Haven Targets School Security with Lockdown Lineup

By Dan Gelinas, Published Nov 08, 2018, 09:38am EST

Haven, a US startup founded in 2014 as a residential-focused company, has now raised funding and is offering a lineup of commercial grade locks for the education market. 

Further, the company says it has new smart lock offerings and is growing its distribution network worldwide.

Based on our research and our interview with Company CEO Alex Bertelli [link no longer available], we examine:

  • $1.4 Million Raised
  • Commercial Solutions
  • Manufacturing & Pricing
  • Channel Strategy
  • Growth & Competitive Position
  • Competition
  • Potential Drawbacks
  • Opposition
  • Upcoming Hub Offering

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Comments (4)

This device is definitely durable but an active shooter is not going to take that much time or effort to get into a classroom as demonstrated in the video. So far I don't believe there has been a breach into a classroom or room that has been locked. I could be wrong but that is the most recent statistic I have heard. The first issue that has to be resolved in schools is making sure classroom doors are closed. This device wouldn't work if the door is not closed in the first place.

I have walked through many schools and more often than not many of the classroom doors are wide open even though the school's protocol dictates the doors are supposed to be closed, especially in case of a fire. Another is keeping the perimeter doors shut and locked as well. The more time that elapses for an active shooter the better chances for survival and law enforcement interaction become.

One nice feature is the manual disconnect. But what happens if the device can't be unlocked remotely and the people inside the room are incapacitated. How do you then get into the classroom? This is better than some where just a wedge was put into the door closer. That definitely can't be removed remotely.

I'm not saying this device is a bad idea but more training and drills with the teachers and staff are of utmost importance. You can have all the safety devices in the world in place but if the staff doesn't train on these situations all is for not.  

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As someone who does a lot of work in the K-12 market and is always looking on how to improve security and improve the communication notification and lockdown capability there are a few items I would like to comment on.

As Shannon Davis mentioned the first item that needs to be addressed and enforced is the school district policy for when a room is occupied. We see this all the time when doors are left open or they have a magnet on the door frame to prevent door locking.

Every classroom door has a lite kit in it. Based on the video the pull cord for emergency release would be in line with the lite kit. Breaking the window would allow access to the pull cord. Also everyone would need to know how to exit the room so this requires special knowledge. A button on the wall which would be out of reach of the lite kit would be a batter option in my opinion. On the hinge side Of the door you could always use a small door cord to transfer from the wall to the device.

There should also be some means to allow first responders to unlock the door. The thought of them using an app or mobile device is not practical if they are trying to clear a school or building.

In regards to distribution if they go to market selling via Amazon I don’t see any integrator, locksmith or door hardware company selling their product. For the commercial market you need to go to the dealer. Also if we are talking about public schools they need a legal procurement method. Amazon would not cut it and I can’t see dealers bidding this if it were put out to bid.

While this product could work as a standalone offering I personally believe they should talk and work with Allegion or Assa Abloy. This product potential could be integrated into Allegion’s Engage platform or Assa Abloy Aperio platform. Also both companies are involved with getting products specified and are doing business with access control manufacturers.

In my opinion a lockdown solution should consist of various products integrated together to work seemless to activate lockdown, contact authorities, and provide audible and visual notifications and communications.

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I’m not sure that a door that can be opened wide enough to let in a gun barrel is safe.

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Has anyone had any recent experience with the Haven product now that some time has passed since this initial report?  I believe Haven is starting to sign on some manufacturers rep firms but I haven't seen one of the "smart" versions installed/working yet.

 

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