News and People, Nov. 2022

Nov. 1, 2022

ASSA ABLOY Academy Upgrades Learning Experience Platform

ASSA ABLOY has unveiled a redesigned and easier to use Learning Experience Platform (LXP) for ASSA ABLOY Academy, the company’s expansive e-learning and in-person training system. The education innovation will continue in 2023 when ASSA ABLOY Academy adds its own Locksmith Academy.

The ASSA ABLOY Academy LXP is designed to educate door and hardware professionals about proper installation techniques, how to identify common issues, maintaining code compliance and the latest product innovations to help to enhance building safety, security, convenience and performance. The site features a full spectrum of training, from fundamentals through intermediate courses to advanced level learning.

Classes are broken into three levels for the four professions listed on the site — locksmith, contract hardware or wholesaler, systems integrator and architect or design professional, Tom Seidel, manager of training and education, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions, explained at GSX 2022. Beginners start out with fundamentals and progress through intermediate and advanced courses.

About 70 classes are offered — some online and some in-person at ASSA ABLOY’s seven U.S. training centers. ASSA ABLOY Academy also maintains an extensive video library of previous classes as a reference. Every online class is free, as are about 95 percent of the in-person classes, Seidel notes.

After an employee registers for an account in the LXP, their email address will be matched automatically to the employer’s account. Their manager can assign training courses for the security pro’s specific track and level as well as monitor progress and completion. Employees can monitor their progress by using a custom dashboard for career-path management. The dashboard displays timelines of activities and achievements at a glance.

In addition, ALOA and Door Hardware Institute continuing-education credits are earned when courses are completed.

Locksmith Academy sessions will involve plenty of hands-on training. Classes will last a week and a half. The first session will be a test run this month at the ASSA ABLOY training center in Ontario, California. After the curriculum is finalized, Seidel expects two sessions to be scheduled in 2023.

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Justice Department Sues to Block Merger

The U.S. Department of Justice has sued to block the $4.3 billion acquisition of Spectrum Brands Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) division by ASSA ABLOY on antitrust grounds. As of press time, ASSA ABLOY and HHI said they would defend the deal announced in September 2021.

In its complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Justice Department charges that the merger would risk higher prices, lower quality, reduced innovation and poorer service in at least two types of residential door hardware: premium mechanical door hardware and smart locks.

ASSA ABLOY owns the Yale, August Home and Emtek brands. HHI owns the Kwikset and Baldwin brands.

According to the Justice Department’s statement, the transaction if completed would give ASSA ABLOY a “near-monopoly” in premium mechanical door hardware and more than a 50% share in smart locks. It further states that the merger would give ASSA ABLOY roughly a 50% share of the overall residential door hardware market.

In a statement, ASSA ABLOY said it and HHI “remain confident in the merits of this transaction and will jointly defend it,” adding the two companies were confident they would “prevail in litigation.”

The two companies had announced in July 2022 that they would extend their purchase agreement to June 30, 2023.

Advanced Diagnostics Releases Nissan, Mitsubishi Software

Advanced Diagnostics has released key-programming software compatible with certain Mitsubishi and Nissan models for model-years 2020 through 2022. The software is ADS2326.

The software is designed to program proximity keys compatible with 2021 and 2022 models of the Nissan Rogue, 2022 models of the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Nissan Pathfinder, and 2020 and 2021 models of the Nissan Sentra. The software supports all keys lost for the first three vehicles but add key only for the Sentra models.

The software bypasses the security PIN code and programs the remote and transponder at the same time. It requires a Smart Pro and an ADC2017 cable to complete the programming procedure, but the software is stand-alone, so no internet connection is necessary.

More models are coming soon, Advanced Diagnostics says.

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Yale Home Launches Assure Lock 2

Yale Home has unveiled Yale Assure Lock 2, the company’s newest flagship collection of smart locks.

The collection includes Yale Assure Lock 2 with Bluetooth for at-home control and Yale Assure Lock 2 with Wi-Fi to manage the lock remotely. Coming soon, Yale Assure Lock 2 with Z-Wave for Ring Alarm and Samsung SmartThings customers, and a Matter Smart Module to make Yale one of the first Matter-compatible smart locks on the market.

All models are programmed by using the Yale Access app. Wi-Fi Smart Modules also are available with the locks or sold separately and no longer require a Wi-Fi Connect Bridge, which enables even simpler set up.

The Wi-Fi and Matter Smart Modules will work with Yale’s original Assure Locks.

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 “5 Things You Need To Know” About Camden's CX-EPD1289L 

Camden Door Controls is supporting the launch of its CX-EPD1289L preload strike with a new 5 Things You Need To Know” promotional video. The video succinctly explains preload and demonstrates how the 1289L strike works with preload in contrast with how other rim strikes fail.

The five topics highlight the features and benefits of the 1289L Grade 1 surface-mount RIM strike with latch monitoring.

No. 1 The First Surface Mount Preload Rim Strike

Pressure on the keepers of the strike, known as preload, is the No. 1 reason that rim strikes fail to operate. Preload can be caused by differences in air pressure on each side of the door, a misaligned door or simply someone pushing on the door before the strike is unlocked. Regardless of the cause, Camden’s 1289L rim strike will operate where other strikes fail.

No. 2 A Patented New Rim Strike Design

Camden CX-EPD1289L rim strikes have a patented design that enables them to operate with up to 15 pounds of preload pressure. The video puts that capability to the test.

No. 3 One Universal Model

There’s no need to stock a range of rim strike models. Camden offers one universal rim strike that includes UL security and fire ratings, field-configured latch monitoring, selectable fail-safe or fail-secure operation and dual voltage.

No. 4 Metal Template Included

Installing this rim strike is quick and easy, and a metal marking template is included in the package.

No. 5 Backed by Camden’s No-Hassle 5-Year Warranty

The CX-EPD1289L video can be viewed on Camden’s product page  as well as on Camden’s YouTube channel. For more information, got to

Hager Cos. announced the promotion of Johnston Hager to the position of president and chief operating officer. Ralph J. Hager II retains the position of CEO, while Rusty Hager retains his position as chairman of the board of directors.

In his role as senior vice president of residential sales, national accounts and customer support, Johnston Hager was instrumental in driving customer relationships and reorganizing Hager’s customer support team. Under his leadership, Hager has expanded the technical services team and developed a customer support team that has been ranked No. 1 in surveys conducted by two of Hager's most prominent customers.

Johnston continued to lead Hager's efforts within the company’s residential products category and was able to increase market share during the post-pandemic supply-chain struggles.

“I am pleased with the direction our company is going and expect continued success with Johnston leading our team as president and chief operating officer,” says Ralph Hager. “On behalf of the board of directors and the entire Hager team, I want to congratulate Johnston on his promotion and wish him the best in his new role. I have complete faith in his abilities to lead our team to continued top and bottom-line growth going forward.”