Multipoint Lock Access Control Tutorial

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Oct 17, 2017

Doors are notoriously weak at stopping entry, and money can be misspent on wrong locks that leave doors quite vulnerable.

While closed and locked doors might deter entry for typical people, breaking in with basic tools often takes mere seconds. In the video below, busting a normal locked door secured by a single lock takes less than a half-minute:

However, most doors can be better hardened against these attacks, by installing multipoint locks or latching points. For every latch that is added, burglar and thieves need more time to overcome it, slowing crime so that authorities have more time to react. When multipoint latches are used, simple exploits are made difficult.

In this note, we examine multipoint latching, and how it typically is deployed to still be code compliant, yet increase the toughness of doors:

  • Door Latches Explained
  • Why More Latches Are Better
  • What Illegal Latching Looks Like
  • The Code Citations Behind Multipoint Latches
  • Commercial Multipoint Latch Locks including Detex, Schlage and Securitech
  • Passive Hinge Pins Add Multipoint Also
  • Configuring Electronic Access To Work With Multipoint Latching

Finally, the 7 question quiz at the end will test your knowledge of multipoint latching.

***** *** *********** **** at ******** *****, *** money *** ** ******** on ***** ***** **** leave ***** ***** **********.

***** ****** *** ****** doors ***** ***** ***** for ******* ******, ******** in **** ***** ***** often ***** **** *******. In *** ***** *****, busting * ****** ****** door ******* ** * single **** ***** **** than * ****-******:

*******, **** ***** *** be ****** ******** ******* these *******, ** ********** multipoint ***** ** ******** points. *** ***** ***** that ** *****, ******* and ******* **** **** time ** ******** **, slowing ***** ** **** authorities **** **** **** to *****. **** ********** latches *** ****, ****** exploits *** **** *********.

** **** ****, ** examine ********** ********, *** how ** ********* ** deployed ** ***** ** code *********, *** ******** the ********* ** *****:

  • **** ******* *********
  • *** **** ******* *** Better
  • **** ******* ******** ***** Like
  • *** **** ********* ****** Multipoint *******
  • ********** ********** ***** ***** including *****, ******* *** Securitech
  • ******* ***** **** *** Multipoint ****
  • *********** ********** ****** ** Work **** ********** ********

*******, *** * ******** quiz ** *** *** will **** **** ********* of ********** ********.

[***************]

Latching *******

******* * **** ******* is * **** ****** action. "********" ******** * portion ** *** **** lock ** **** ********* or ******** **** *** adjacent **** *****. ************ the ********* ** ******, and ******** ***** *** be ***** ******* *******, unlatching * **** **** the ******** ***** ** all **** ** ****** to ******** ** *** opening. *** ***** ***** below ***** *** ***** process; ******** *** **** lever ** *** ***** the ***** **** ** out ** *** ****** plate:

******* *********** *** ********** locks **** *** **** way. ***** ******* ** swinging * **** *****, a ****** ****** ***** pops **** * **** in *** ***** (*******).

More ******* *** ******

** *******, * ****** latch ** ****** ********. Subjected ** ***** *****, the ****** ******** ***** can ****** ****** ******** damage ****** ** ** broken ** *** ***** itself ** ***********. ***** a **** ** ********** in *** ****** ***** spot ** *** **** is ******.

** ******** **** ********, many ***** ****** ******** latches. ******* ** * single ***** ******** * door **** * *****, doors **** *****, ****, or **** **** ******* that ******** ** *** sides **** *** ***** surrounding ** *******.

***** ********* ***** ******* may ***** ** ********, it ***** **** **** for ***** ***** ** break **** ***. ***** the ******** *** **** and **** ************ ** multiple ******* *******, ** is * ****** ****** of ********* **** ********.

Illegal ********* ******

*******, **** *** *********** it ***** **, ***** it ********* ***** ******* consideration. ****** ******** ***** require **** ** **** than *** ****** ******/******* a ****, ********** ** how **** *** ******** it.

*** **** ****** **** citation ********** **** ** NFPA ***:

*.*.*.*.** (****): ***** **** leaves *** ******** ** a ***** ** ******, one ** *** ********* criteria ***** ** ***:

(*) ********** ** *** leaf ***** *** ******* more **** *** *********.

** * ******, **** 'homebrew' *** ******* ******** of ******** ******** *** be *****, ********* *** door ***** **** ******** four ********** (***** ********** operation) *** ******* ** addition ** *** **** lever **** ******:

*** ***** ******* *** formal **** ********* ******, see**** ****** ****, ***, and *** ***** *** Standards*** **** ******** ******** and ****** **** ********.

Common ********* *** **** ******** *****

*****-***** ******** **** ******* is ******** *** ******. While *** ** ****** door, ******* ******** *********** ***** ********* *** ******* ** or **** ******** ******.

**** ** *********** ********** and ********** **********, ***** doors *** *****:

  • ******** ******:* **** ******** **** for **** ********* ** the **** ** ******* door. *** **** ** thieves ******** ******* **** single **** *** ******** a ******** ** ********* takes **** *******. ******* up **** **** ** very ******, ** ******** the **** ** '*************'.
  • ********* *****:** *** **** *** open ********* *** ******** to ******** *********, *** the ***** ** *** perimeter ** * ********* are * ****.
  • *********/******** ***********: ******** ********* ** great ***** ** ***** risk *** ******, ********** latching ** * ****** sight, **** ** *** area ** **** ****** a ********* ******** ********** by ***** ****** ********** zones.

********** *** ***-******, *** often ***** ********* ****** openings ** *** ******** of ****** *** ***********, finding ******* *** *********** harmful ********* ******* *** common. **** ********** **** door *** ******* ***** and ******* ********* ** the *******, ******* ********* emergency ****** *** ************** **** ****** ***** of **** ****** ****** control *****.

Commercially ********* *******

***** *** * ****** of '*** *** *****' mechanical *****-***** ******** **** available. ******* ***** **** can ** ********* ** less **** **** *****, with ****** **** *****, and ** ************ **********; although ********* ******** *** detailed ************ ****** *** needed. ***** * *********** lockset ********* ***** $*** - $***, * ********** lock ***** ***** ** to ** ****. **** of *** **** ******* units *******:

  • **********: **** ***************** ******** company *********** *********** ** multipoint ******** *** ****-********* door ********/**** *******. **** kits **** **** **** $2,000 *** ****** ****** may ** ******** ** buy ******* *******.
  • *******: ********** *** ** fitted ** **** **** exit *******. **** *********** ******* *******, **** ** a ******* **** **** surface ******* ******** ****. This ****** *** ** retrofitted ** ***** ** wood *****, *** ***** about $*,***.
  • *****: * '******' **** device, *****'* **** ***** $600 - $*,*** *** retrofits **** ***** *****.**** ** **** ************ videos************ ******, ********* ***** adjustment *** ***************.

*******, ********** **** ***** at ***** ***** ****** of ********, *** *****-**** pins *** ** ***** as ******. *** *******, the *** **** ***** offer * *** * point ******** *******, *** the ***** ********** *** the ******** ** **** non-mechanical *****-**** **** *** bolts ** *** * point ***. ***** ** no ***** ** *********** to *** ****** ** points ****, ** **** as ********** **** ****** codes *** ***** *********.

** * ******* ****, the ******** **** *** frame **** ** ******** and ****** ****** ** support ******** *******. *********, steel ***** *** ****** with * ***** ********* of ** ** **** (thicker) *** *****, *** specific **** *** ******* specific **** *****.

Passive ******* ******* ******** ***

*** *** '******' ** a ********** ****** **** to ** *********** ** lever ** *******. ******, using *** ***** ****** of * **** ** separate *** **** **** the ***** ***** ****** an ***** **** ** place ******** ***** *****:

*** ******** ** *** pins ***** **** ***** cannot ** ****** ****** away **** *** *****. Especially *** ******* ******** doors, *** ******* ****** cannot ****** ** *** away *** ******** ****, because *** ****** **** hold *** ****** ******** unless ***** **** ********, through *** ******** ** the **** *****.

** ******** ** '******' latch ***** **** *** cost *********, ***** ******** pins ***** *** ** purchased *** ********* *** $50, *** *** *** impacted ** **** ******/****** codes ******* **** ** not ****** ********* ** the ****.

Access ******* ***********

********* *********** ********** ****** control **** ********** ******** takes *** ***** *****:

********** ***** **********: ******** ********** ****** sets ***** ******* * solenoid ******* ************** ******** *** latching ******. *******, ***** kits * ********* *********, costing $*,*** ** **** and ********* *-************ ******* *** ****** properly. ***** **** **** typically ******* ********** ********** and *********** ** **** may *** ****** *** door ** *** ****** for ****** ***.

******** ******** ** *******: * **** ********* to ********* ****** ** pairing ********** ******* **** multiple ******** *******, ** using **** **** ************ ****** * ****. However, **** ******** ** more ********* ** *******, because *********** ****** **** to **** ******** ******* for *********** *****, *** even ****, ****** **** for ************ ******* *** be **** *********.

*** *** *********** *** equipped **** ******** **** output ******, *** **** the **** **** ** may *** ****** ******** locks ** ** ************ unlocked ** ******* ********** latching. ***** **** ********** systems **** *****, ******** House, *** ** ******* the *******, ***** ***** systems ** '***********' ********** controllers *** ******* ********* ************* ***** ********* ***.

Quiz ********

**** ******* ********** ******** *** Access ******* ****.

[******: **** ******** *** originally ********* ** **** and ************* ******* ** 2017]

Comments (7)

This is why you should use anti lock snapping locks. They shear in the lock leaving the door protected.

The tool use by the fire fighters seems quite cumbersome to the lock snapping tools which are availible, i guess it has to cover every type of lock and cover. Of course its as only as good as the frame and security of that frame, I have seen secure doors and frame ripped out the wall due to bad fitment by the installer in under a minute.

In countries that use 'European Profile locks', snapping is indeed a risk. Like the video above shows, torquing it even slightly will bust it in half pretty easy. In the US, we use 'mortise locks' that are built like squatty chunks of metal, and 'snapping' is less of a real risk.

However, taking the forked end of a prybar and just popping it out the front is. :(

(See The 5 Major Lock Profiles Explained for more on this.)

One thing that I learn a number of years ago when it comes to residential is a simple, yet effective, way of increasing the strength against a typical kick in. By simply replacing the screws that hold the plate with something like a 4-6 inch wood screw that goes deeper into the wall stud or even a couple of studs (2x4s' really) makes it considerably harder to kick in the door. Of course, taking out the lock like in the above video this wouldn't help much but for the "middle of the night" kick in it sure does add a bit more strength.

Yep... Front doors on the typical home can be a security joke. I'm a heavy sleeper so I use this product from Armor Concepts.

What kind of tool is the firefighter using?

The most popular brand name for those are: Halligan Tools, and they can be pretty pricey for a high-quality unit. $250 or even higher.

However, for thieves looking for one or two uses, knock-offs are not hard to find. My local bargain tool warehouse has a trashcan display full of cheap ones priced at $45 each. I often wonder how many just get stolen from the trashcan.

I've not seen many panels with direct support for having multiple strikes per door, but I have observed that the AXIS A1001, and ONVIF C, does appear to have the ability to have a 2nd strike, independently controllable, via a "double locked" mode. I've also seen wireless locksets, e.g. Onity, which treat the privacy deadbolt as a second lock, which is also solenoid-controlled.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

Directory of 55 Video Surveillance Startups on Jun 25, 2019
This directory provides a list of video surveillance startups to help you see and research what companies are new or not yet broadly known. 2019...
HID Mobile Tested on Jun 21, 2019
HID Global is one of the largest access brands, but their mobile access has had challenges. Indeed, the company has already restructured their...
Genetec Synergis Cloud Link - Complex, Costly and Confusing on Jun 18, 2019
Genetec's Synergis Cloud Link is complex, costly and confusing compared to competitor access control architectures. Inside this note, we examine...
Biometrics Usage Statistics 2019 on Jun 17, 2019
While face and fingerprint recognition are used regularly for smartphones, it is not as common in physical security. In this note, we examine...
Farpointe Data Conekt Mobile Access Reader Tested on Jun 13, 2019
California based Farpointe Data has been a significant OEM supplier of conventional access readers for years to companies including DMP, RS2, DSX,...
Dumber Techs, Bad Box Movers, Says Australian Distributor on Jun 10, 2019
Techs today are "dumber" than they used to be, despite better education and training and that makes a typical day "frustrating" for one...
"New" Arecont Fixes Failures "Without A Fight" on Jun 05, 2019
The "old" Arecont was infamous not only for its camera failures but for making their "partners" fight to get them fixed. IPVM drew the ire of...
OSDP Access Control Guide on Jun 04, 2019
Access control readers and controllers need to communicate. While Wiegand has been the de facto standard for decades, OSDP aims to solve major...
Vidsys New President Interviewed on May 31, 2019
A decade ago, PSIM was hot with projections then of a billion dollar market by now. This has not come close to happening. However, Vidsys, one of...
IndigoVision Control Center VMS Tested on May 30, 2019
IPVM's last test of IndigoVision's VMS was in 2010, which found enterprise VMS features and a simple client interface. but no 3rd party camera...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Security Dealer 'Social Media Contractor' Program on Jun 25, 2019
A $20,000 video surveillance system can be yours for free if you are willing to post on social media about the security dealer. Good deal, bad...
Axis Live Privacy Shield Analytics Tested on Jun 25, 2019
Privacy is becoming a bigger factor in video surveillance, driven both by increased public awareness and by GDPR. Now, Axis has released Live...
Directory of 55 Video Surveillance Startups on Jun 25, 2019
This directory provides a list of video surveillance startups to help you see and research what companies are new or not yet broadly known. 2019...
Hikvision ColorVu Camera Tested on Jun 24, 2019
Hikvision says their new ColorVu line captures "vivid chromatic images in darkness", with unconventional white light illuminations whereas most...
China Subway Facial Recognition System Examined on Jun 24, 2019
A China city of 6+ million people has installed facial recognition-enabled gates in subways, allowing commuters to enter stations by simply showing...
HID Mobile Tested on Jun 21, 2019
HID Global is one of the largest access brands, but their mobile access has had challenges. Indeed, the company has already restructured their...
Genetec Beats Milestone For IHS #1 on Jun 21, 2019
For years, Milestone has touted that they are the #1 VMS. Now, Genetec has beaten them in IHS rankings. But what is this? Even other manufacturers...
Risk of Amazon Alexa Guard: No Battery Or Cell Backup on Jun 20, 2019
Amazon positions its Alexa Guard Service as a "smart home security system" and says it can help you "keep your home safe". However, the...
Exacq Remote Cloud Access Tested on Jun 20, 2019
Remote cloud access has been missing from most VMSes (including Exacq and Milestone). Now, Exacq, after releasing Cloud Drive Storage earlier in...
Briefcam Buys Frost Award* on Jun 20, 2019
Frost 'awards' are well-known and widely disrespected. Now Briefcam is touting their win. The way it has worked for many years is that Frost...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact