Access control products featured very strongly at Securex 2000 and the rapid proliferation of devices on the market can at times be overwhelming. However, no matter how good the access technology is, a system is only going to be as strong as the lock on the door. It was for this reason, perhaps, that an incredible amount of interest was shown for the Abloy electric locking product range at Securex 2000, both for the electric locks themselves and for associated products such as door closers, automatic door operators and fire door controllers.
Dr. Michael Gordon, Managing Director of Abloy import agents Lockwise, said "We had a very successful exhibition. As always there was tremendous interest in 'traditional' Abloy products such as padlocks, camlocks and high security cylinders but we where thrilled with market response to our electric locking range."
"Electric locking is far superior to electric strikes and electromagnets in terms of strength, durability and aesthetics. It seems that more and more access control companies are realising this and certainly end users are demanding a high quality locking system to complete their access control system that can cost thousands of rands," he continued.
Broad range of solutions
Abloy has a complete range of electric locks for every purpose or door types. The range includes both solenoid and motor locks and there are locks for wooden, steel and narrow stile aluminium frame doors. Each lock is available in differing backset and fore-end sizes and most are available in either 12 or 24 V options. Electric locks are available for a variety of different lock cylinder types, for example europrofile, ANSI screw-in or oval cylinders.
Remote monitoring of lock status
Another feature of Abloy electric locks is the ability to monitor the lock status from a remote position. Depending on the model, monitoring of bolt position, handle position and door status is possible. With a properly wired system, one security guard can monitor the status of 20 or 50 doors at one time. Any attempted entry or sabotage can be responded to immediately.
Many of the Abloy electric locks are ideal for fire exit doors and have international ratings for fire in many countries across the globe. Because the locks all have some form of mechanical override, the fail-secure versions of the electric locks, with mechanical override in event of fire are proving very popular for fire door applications.
Concludes Gordon, "Abloy also has a complete range of accessories for electric locking, such as lead covers, door contacts and handle and escutcheon sets. Through interconnection of electric locks and the Abloy automatic door operator, a thorough and complete locking system can be designed for even the most demanding access control requirement."
For details contact Dr. Michael Gordon, Managing Director of Lockwise on tel: (011) 786 9192, fax: (011) 786 9178 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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