News Briefs September 2009

Sept. 1, 2009

Baldwin Enters Commercial Hardware Market

Baldwin Hardware's new commercial offering balances both form and function, through design-driven solutions that enhance entrances, while combining Grade 1 mortise locks and decorative trim with through-bolting, to provide stylish and secure looks. Fully pre-assembled, Baldwin offers an eclectic selection of mix-and-match levers, trims, turn knobs and finish options, in an effort to couple unique styles with ease of ordering and installation. This flexibility creates an answer to a wide array of commercial installations, including hospitality, multi-family, retail, education, healthcare and office spaces.

“At Baldwin, we never move into a category until we know we can bring truly distinct style options along with our continued commitment to quality, a pairing which has become our signature,” said Dave Albert, vice president of Baldwin Hardware. “Our new commercial introductions present architects, designers and specifiers with on-trend, Grade 1 solutions, while providing both contemporary and decorative styles.” Baldwin's commercial hardware is available through hundreds of dealers around the world.

Baldwin has established a true high-end ANSI/BHMA Operational & Security Grade 1 rated mortise set designed for heavy duty door openings. Operational tests include cycle tests that establish Baldwin's mortise lock will last over 1,000,000 cycles, while impact and tension testing verify the products meet all Grade 1 security standards.

From Contemporary to Colonial, Baldwin Hardware offers a full portfolio of styles with 11 through-bolted escutcheon trims, 32 levers and 15 decorative roses, as well as varied turn pieces and cylinder collars. Baldwin boasts 23 finishes including 3 patent-protected Lifetime finishes, Polished Brass, Satin and Polished Nickel, the latter two being exclusive to Baldwin. Baldwin Lifetime finishes are especially resistant to harsh weather conditions like salt air along coastlines. Baldwin's Grade 1 solution oriented entrance and sectional sets include inside and outside assemblies, 2 levers and 2 through-bolted escutcheons, mortise box and cylinder and cylinder collar (for sectional sets), providing for ease in ordering and installation.

The Reading, PA based company with more than 60 years of heritage, is part of the Black & Decker Hardware & Home Improvement Group, headquartered in Lake Forest, CA. For more information, visit

Schlage/Von Duprin/LCN Aged Bronze Finish

The new 643e Aged Bronze finish for locks, exit devices, closers, accessories and electronics is available on Schlage, Von Duprin, Ives, Glynn-Johnson and LCN brands of products. Aged Bronze offers a classic distinctive look that lasts long into the future without wear or weathering, perfect for commercial applications. In addition to providing a naturally aged, historic look with a soft bronze highlight and attractive rich coloring, the new finish will maintain its original look over time.

“This classic finish provides the consistency and longevity architects and designers look for. It suites among our most popular Schlage, Von Duprin, Ives, Glynn-Johnson and LCN products as well as with the Schlage residential 716 Aged Bronze finish,” reports Doug Miller, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies' marketing manager. “The finish has been growing in popularity. We typically see 643e Aged Bronze used in common areas or buildings where the owners or architects are looking to achieve a historic ambiance. It's also great for customers who like the look of a living finish but don't want it to continue to wear. Aged Bronze provides these customers with a finish that will continue to look and feel exactly the same throughout its life.”

Products with the new 643e Aged Bronze finish are available for order now.

Schlage, Von Duprin and LCN manufacture a wide range of locks, exit devices and closers for the door hardware market. More information is available at, or

Stanley To Distribute Securitech Mental Health Products

Stanley Security Solutions, Inc. (Stanley) announces a strategic distribution partnership with Securitech Group Inc., a leading manufacturer of customized security and life-safety locks headquartered in Maspeth, N.Y.

The partnership between Stanley and Securitech brings Securitech's mental health focused products such as anti-ligature locks, seclusion room multi-point locks, and safety emergency door alarms into Stanley's wide family of products. Stanley will be the only source for these products and will provide them to mental health institutions through Stanley's network of national representatives as well as contract hardware distribution channels.

“Securitech is pleased to work hand-in-hand with Stanley to bring the latest code-compliant life-safety solutions to the mental health industry,” explains Mark Berger, President and Chief Product Officer of Securitech.

“The combination of Securitech's product innovations and Stanley's national presence allows us to improve the environments for returning soldiers in the VA hospitals across the country, as well as countless other patients in hospitals across North America.”

“The formation of our partnership with Securitech further strengthens the security solution portfolio that Stanley already offers to its customers,” states Jaime Torres, Director of Product Marketing for Stanley Mechanical Solutions. “Securitech products complement and add to our already well-rounded product and service offerings, and they will be supported by Stanley's extensive commercialization and service network.”

Bluetooth® Compatible CyberKey for Mobile Authorization

Videx ( introduces CyberKey® Blue, a rechargeable key that uses Bluetooth® technology. Now CyberKey users with a BlackBerry® phone can update their key with a new access schedule and download their audit information while in the field.

The Bluetooth compatible key is a perfect solution for companies with employees who are mobile or located in remote locations, or when extreme security is required, such as with technicians servicing ATM machines. Rather than carry a key that is programmed to open all the ATM locks on that day's route, the service technician can now carry a key that receives authorization on-the-fly to open a specific lock on a specific machine at each location. Only when at the machine do they receive access permissions via their BlackBerry phone.

CyberKey Blue is the newest addition to the CyberLock Electronic Lock System. With CyberLock, virtually any type of lock can be converted to a higher-security electronic lock simply by replacing the lock's mechanical cylinder with the CyberLock electronic cylinder. The CyberLock system consists of software for managing the locks and keys, CyberLock cylinders that have no keyways to vandalize, and electronic CyberKeys that cannot be duplicated. All CyberLock cylinders and keys record openings and unauthorized attempts to enter. This detailed audit reporting can be extremely valuable to any organization.

assa abloy acquires italian company ditec

ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to acquire the Italian-based Ditec Group, a global leader in entrance automation products for pedestrian, sectional, high speed doors and gates.

Ditec was established in 1974. Company headquarters are located in Caronno, close to Milano, Italy. The Ditec Group has 550 employees worldwide.

“I am very pleased that Ditec is joining the ASSA ABLOY Group. The acquisition of Ditec is an important step in our growth strategy into the fast growing and profitable market segment of door automatics. Also very pleasing is that Ditec adds a strategic reinforcement to our indirect sales channel both for the mature markets in Europe and North America and for the expanding entrance automation business on the emerging markets” says Johan Molin, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY.

The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2009.

ir white paper: access control end-user survey

Recent Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies interviews and surveys of over 800 access control end-users found that purchasers of access control systems need help in balancing security requisites with technology scope. Their concerns have been put into a White Paper entitled “Access Control Users Looking for Answers on How to Handle Ever-Changing Technologies.”

“Voice of the Customer inputs couldn't have been more specific,” emphasizes Rick White, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies general manager. “Users want a new model for security and safety that lets them customize today while, at the same time, allows them to easily migrate or upgrade in the future.”

According to White, these security professionals challenged every preconceived, current practice in the security industry.

“This White Paper highlights the changes needed,” adds White. “We encourage security professionals as well as those in the access control industry to read it. It provides a road map to providing access control buyers with what they want.”

“Access Control Users Looking for Answers on How to Handle Ever-Changing Technologies” is available by going online to