachusetts will be further expanded with an R&D team focused on specific cutting edge technologies, including deep learning, artificial intelligence, and business analytics. Dahua has already begun to offer some of these leading technologies to select cameras. Another focus Dahua is bringing to the new facility is a complete technical and partner care support center.

“With the launch of Dahua’s new All-Star Partner Program, it is essential for us to be positioned as the industry leader for support,” said Janet Fenner, Head of Marketing Dahua Technology, USA. “The ability to support our customers and partners is our number one priority, and our new east coast facility is testimony to commitment to achieve this goal."

The new facility will also be used as an east coast repair center to complement the existing repair facility in California. Dahua is also looking to expand its footprint in Texas, where the company is actively exploring a strategic plan to open an additional US facility to manufacture select products to comply with the Buy American Act. 

Video Surveillance for Small Businesses

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.— To better serve its integrator partners who serve the small and medium business (SMB) market, Hikvision USA Inc., and Hikvision Canada Inc. are offering kits for the first time.

“The kits contain a recorder and multiple cameras in a single box. There are two levels of kits: Super Value and Performance. The components were carefully selected to meet the distinct needs of the SMB market that require small, straightforward systems,” said Bob Germain, Hikvision director of product management.

Both the Super Value and Performance Kits are available now.

“This is an all-in-one box security system with all of the Hikvision features needed for a small business, residential or DIY customers,” said Doug Gray, Hikvision product manager. “And its plug-and-play installation means the system is up and running in no time.”

The TurboHD Super Value Kits' componentry automatically detects and images cameras with Up-the-Coax (UTC) control of the OSD Menu system, 2 MP resolution, true Day/Night function, OSD Menu, DNR, Smart IR, and IP66 weatherproof housings. The DVR provides H.264+ compression, convenient rear panel HDMI and VGA outputs, flexible recording scheduling, synchronous playback, and a pre-installed hard drive.

The IP Super Value Kits include high-resolution (2 MP) outdoor dome cameras housed in weather-resistant (IP67) and vandal resistant (IK10) enclosures. They also feature connectivity over the network to the included NVR, built-in PoE ports, plug-and-play capability, and night and day viewing with IR illumination. The NVR provides full high-resolution recording of the 2 MP cameras and VCA features.

The NVR- or DVR-based systems can be managed with a smartphone via Hikvision’s free mobile app (iVMS-4500) or on a PC using our free client SW (iVMS-4200). The included HDD stores numerous days and hours of information.

SALTO Systems, a leading manufacturer of electronic access control solutions, has appointed Adam Reed to the commercial sales team position of Western Regional Sales Manager.

Based in Long Beach, Reed will oversee sales of SALTO products in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. He will report to SALTO Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales Michael J. Mahon.

“SALTO Systems is very pleased to welcome Adam to the sales team,” said Mahon. “His knowledge of the security industry and his familiarity with the West Coast will aid us greatly in our efforts to build upon our increasing successes in this important region.”

Prior to joining SALTO, Reed served as southwest regional sales manager for Aiphone Corporation.

 “I am very excited to be joining the SALTO family with their long-established commitment to developing quality and innovative access control products,” said Reed. “I see this as an amazing opportunity to provide electronic locking solutions that are modern, cost-effective, and designed with a simplicity that our customers are always seeking. I am looking forward to working with the entire SALTO team as we continue to positively impact this ever-changing industry.”

Prior to joining SALTO, Reed served as southwest regional sales manager for Aiphone Corporation. Reed can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at (770) 757-2711.

Hager Companies, a leading U.S. manufacturer of commercial and residential hardware products, announces the addition of Bill Yeomans as Group Vice President of Operations. Effective immediately, Yeomans will lead the company’s efforts around manufacturing service level improvements.

“Bill’s background in manufacturing operational effectiveness will have a significant impact on Hager’s growth in new and existing markets,” said William Shockley, Group Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Hager Companies. “It’s an exciting time for Hager and for our industry and we are thrilled to have Bill join our team.”

Hager has made significant organizational changes to support the company’s new initiatives. Most recently, Joshua D. Hager stepped into the role as President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all aspects of the organization, and Johnston Hager was promoted to Vice President, Residential Sales and National Accounts. In addition, Robert Wilkins was promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Product Development in January.

Yeomans brings extensive experience in productivity, product development, team development and applications of visual factory systems and Lean Manufacturing techniques. He has been in the manufacturing industry for over 38 years, where he has held positions at Ciba-Geigy, Alabama Power Nuclear Division, Sony and Dunbarton Group.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to work for a company with such a long and rich legacy of quality, reputation and excellence in the industry,” noted Yeomans.

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