Locks (121)

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Startup: Video Door Lock

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Smart Locks are hot today, garnering lots of money and mainstream interest. One startup, Goji, is attempting to differentiate itself with a video camera for visually confirming who is trying to get inside. Watch the pitch: What is its competi...

By Brian Rhodes - over 4 years ago

WiFi & Wireless Access Lock Guide

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When it comes to access control, any chance to save money on parts or install labor is attractive. For many doors, running network cables and hanging multiple devices can run thousands of dollars. By contrast, Wireless/WiFi locks are often a simp...

By Brian Rhodes - over 4 years ago

Wireless Access Lock Use Growing, Stats Show

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With more access companies supporting or producing wireless locks than ever before, are they disrupting traditional hardwired access doors? With everything combined into a single lockset, this access type often installs in minutes, and typically t...

By Brian Rhodes - over 4 years ago

Electric Strikes: Why They Are So Popular

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Electric strikes are a mainstay part of access control, but how often do integrators use them? In our recent integrator insights survey, we asked "In the past year, what percentage of new doors installed use electric strikes?"  In this note, we e...

By Brian Rhodes - over 4 years ago

Top 5 Access Control Problems

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Here's what integrators say are their 5 top problems with electronic access control: High cost End-user knowledge Lowball Competition Complex Doors/Hardware Low System Turnover Inside, integrators explain in-depth about what these issues...

By Brian Rhodes - over 4 years ago

Maglocks - Who Uses And Hates Them

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Many integrators hate maglocks. However, they are a common sight on many controlled openings. But how widely are they used? In our exclusive integrator access control survey series, we share usage statistics and, more importantly, explain the 2 k...

By Brian Rhodes - over 4 years ago

Genetec and Milestone Access Tested

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Video management software companies entering access control is a growing trend. One of the first to do this was Genetec, who now has a long history in both video and access. Indeed, they market their Security Center as a 'unified security platfor...

By Brian Rhodes - almost 5 years ago

Access Control New Products Spring 2014

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With surveillance dissapointing, access control dominanted the top awards at ISC West. Of course, a bulletproof bookshelf might be fatally flawed and a cloud based visitor / vendor management system is incredibly niche, a number of other notable d...

By Brian Rhodes - almost 5 years ago

Eliminating Control Panels? Viscount Reviewed

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Every access control system requires control panels. But now one manufacturer claims that their 'Freedom' system eliminates the panel, trumpeting that: That's a pretty amazing claim and, if true, could be the rare access control game changer. ...

By Brian Rhodes - over 5 years ago

Installing Door Hardware

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Most access installers find themselves in this sticky situation at some point: they need to install or reinstall a door lock. The problem? Door lock installation is a whole world unto itself, and seemingly is fraught with hundreds of different pro...

By Brian Rhodes - over 5 years ago

Axis and Milestone Enter Access Control

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Two of the biggest names in IP video surveillance, Axis and Milestone, are entering the access control market. While both are open platforms designed to work with many 3rd parties, their simultaneous entry indicates a major effort for surveillance...

By Brian Rhodes - over 5 years ago

Inventor Aims to Stop Break-Ins

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Bump keys make opening locked doors easy, and few products address the problem. The most common way of dealing with the risk is to change the lock to a 'high security' type that can cost $100 or more per lock. However, an inventor created a produc...

By Brian Rhodes - over 5 years ago

Shark Tank Security Startup (UniKey)

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A startup featured on the US Shark Tank TV show, UniKey, is trying to disrupt residential access control. Now, they are partnering with one of the biggest incumbents in the space "Kevo" to bring it to market. Is the product ready to dominate the m...

By Brian Rhodes - over 5 years ago

Genetec Partners With Access Giant

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Over the last few years, Genetec has expanded from simply being a VMS to offering access control, and now increasingly being a 'unified' solution. Indeed, the ability to unify access and video is heating up, as Avigilon's recent access control acq...

By Brian Rhodes - over 5 years ago

Specifying Door Locks

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Mechanical door locks regularly remain even after electronic access control is added. Indeed, most are designed to work with what is already hung on the door. However, what happens when a lock needs to be replaced or changed? Understanding the bas...

By Brian Rhodes - over 5 years ago

Door and Frame Alignment Primer

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Effective access control is only as good as the doors being secured. Most designers and installers focus on great hardware and world-class systems, but they potentially negate those benefits by hanging them on flawed openings. The way the frame an...

By Brian Rhodes - over 5 years ago

Salto Access Control Reviewed

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Salto's access control system, using credential based networking, claims to be at least 50% less expensive than traditional access control offering. While the company's strongest market has traditionally been Europe, the company is pushing into th...

By Brian Rhodes - over 5 years ago

Access Control: Combo Reader / Controllers Tutorial

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Economical or foolhardy? Industry professionals are torn on combination door readers. These units typically integrate credential readers and door controllers into a single unit hung outside the door. Does the tampering risk also mean they are a se...

By Brian Rhodes - over 5 years ago

Stand Alone Access Control (Sargent)

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Classroom safety is a key concern, especially with fears of school shooting. Door hardware plays a key role in keeping doors locked at critical times. One of the oldest names in locks, Sargent, has introduced an offline, standalone access control ...

By Brian Rhodes - almost 6 years ago

The SUPER RMR Padlock

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Despite the dearth of new product announcements for the year's ISC West expo, padlock lovers can rejoice! Mul-T-Lock is introducing their Watchlock padlock to the US market. This device features advanced technologies and touts the tantalizing pros...

By Brian Rhodes - almost 6 years ago

Request to Exit Tutorial

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For access controlled doors, especially those with maglocks, 'Request to Exit', or 'RTE' devices are required to override electrified locks to guarantee free egress. In this note, we examine the codes requiring these releases, identify where they...

By Brian Rhodes - almost 6 years ago

Wireless Access Primer

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In the past few years, one of the most interesting developments in access control has been the introduction and growing adoption of wireless access control devices. These devices eliminate wiring to the door, making retrofit of existing buildings ...

By Ethan Ace - almost 6 years ago

Access Control Door Controllers Guide

Access Control systems may have hundreds of parts, but door controllers are in the center of them all. While these devices are often buried inside steel junction boxes or hidden inside drop ceilings, they are the central component that ties everyt...

By Brian Rhodes - about 6 years ago

The 5 Biggest Access Control Mistakes

Access control systems keep people and places safe, but sometimes have huge weaknesses that leave doors wide open to disaster. What are these nasty, common culprits, and can you avoid them? In this note, we take a look. Top 5 Few systems are as ...

By Brian Rhodes - about 6 years ago

Battery Powered Access Controller

Installing electronic access is never as simple as throwing in a mechanical lock. Not only do you need to install multiple devices, often from multiple vendors, you have to run power and data to the controller. This is not always possible in place...

By Brian Rhodes - about 6 years ago

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