Newsbriefs, March 2020

March 2, 2020

Big Doings in Indianapolis for dormakaba

dormakaba has big plans for its door operations in the United States, and that resulted in a major expansion of its Americas headquarters in Indianapolis.

Moving all door-hardware production to its Indianapolis facility required an additional 200,000 square feet, an expansion of 60 percent, dormakaba says. The increase brought the total size of the building to more than 500,000 square feet — about 10 football fields in size. Further, the expansion is expected to result in the hire of 100 employees at the facility as dormakaba seeks to bolster its quality standards, product lead times and supply-chain management.

The expansion was completed in fall 2019, and Locksmith Ledger got to tour the facility over the winter.

“This is part of a plan to create a total group picture for all brands,” says Joe Hudock, senior vice president of marketing for dormakaba Americas. The security and access control solutions company says it seeks growth and investment in all technologies, from mechanical to multihousing.

Many new products are expected in 2020 as a result of the expansion, with further information on those products to come throughout the year.

“We’re looking at creating solutions and programs for vertical markets, rather than just products,” Hudock adds.

Ring X Line on the Horizon

Over the course of a few short years, Ring doorbell cameras have found their way to millions of front doors. Ring’s Doorbell Camera has been a DIY-oriented business. However, the professional installer soon will be more involved.

Ring’s new Ring X line of products is scheduled to launch March 4, 2020, with a broad range of products, as well as those from industry partners, such as Kwikset, Schlage and Yale. The line will be sold exclusively in professional installation channels through ADI and Anixter.

Recognizing that the relationship and revenue stream between a security professional and retail is completely different, Ring has expanded into security systems and surveillance cameras, including professional alarm monitoring through Rapid Response, and is actively growing its pro-installation business.

The line consists of several different devices for pro installers, with a longer three-year warranty (compared with one year on its DIY products), heavy-duty metal faceplates, higher prices and a free lifetime subscription to the Ring Basic plan streaming/recording service for installers’ clients.

Ring X products will include:

Access Controller Pro  Integrated with a Ring Doorbell or Cam, the Access Controller Pro allows homeowners to unlock their gate remotely through the Ring app. Users can see, hear and speak to a guest at the gate. The Access Controller Pro also is suited for allowing Key by Amazon package deliveries to be brought onto a client’s premises. The Access Controller Pro allows one-touch access, and it connects via an Ethernet or cellular connection.

Video Doorbell Pro  This device can be retrofitted using a home’s wiring. It has advanced motion detection, night vision and two-way talk capabilities. It requires a 16-24VAC transformer.

Video Doorbell Elite with Access Controller Cellular — This is a package of the two new pro-only devices. The Doorbell Elite uses heavy-duty metal faceplates that are made in the United States.

Free Ring Basic — Ring X clients will receive free lifetime streaming/recording service with their professionally installed products. Ring Basic plan fees typically are $3 per month per device.

Tim O’Leary

 Lockmasters' Little Black Box 2020 Update

Lockmasters introduced another update for its Little Black Box (LBB) Safe Lock Opening Tool. Every year since the LBB safelock opening tool was introduced in 2016, Lockmasters released a new update, and 2020 is no different. AMSEC Update 4:

  • Resets and gives a working master and reset code for AMSEC ESL10 & ESL20 series locks
  • Resets and gives a working master code for AMSEC ESL5 & ESL15 series locks
  • Works on all locks listed from 2000 until current manufacture as of Feb. 1, 2020.

The update is supplied with an AMSEC module and instructions, which will fit in the current LBB case.

The LBB is simple to use. Just remove the keypad and disconnect the lock body cable, power on the LBB, insert the AMSEC module, connect the lock cable to the module and then follow the on-screen prompts to reset the lock’s combination.

An LBB (LKM522) is required to use the AMSEC module (LKM522UP4), and the LBB has to be sent to Lockmasters for software updating before the module will work.

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Napco’s Newest Catalog

Napco Security Systems introduced the latest version of its Full Line Catalog of Professional Security Solutions, featuring the latest on its award-winning StarLink Cellular Communications of AT&T and Verizon LTE networks, Gemini & GEMC-Series Residential & Commercial Systems, Firewolf & FireLink Fire Alarms & Devices, iBridge & iSecure Connected Security Systems and new Tech, Video & Access Control Add-ons.

Now available as a downloadable resource online and in print, the new Napco catalog features comprehensive content on its latest labor-saving advanced technologies and its growing product lines, plus quick dealer insights and best-practice tips excerpted from Napco dealer feedback. For easy product selection, several new model-by-model matrices, Pak configuration comparisons and system-builder tools also are featured.

The Napco catalog can be downloaded from the Napco website’s Marketing Library Resource or Tech Support Docs section, or it can be requested from any Napco Regional Salesperson, Distributor or Customer Service representative at 800-645-9445 (part no. A402N). Napco also will also distribute catalogs at the ISC West Expo March 18 to March 20, 2020, in Las Vegas, Booth 12043. 

ABLOY USA Offers New Security Products Catalog

To better serve its growing distributor network, ABLOY USA has introduced a first-of-its-kind 50-page security-products catalog. Now available for distributors and their locksmith, security-dealer and system-integrator customers, the comprehensive catalog contains in-depth product details for ABLOY’s Critical Infrastructure product-protection line.

“It’s the next stage of a multistep plan to continue supporting our distributor partners in the security hardware channel,” says Jerry Burhans, Managing Director of ABLOY USA. “Developing this catalog is a critical component for sales teams in the education and specification process for our customers.”

“It showcases the complete line of products we have to offer and validates the size, strength and scope of what ABLOY delivers to the market,” he adds. “In the past year, we have hired new vertical-market managers and introduced new sales-support tools and merchandising displays of product samples. With this new catalog, our representatives everywhere now have the ultimate sales tool.”

The first pages explain ABLOY’s 100+ years of history and vertical markets served: Gaming, Government & Defense, Petrochemical, Airports, Trucking and Transportation, and Utilities. A few pages explain various product benefits and information, including the unique security features of the ABLOY product line and why the brand is trusted by governments, the defense industry and end-users that require high security.

The bulk of the catalog contains detailed information on ABLOY’s cylinders, deadbolts and all lock categories: padlocks, cam locks, cabinet and auxiliary. It also includes sections for accessories, such as the PROTEC2 Starter Kit, and an extensive price list.

“Distributors now have easier accessibility than ever before to understanding and selling our complete product line,” Burhans notes. “The ABLOY Security Catalog is a great way to kick off 2020. It puts solutions for their customers at their fingertips and will be a great source to growing their businesses over the next several years.”

ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions Awarded at HotelTechAwards 2020

ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions was named the winner of Mobile Key & Keyless Entry at the 2020 HotelTechAwards. Organized by HotelTechReport, this year’s HotelTechAwards had more than 24,000 hoteliers across more than 200 countries rate their favorite products and technologies. In winning the Mobile Key & Keyless Entry category, ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions competed against the world’s leading digital-key providers and stood apart thanks to the reputation of its Mobile Access platform in providing unparalleled guest satisfaction, reliability and efficiency. 

“Since its launch, Mobile Access was designed to provide hoteliers with the precise tools that they need in meeting growing guest expectations for instant and personalized service and we are immensely proud in being named the winner of a customer-driven award,” says Markus Boberg, Global President Hospitality at ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions. “Such credible feedback by actual customers not only demonstrates our company’s leading ability in providing a solution capable of offering seamless keyless functionality, but also solidifies the fact that digital-key technology creates real value in maximizing the guest experience and convenience.”

Engineered by using ASSA ABLOY’s Seos technology, Mobile Access provides guests with the ability to use personal smart devices as a secure guestroom key. Able to be seamlessly integrated with a hotel’s guest-facing app or available via the Certified Partner app, the solution significantly allows arriving guests to skip time-consuming check-in processes at the front desk. Instead, guests receive digital-key and room-number information electronically, so they can go to their guestroom and begin enjoying their hotel stay immediately. Placing as much of a priority on guest safety as it does on convenience, Mobile Access uses the latest in data encryption and communication-channel technology to eliminate the threat of unauthorized access. With ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions adhering to a future-proof approach, Mobile Access also is compatible with preinstalled VingCard door locks, such as Allure, Essence and Signature RFID.

Mobile Access was reviewed by existing customers for a number of traits, including its overall operating efficiency and potential for driving revenue. Mobile Access had been recognized for providing guests with a practical incentive to download a hotel's app, increasing the visibility and effectiveness of marketing campaigns and promotional efforts as a result. 

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Allegion Expands Partnership with CBORD

Allegion and CBORD announced an integration that strengthens perimeter security across U.S. colleges and universities. Allegion's Von Duprin Remote Undogging (RU) and Remote Monitoring (RM) options now will extend the effect of CBORD's card software system for better control of secondary doors over perimeter access.

The integration improves perimeter security by providing electronic override of mechanical dogging, so lockdown can occur from the CBORD interface. To ensure peace of mind, remote monitoring capabilities also are available through the integration.

This integration also makes Allegion and CBORD one of the first to bring this solution to higher education campuses for access control at this scale. Higher education campuses face a unique challenge when it comes to security – they're larger, open by design, and tend to have more buildings than do other learning institutions, which makes security a demanding task for facility personnel.

"This is one of the most critical security hurdles universities face," says Robert Lydic, vice president of PACs OEM business at Allegion. "Due to the required circulation between buildings, colleges need to be able to lock down immediately if there is a security issue on campus."

Yong Lacy, category leader of openings at Allegion, adds, "It is not feasible for universities to leave perimeter doors locked during operating hours, because students, faculty and visitors constantly need to move across campus buildings with ease. Remote undogging and monitoring can enhance security to avoid putting the college community at risk in emergency situations."

Many secondary doors are not connected to a campus' electronic access control system, exposing universities to potential security breaches, particularly during emergency lockdowns. The Von Duprin RU and RM options, coupled with CBORD's software, are designed to extend the benefits of electronic access control to these openings. This integration provides higher education customers with a wide range of affordable solutions to meet their perimeter electronic access control requirements, seamlessly integrating with leading security systems, such as Schlage's electronic locks, readers and credentials. 

The Von Duprin RU option is a retrofit kit for exit devices that enables remote undogging for centralized lockdown and door status monitoring with integrated request to exit (RX), latch bolt (LX) and door-position switch (DPS) signaling capabilities. The RU option connects wirelessly via BLE to the ENGAGE Gateway, providing real-time, bidirectional communication to the Open Options DNA Fusion software via IP network connection directly to the Gateway. The RU option is a modular battery powered kit that can be added on to existing Von Duprin 98/99 and 33A/35A series devices. The RM option is the sensor-only configuration for exit-only or fire-rated doors that require monitoring. It provides visibility to door status with the same RX, LX and DPS signals as the RU option, without the central lockdown component.