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Locksmith Clippings and Musings March 2016 by Helen Duval

ASSA, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions recently resolved admission issues for Willmott Dixon in relation to empty properties, by means of the CLIQ Remote.
Working together with members of the Willmott Dixon team that handles void properties, ASSA investigated potential solutions that would both improve security and protect any assets inside void buildings.

The CLIQ Remote system was subsequently installed to provide intelligent electromechanical locking systems, enabling only those with appropriate authority to enter the properties. The novel CLIQ Remote from ASSA removes complexities associated with hard wired options and provides controlled key and access management.

Richard Perry, Void Manager at Wilmott Dixon, commented recently: “CLIQ Remote is saving us approximately 40 hours a week, as it has eliminated the need for our employees to share keys, consequently this has led to huge cost savings.

Since we’ve installed the CLIQ Remote system all of our employees have been commenting on how much time it has saved them. I would recommend CLIQ Remote to anyone with key management issues.”

Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager – CLIQ Remote, at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, commented: “We were pleased to be able to supply Willmott Dixon with a simple solution for their key management issues. Crimes against empty properties are on the increase, partly because of the rising value of metal and thefts of fixtures and fittings.”

In other locksmith news, Allegion the specialist security manufacturer has been urging facilities managers, fire safety managers and maintenance supervisors to assess all door closing devices for any necessary security adjustments. Those in charge of safety in public sector buildings have also been advised to check security measures in place.

The Department of Health issued a warning recently where security issues associated with heavy fire doors in public sector buildings were raised. An accident that had occurred at a hospital had prompted a warning when an electromagnetic hold-open door closed too quickly after a power failure, even though it had been regularly checked and was British Standard BS EN 1155/4 compliant.

Consequently, risk assessments have been encouraged by The Department of Health in respect of all fire door closing devices. Evaluations need to focus on closing time durations whilst also appraising the building’s occupancy. Where necessary, adjustments must be made, lengthening closing times to a higher tolerance level and thereby allowing sufficient time for occupants to safely pass through the doors.

Jo Milne-Rowe, Specification Manager at Allegion, recently commented: “Thousands of electromagnetically hold-open door closers are fitted every year and never encounter any issues. Still, we can’t stress enough how important it is that closing speeds are regularly checked and adjusted to suitable speeds for building users. For example, a less-abled person may need the door to stay open for a longer time, to allow them to pass through it. At Allegion, we offer the additional function of delayed action that can be incorporated on an electromagnetic hold-open door closer, allowing a delay between the magnet releasing on the activation of the fire alarm and the door actually beginning to close.”

The Locksmith arena, like many others is gearing for change in relation to more automated processes being introduced into safety and security systems.

Recently, ‘smart homes’ have been increasing in popularity however, with many options now available on the market, it can be a confusing issue for both installers and consumers.

The internet connected smart home provides a gateway for homeowners to control and monitor their properties, in a fast and effective way. Management of systems incorporated into a home is becoming increasingly popular, with consumers enjoying the organisation and simplicity involved in running this type of system. Heating, lighting and security can all be directly controlled by smart phones which seem to be more a ‘must have’ rather than an accessory these days.

According to Yale consumers comprehend primary features of the Smart Home easily and enjoy the benefits it brings. Furthermore, research into the subject shows that smart security is high on the list of priorities for some, being second in importance to smart energy.

Yale’s survey revealed that out of 2,000 people in the UK, 62% of consumers expect remote security to be fundamental in a smart home, with 51% of them showing a keen interest in smart locks.

Clear benefits include allowing children, guests and domestic help to enter a property remotely from any location, with many homeowners now increasingly specifying smart locks.

Further research demonstrates that once consumers have invested in smart technology the desire for greater access to smart living increases. This would suggest that once a homeowner has installed an aspect of smart technology, such as smart security or smart energy, they will then look to invest further and organically create a more technologically reliant home rather than make the investment all at one time.

Some concerns were shown in the survey, regarding the possibility of new technology having occasional glitches, which demonstrates that manufacturers need to work harder to build reassurance with such products as they are introduced onto the homeowner market, if smart technology is really to take off in mainstream living.

Written by Helen Duval 2016

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