News Briefs January 2019

Jan. 2, 2019

IDN-H Hoffman 9th Chicago Security Convention

IDN-H. Hoffman, a distributor of door hardware and security related products, hosted its nineth annual Chicago Security Convention on Oct. 27 in Hoffman Estates, IL.

IDN-H. Hoffman offered classes for security professionals including access control, SFIC Combinating, Automotive, Fire Door Laws, Low Energy Power Operator and an ALOA PRP Test.

The IDN-H. Hoffman Chicago Trade Show Exhibit Hall was filled with over 70 manufacturers displaying items as diverse as low energy power operators, automotive products, padlocks, locksmith tools, key machines, doors & frames, access control, CCTV, and both residential and commercial locks.

IDN-H. Hoffman is part of the International Distribution Network (IDN). With a wholesale distribution network of more than 50 locations, IDN offers customers the strength and buying power of a national organization along with local product availability and personal, customized service.

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IDN-Acme Phoenix Branch Move

IDN-Acme announces the move of the Phoenix branch on November 30, 2018. The new location offers Phoenix customers easier accessiblity to the branch, and provides the space needed to more efficiently service the customers’ ongoing security hardware needs.

The new location is 4855 W. McDowell Road, Suite 60B, Phoenix, AZ 85035.

Three Advanced Diagnostics Software Updates

Rocky Mount, NC– Advanced Diagnostics introduces three (3) new software updates.

1. 2018 Chrysler®, Dodge® and Jeep® vehicles - ADS2272 (Smart Pro)

  • First easy to use aftermarket solution that does not require removal of vehicle components
  • First aftermarket solution in the world for 2018 and 2019 Chrysler Pacifica
  • Fast and Easy to Use, 5 minutes or less from start to finish
  • No need to remove vehicle components, dashboards, No probing or piercing vehicle wiring
  • Smart Pro works Standalone with ADC2011 cable. No PIN CODE, No Internet, No NASTF or OEM subscription needed
  • Photos of ADC2011 cable connection points in IQ for each covered vehicle

2. Chrysler® and Dodge® - ADS2266 (Smart Pro)

Software allows proximity keys to be added or programmed from a lost key situation and has been designed to bypass the pincode automatically in the background.

3. FREE Update for Ford® - ADS220 and ADS209 (Smart Pro, T-Code Pro, MVP Pro)

This update includes key programming for 20 Byte Ford® vehicles with lost keys and an active alarm system. The remote fob programming is performed automatically as part of the procedure when using ADS2209 or ADS209.

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Medeco Celebrates 50 Years

Congratulations to Medeco, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in late 2018. The following Medeco history, titled From a Single Mechanical Cylinder to Comprehensive Loss, Liability and Security Solutions, was published by Medeco as part of the anniversary celebration.

It all began with a clever idea. In the 1950’s, Roy Spain, an engineer in rural Salem, Virginia, opened a machine shop business named Mechanical Development Company. Spain invented a lock with a key that had unique angled cuts, making it extremely difficult to pick open. Unfortunately, it would be another 10 years before the marketplace was ready for a security lock. In 1967, Spain and his partners applied for a utility patent and named their new lock company “Medeco,” an abbreviated version of their original name.

Medeco's first distributor was in New York City, where pick-resistant locks were a dream come true. Medeco had discovered its niche market—selling wholesale to locksmiths. Over the next half-century, Medeco Security Locks would become world renowned for their retrofit mechanical locks and for their expansion into retrofit intelligent key systems.

In 1998, Medeco was acquired by ASSA ABLOY in Sweden. ASSA ABLOY is the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of locking solutions with about 47,500 employees, operations in more than 70 countries and annual sales of $8.5 billion.

Today, Medeco locks are still manufactured in Salem, Virginia with precision handcrafted, solid brass construction. Medeco takes pride in producing high quality products that are made in America, and we use recycled and regional materials. We continually strive to provide our customers with sustainable building solutions while minimizing our environmental impact.

Medeco's mechanical locks remain famous for their resistance to picking, bumping, and physical attack. Users are also safeguarded from unauthorized key duplication thanks to utility patents on Medeco's locking technology and innovative designs.

Medeco has also led the market with development of very sophisticated intelligent key platforms. Medeco CLIQ and Medeco XT add scheduling and audit capability on top of the robust physical security in a mechanical cylinder, providing smart new solutions for a world in need of more effective and efficient security systems.

Medeco is proud to have led the security industry in innovation and quality for more than 50 years. From a single mechanical cylinder to comprehensive loss, liability and security solutions, Medeco is the market leader for security and safety.

Medeco Today has 260+ employees; Worldwide distribution in 62+ countries; 132,000 square foot manufacturing facility; Uses over one million pounds of brass per year; Number of SKUs = 1M+.

SALTO -- Altronix Partnership

Brooklyn, NY – Altronix announced it has added SALTO Systems to its expanding portfolio of Trove™ Access and Power Integration Solutions, which simplify access system design, configuration and installation, greatly reducing time and labor. The new Trove1SA1 from Altronix seamlessly accommodates SALTO access controllers, providing a highly-efficient and scalable access solution. 

“Our collaboration with SALTO Systems provides integrators with even more versatility,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix Corporation. “Trove facilitates flexible access control configurations, which are ultimately more profitable for systems integrators and more cost-efficient for their customers.”

The Trove1SA1 accommodates up to 4 SALTO XS4 CU42E0, CU4200 and/or CU4EB8 controllers for direct control of up to 8 wired doors and/or 65,000 electronic locks. In addition to providing added design and configuration versatility, Trove1SA1 includes a removable backplane that allows systems integrators to test and configure SALTO access and Altronix power solutions prior to on-site installation. Trove1SA1 includes a tamper switch, mounting hardware and cam lock, along with ample room for wiring to accommodate backup batteries.  

“We’re excited to announce SALTO Systems’ controllers are compatible with Altronix Trove access and power integration solutions,” said Bill Wood, President of SALTO Systems North America. “This partnership provides installers with a highly efficient access control configuration and installation solution.” 

SALTO Systems is a global leader in the development and manufacture of world-class electronic locking and access control solutions. Its leading-edge hardware and software technologies are in use in more than 15,000 installations worldwide with an estimated 20 million daily users. 

Altronix offers a free Trove System Design Tool to further simplify the selection of SALTO Systems access controllers at:

HID Crescendo Mobile Smart Card

AUSTIN, Texas,– HID Global®’s Crescendo® Mobile smart card brings convenience to high security for accessing computer, network or cloud applications.  The new HID mobile smart card utilizes digital certificates on users’ mobile devices for client authentication.

The HID Crescendo Mobile solution provides organizations seeking to eliminate passwords with a solution that combines the high security of physical authenticators with the usability of a mobile solution. Crescendo Mobile works similarly to, and is compatible with, highly secure Crescendo smart cards; however, rather than inserting a separate device into a contact smart card reader, it connects to a desktop computer via an NFC (near-field communication) reader or Bluetooth.

“End users and IT personnel alike have been clamoring for a highly secure solution for enabling secure access to networked assets that can utilize what people are already carrying, namely their mobile devices,” said Brad Jarvis, Vice President & Managing Director, IAM Solutions, with HID Global.  “A key to ensuring security protocols are followed is to ensure that they are as easy to use as possible. The ubiquity of mobile phones, tablets and the like make them an obvious choice to become part of the security system.”

Just as convenience is added to the user experience, the deployment of HID Crescendo Mobile is simple. The Crescendo Mobile app can be downloaded onto Android or iOS devices and the IT team can distribute secure cryptographic credentials to users without the need or expense of shipping smart cards or smart card readers. The solution is particularly cost-effective to deploy for contractors and remote users.

Day-to-day usage scenarios for HID Crescendo Mobile include:

  • Allowing a user to log on and unlock a Windows workstation to access cloud applications, VPNs, desktop applications and Microsoft Active Directory.
  • Importantly, when the user walks away, Crescendo Mobile App automatically locks the workstation down.
  • End users can use their phone to carry the keys and digital certificates needed to digitally sign email, Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat documents.
  • Ensure sensitive data confidentiality by requiring the phone to access encrypted email messages or files using Windows EFS file encryption.

The Crescendo Mobile app is available for Android 7 or later in Google Play and for iOS 11 or later in iTunes App Store. Crescendo Mobile is part of HID’s authentication solution that includes ActivID® Credential Management System, providing full lifecycle management of both the authenticators and the credentials protected by the authenticator.

Carlsbad, CA   — Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC), a global leader in wireless security, home automation, access control and health and wellness technology, announces a changing of the guard in its access sales team: 26-year company veteran Larry Foisie will retire at the end of the year and Joe Schenke has been promoted to Vice President of Sales, reporting to NSC Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Bruce Mungiguerra.
“Larry has been instrumental in the success and growth of the Linear and Mighty Mule brands during his amazing 26-year career here,” Mungiguerra said today. “I can’t thank him enough for all he has done to help lead NSC, and how he has significantly contributed to my own understanding of the category. While he’ll be greatly missed, all of us wish Larry the very best of good fortune in the next great chapter in his life.”
Foisie joined GTO (later merged with NSC) in 1992 as Director of Eastern Regional Sales, assumed responsibility for the southern region in 1993, and became Vice President of Sales for the entry group in 2003. In 2014, Foisie was promoted to Vice President of Sales for all of GTO. In 2017, after the merger with NSC he was named Vice President of Sales for the Access Group.

CAMARILLO, CA – SDC has promoted Shane Geringer to lead it into the next chapter of their storied history of growth, invention and independence in the electronic door security and access control industry. He represents the third generation of his family to assume the role of Chief Executive Officer at SDC.

Shane began working in production at SDC in 1988, and learned about the hardware and security business by advancing through a series of positions from sales engineer to VP of Sales, to his current responsibility as CEO and President.

"It's been an incredible journey so far, and I look forward to the future," said Shane. "Imagine how blessed I am to have learned the business from the ground up under the tutelage of my grandfather Art, and my father Dave. They instilled in me a work ethic, pride and responsibility not only to our family and employees, but to all our customers and stakeholders who have partnered with and supported us since our founding in 1972."

Over the last few years, Shane has accomplished a comprehensive re-organization of many SDC departments including Customer & Tech Support, Product Design and Marketing through team-building and strategic investments in people, assets and tools. Not only have these efforts significantly increased revenue year after year, they have included growth in margins as well - all while maintaining SDC's industry reputation for innovation, quality and its customer-centric culture.

"The work we've undertaken is our way of preparing for the incredible opportunities we see on the horizon in our key markets and for how technology has changed the game," he continued, "We're committed to realizing our potential while keeping the essential core and culture that made us successful in the first place."

Shane has also focused on corporate strategies to improve market-driven product design, new product roll-outs, and solutions development for specific customer segments and market niches. He insures these solutions address the latest trends and needs in the security industry, so the design team can incorporate them into future designs. He also coordinates programs for original equipment manufacturers, value-added resellers, and marketing/sales programs tailored to fit the individual requirements of each SDC business partner.

Dave Geringer now assumes the role of Chairman and continues to lead the R&D team as well as supervising manufacturing operations with a focus on process improvement, technology adoption and workforce training.

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Brad Steele & Associates a leading manufacturer’s representative and consulting firm, has been named Rocky Mountain States sales representative for PDQ Manufacturing of Lancaster County, Pa. PDQ is a premier manufacturer of commercial-grade door hardware and cloud hosted access management solutions.

The rep firm specializes in Divisions 8 and 10 of the Architectural Specification Manual for 18 manufacturers. Headquartered in Denver, CO their territory for PDQ includes Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

“Brad Steele & Associates is a strong brand and I believe we can contribute to PDQ’s success,” said Brad Steele, president of the rep group. “We’re very enthusiastic about our future together. PDQ makes quality products and they’re a full-service company from manufacturing to keying systems. We are excited about the prospects of helping to take this great American Manufacturing company to the next level.”

“We feel we’re getting excellent representation with Brad Steele & Associates,” said Rollie Rittner, Vice President, Sales. “This is a veteran organization that has tremendous knowledge of products, technology and their markets. We also know them to be both hardworking and strongly oriented toward customer service. It’s a combination that will serve PDQ customers well in the Rocky Mountain markets.”

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