News Briefs, December 2020

Dec. 2, 2020

Key System Design Studio Update

ASSA ABLOY released an improved and streamlined version of its Key System Design Studio. Introduced in 2017 by Medeco, an ASSA ABLOY Group brand, the Key System Design Studio is a user-friendly online portal that walks the masterkey customer through each phase of designing a masterkey system.

The new version includes features to make masterkey design even easier, such as drag-and-drop keying trees and the ability to upload door schedules for increased system-design accuracy. In addition, the Key System Design Studio had its support of masterkey design expanded to ASSA ABLOY Group brands Corbin Russwin, SARGENT and Yale.

“When the Key System Design Studio was first developed, our goal was to make the ordering and management of Medeco masterkey systems easier and more convenient for customers,” says Bill Grambo, president, Access and Egress Hardware Group, ASSA ABLOY. “Expanding this support to include Corbin Russwin, SARGENT and Yale key systems means that even more customers can take advantage of these efficiencies. The new features in this updated version will streamline the overall design and ordering process, resulting in reduced masterkey order-processing times.”

Masterkey system design typically requires in-depth knowledge about the fundamentals of masterkeying and system structure. ASSA ABLOY’s unique Key System Design Studio removes this complexity by guiding the user through a series of easy-to-understand and intuitive steps to build their ideal masterkey system. More-experienced users can upload their own door schedules or keying plans and place accurate orders with ease.

Key System Design Studio features and benefits include:

  • A user-friendly interface for capturing information, which ensures no delays because of missing details.
  • Dynamic uploading and downloading, which allows users to upload their own door schedules for automatic population and download finalized systems for their records or use.
  • The ability to submit a product order along with the new-system request, eliminating an extra step.

For a demonstration, contact ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions Customer Support at 800-377-3948. 

dormakaba Learning Institute

From beginner to expert, the new dormakaba Learning Institute provides an extensive education curriculum that spans key industry topics as well as the dormakaba product portfolio.

“We use a blended learning approach that includes both scheduled and on-demand courses designed to help users learn what they need, when they need it,” says Cindy Mitchell, associate vice president, Training & Education at dormakaba. “Our customers and other industry professionals will find it easier to stay abreast of access control solutions with such a wide range of classes all in one place. We also offer customized training tailored to specific needs.”

Courses fall into five easy-to-access learning methods:

Instructor Led – These in-person trainings combine classroom with hands-on exercises and range from two hours to multiday, providing an intensive experience for peer-to-peer and hands-on learning. Each course includes a final exam to evaluate competency.

Webinars/Virtual Classes – Scheduled online live sessions are designed to simulate the company’s in-person classroom events in a concise virtual session. Participants may interact with Learning Leaders via chat or voice depending on the number of participants. In addition, dormakaba offers Master Classes on various key-industry topics. Master Classes are livestreamed from the dormakaba Connections Studio.

eLearning – eLearning courses can be accessed anytime and feature AEC Daily Courses that include continuing-education credits and eLearning through the dormakaba learning management system (LMS) portal. Email [email protected] to request access to the dormakaba LMS.

Gamification – Gamification is designed to deliver information in a fun and competitive way, so you can learn in just minutes. These quick games can be played on a phone, tablet or computer.

Microlearning – These are short, focused courses that have multiple lessons. Microlearning is designed for people on the go who choose when and where to access the courses via phone, tablet or computer.

dormakaba’s new Learning ebook is available to download. In addition, all courses can be made available in scheduled and custom class settings. Email [email protected] to set up custom training sessions.

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ADI Expands in Scarborough, Ontario

ADI Global Distribution opened a branch location in Scarborough, Ontario. This marks ADI's second location to serve the Greater Toronto Area and 10th location in Canada, and it strengthens ADI’s commitment to providing the best and most convenient service to security professionals.

The new ADI Scarborough branch, located at 150 McLevin Ave., Unit 7, (Phone: 647-480-6871), will provide customers with more access to ADI's full range of products and services.

“ Opening this new branch supports our growth strategy and strengthens our commitment to provide value to our dealers,” says Bob Appleby, vice president and general manager, ADI North America. “We're excited to open our doors in Scarborough, and we look forward to opening additional ADI branches in the future.”

The new Scarborough branch occupies a 10,000-square-foot space that’s stocked with an assortment of products across all categories. The branch also features a dedicated training room, a branch pickup window for One-Hour Pickup, secure lockers for Pick Up Anytime service and a fully trained and knowledgeable sales team ready to assist.

ADI operates 109 branch locations to serve dealers across North America. In addition, ADI has nine distribution centers located to ensure local branches remain fully stocked.

In addition to expanding its store network, ADI recently launched a redesign of its Digital Branch to make browsing and purchasing online at ADI easy for dealers. Whether shopping online or in a branch, dealers can expect the same seamless shopping experience. 

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Simplex Lock Certified Installer Program Expanded

Locksmiths and access control experts can increase their knowledge and skills, reduce callbacks associated with improper installation and increase customer satisfaction by enrolling in dormakaba’s expanded Simplex Certified Installer Program.

With the increased demand for simple, effective stand-alone locking solutions, dormakaba is offering installers $3,500 in product upon course completion in 2020. Installers also will gain exposure through a free listing on the dormakaba website as a Simplex Certified Installer.

Certification credentials will be provided by Certified Forensic Locksmith and dormakaba Learning Leader Rick Shuford, CRL, CFL, CAI.

Course Overview

  • Mechanical features of Simplex Series locks
  • How to identify all component parts and models
  • How to reach an unknown code by viewing code gears
  • How to effectively assemble and service the Simplex 1000 and 5000 series
  • Troubleshooting tips and tricks
  • Proper application of all models

Simplex mechanical push-button locks are an excellent option for controlling access between public and private areas while allowing free egress. This type of lock works well for certain access points, such as front or back doors, restrooms, labs, office doors, storage rooms and common doors. Simplex locks supplement other security access systems or operate as stand-alone security solutions. They provide a durable, reliable choice for multiple markets and applications.

For more information, email [email protected]. To register, visit