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Locksmith – Clippings and Musings – February 2017

With the world seeming to become more frightening for many and the news full of stories regarding attacks, the term High Security has even more meaning than ever before.

Many people still consider that high security involves mechanical locks with keys that can resist forced entry with cylinders that are pick resistant. More recently the security market has changed perceptions considerably by introducing the combination of smart technology to help secure a property or building. Whilst keys and cleverly designed locks still dominate, the convenience of electronic door controls is growing rapidly in popularity across a growing number of applications.

For large organisations key control can be an issue if many people have been issued with mechanical keys. Whilst distribution can be limited to help protect from counterfeiting, the logistics of neutralising the effects of lost or stolen keys can be an expensive challenge.

Although consumers are happily embracing the new technologies being introduced that seem to make security life easier at the touch of a screen, for the sector it must be a little frustrating having to accommodate this technical transition which they still have to sell and service.

Equally as the importance of cyber security is now acknowledged on a global scale, there will undoubtedly be more and more intricate technology incorporated into our every day security. With hacking, trolls and personal invasion now a focus for many governments, the reassurance of bio-technology within smart-system security will inevitably become increasingly prevalent. Security and cyber security are inextricably linked and this is no longer considered a secondary threat to individuals and corporations, but is viewed as a very real danger with consequences.

The tried and trusted lock and key I’m sure will never completely disappear although the the market share may decline as new technologies evolve. Most established companies in the security field seem to be protecting themselves by keeping a mechanical line of products while introducing new technological options to keep pace with the market demand as it changes.

The Bigger Picture

Looking at larger premises and corporations such as hospitals and evaluating entry control, exit and internal movements within these types of facilities can be a daunting prospect. For example, the majority of people using the building are either sick, aged or perhaps disabled to some extent.

This perhaps is where technology comes into its own, for despite a wide range of required locking systems it would seem that there has to be an emphasis on exit devices, alarms and access control keypads. This is an area where installers can reap rewards on projects.

Door operators are highly visible and can usually be found on main entry doors and doors used to move patients in and out of the building. For installers it could well prove beneficial to ensure they are up to speed on the professional certification required for these types of systems.

ASSA ABLOY Access Control, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, has released dates for the latest Aperio® training courses. These give installers beneficial outlines to the advantages of wireless locking technology.

Those visiting the free, one-day course can learn about the merits of the Aperio® system, which encapsulates intelligent hardware features and the variety of products available from the company. Demonstrations on how it operates and the best ways to install the system will play a key part of the day.

Focus will be placed on the system’s intelligent software features which will include configuration of wireless technology and pairing Aperio® devices. The new smart technology provides a viable solution for mechanical locks to be wirelessly linked to an existing access control system. The day will conclude with a question and answer session for those attending.

To book a place on the courses contact Claire Jones at

Staying with wireless technology, leading specialist Yale has launched the Conexis® L1 Smart Door Lock after recent research revealed that 62% of consumers are looking to remotely lock and unlock their homes, anywhere and at anytime.

Conexis L1

The new system can be controlled using a Bluetooth low energy app on a smartphone allowing users to create and send mobile keys to relevant people whilst also keeping track of visitors to a property. A novel Twist and Go function allows homeowners to twist phones 90 degrees to unlock a door.

Suitable for PVCu and composite doors with a thickness of 44-70mm, the lock has been specifically designed for quick and easy installation. It is compatible with most 92mm centred multipoint locks on the market and only requires a single screwdriver and tape measure to fit.

Stephen Roberts, Marketing Manager for Yale stated: “The Conexis® L1 is the third smart door lock to join the Yale Smart Living range. We’re seeing huge growth in the connected home industry, and this is just one of the products designed to give locksmiths an easy entry point into the market place.

Feeling safe and secure is a must for any homeowner. In addition to a tamper alarm, the Conexis® L1 is PAS24 accredited, providing the superior standard of security that Yale is famous for and also giving locksmiths confidence in the quality of the technology.”

Meanwhile, SALTO Systems has attained Secured By Design accreditation for its electronic security products.

Ramesh Gurdev, Manging Director, SALTO Systems UK commented: “We are extremely proud to have been awarded Secured by Design accreditation. Our SALTO XS4 electronic escutcheons and XS4 GEO electronic cylinder products are now certified and compliant to the highest industry standards with the achievement of this accolade.

We always strive to deliver the most technologically advanced electronic access control solutions and this certification means our customers can rest assured that SALTO products are among the most secure in the market.”

Helen Duval 2017

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