December 1, 2007
Many solutions prevent unauthorized entry while providing life safety. The most common and effective method is the panic device. Since patented in 1908, the panic bar has been securing doors while providing a safe and quick emergency exit.Property managers, store owners and security personnel face security issues and common nuisances, such as accidental exit, pranks and other abuses....
Well-chosen handles control access, appearance in all-glass entrance doors
October 1, 2007
High-rise office buildings, movie theatres and shopping malls see a lot of human traffic. Multiple exits must be available for quick egress, upon demand, in the case of a fire or other urgent emergency. Architects and designers create attractive all-glass entrances for these venues. While they strive to maintain the beauty, security and safety must always be paramount. With security...
Dorma offers product to meet design needs
June 1, 2007
Dorma Architectural Hardware of Reamstown, Pa., offers the EM series of maintenance-free electromagnetic door holders. Composed of a door-mounted catch plate and a floor- or wall-mounted electromagnet, the holders are ideal whenever doors are normally held in the open position, but must close during an alarm condition. They are suitable for schools, universities, hospitals, convention centers and...
Practical option that became popular in the ’80s
May 1, 2007
The 1980s gave rise to hundreds of memorable icons including feathered hair, the T-top IROC Camero, pet rocks and Rick Springfield wishing he had “Jessie’s Girl.” Indeed, some of these are better forgotten. The glass door market also witnessed a new development during the early part of that decade: glass rail systems. The systems are on the top and bottom of glass doors to...
More colleges using Schlage Recognition Systems’ biometric handreader controls
April 1, 2007
West Virginia University’s Student Recreation Center is using Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies’ biometric handreader technology, in addition to the card swiping system, to control access to the facility. HandKey readers simplify credential management and ensure that only authorized individuals enter the recreation center. Handreaders automatically take a three-dimensional reading...
Fingerprint activated multipoint locks for the home will become a consumer reality sometime this year as electronic locking takes a giant leap forward
February 1, 2007
The futuristic prospect of fingerprint activated locking is expected to become a consumer reality within six to nine months following the October announcement of American biometric security company ODI Security. The breakthrough is a prototype mobile lock solution which combines ODI Security’s embedded fingerprint modules with Servocell’s AL2 Active Latch low power piezoelectric...
Stock hinged units, custom wall-mounts available
December 1, 2006
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. introduced several designs for bulletin board cases for interior applications. “We have created a variety of stock bulletin board cases, and also offer custom bulletin boards that are fabricated to each customer’s specifications,” says Bob Carlson, product manager.CRL’s wall-mounted bulletin board cases ship fully assembled and ready for...
Modern hardware complements the look
October 1, 2006
The days of intimidating paneled boardrooms, opaque, studded walls and wooden doors could be numbered; glass is catching on in the workplace faster than ever. It adds sophisticated architectural statements rarely rivaled by other materials. Additionally, glass remedies the bomb-shelter syndrome in offices by allowing natural light in, creating bright, productive spaces conducive to modern work...
September 1, 2006
Safety specialist Fortress Interlocks of the United Kingdom, with American headquarters in Erlanger, Ky., has introduced an option pod with key-switch for the company’s amGard range of modular safety gate switches. The option pod ensures an operative can only enter a potentially hazardous area when it is safe. It prevents inadvertent restart of the machinery while he or she is in...
June 1, 2006
Although it has been around for several years, many U.S. contract glaziers still view point-supported glazing or spider glazing as a highly specialized application. It’s use in the U.S. construction market represents only a fraction of that in Europe, where the application of structural glass within building design has become the norm rather than the exception. Unfortunately, most U.S....