Maglocks Usage Statistics 2019

By: IPVM Team, Published on Jul 01, 2019

Maglocks divide access control specifiers perhaps more than any other component. Many are concerned about life safety codes, but others cite benefits such as being less expensive.

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How frequently are maglocks used?

150+ integrators told us how often they use maglocks, when and why. Inside this report, we examine the trends and the key reasons for and against them.

******** ****** ****** ******* specifiers ******* **** **** any ***** *********. **** are ********* ***** **** safety *****, *** ****** cite ******** **** ** being **** *********.

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*** ********** *** ******** used?

***+ *********** **** ** how ***** **** *** maglocks, **** *** ***. Inside **** ******, ** examine *** ****** *** the *** ******* *** and ******* ****.

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Results **********

*** ******** ** *********** answered **** '*****' ** seldom *** ********, **** 53% ** ********* ********* maglocks *** **** **** than **% ** *** time:

Maglock Usage Statistics 2019

*** ****** ** *** surprising *** ** ********** with ******* ********** *******.

Never *** ****

*********** *** ******** **** simply ***** *** ******** were ******, ************ ****** 15% ** *** *********. They **** ******** ******* for ******* ***** ***:

  • "** ** *** *** maglocks. **** *** *** fail ******, ***** *** too **** **** **** considerations, **** ****** ***** by ******* ******* **** being ****** ** ***** locked, *** ** ****** every **** ***** ** an *********** ******** ******** to *** ****."
  • "*. ** ***** ** all ****."
  • "** ***** *** ****. They *** **** ***** slammers *** ******* **** do *** **** **** hardware."
  • "** **** *** **** any ******** ** *** past ****. ** *** to **** ** ******** strikes."
  • "*%. ** **** *****'* had *** ****."
  • "**** *** ***** *** lazy ***** *** **** designers."
  • "*. * ****** ***'* want ** ** *****. I **** ****** ** my *****."
  • "*% ** *** ***** are ********. ** ******* using ******** ** *** mid **'*."
  • "****. ** **** ******** has ****** *** *** installs ***** ********. ** follows *** *** ******* it ** ******* ** new ********."
  • "*%. **** ****. **** safety *******. ***** **** reasons."
  • "*% *** *** ** electric ******* ** *********. Maglock ** *** **** popular ** *** ****."
  • "*%, ***** *** ****, refuse ** *** ****, replace **** **** ***** locks."

*** **** ******* **** is *** ********. ******, even******* ************* **** ******* against ***** **** *********** ****** ******* ** strong *****:

"**** ** ********** **** with ******* ** ******** and *********** ********* ******.In ** *******, electromagnetic locks should ***** ** ********* ** ****** ***** in these two occupancies — especially on doors requiring panic hardware." [IPVM Empasis]

Codes ********** ***

*** ****** ********** ******* maglocks ** *** ** stringent **** ****** ***** that ******* ******** ***** use. **** *** * common ***** ** **** responses:

  • "* ******** ** *** installations *** ****** **** from *** ***** *** to **** ********. **** and **** ****** *** municipalities *** *** ******** mag *****."
  • "** ***** ***** ******** whenever ******** ******* ** fire ****."
  • "**%. * **** ** was *% ******* ** takes **** ** ****, install *** **** **** you **** **** *********** and *******. ***, *** some *****, ******** *** the **** ********"
  • "******* *** **** ********* / ******** **** *** / **** ** ***** extra **** ************ *** Fire ***** *******, ***., etc..."
  • "**** **** **%, **** when ******** ** ********* and ******* ** *****."
  • "**% *** ** *** as *** ** ******** due ** **** ******* regulations."
  • "** ******** ** ********* recommend * ********** ****** to ***** *** ******** of ***** **** ******."
  • "**** *** ********** ****** its * ******** *** the ******** **** *** replace ** ** *** applications ********** ***** *** a ***. * ********** prefer ** ******* ** electrified ******."
  • "**-**% ** ** *** lock ** **** ******. Extra ****** **** ************, fire ***** ***********, *** issue ** ***** **** will ******** *** **** just **** ** **** desirable."
  • "** ***** ** *** costs, ***** ** ******* a **** ****** ***."
  • "*** ** **** **** as **** ** ******** because ** ******* ** be ******** ** **** panels. **'* * *********** though ** ******* ***** as ** **** ******."
  • "** **** **** **** Maglocks ** **** ** possible *** ** **** code *********** *** ****** issues **** ******** **** requirements."

************* ***** *****, **** *** *** NFPA *** ** *** prohibit ***** ********, **** still *** *** ***** in **** *****. *** example,*** ***** ********, ******** the **** ***** ** controlled ******** ********** ** occupancy ****:

  • ***: '**** **********' (****: 1010.1.9; ****, ****: ****.*.*; 2006, ****: ****.*.*)
  • ***: '****** ******* ** Electrically ****** ****** *****' (2015: ****.*.*.*; ****: ****.*.*.*; 2009: ****.*.*.*; ****, ****: 1008.1.3.4)
  • ***: '******************* ****** ****** Doors' (****: ****.*.*.*; ****: 1008.1.9.9; ****: ****.*.*.*)
  • **** ***: '************ ********** Egress *****' (****, ****: 7.2.1.5.6; ****: *.*.*.*.*)
  • **** ***: '********* *******' (2015, ****: *.*.*.*.**-**; ****, 2006, ****: *.*.*.*.* -*.*.*.*.**)
  • **** ***: '****** ********** Egress *****' (*.*.*.*.*)
  • *** ****** ** ***** model *****, *** ***:**** ****** ****, ***, and *** ***** *** Standards.

(*** **** ****** ** these *********, ***:**** ****** ****, ***, and *** ***** *** Standards)

***** ******* *********** ******* the **** ***** ******* and ******* ********** ***** to ****** ******** **** alarms *** *********. ******* and *********** ***** **** integration ***** **** ***** AHJ *** ***** ***** to ****** ******* ***, while****** *** ***** *** in ******* ******** ***********.

Unlocked **** ***** *****

******* ******** ***** ***** is * ****** ** maglocks ******* ***** **** unlocked **** ***** *****. The **** ******** ** these ******* *** ** lock *****, *** ** electricity *****, ** ** maglocks:

  • "** *** *** ** use ******** ***** **** we *** * *********, the ***** **** ***, batteries ***, *** **** the ***** *** **** open..... ** ******** ** use * ****** ** electrified ******* *** ***** maglocks ** ******** ***** when ********."
  • "**** ****** ******. ******** and ****** ***** ** we ***** ***** *** extended ******* ** ****. "
  • " ** ***** **** & ****** *****'* **** generators, ********* **** & eventually ***** **** ****"
  • "* **** **** *** ugly, *** ** * risk ** **** ******** and **** ****. ***** are **** ****** ******* systems *********."
  • "***** *** ********* **** as * **** ****** on ******** ***** ******* they *** ****-**** *** easily ********."
  • "***** ** ** ******* to ***** ****. **** power ** *** ** your ***** *** **** "
  • "** *** ** ***** clear ** ***. ****** an ******** ****. **** requires ** ****** *** doors ** ***** ****** and **** *****, ****'* causing * ******** **** to ** **** **** if ** ***** ******."
  • "** ****** ** ********. I **** ***** **** a *** ** ********. They *** *** ******** especially ** ***** *******. Customers ***** **** ******** with *** *********. * just ****** ** ********* strikes *** *********** ****-****."
  • "** *** *** ***** in * *** ** installations *** *** **** selective ** **** ***** we **** *** **** on. *** ***** *** fail **** *** ******* a ***** ****** ** battery ****** ** ********* use **** **** ** low ******** *****."

***********, ********** ** ****** power *********,**** ****. **** ***** ** you ****** ***** (*****, backup, ** *********) **** open.******* * ******* ** an *************, ** ****** is *** *******, ** simply **** *** *******. By ******, ******** **** all ******* ***** **** power ** **** *****.

Which ********** *** ******** ****?

** *** ******** ******* when *** ******** ******** useful *** ***? ******* themes ******* **** ********* that ********** **** *** where ******** *** ********* used.

Complex ***** *** ********

**** *********** *** ******** on ***** ***** ***** lock ***** ** *** fit, ** *** *** costly ** *****. ******* responses ************ ********* ***** entry *****, ***** ******* exposed ****** *** ********* strikes ** *** ** option:

  • "****** ** ******** ***** lobby ***** ** ***** that **** ****** *** internal ******** ******** **** electrifying ** *** ** expensive *** *** ******* replacement ** **** ********. We ******* * **** deal ** ******** *** our ****** ******** ** use **** ********* ** clean *****. ****** ** install **** ******* ****** locks *** ******* **** doors *** *** ********, psychiatric *** ********* **********. Ever ****, ****** ***** or ******* **** **** a **** **** * card ****** *** * magnetic **** **** *********."
  • "***** **%. ****** ** double **** ***** ** glass ***** ***** ***** electric ******* *** *************"
  • "****, ***** **%. **** there ** ** ***** option, ****** ****** ***** glass *****."
  • "***** **%. ********* *** just **** ****, **** with * **** ****, or ****** ******** ********* door. ******* ** * specific **** ** ***** use ****, **** *** for *******."
  • "** *** ******* ** the **** *****. ** we *** *** * strike ** ** ****** to ** ****. ********* we *** ********."
  • "** ****** ******* ** the ***********. **** ***** leave ****** ******."
  • "** *** ** ***** them ** *** *****. The ******* ** *** is * ***** ***** mag ******* ** *** the **** ******** ******** for *** **** ** question."
  • "*** ***** *** ********* used ** ******* ****** scenarios ** ***** *****."
  • "****- ****** *** * frame **** ***** ****. "
  • "******* **** *** *** locks ** ******** ***** framed ***** *****."
  • "** *** **** *****. Glass ***** ****** **** entrances. ** ****** **** AHJ ** **** ** they’re ********** *** ***** properly."
  • "***** *** **** ***** that *** **** ** use * *** **** to ******. *** **** is *** ****** ** last ******."
  • "********* ** ** **** easier ********* ** *** door, *** **** *** be *******. **** ***** we **** ** *** electric ****** ********."

Inexpensive ******** ** ***** *****

*** ** *** *******'* strongest ******* ** **** they *** ** *********** on * ***-**** *****, costing * *** ******* dollars ($*** - $***) for ***** ******** *** securing **** *****.

** ********, ********** * strike ** ***** ********** lock *** *** $*** - $**** *** *********** take ***** ** ************ time, ****** * ******* installing ** * *** minutes.

**** ********* ***** *** cost *** ***** ********:

  • "** *** ** **** away **** ******** ****** it ** *** **** option **** ********* ***'* want ** *** *** higher ******** ***** ** format *** **** *** a ****** (**** ******, etc). * *** ** have *** ************ **** the ******** ***** *** drawbacks ** ******** *** the ******** *** ** going **** * ******* mostly *****'* ****."
  • "** **** *** ******** if ********** ********* ** there ** * *********** cost ******* ***** ******** over ************"
  • "**%, *** ** *****."
  • "**** **** ******** ** not **** ****** ** modify ** ************ ******. We **** **** ****** $2200 ** ********* *** door ******** ** ******* doors. * *** *** a *******, ***************** ***, and * ********* ****** if ********* *** ***** $600 - $***."
  • "*** ** **** **** from **** ** **** as ******** ****** ******* with ***** ***** *** they ***'* **** ** pay *** *********** ***** hardware."
  • "**** ** ************, *** cost *** * **** range ** *******."

*******, ***** **** ***** rises **** ********* *** equipment ****** ** **** the **** **** *** the ********** **** ** integrate **** **** ****** or *** *********. *** total ************ **** ** a ******* **** ***** exceeds ** ** ** the **** ** *** maglock *****.

Strong *** ********

******* ***** *************, ******** are ***** *** '*********' locks ********* *** **** no ****** ***** **** wear ** ***** ** use.

**** ********** ******** ****** this ** ************* *** using ******** **** ***** types:

  • "****** **% ****** ******* doors *** ******** ******* magnetic **** *** **** reliable *** ********."
  • "**%, **** ********"
  • "**** **** **** *** are ******, ****** ***** access *****."
  • "**% *********** *** ***** point."
  • "******* **** *** *****, but ******** **** **** years."
  • "**%. ******** ********* ********* over ******* ******* ** long **** ***********."
  • "******** *** ******. **** things ** ** ***."
  • "********* *********** ***** ***** things **** ***'* *****"

*********** *** ********** ******** of *** ****, (**: leaf, ******, **** ********) will **** ****** *** maglock ******, ** ** exceedingly ********* *** ******** for *** **** ** a ******* ** ** defeated.

East ** *******

*******, *********** ******** ****** maglocks *** **** ** mount:

  • "**% **** ********* *** easy ** *******"
  • "*** ***** ** *** can **** * ******* fast. ******* **** *** long ** ********* ***** where *** **** ** be *******."
  • "**% *** ** **** of ************."
  • "****** ******** *** ** being **** ** *******."
  • "**% **** ************/********."
  • "**% *** *******. *****, cheap *** **** *** crap *******"
  • "**** **** **% ** the *****. ** ** failsafe *** **** ** fit ** ********** *****."

********* *** ****** ****** to ******* ******* *** notching ** ******* ******, maglocks *** ********* * 'bolt-on' ******** **** ****** installers *** ***** **** little **** ** ********* opening ******.

Comments (12)

******* ********* *** *** locks *** *** ******* and ***** ********. *** others *** ***** ** too **** ****** **** code *** ***********. ***** arguments **** *************. ***** to ** **** ***, they *** * *** more ******** ************, *** once *** ********** *** requirements *** * ******* deal ***** *******.

** ***** ** * perfect ***** ** ****** had ** ** * retrofit ** * **** frame ******* **** ******** or *** ********* ****'* specify ***** ***** ***** everywhere.

**** **** * ******* they *****, * **** think **** **** **** go ****. ***** *** some ************ ***** *** just **** *** ******** else. * **** ***** some ** *** ********* given ******* **** **** a *** **** ** dismissive **** **** ***** real *******.

* * **** **** to *** **** ******, mostly ******* ** **** alarm ***********. *** ** big ** * **** on * *** *** since *** *** ****** are ***** *** *** getting ********* ******.

*** **** **** **** continue ** ** **** at *** ** **** brings *********** ***** ** our ********.

*** ********** *** *** enough, *** **** ** the ******* ********* *** horrifying.

* **** ********* ****** access *******. * *** see * *** ** contradiction *** ** ** not ****** *** **** here ** *** ************ but. **** ** *** responses ** *** **** horrifying?

**** ********. ** ********, while ******, *** ******** and ****'* ******* **** useful ***********. **** ** admittedly * ***** **** I **** ******* ***********, so ** ********* *** it ** ***.

*'** **** * *** things, *** **** ** something **** * ***** sit *** **** ** the ****** ***** *******...

*. "******** *** ********." This ** ***** ** so **** ******. *** only *** ******** ******** to **** * ********* that ****** **** ** be ********** **** ** defeat (****** ***), **** also *** *** **** strong ** *** ***** place. * ***'* ** into ********* ****, *** suffice ** *** **** an *********** ********** ***** be ******* * ******* door ** ** ******* or **** ** **** cases. * ***** **** anyone ** *** ******* a **** **** * well-installed ******* **** ** rim **** ****** ** less **** ** ******* without ***** ***** *****.

*. "**% *** ** ease ** ************." *** fact **** ** **** installers ********* ** ***** something ****** ******* ** is **** ** ******** the ******* ******* ** how ******** *** ******** can **. ********* *** fact **** **'* ******* horrible *** *********, ** do ** ******* **'* easy. ***.

*. "**** **** [***] 50% ** *** *****. it ** ********..." *** fact **** ** ** "failsafe" [***] ** ***** used ** * ********? Seriously? **** ******** * fundamental **** ** ************* of **** *** ***** "fail-safe" *** "****-******" ******** means.

*** ***** ****** **** most ****** ****** ** simply ***'* **** ***** maglocks ***:

*. **** ******** **** backup ********* ****** ** used ** ******** **** doors. ** ***** *****, the ***** **** ****. There *** **** **** have ****** *** ********** or ********* *************** ** this, *** **** ** clear ** *** ******** of *****.

*. **** ** *** have ****** *********, ** the ***** ** *** for **** ******, **** doors *** ***** ** swing **** **** *** batteries *** ****. **** alone ** ****** ** a ****** **** ****** concerned ***** "********" ****** never, **** *** * magnetic ****.

*. *** ***** **** open ** **** *****, and **** ***'* ******* a ***** ******** ** mounted *********** **** ** all ******* *****. *** code ************ ** ******** are ****.

** * ******** ****, I ****'* *** ****** using **** ********** ******* as ** ****** ** use ********. **** ***** were ****** **** ***** maglocks ** *** ******* of *** **** ************ they *********, ***** ** true. ****** **** **** there **** **** ********** reasons **** ******* ***** maglocks ****** ** ****** and *********...

***** *** *** *** detailed ********. *** * can ** **** ******* I **** ******* ********* today.

+* *********** *** *******.

* ***** **** **** points, ******** * ** think ******** *** ** wisely *** **** ******* used, ***** ******** ***** and ************. * ***** that ***** ******** ** code ******** * ********, regardless ** *** **** maglocks ** ***.

*** ****** **** '***** keep ****** ****** ******', and * ***** ** the ******** *********** ** maglock ** ******* ************** (ie: ******** #* *****'* belong ** ****...), **** they *** ** **** with ******.

*******, **** *** ***** out, *** **** **** nature (*** ****** ***:**** **** **. **** Secure ********) **** *** **** eventually ***** ******** *** mechanical ***** ** ********** backup ***** (**** **********) are ******.

**** ***** *** **** the *** ** ******** strikes ** * ****** on "*** ********." **** typically ****** *** **** hardware *** *** ************* poor ****** ******** ** electrified ********. **** ****, "never" *** "******" *** not **** ** *** vernacular *** *** ************. The **** **, **** entryways ***/** ********* ******* magnetic *****.

****** ***********; **** *** mag ***** **** ***** is ** **** ******** alternative.

* **** ********* * number ** ********* **** the '******' *********** *** use ******** ** **** up *** ***** **** of ********** ** **** hardware.

**** * ***** **** of ** ****** ******** is ** ******** ********** door ** * ********* challenging ***** ***********, ****'* where * **** **** maglocks **** ** **** error. *** *********** ***** do *** ******* *** customer ** *** **** introduced. ************ *** ******** is *** ******* **** they ***** ***** ***** door **** ** ******** when *** ***** **** out.

******* ** *********** ******** is * **** *** the **** *************. ******** have ***** ***** - and **'* *** ** the ***** ****.

**********, * **** ***** fit ** ********** ************. Where ******* ****** ** supervised ****** ******* ***** place, * ******* '****-**' solution ** *** **** cost-effective. ** **** *********, changing **** ****** *** used *** ******* ******* groups *** ** **** dynamic. * ******* ******* an **** ******** ** add *** ****** ** necessary.

** *** **** **** an ****** ******** **** glass *****, ** ******** hardware (*** ** ****** or **** ** *** new ************) *** *** going ** **** **** from *** *** ** tell **** ** ******* their *****? *** ** I'm *** ******* ***** glass/aluminum ********** *****, *'* talking ********* ** *******.

**'* *** ***** ** have *** **** ************* acknowledged ****** *** ********. Using * ********* ***** that ******** ***************** ***** before ******* ** ****** the ******** ******* ********* the ****.

** **** ** *****************: I **** *** ******* experiences **** ***** *** solutions **** *** ***** all ***** *****.

*** ******* * *** is **** * ****** layer *****'* *****, ** the ******** ***'* ********.

**......

**** ******* ** **** expensive **** * ****** (esp ** *** **** a ***** ***)?

**** ******* ** ****** to ******* **** * strike (*** ** *** need * ***** ***)?

*** **** *** ** installing **** *** ***** are *** *** *** reason's ** ***** *** to *** **** ****** forced **** **. * will *** **** **** have ****** ** ** reliable, ******** **** ******** than *******. ** ***** that ** **** * have **** ** **-** years ** ******** **********. ELR ***** ***** ** be *** "****" ******** as *** ** **** compliance, *********** *** ******** are ********* (** ****** it ** *** **** $$).

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