Extended service offering available from ASSA ABLOY Security Doors

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has extended its fire door inspection, maintenance and repair offering.

 ASSA ABLOY Security Doors offers a complete doorset solution, for architects, contractors, end users and facilities managers. The organisation can also manage the whole process, from specification and scheduling, to the design, manufacture and installation of its high-performance steel and timber doorsets.  In addition, ASSA ABLOY Security Doors can then provide on-going service, maintenance and fire door inspection of these doorsets.

As a result of its acquisition of Prima Doors, ASSA ABLOY Security Doors now has a team of service and repair technicians across the UK to oversee regular doorset maintenance in a range of key markets, including commercial, high security and public buildings.

The company also employs four BRE-certified fire door inspectors who can undertake regular safety checks, which is an essential part of any fire risk assessment to ensure doorsets remain compliant. A comprehensive inspection report will then be generated, offering advice and recommendations on the necessary improvements that need to be made, which can then be progressed by ASSA ABLOY Security Doors.

Brian Sofley, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, explains: “We live in a fast-paced and busy world, and anything that can be done to streamline processes and efficiencies – saving both time and money – should be encouraged. ASSA ABLOY Security Doors has recognised this need, resulting in a full service offering that customers can depend on.

“In short, we can manage every element throughout a product’s lifecycle. From the initial doorset specification to on-going service, maintenance and fire safety inspections, we can ensure products remain fit for purpose and are fully compliant at all times.

“Dealing with just one organisation not only streamlines the specification and ongoing maintenance process, but customers can also be assured they will experience consistently high levels of quality and reliability from their doorsets, safe in the knowledge that we have the product expertise to optimise and maintain performance.

“Supported by ASSA ABLOY Group’s extensive hardware offering, we are here to help those seeking a full service doorset supplier.”

For more information on ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, please visit www.assaabloy.co.uk/fdinspection.

 

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Surge in electro-mechanical hardware makes ongoing FM training more important than ever

 

Allegion UK Commercial Leader Pete Hancox suggests that facilities management training needs to keep pace with rapidly developing building technologies for building and occupant wellbeing.

In the UK, the staff who manage our facilities can come from all walks of life. Ask any facilities manager about how they got into the trade, and then go and ask another, and you will more than likely get two different answers.

Why is this? Traditionally, people in the Facilities Management sector have often ‘fallen into’ the industry, explained the FMJ (Facilities Management Journal) in their ‘From the tools: The Making of the Manager?’ feature (March 2017). Our facilities managers could have worked their way up from frontline positions such as cleaning, catering, engineering or security. Increasingly, we can also see academic graduates choosing facilities management roles, too.

To become a facilities manager, the UK’s National Careers Service website simply states that “there are no set requirements, but you’ll usually need a qualification in facilities management.” Once you become a facilities manager, bodies like the British Institute of Facilities Management and Royal Institute of British Architects can provide training and CPD courses, but it is all optional to development – there is no legal requirement to train.

This is in stark contrast to other professions where wellbeing is concerned. Take gas engineers, for instance. Gas engineers in the UK, according to a leading jobs website, reed.co.uk, must have relevant qualifications, usually an NVQ Level 3 in Gas Installation, and also be Gas Safe registered. Apprenticeship is a common route for attaining a gas engineer position, too.

Of course, diversity in our industry is welcome, and diversity is known to bring outside-of-the-box solutions. However when we start comparing the two professions, we can start to see how gas engineers will be ‘singing from the same hymn sheet,’ whereas our facilities managers could be working from all manner of different pages.

For the future of facilities management, this very diversity could potentially be harming our buildings, and our occupants’ wellbeing, as opposed to aiding them. We could be creating an environment where knowledge levels, procedures, best practices and the way building hardware solutions are selected is all different and varied.

While it could be years before we reach a standardised route similar to that of gas engineers, we should at least be encouraging our facilities managers to complete ongoing training, particularly to keep pace with daily developments.

The Electro-Mechanical Game Changer

 We are now coming to a stage in the door hardware industry where development is rapidly overtaking existing knowledge. Electro-mechanical ‘smart’ hardware means the ability to unlock doors from phones, control access to secure areas and remotely lockdown, these are all functions that would be greatly beneficial in any facility manager’s life.

Fully integrated building solutions and biometrics are also becoming more readily available and affordable, so that we can give our facilities managers greater control over their buildings, as well as scalability for the future.

Choosing the right solution is a lot more difficult though, one which requires a comprehensive analysis of the building, the users, the ongoing maintenance and the ability to upscale or upgrade in future.

Ongoing training is crucial in this respect. Without a proper understanding of the technology, it can be quite easy to make a decision that is not beneficial to the long term sustainability of the building. For the facilities management team, it can eventually lead back to compromising health and safety.

A case in point happened as recently as 2016, when a fire door in a hospital that was fitted with a self-closing device shut on an elderly patient, causing injury. Unfortunately, this injury contributed to that patient’s death. Intended to be an aid for the door, it has instead caused accident and a tragedy.

After the case, the Department of Health suggested that risk assessments should be carried out on all fire door closing devices to assess appropriate closing times, taking into account the occupancy of the building. For facilities managers who are ‘self-taught’ and have little knowledge in these electro-magnetic devices and risk assessments, we can immediately see how ongoing training in this area will benefit them.

 The impact on health and safety compliance

 Without question, the role of the facilities manager is to guarantee the health and safety of occupants, and there are strict guidelines and classifications to door hardware that must be met.

However, the varying level and difference in understanding of door hardware leads to different ideas between the supply chain. Architects strive for the aesthetic; facilities managers must comply with health and safety regulations but also meet budgets; installers and contractors look for products that are retrofit, or quick and easy to install, and choice of hardware becomes based on those factors.

As a result, while compliance standards can be met, these competing forces mean the solution or hardware that is chosen may not be best for the users.

Fire doors are another area that require debate and thought. Heavy in nature, but a necessity to fire safety, they can become dangerous when the hardware used with them does not facilitate easy passage or use. Primary school children may not have the strength to push open doors, while in care homes, mobility and escape in a fire situation becomes an issue.

The easy, perhaps even cost-effective, option would be to select a manual fire door closer, compliant to the weight of the fire door. However, we would advise in these situations to help those building occupants by choosing an electromagnetic door closer instead that is linked to the fire alarm system. In this way, you can legally hold open fire doors, aid daily passage and use, reduce wear and tear and still stay within compliance.

Another case where an electromechanical device could potentially have prevented injury occurred in 2015, where a mother claims her five-year-old daughter lost part of her finger in a fire door at school after being left unsupervised.

Margaret Chan’s daughter got her finger caught in the heavy fire door at Cuddington Croft Primary School in Cheam, Surrey. The incident is claimed to have occurred after the child was left unattended after being “sent back into the school building toilet alone unsupervised via a classroom where there are two fire doors”, said Margaret. The school could not tell the mother what had happened, as the incident was ‘unwitnessed’ (Daily Mail, 2015).

Short-term costs, long-term gains

As with all training, there is an associated cost. It can be hard to see past this cost if benefits are viewed as minimal or not even applicable to current situations. In facilities management, it is even harder to see why we need training in disciplines such as biometrics or computer-aided systems, when traditionally these applications have only been used in select, sensitive buildings.

However, we as manufacturers are constantly exploring technology that can enhance door hardware capabilities and the customer experience, simply because it is our duty to continue innovating for the better. Technologically enhanced door hardware will soon be more accepted as the norm as we become accustomed to the benefits it offers, as well as if costs on such hardware continues to fall.

Therefore, if we do not encourage our facilities managers to train, in the end we are ultimately costing more to our buildings, and to the welfare of our occupants, than the initial outlay of training may be suggesting.

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3M Shares Five Top Tips for Better Visual Privacy

Reduce the risk of ‘visual hacking’

3M, the science-based technology company has put together five ways in which organisations can improve visual privacy to better protect their workers and valuable data.  ‘Visual hacking’ is the act of viewing or capturing information displayed on a screen for unauthorised use.  It includes someone seeing and remembering log-in details, using a smartphone to take a snapshot of confidential on-screen information, or accidentally overlooking employee or financial data.

“One of the challenges of visual hacking is that it is relatively fast and easy to achieve,” says Peter Barker, EMEA Market Development Manager, 3M. “In a Visual Hacking Experiment commissioned by 3M and carried out by the Ponemon Institute across eight countries, visual hacking was successful in 91 per cent of attempts, with approximately half taking less than 15 minutes. Furthermore, with the rise of mobile working, the risk of visual hacking increases. Visual privacy is only one aspect of security, but it’s an easy one to address, not just through installing our range of privacy filters, but other techniques too.”

Five tips to help prevent visual hacking

ONE: Audit – Evaluate areas of risk and vulnerability.  Walk through your organisation’s workspaces and look for vulnerabilities, such as monitors that are exposed to high levels of possible viewers walking by, or unlocked rooms where sensitive documents are often printed.  Include the visual security risks posed by mobile workers and contractors.

TWO: Guide employees – Put in place the right policies and procedures to help employees reduce the risk of visual hacking, such as clean desk policies at the end of the working day; encourage use of shredders and secure waste containers.  Let staff know they can confront visitors who are acting suspiciously or accessing restricted areas.

THREE: Encourage employee compliance – Train, communicate and reinforce that process on a regular basis.  This will help visual privacy measures to become second-nature and part of the corporate culture.  Provide incentives to reward employees who demonstrate compliance.

FOUR: Adapt and improve – Visual hackers are like any other hacker, they will evolve to changing security and privacy practices.  Carry out regular office walkthroughs to look for any new vulnerabilities; identify employees who need additional training; review and improve training and communications as needed.   Make visual privacy an integral part of general security reviews.

FIVE: Apply physical safeguards – Fit desktop monitor, tablet and smartphone screens with privacy filters which blacken out the angled view of onlookers.  In other words, what’s on the screen is only visible straight-on and at short-range.  Easy to install and remove, these filters also prevent scratches and scruffs to valuable IT equipment and phones.

To trial a 3M privacy filter, please request a sample via this website: www.3m.co.uk/privacyfiltersample

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UNITE LIGHTS TOUCHPAPER IN THE SEARCH FOR FIRE & SECURITY INNOVATION

Innovators in the field of building security and fire safety are being encouraged to pitch their latest ideas to a panel of experts at a special Innovation Day to be held Curzon Gateway in Birmingham on Wednesday, 3 May.

The event is hosted by Unite Students, the UK’s leading manager and developer of student accommodation, and is aimed at helping companies to showcase their innovative technologies or services direct to the company’s procurement, fire safety and security teams.

“Getting in front of the right people at major companies can often be a challenge for many of the most innovative companies,” says Unite Students Estates Director, Steve Batley. “But this Innovation Day provides individuals and companies of all sizes with the opportunity to get to meet the right people and demonstrate their very latest product or services, as we are looking for genuinely new and innovative approaches”.

Unite Students provides a home to around 50,000 students in more than 140 properties across the UK and is always looking for ways to provide a better and more efficient service to its students. The Fire and Security Innovation Day gives each innovator and potential supplier a 20-minute slot to pitch their new products and services.

“As the recognised market leader in the purpose-built student accommodation sector, we are constantly seeking innovative ways to provide our students with the best possible student life experience. Whether it’s through pioneering use of new external building materials, or by adopting an inventive approach to internal furniture, fixtures and fittings, if suppliers have something new and innovative to offer which would benefit our students, then we would like to meet them at the Innovation Day.”

To secure a slot at the one-day event, potential suppliers will be asked to make a donation of£50 towards Unite’s nominated charity Independent People, which provides accommodation, support and advice for young single people. There will be a limited number of slots available on the day, and they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.For more information about the event, and for details about booking a slot, potential suppliers are asked to visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unite-students-fire-security-innovation-day-tickets-32880708083

About Unite Students

Unite Students is the UK’s largest and most established manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation. It provides a home for around 50,000 students, in more than 140 properties, across 28 leading university cities in England and Scotland. Unite works in partnership with more than 60 Higher Education institutions and also lets rooms directly to students.

Unite’s purpose is to provide a home to its culturally-diverse customers, offering them a strong foundation for academic and personal success. The accommodation is high quality, safe and close to university campuses, transport links and local amenities. Students live in ensuite study bedrooms with rents covering all bills, insurance, 24-hour security, fortnightly cleaning of communal kitchens and bathrooms and high speed Wi-Fi.

For more information you can visit Unite’s corporate website www.unite-group.co.uk, the student site www.unite-students.com or the Unite Foundation www.unitefoundation.co.uk.

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Tecserv rolls out new 3 in 1 in-vehicle Technology from BigChange

Fire and security specialist Tecserv UK has installed an all-in-one Vehicle Tracking solution from mobile workforce management specialist BigChange across its entire fleet of vans.

Headquartered in Underwood, Nottingham the company designs, installs and maintains commercial fire and intruder alarms, CCTV and access control systems for clients across the UK. After evaluating a number of providers, Tecserv UK chose the JourneyWatch system from BigChange combining real-time tracking of vans, intelligent separation of business and private mileage and an integrated driver mobile app that manages timesheets, expenses and gives its fully certified technicians feedback after each journey to encourage safe and responsible driver behaviour.

Tecserv UK has installed the new technology to help it enhance the round the clock service it provides to customers including the NHS, Marks and Spencer, Pinewood Studios, Harvey Nichols, The National Trust and construction industry clients such as Portakabin.

Contact centre agents at Tecserv’s monitoring centre in Nottingham liaise with customers 24/7 to respond to urgent reactive service requests as well as to manage the ongoing installation and routine servicing of alarm and CCTV hardware. With a team of field based service engineers covering the whole of the UK, maintaining complete visibility of the entire operation can be a challenge.

The JourneyWatch system from BigChange gives all call-centre agents and planners instant visibility of the live location and progress of all company technicians. Integrated customer relationship management (CRM) means that all customer sites are saved in the system, so that rather than just seeing the name of a street, operators can instantly understand which contact each engineer is visiting.

When responding to urgent reactive work, the system identifies available engineers in order of proximity together with information about their skills, qualifications and the type of vehicle and tools that they have available. This has enabled Tecserv UK to enhance response times ensuring that the ideal resource attends every job. This is supported by a variety of proactive alerts that enable efficient management of the operation. These include automatic emails and text messages to drivers and management when vehicles travel on toll roads or enter the London congestion charging zone, ensuring fees are paid and fines not incurred. Alerts also highlight when vehicles have been stopped at a location for an excessive period of time.

Grahame Tilley, CEO at Tecserv commented, “Our growth has been based on providing a first class service to some of the most demanding commercial, retail and industrial clients. We are continually investing in the latest technology to maintain our edge and we chose BigChange as their customer-focused ethos and 24/7 service commitment matches our own. The JourneyWatch system is helping us to maximise productivity, whilst meeting safety and duty of care requirements.”

The BigChange technology is also assisting back-office administration. Technicians use a dedicated private button in the vehicle to differentiate between business and private mileage. This is providing robust information that the payroll department can use for meeting HMRC reporting requirements. In addition, vehicle tracking data assists with verification of timesheets and overtime claims. The BigChange technology also gives Tecserv UK the option to upgrade at any time to full works-order job management with intelligent scheduling.

Founder and CEO of BigChange, Martin Port added, “We are delighted to welcome Tecserv UK as a BigChange customer. They run an impressive operation and have an enviable roster of well-known national and international brands using their services. Our RoadCrew team will be supporting Tecserv to get the maximum return on investment from their BigChange technology.”

Pictured in photo from left: Neil Berrisford, Operations Director and Ben Richards, Extinguisher Technician, Tecserv UK.

 

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School opens doors with help from ERA

There’s no more parents left waiting out in the cold at St Michael’s First School in Penkridge, thanks to the UK’s home security specialists, ERA.

With no intercom system installed at the school, out-of-school staff found themselves pacing the corridor to open the door every time a parent came to collect their child from the popular after-school club.

Hearing of the staff and parents’ plight, Willenhall-based ERA kindly donated one of its easy to use miChime Video Door Intercoms which was then expertly installed by David Stapleton of Stapleton’s Lock & Safe Ltd, along with an electronic push-bar panic lock.

Headteacher at St Michael’s First School, Mrs Jayne Grundy said, ‘Safeguarding our pupils is our top priority and our new video intercom enables us to do this much more effectively. Our staff can now see exactly who is at the door before letting them in, all at the touch of a button and without having to leave the classroom.’

ERA distribution marketing manager, Tania Tams said, ‘The miChime Video Intercom is ideal for this type of application and we are extremely pleased that it has made such a difference to the daily running of the busy out-of-school club.’

For further information about Era home security and decorative hardware products or to find your local stockist, visit www.erahomesecurity.com

Picture shows: David Stapleton and Era’s Tania Tams with Mrs. Grundy and pupils at St Michael’s First School

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School security is no longer a luxury, it’s a must

School leaders and authorities need to make building security the No. 1 priority, says Simon Osborne, commercial leader of safety and security company Allegion.

It’s easy to think that school shootings, massacres and violence are associated purely with our neighbours across the pond. In the U.S., gun culture and high-profile cases – like a recent one at Ohio State University and the deadly 2007 Virginia Tech shooting that claimed 32 lives – are given global attention because of their prevalence. In fact, according to an article by Justin Carissimo published in the October 2015 issue of The Independent, school shootings in the U.S. were taking place once per week on average.

While this kind of school violence hasn’t been common in the UK, and guns are much harder to access compared to the U.S., we still must be vigilant with our school security as the reality of these situations is that they can happen anywhere at any time. No country or community is exempt.

Indeed, the course of our own history can vouch for this. The deadliest shooting in a UK school was the Dunblane School Massacre of 1996, where 16 children and one teacher tragically lost their lives after a gunman walked onto school premises and opened fire. In the same year, a man plagued by paranoid schizophrenia gained access to St. Luke’s Church of England infants’ school in Wolverhampton, where he managed to injure three children and four adults in an attack.

The saying is that history has a habit of repeating itself, and it’s done so recently. School teacher Ann Maguire was murdered by a knife-wielding student in 2014 as she was teaching a Spanish class. In November 2016, a 15-year-old student was stabbed by a group of people who had entered his school in Birmingham. What if, in both of these tragic cases, the attackers had intended to do more?

It’s cases like all of these that highlight just how easy it is for would-be attackers to gain access into our current school buildings with minimal effort. It is also why we, as both the industry and the authorities, should make it our collective duty to prevent attackers gaining access, or lessen the damage they can do should they make it onto school premises.

Timed Access

Access control solutions are now widely available in the door hardware market with a wide range of functionality. One of the most useful functions for schools, though, is the ability to permit entry during a designated period of time, and then lockdown those entrances automatically after that period of time has passed.

In effect, this means that when teachers and pupils are going in and out of schools during mornings, breaks and lunch times, entry points are opened automatically and locked to outsiders after.

Remote Lockdown Systems

One of the most difficult parts of being a school caretaker or facilities manager is locking down entry points, simply because of the sheer amount that there could be to a school.

To minimise the chances of unwanted intrusion, schools would benefit from having a central electronic remote locking system. Access control solutions can now be linked to all doors within a building and locked at the touch of a button. Control can also be given to other users within the building, so that responsibility can be divided between teachers, maintenance staff and office staff, if need be.

Latchbolt Monitors

External security doors need to engage properly to be effective at stopping would-be intruders getting through. However, pupils often leave doors ajar or not latched fully, either because they haven’t been taught to close the doors or, perhaps for younger children, they don’t have the strength to close them.

A simple fix for this situation is to use latchbolt monitors. These work by sending a signal to a central monitoring station, giving confirmation of when the door is shut and secure.

Electronic Panic Exits

Panic exits have long been purely mechanical to allow users safe and secure exit from a building in a state of emergency and, combined with an outside access device, to provide a simple means of accessing the door externally. However, there are now electromechanical exit devices on the market that can integrate with electronic access control systems to allow monitored safe and secure access.

One of the latest innovations is the Briton 571 EL panic bar, which utilises an electronic motor to operate the door lock. This means the device is able to work with digital access control systems from the outside, but also operate as a mechanical panic bar from within the building.

Effectively, this makes the panic exit points safer and more secure as you can add access control measures to those points, whether it is for pupils, teachers or both.

Delay No More

Understandably, security often falls to the bottom of the pecking order when budget and priorities are discussed on the UK school estate. Unlike our neighbors in the U.S., high-profile school violence cases on our shores are few and far between. Ultimately, this results in less awareness and importance placed on this issue.

However, we should not wait for a next occurrence to take action; it may be too little too late. A 2016 article by The Telegraph’s education editor, Javier Espinoza, noted there’s been a 90-percent increase in knives being brought to school by children. Unquestionably, the chances of seeing a victim, or even multiple victims, are now higher than ever before. The problem may not be a question of “if,” but “when.”

 

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ASSA’s CLIQ® Remote wins most innovative new product at Housing Innovation Awards

CLIQ® Remote from ASSA, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has won the title of ‘Most Innovative New Product’ at the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards.

Held at The Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London, the award was presented to ASSA in recognition of how it is helping transform access control and effective key management in the social housing sector.

John O’Brien, Director of Innovation at BRE (Building Research Establishment) Innovation Park, one of six esteemed housing professionals judging the awards, said: “We found ASSA’s innovation gave housing associations more control over their void properties, reduced costs in repeated visits and allows them to control the whole process. Another area that the judges were particularly excited about is extending the product to provide access for care workers and addressing health issues such as dementia.”

The technology allows housing organisations to give key holders – regardless of location – remote access to a property. Each key can be programmed and updated individually, which means key holders have access only to the areas relevant to them and during their allocated time or dates.

ASSA CLIQ® Remote is also reducing the time empty properties stand vacant between tenancies. By eliminating the need for physical key handovers, the technology removes workflow delays, ensuring maintenance staff or contractors are able to access void properties as and when needed.

The judges highlighted the impact the technology has already had on organisations such as Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC). Since being implemented 12 months, ASSA CLIQ® Remote is saving staff approximately 40 hours of time every week due to improved operational efficiencies, while delivering an additional £60,000 a year to RMBC in rent and council tax from properties that would have otherwise remained empty for longer.

Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager for ASSA CLIQ® Remote, said: “We are absolutely delighted that ASSA CLIQ® Remote has collected the prize for most innovative product at the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards. In addition to solving key management issues, ASSA CLIQ® Remote also helps manage health and safety, and offer audit traces of visitors to the properties. Hidden costs, which can impact greatly on council’s budgets, can be controlled and reduced by implementing this very simple-to-install solution.

“We are proud of how CLIQ® Remote is helping revolutionise access control for the social housing market, and this award is recognition of that. We look forward to sharing the opportunities it can deliver with other social housing organisations across the UK in the future.”

For more information on ASSA CLIQ® Remote, please visit www.assa.co.uk or contact Simon Wilson at simon.wilson@assaabloy.com.

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Image shows: (l-r) Andrew van Doorn, Deputy Chief Executive at HACT; Mark Nearney, Head of Contract Services and Development at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council; Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager for CLIQ® Remote at ASSA; and comedian and compere for the evening, Justin Moorhouse.

 

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Key management reduces security risks for small businesses

Traka, the key and asset management specialist, has launched Traka21, an innovative plug and play system that provides small- to medium-sized businesses with the very latest intelligent key management solutions.

The system has been designed to provide a simple, efficient and affordable method of managing keys and helps users become accountable for their business assets. Traka21 helps trace and account for every single key or keyset by individually locking them in place, ensuring that critical business operations are never jeapordised.

Using Traka’s same proven software and engineering as in the large-scale systems often used for Universities, hospitals and prisons, Traka21 is purpose designed to overcome some of the challenges smaller businesses or private properties face with key management and control.

Traka21 is an intelligent yet easy-to-use system for tracing and managing up to 21 keys or keysets, with access only granted to those with access to keys assigned to them via a PIN. This can help to track accountability for assets that could otherwise be vandalised or stolen, such as equipment, machinery cabinets and vehicles.

Traka21 authorises, secures and monitors all of your keys, automatically controlling and recording when a key is used, and by whom. This information is made available either through the cabinet’s display or by export on a USB pen drive.

Tanveer Choudhry, Global Marketing Manager for Traka, said: “Even within smaller businesses, commercial security is growing in sophistication. However, the management of business-critical keys remains a weak link. Keys are often hung on a hook in open view or kept in a drawer. Traka21 is an ideal stand-alone system for small businesses or private properties looking for a simple, easy-to-use system for managing keys while staying up to date with the latest technology.”

Traka21 is available for £1,299 including VAT and delivery (excluding VAT: £1,082.50) here: mytraka21.co.uk.

To find out more about Traka21 visit traka21.com or visit the Traka21 Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Assa Abloy security doors at new Canary Wharf Elizabeth Line station

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has supplied specialist doorsets to the new Elizabeth line station at Canary Wharf.

The new station at Canary Wharf   will be one of the largest Elizabeth line stations and has been built in dock water area, in the North Dock of West India Quay. The station, retail and park areas are six stories high.

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors worked with specialist subcontractors, Lindner, to provide pivoted, fire rated platform doors to conceal station equipment rooms that needed to be clad with a vitreous enamel panels.

Nigel Cronin, Area Sales Manager at ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, said: “Canary Wharf’s Elizabeth line station is just one of many London Underground projects we are currently proud to be associated with.

“We were brought in to this project, with a brief to come up with a door design that was capable of carrying the weight of vitreous enamel panels that also needed to pass an independent assessment for fire integrity. Our design was based around a pivot system that was capable of supporting the weight of the heavy doors of up to 300kgs.”

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