News and People, May 2020

May 4, 2020

dormakaba Switch Tech Reimagines Access Control at the Core

Before now, security directors were forced to make trade-offs when choosing which doors would incorporate electronic access control in their commercial building. Switch Tech brings a highly secure, affordable, digital solution that makes it easy to control who gains entry, while providing greater access visibility and tracking control. Best of all, it doesn’t require replacement of installed door hardware.

The new Switch Tech by BEST platform extends electronic access control to applications previously not practical by providing a digital replacement for mechanical keys and mechanical small format interchangeable cores (SFICs). The initial product to feature this platform, Switch Core, will work wherever SFICs do, including cylindrical, mortise and other locks by BEST, SARGENT, Yale, Corbin Russwin, Schlage and more.

dormakaba says the installation process takes less than five minutes, and the battery in the Switch Core lock should last up to two years at 10 uses per day.

Users download the Switch Tech mobile app available in the Apple and Google Play app stores. dormakaba points out that the app allows for automatic dual authentication simply because a person would have to gain access first to an authorized phone before they could unlock a Switch Core lock. Biometric access comes into play if the user has a newer cellphone model that includes biometric control, such as fingerprint or facial recognition, to access the phone.

You don’t have to have the app open to unlock a Switch Core lock. When the app is set in Background Mode, the cellphone acts as a prox fob to allow access. For those who don’t have their phone handy, a dedicated fob also will work.

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Wireless Networx Locks Certified for Lenel OnGuard

Alarm Lock, a division of NAPCO Security Technologies, announced that its Trilogy Networx Wireless PIN and Prox Access Locks & Keypads have been certified with the Lenel Version 7.6 OnGuard Integrated Access Control & Video Security Platform.

As a Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program Partner (OAAP), Alarm Lock Networx Access Lock products (PL, PDL and DL Series) were tested fully and certified by Lenel’s Quality Assurance Department. Integrated capabilities include configuration of wireless locks for card and PIN-based access control, viewing access control events and status via the Lenel OnGuard interface, restricting users to specific areas at specific times, adding, removing or modifying user access levels, setting access control modes for areas and defining access schedules and holidays.

With matching models for all doors, inside and out, and applications from narrowstile to exit trim, cylindrical and mortise locks, Lenel-integrated Alarm Lock models and peripherals include: Alarm Lock Networx DL Series Locks (keypad only), PL Series Locks (card only), PDL Series Locks (keypad and card), Exit Trim Series (keypad and card), Netpanel with wireless keypads and customizable designer ArchiTech Networx Series with infinite trim, finish combinations, as well as Networx Gateways and Repeater/Expanders.

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LockeyUSA Debuts SUMO Surface-Mount Gate Hardware Line

With the launch of its SUMO line of surface-mount gate hardware, LockeyUSA introduces six products.

Each product in the SUMO line was designed specifically to provide a simple gate hardware solution.

New SUMO product offerings include:

  • PGL-50 – Pool Gate Latch
  • PGL-25 – Perimeter Gate Latch
  • SGL-SS – Gravity Latch, Single Sided
  • SGL-DS – Gravity Latch, Double Sided
  • SSC – Self-Closing Hinges
  • SSCHD – Self-Closing Hinges, Heavy Duty

Existing LockeyUSA products that were transitioned into the SUMO Gate Hardware line include hydraulic gate closers, panic hardware kits and chain-link adapter LINX products.

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Senseon Plus with Audit Trail Software for Cabinet Locks

Senseon, creator of intelligent cabinet-level access control systems, announced the launch of Senseon Plus with audit trail software. This new system combines the robust functionality of Senseon electronic locks with a powerful cloud-based subscription software to increase security while gaining access to important operations data.

The system incorporates an easy-to-use handheld programmer that allows system administrators to securely manage user permissions, program advanced security features and collect audit trail data.

Central to these capabilities is the Senseon Plus audit trail software, an innovative cloud-based platform that provides in-depth reports tailored to specific business needs.

Benefits include:

● Actionable intelligence: The system provides data businesses can act on, including cabinet-access information.

● Readily available compliance data: Information collected by Senseon Plus reports can be used to quantify productivity and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements in health care, finance and retail dispensary environments.

● Informed analysis for forensic investigations: Thanks to Senseon Plus, asset protection personnel and security professionals can streamline investigations if theft were to occur. The system facilitates the process of correlating data with surveillance footage after a security breach.

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AD Software Update Adds Ford, Lincoln Models

Advanced Diagnostics announced the release of a free software update to its Ford 2019 ADS2269 software for the Smart Pro key programmer. The update handles the addition of 2020 models.

The software now will program bladed or proximity keys for the following 2020 Ford models: Expedition, Explorer, F-250, F-350, F-450, Mustang and Transit Connect. It also will program prox keys for the following Lincoln models: Aviator, Corsair and Navigator.

ADS2269 software will bypass the security pincode during the procedure and program the remote and the transponder at the same time. No working key is required, and an add-key option is available. There also is a special procedure designed to allow programming even if the factory alarm system is activated.

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ASSA ABLOY Ultralightweight Bullet-Resistant Door and Frame System

Steel door and frame brands Ceco Door and Curries developed an ultralightweight bullet-resistant door tested and certified to meet National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and UL-752 performance criteria. The UltraLight UL8 Bullet Resistant door and frame system is less than half the weight of a traditional bullet-resistant door and has excellent multihit and nonricochet characteristics.

ASSA ABLOY worked with Amulet Protective Technologies to provide the ballistic core technology for the door and frame system. Using this lightweight technology, ASSA ABLOY can provide ballistic barrier protection to schools, hospitals, corporate offices and municipal buildings, among other settings that require daily use.

The dramatic decrease in weight also lowers the total cost of ownership, because it's compatible with conventional door hardware, has less stress on hardware components, is installed quicker and easier and reduces shipping costs. The door and frame are available in single and pair configurations with optional glass kits factory-installed. The door and frame system is certified to UL-752 Level 4-8 and NIJ0108.01 Armor Type III standards.

ABLOY BEAT Keyless Security

Finland-based security and locking solutions provider Abloy Oy introduced the ABLOY BEAT. The new keyless solution combines three main components: a digital key, a mobile application and an ABLOY Super Weather Proof Bluetooth padlock. All are managed through the ABLOY OS user interface.

But that’s only the beginning. Jerry Burhans, managing director of ABLOY USA, says different sizes of padlock eventually will be compatible with the BEAT system, just as the company updated its various padlocks to incorporate its PROTEC2 or CLIQ technology. ABLOY also is looking at adding different types of products, including door locks, cam locks and cabinet locks to the BEAT line.

BEAT is designed particularly for professional physical protection of critical infrastructure, businesses and industry sites. While securing property, it also provides customers with improved operational efficiency, which reduces logistics and costs. The solution is intended to be used in high-security sectors, such as telecom and data centers, transportation and logistics, utilities (water, electricity, gas) and mining.

The padlock is designed to perform in harsh environments and remote areas. It has an IP68 protection rating, a case-hardened steel body and LED indications for lock status.

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Continental Access, a division of NAPCO Security Technologies, introduced new Midwest Regional Sales Manager Rob Etmans. Etmans comes to Continental after years of working for one of Continental’s integration partners and brings real-world, solid experience selling, installing and servicing Continental products.

“We are excited about what Rob can do to help our partners grow,” Continental Sales Director Ron Kandcer says. “In the next few weeks, Rob will be reaching out to all of our partners in the Midwest to introduce himself and to begin a new chapter of sales support for each of you.”

Etmans is skilled in system design, estimating and project management, and local and regional building codes, and he has a strong engineering and IT background.

Etmans will be based in Racine, Wisconsin. For assistance with product introductions, technology selection or bids in the following states: MN, KS, WI, IL, ID, IO, MO, NE, ND, SD, OH, KY and MI, contact him at [email protected], 800-645-9445 or

Dries Pepler is the newest addition to the ABLOY USA team, but he isn’t new to ABLOY USA. After a 15-month hiatus, he returns as the new vertical-market manager for Utilities and Telecom and reports to Jerry Burhans, ABLOY USA’s managing director.

Most recently, Pepler was a territory sales manager for Houston-based Alarm Lock, a division of NAPCO Security Technologies. Prior to that, he served in the same position at ASSA ABLOY’s Mul-T-Lock for a year after working as a regional sales manager with Abloy Security for two years in California.

Pepler says he has some immediate goals to implement.

“I’m looking to contribute to the company’s expansion by growing the customer base and increasing sales,” he says. “My focus will be on critical infrastructure security solutions for Utilities and Telecom and providing training for those customers. With the variety and depth of the products we have available, I also plan to identify new business opportunities.”

Pepler can be reached at [email protected].

STANLEY Security, a global integrator of comprehensive security solutions, appointed Kara Pelecky as Chief Information Officer. Pelecky will be responsible for the strategic vision, leadership and ongoing implementation of STANLEY Security’s information-technology initiatives.

“At STANLEY Security, we are continually pushing to be on the cutting edge of innovation and transformation to provide our customers, partners and employees with a superior experience,” says Robert Raff, president of STANLEY Security. “Kara’s unique perspective and expertise will be a clear competitive advantage, and I am confident that this addition will also play a key role in our organizational transformation and evolving strategic vision.”

Pelecky brings to STANLEY Security more than 20 years of experience as a highly accomplished technology executive and business transformation specialist, providing innovative planning policy formulation while successfully driving multimillion-dollar projects throughout her career. She previously held roles with a variety of companies, including Ernst & Young Management Consultancy and Exelon.

Most recently, Pelecky spent seven years as the vice president and CIO for The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp., where she focused on defining, sourcing and operating information and communications technology functionality as a corporate service.

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