News Briefs July 2018

July 2, 2018

Yale Named Top Smart Lock Brand

BERLIN, CT – The country’s top 100 installers of home technology products named Yale the number one smart door lock for the second year in a row, according to a survey by the industry’s leading trade publication.

CEPro, a publication for residential integrators – the companies that sell and install home automation systems, home theaters, and security systems – every year surveys the top 100 integrators about the products they install most often. They named Yale their preferred smart lock brand, as they did last year, the first year the survey asked about smart locks.

The survey is part of the annual CEPro Brand Analysis that reports on the leading brands in 58 product categories.

“These installers are our most demanding customers, and they want to provide homeowners the latest technology combined with the very best in security, reliability and convenience,” said Jason Williams, President, ASSA ABLOY U.S. Residential Group, which includes Yale Residential. “That’s why we’re extremely pleased that of all the lock brands available today, these professionals – the tops in their field – prefer Yale, the leading lock brand since 1840.” 

Camden Online Switch, Strike Selection Wizards

Featured on Camden's website - - Camden’s new switch selection wizard is an integrated software app designed to recommend the correct Camden switch for any application.

The wizard section page can be accessed via Camden's homepage, and provides the user the option to either compare a Camden switch to a competitor's switch model or select the switch criteria they need from a menu of options. Once the values of the switch have been entered, the wizard does the rest, and conveys the matching switch series their application requires. It even enables the user to easily order the selected switch through any authorized Camden distributor.

Camden’s new Strike Selection Wizard is also featured on the Camden homepage. This integrated software app is designed to recommend the correct Camden strike for any application. It provides options to compare a Camden strike to a competitor's model or select the specific criteria needed from a menu of options.

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Rockwood ArborTek pulls with collar mount posts, Attack Resistant Openings, SARGENT Mortise Lock Escutcheon Indicators, and Norton 6300 Series Low Energy Operators were named 2017 GOOD DESIGN™ award winners from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

Founded in Chicago in 1950, GOOD DESIGN remains the oldest, most prestigious, and most recognized program for design excellence worldwide. For 2017, the Museum received submissions from several thousand of the world’s leading manufacturers and industrial and graphic design firms representing the most important and influential corporations in the design industry from over 55 countries.

Rockwood ArborTek door pulls feature collar mount posts, combining classic wood with modern metals that results in a clean, sophisticated aesthetic. In a marriage of form and function, the wood’s natural grain and color variations make each pull visually unique, while wood grips are gentle to the touch in any environment or temperature.

The ASSA ABLOY Attack Resistant Opening was developed with K-12 schools and higher education campuses in mind, and has become popular for offices, houses of worship, libraries, and other public buildings. Each Attack Resistant Opening is comprised of high-security door, frame, and hardware components from ASSA ABLOY Group brands, and protective glass from School Guard Glass™. Tested according to 5-aa 10 standards based on the FBI's Active Shooter Report, the opening can withstand up to 90 shots of 7.62 mm ammunition followed by an uninterrupted four-minute physical attack.

The Norton 6300 Series is a low energy door operator with a uniquely slim profile, designed to blend with the frame while fitting tight spaces with limited header room. Ideal for a wide range of heavy-use openings, the 6300 Series offers a broad feature set to safety secure interior and exterior doors while enabling facilities to meet ADA requirements.

Escutcheons are a protective or ornamental trim plate usually for a mortise lock, which covers door face cut-outs and incorporates the function holes for spindles, cylinders. SARGENT Mortise Lock Escutcheon Indicators serve the purpose of informing the occupancy or opening of a room making it an excellent solution for both new and retrofit applications where visual indication of a door being locked or unlocked is desired.  

“We’re honored to have many ASSA ABLOY products win this prestigious design award,” said Tom Harris, Vice President Business Development, Access & Egress Hardware Group, ASSA ABLOY. “As with all of our products, we are committed to combining the highest quality build, outstanding functionality and distinctive superior design options that can fit any environment. We continually strive to provide top-grade materials and finishes for products that are innovative, functional and complement the style of the space in which they are installed.”

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HID Mobile Access Achieves ISO 27001 Certification

HID Global’s HID Mobile Access® solution is one of the industry’s first mobile access offerings to be ISO 27001 certified. A widely-known and accepted international security standard, ISO 27001 serves as an information security management systems framework that specifies security best practices, establishes controls to manage risk and protects data. 

“Being a pioneer of ISO 27001 certification for using mobile devices to open doors is part of the move towards mainstream adoption of HID Mobile Access,” said Hilding Arrehed, Vice President of Cloud Services, Physical Access Control Solutions with HID Global. “This prestigious certification is evidence of HID’s ongoing commitment to achieving the high standards of information security for our cloud-based services.” 

Altronix has appointed Stephen Oliva as their new Western Regional Sales Manager. A highly focused and motivated professional with more than 20 years of experience in the security industry, Oliva has held important positions at Axis Communications, ASSA ABLOY and Chubb Fire & Security. He previously held the position of Regional Sales Manager at Thomasson Marketing Group, Inc. His role at Altronix will include new business development, expanding well-established customer relationships, conducting technical trainings, amongst his other duties. In addition, he will support the independent sales representatives in his territory which include the states of AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, and WA.

“We are looking forward to the contributions that Stephen will make to best support Altronix customers in the Western region,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix Corporation. “Stephen’s knowledge, experience and personality, coupled with his passion and energy, is a recipe for success, and we welcome him to the Altronix family.”

“This is an exciting time to join Altronix, a company with a reputation for superior customer support and product excellence,” said Oliva. “I am excited to be part of the team and look forward to supporting new and existing Altronix customers, and helping them specify the best solutions to meet their unique challenges.”

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