News Briefs, May 2018

May 2, 2018

Yale Expands Amazon Key Options

Yale Locks & Hardware has announced an expanded selection of smart locks for the Amazon Key Home Kit, which provides homeowners with keyless entry, allows them to lock and unlock their door from anywhere, and provides Amazon Prime members in select locations the ability to receive in-home deliveries. 

Yale now offers a total of three model options for the Amazon Key Home Kit – touchscreen and pushbutton deadbolts with a key override, and a slim, key free model. New to the Amazon Key Home Kit is the Yale Assure Lock Pushbutton Deadbolt (YRD216) with key override, and the slim, key free Yale Assure Lock SL (YRD256), the slimmest electronic deadbolt on the market with an edge-to-edge touchscreen keypad. These join the Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen (YRD226-AZ), a touchscreen deadbolt with a key override, available since Amazon Key was announced in October 2017.

Amazon Key allows homeowners to easily manage and monitor their door from anywhere using the Amazon Key App. Lock and unlock the door remotely, and check on the front door at any time via a live stream or by viewing video clips to see who entered and exited and when. The keypad offers the convenience of keyless entry and allows homeowners to easily give family and friends temporary, recurring or permanent access, or one-time access to service people.

Amazon Key enables optional in-home delivery exclusively for Prime members. Prime members in select cities and surrounding areas can opt-in to have Amazon packages securely delivered just inside their front door. Members can watch their delivery happening live or view a video clip of it later. 

The additional Amazon Key-compatible Yale deadbolts are available now.

To learn more about Amazon Key, visit

2018 H. L. Flake Tradeshow & Giveaway

H.L. Flake's Tradeshow on March 31 in Houston had record attendance this year with over half of attendees being first timers! The show included an extensive educational lineup and show-only deals in addition to the Expo. To close out the show on a high note, congratulations to every attendee who manage to get drawn during our prize raffles.

Next on tap will be the McDonald Dash tradeshow this fall in Memphis, Tenn., time to be determined. Check online at and for details.

Robblee’s Total Security Turns 100

Tacoma, Washington—Robblee’s Total Security Inc., a prominent Washington state full-service, residential, commercial, and industrial security company is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, joining an elite group of businesses that have withstood the test of time.

The company began in 1913, founded as J.A Robblee & Company by James A. Robblee and his brothers in a shop that sold and repaired tires for bicycles, and an exciting new invention—the automobile. In 1918, William A. Robblee, a locksmith, joined his five brothers, beginning a safe and lock division. The business continued to grow and in 1947, right after WWII, William H. and his son-in-law Thomas H.Patterson bought out the safe and lock division so it could more efficiently serve within the budding security industry.

“Even 100 years ago, the company was ahead of its time,” explains President of Robblee’s, Jim Patterson. “From the beginning, the company was willing to be forward thinking and flexible. We’ve been able to evolve as the security landscape has evolved.”

Their impressive and storied history includes securing everything from bank safes to speakeasies during Prohibition. More impressive, however, is how the company weathered time, surviving world events including five major wars and the Great Depression. Robblee’s survived and thrived because it was preparing for today’s physical security industry from its inception, moving into access control and video surveillance in the 1980’s.

“It takes more than resilience to survive more than a century. It isn’t just drive. In the physical security space especially, it takes a willingness to change and adapt. Hold on to your values. Hold onto your work ethic. But let go of what doesn’t work and embrace the things in your space that do,” Patterson advises others within the physical security industry.

Patterson further recommends doing all you can to stay relevant.

“To stay strong for the long-term, you need to stay relevant. Continue to learn every aspect of the industry. Follow every new and promising technology and know it all well. Additionally, stay on top of your branding, leveraging your established name to incorporate new facets of your business. That has been the key to our success in the security industry.”

Today, Robblee’s Total Security is in its fourth generation of brothers running the business and devoted to meeting marketplace needs.

For more information about Robblee’s Total Security, call 253.627.5448 or email [email protected].

ASSA ABLOY ESH Secures Forsythe Data Center

PHOENIX, Arizona  — ASSA ABLOY Electronic Security Hardware is taking asset protection to the next level at Forsythe Data Center. More than 200 HES KS200 Server Cabinet Locks are now delivering powerful real-time access control to individual server cabinet locks in a single-card system at the Elk Grove Village, Illinois facility.

"We realized that our customers were looking for a way to control, credential and capture an audit trail at the cabinet level," said Steve Harris, Vice President, Data Center Development, Forsythe. "We saw this as a unique service break through, and we began offering the HES KS200 Server Cabinet Locks with Wiegand wiring to our customers.”

The HES KS200 Series Integrated Wiegand Cabinet Locks extend access control to protect data center assets from intrusion and expensive downtime by bringing real-time access control in a single-card system to individual server cabinet doors. With multi-technology reader capabilities and mechanical key override, the KS200 locks integrate easily with existing electronic access control systems.

“Forsythe is a forward-focused and dynamic customer with the best interest of their clients always driving their business model,” said Chris Hobbs, Business Development Leader, ASSA ABLOY. “It’s exciting to work on something new that will really make a difference in the business success of our customers.”

One of the largest independent IT integrators in North America, Forsythe is using the HES KS200 cabinet locks to strengthen access control in several different ways. From the smaller meet-me rooms to the large telecom rooms, each cabinet has different networking within it, often with different service providers needing access.

“This cabinet lock system is allowing us to take security even further,” explained Harris. “Our customers from the insurance, healthcare and financial markets appreciate the higher level of security, auditability and accountability. The HES KS200 cabinet locks are allowing us to make a significant step forward in providing peace of mind for our clients.”

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IDN-Wilco Releases 2018/2019 Print Catalog

IDN-Wilco announces the March release of the 2018/2019 Product Catalog.

New items added to the catalog include access control solutions, lockdown hardware, detailed function information, as well as new manufacturers such as BEST Access Solutions, LSDA and Trimco. The catalog was printed as full color with enhanced product photos. It also includes an expanded and easy to use product search index. The most current information can also be found on our online catalog at

IDN-Wilco, formerly Wilco Supply, is part of the International Distribution Network (IDN), which provides security products, access control solutions, and related services to security professionals through its six regional business hubs located in North America. IDN-Wilco has 2 locations in California offering technical support, field security specialists, same day pick-up and shipping from stock, superior customer service, special orders processed within 24 hours, and electronic access control products and expertise. To place an order, simply contact your local IDN-Wilco branch.

To find a branch location nearest you to access the online catalog, visit

Vanderbilt-Access Hardware Partnership

Parsippany, N.J. - Vanderbilt, a global manufacturer of state-of-the-art security products and systems, announced an enhanced strategic partnership with Access Hardware Supply to distribute the company's latest access control solutions to the North American market.

Access Hardware Supply brings a wide range of mechanical and electrical locking hardware, as well as a full range of related access control equipment and accessories to customers. It will offer Vanderbilt's lite blue®bright blue®, and new ACT365 cloud-based access control and video management solution to customers. Through this partnership, Vanderbilt will be able to offer its solutions to a wider audience that can benefit from its integrated security technology solutions.

“Adding Vanderbilt's suite of solutions to our portfolio strengthens our ability to provide the best possible recommendations to our customers for their access control and video needs,” said Bill Smoyer, National Sales Manager, Access Hardware Supply. “Vanderbilt is known for its customer-centric focus and for bringing new technology solutions to market, we're looking forward to continued success as we take our partnership to the next level.”

“Our alignment with Access Hardware Supply will enable us to provide Vanderbilt solutions to a wider customer base, while also focusing on the strength that comes from building a closer partnership with dealers across North America,” said Eric Widlitz, Vice President, North American Sales, Vanderbilt. “We are looking forward to working with Access Hardware Supply and excited to be able to add our new cloud-based access control and video solution, ACT365, to their portfolio.” 

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IDN-Hardware Sales 29th Annual Trade Show

IDN-Hardware Sales hosted its 29th Annual Trade Show and Security Conference March 15-17, 2018 in Independence, OH. The show’s Rock ‘N Roll theme included Friday night’s “VIP Night,” which gave customers a fun opportunity to mix with vendors, IDN representatives & industry peers. Saturday’s trade show was filled with nearly 50 booths representing manufacturers in the lock industry. Delighted customers came away with great deals, gift cards, door prizes, superb grand prizes as well as expanding their industry knowledge.

Education always being first and foremost, the IDN-Hardware Sales offered three days of classes for locksmiths including door installation, school security, automotive updates, hands on IC pinning, basic and advanced wiring solutions, safe lock service & manipulation, the latest in key machines, and much more.

For more information, visit

New Haven, CT – Lucas Boselli succeeds Thanasis Molokotos as President of the Americas division and Executive Vice President – Head of Americas for ASSA ABLOY, effective April 2.

Boselli, most recently the President, Central and South America Group for the Americas division, joined ASSA ABLOY in 2010 as a Director of Business Development focusing on Latin America. In 2012, he attained more responsibility as the President of Yale Latin America and developed the Yale business throughout the region with programs and product portfolio expansion relevant to growing the business with small and large customers alike.

In 2014, Boselli assumed responsibility for all division businesses in Central and South America including the five substantive acquisitions in Brazil and Chile that magnified the division’s footprint and expansion strategy into the region. The region grew 112% in the past five years. 

Molokotos says, “Lucas is an industry veteran having 10 years of experience with a competitor prior to joining ASSA ABLOY. Having worked closely with him, particularly over the past four years, I could not be more pleased to hand the reins over to him.”

 Boselli, known for his customer focus and entrepreneurial spirit, adds: “I have been fortunate to work alongside Thanasis and have the benefit of his guidance. We share the same strategic vision for the division and I expect to continue down this well-paved path.”