News Briefs, April 2014

April 2, 2014

Medeco Online Deadbolt Selector

Medeco, an ASSA ABLOY Group company, introduces the Deadbolt Selector, an easy-to-use, online tool that allows commercial and residential customers to select the right deadbolt for their needs and receive an instant cost estimate from a local Medeco Service Center.

With a step-by-step online process, the Deadbolt Selector first determines if the customer requires commercial or residential-grade locks. Next, users choose the function they prefer -- Single Cylinder, which uses a thumbturn on the inside of the lock; Double Cylinder, which uses a key on both sides of the door to lock and unlock; or a Removeable Thumbturn, which uses a thumbturn on the inside that can be easily removed.

Users are then able to choose the backset they require along with either a rectangular or round latch. Lastly, by simply choosing a finish from the array of 13 colors, the customer is given the proper deadbolt part number and submits the information to receive an estimate that will be forwarded to the Medeco Service Center closest to the customer’s zip code.

“The Deadbolt Selectors adds an additional level of value to our customers,” says Brad Smith, director of marketing, Medeco and Arrow. “Allowing users to find the right product within minutes and connect with a nearby Medeco Service Center streamlines the process and also ensures the correct results, every time.”

Medeco’s Maxum deadbolt exceeds Grade 1 ANSI/BHMA A156.36 standard for auxiliary locks. Solid brass, free turning collar and quarter inch diameter mounting bolts resist wrenching, prying and hammering attacks. The one-inch throw hardened steel bolt resists sawing and crowbar attacks.

Hardened steel inserts and rotating pins provide drill and pick resistance and are in accordance with UL437 standard for safety for key locks. The Medeco3 design offers a utility patent that provides protection against unauthorized key duplication.

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SLD Introduces SecuritySearch

Security Lock Distributors announces the launch of a new web application, named “SecuritySearch.” The SecuritySearch online tool digitally aggregates all industry price books and catalogs into one centralized platform.  Customers simply enter a part number, product, series or manufacturer and the application will bring back all relevant search results for that query.

“We are continually striving to lead the industry in technology solutions and to bring our customers value-added services,” stated Michael Clebnik, executive director of sales. “This tool is paradigm shifting as it takes over 2 million products broken out across 100 manufacturers and coverts them to digitally searchable and user friendly.”

SecuritySearch also includes embedded functionality that allows customers to be more efficient in specifying and sourcing door security hardware and accessories.  These features include searching by multiple criteria, locating and downloading all sales brochures, cropping and emailing portions of pages, and more.

“Our initial feedback has been overwhelming,” continued Clebnik.  “Not only does this enable our customers to have always current list pricing, but it is also green-friendly as our customers no longer need heavy paper-intensive catalogs that get thrown out with every price increase.”

Customers can access SecuritySearch at

Currently in its 30th year  in business, Security Lock Distributors is a full stocking distributor for ASSA ABLOY, Allegion and Stanley Security brands and represents and stocks over 100 premium manufacturers.

Napco Launches New Website

Napco has relaunched its website,, featuring a  fresh new look and improved functionality. The user-friendly navigation provides easy access to Security Solutions, Quick Resources, Technical Support, Products and Upcoming Events. 
The new website has been designed to be easier to navigate, taking users directly to the content which is relevant to them. It continues to provide all of the information that was previously available; however, the new look and reorganization will offer easier access and clearer direction to specific content.

Art Students Fund Schlage HandKey Readers

After feeling uncomfortable with the security situation at the Peck School of the Arts on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) campus, art students themselves funded a project that led to the installation of Schlage HandKey readers at the six-building complex. Thirteen readers were placed on the exteriors of the buildings while several others were installed to manage access via certain elevators.

“We asked Anixter, our integrator, what would be a good solution to stop homeless people and strangers from entering the buildings, where art students can be found working on projects day and night,” explains Randy Trumbull-Holper, director of facilities for the Peck School of the Arts. “They, along with a locksmith on our campus, suggested that the students consider biometric hand readers.”

Once the UWM students learned that the HandKey units did not record fingerprints, they felt very comfortable with the biometric solution. A Schlage HandKey reader utilizes hand geometry technology. The reader simultaneously analyzes more than 31,000 points and instantaneously records more than 90 separate measurements of an individual's hand, including length, width, thickness and surface area, to verify the person’s identity. In conjunction with entering a pin number, now only registered art students are able to gain access to the facilities.

Because college students tend to be on the forefront of technology, it is not surprising that universities are some of the biggest customers in the biometric industry. According to Trumbull-Holper, the HandKey readers were chosen by the students for several reasons beyond the high level of security they would provide. The students appreciated the simplicity of the process because they would no longer need to bring special ID cards or keyfobs to the school. HandKey readers could operate as a standalone system and store authorized users in each unit without having to integrate with the campus’ entire access control system. And they still perform effectively if art students have stained or paint-splashed hands, a very important consideration in this type of application.

The system is managed with Schlage HandNet for Windows software by Trumbull-Holper, who has a team that helps enroll the students and faculty.

“Every year, we update the students enrolled in the system,” says Trumbull-Holper. “Any student who took just one class and no longer needs access to our buildings is removed.

“Because this system was fully paid for by the students, we plan to keep it for a long time,” Trumbull-Holper adds. “To do anything else would be a disservice to something the students wanted and paid for themselves.”