News Briefs September 2018

Sept. 4, 2018

MedixSafe Secures Galleries, Museums

Safeguarding and securing rare and expensive art, from paintings to sculptures to artifacts, is a critical concern for museum curators and art collectors everywhere. Annual losses from art theft, according to FBI estimates, topple $8 billion annually, with experts agreeing the real figure is actually even greater.

MedixSafe brings to market two offerings ideally suited to museum and art gallery security: The Key Care Cabinet and KARE - a Key Access Ready Enclosure. They allow the user to not only organize their access keys, but to control them, as well. Rare and expensive paintings, sculptures, artifacts and other precious art pieces locked in glass display cases can be more effectively safeguarded from theft, both externally and internally, with a MedixSafe key control solution.

The MedixSafe Key Care Cabinet for securely storing access keys delivers added security because it requires more than a single PIN code to be accessed. Dual, triple and/or biometric authentication credentials (PIN, proximity cards, and fingerprint) are required before access to the key cabinet is granted. It can be used as a standalone or a networked solution, accommodates over 1000 authorized users, and provides an audit trail of up to 50,000 access events. The Key Care Cabinet is accessible via a remote Ethernet network. It has a manual key override, to the cabinet can still be accessed via a single authorized key in the event of an electronic failure.

The MedixSafe KARE - Key Access Ready Enclosure - cabinet connects directly to the user's existing access control system via a card reader, allowing users to keep their existing cards. Access to the KARE is then controlled by the existing access control database. The KARE reader features a Wiegand output, so it can be connected to an access control panel. A key override is built right into the electronic lock.

"MedixSafe is dedicated to delivering the very best in key control," says Jim Turner, President, MedixSafe. "Our affordable solutions to key control challenges are ideally suited to the security needs of museums and art galleries. The Key Care Cabinet and KARE allow them to keep the wrong people out instantly, remotely unlock the cabinet, and track who has accessed keys and when. The results are enhanced security of often priceless art pieces and protection against revenue lost to art theft."

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ASSA ABLOY Offers Mobile Apps to Streamline Installations

NEW HAVEN, CT, July 11, 2018 — In an ongoing effort to provide the highest level of customer support, ASSA ABLOY is offering two new mobile apps to ensure that installers are well equipped in the field. The ASSA ABLOY Customer Support App provides a troubleshooting, e-learning and support experience that is immediate and intuitive, while the BILT app simplifies installation with fully interactive, voice narrated step-by-step instructions.

Both apps are currently available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices.

The Customer Support app is powered with live, interactive video and live chat support from a technician. It also ensures support hours are displayed accurately within the app depending on device location and offers email options that are ideal for after-hours support inquiries. You can easily take a photo using your phone and attach it to your email for easier troubleshooting. A built-in QR code reader allows security professionals to scan the code located on the product for simple support lookup.

Through BILT, ASSA ABLOY provides interactive 3D models and step-by-step instructions to make installations easier, ensure products are installed properly, and store warranties for future reference. The instructions are fully-interactive, voice narrated guides that simplify installation and shorten the time it takes to accomplish the job.

Installation instructions are available on the BILT app for many ASSA ABLOY products including Adams Rite, Ceco, Corbin Russwin, Curries, Emtek, HES, Medeco, Norton, SARGENT, and Yale.

“Simple, intuitive instructions and immediate customer support are essential to a successful deployment,” states Leslie Saunders, Vice President of Customer Experience, ASSA ABLOY Americas. “We are continuously seeking out new ways to empower installers and locksmiths with the tools they need to effectively serve their customers.”

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Altronix Trove/ Paxton Access Integration

Brooklyn, NY– Altronix announced it has added Paxton Access to its expanding portfolio of Trove™ Access and Power Integration Solutions, which simplify board layout and wire management, greatly reducing installation and labor costs. Altronix Trove2PX2 seamlessly accommodates Paxton controllers providing a scalable, cost effective access control solution.

“Our collaboration with Paxton Access further simplifies the design and installation process for system integrators,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix Corporation. “Trove facilitates a quicker and cleaner installation, which is ultimately more profitable.”

The Trove2PX2 includes a removable backplane which accommodates up to 12 Paxton Net2 plus series controllers. This allows installers to test and configure the access system prior to installation. Trove TPX2 also includes a tamper switch, mounting hardware and cam lock, along with ample room for wiring and to accommodate back-up batteries. 

“We are excited to partner with Altronix and release the compatibility of Paxton controllers with their Trove2 series,” said Chris Wilson, VP of Operations, Paxton Access. “This partnership provides dealers with more options to meet the needs of each installation, catering to a variety of our controller options and Altronix power supplies and accessories. It also allows our dealers yet another way to deliver Paxton’s world class solution to their customers.”

Altronix offers a free Trove System Design Tool to further simplify selection, available at

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SLD Now Stocking TownSteel

Westwood, Mass. – Security Lock Distributors, the largest distributor of electrical and mechanical door hardware in North America, is now stocking TownSteel. One of the leading manufacturers of ligature-resistant locks, TownSteel helps round out SLD’s behavioral health product offering.

To meet the needs of our customers working with the healthcare industry, especially those serving the unique specifications of behavioral health institutions, Security Lock Distributors is now a leading wholesale destination for Opening Solutions in healthcare facilities, featuring ligature-resistant door hardware.

The sensitive nature of ligature-resistant door hardware requires a distributor with the knowledge and inventory to serve this growing market. To meet growing demand, Security Lock Distributors is providing its customer base a one-stop shop for complete healthcare opening solutions. Installers of ligature-resistant hardware can now confidently purchase through Security Lock Distributors and receive product immediately through the company’s same-day shipping with one-to-two-day ground delivery services. For more information or to order, visit or call 800-847-5625.

Congratulations to John K. Hubel, CML, ICML, M.Ed, for receiving the 2018 ALOA Lifetime Achievement Award. ALOA President’s Award recipients for 2018 are Clyde T. Roberson, CML, CMST and Yoshio Suzuki, CRL

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MILWAUKEE - BOLT Lock has announced Jason Buckles as the new Sales Account Manager for the company. As part of his new role, Buckles will coordinate the sales activity for the network of sales representatives who support BOLT Lock in the truck accessory aftermarket. In addition, he will provide direct sales support for the commercial partners which support the work truck and tonneau cover markets. 

"Jason did an excellent job in his position as Web Marketing Analyst and Developer for BOLT Lock for the past five years, so we are confident he will help the company continue to build market share in his new role," said Steve Gilles, Director of New Business Development for BOLT Lock. 
"I'm really excited for this new opportunity, and I'm looking forward to continuing to help grow BOLT sales," Buckles said. 
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Altronix has appointed Stephen Oliva as Western Regional Sales Manager. 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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VIZpin, designer and manufacturer of the VIZpin smartphone-based, Bluetooth enabled access entry system, has appointed Wendi Grinnell to the newly-created position of Vice President. Grinnell joined VIZpin in January 2017 in the role of marketing director.

According to VIZpin President and CEO Paul Bodell, the role of Vice President was added to the company’s organization to support VIZpin’s rapid growth and market expansion. He notes, “Wendi’s extensive industry experience in customer-focused technology solutions and technical marketing make her a natural fit for the important role of Vice President. Her contributions as marketing director have been invaluable, and we are eager for her to apply her innovative thinking and vision in her new, expanded role to continue enhancing VIZpin’s strategic direction and driving additional growth and profitability.”

Grinnell comments, “Since joining VIZpin, it has been exciting to see such a dramatic shift in the industry with the adoption of smartphone access control. There are many new opportunities to explore, and as Vice President, I am looking forward to helping to create and execute new strategies to continue to expand our brand and grow the business.”