Wednesday, 30 November 2016

A Grand Entrance to the Market Place


Slamming doors, damage to walls and furniture and trapped fingers could be a thing of the past with the introduction of GEZE’s ActiveStop – a new control mechanism for internal swing doors.

It’s a sleek, recessed door control – measuring only 28 mm wide incorporating a draw-in damper – which can be seamlessly integrated into swing doors making them quiet, smooth and easy to operate.

GEZE ActiveStop has a gentle stopping action which breaks the swing of the door and stops it in a desired position.

The mechanism itself is acoustically dampened and stops doors from being thrown open by careless users, preventing loud banging and unnecessary damage to the door, walls and furniture.

It is ideal for use in both residential and commercial settings in doors without fire protection and is suitable for both new developments and refurbishments with doors of leaf weights of up to 45 kg.

The ActiveStop allows the door to stay open if desired, while preventing slamming, reducing the risk of trapped fingers and eliminating the need to install separate doorstoppers. The holding position can be set using the adjustable opening angle between 80 and 140 degrees.

The product is set to spearhead a new segment within the door technology range and has already won plaudits for its design excellence as the winner of the German Design Award 2016 in the Building and Elements category, and a silver award from FocusOpen.

The launch of the product in Britain could help set new standards in convenience and safety for interior doors, said Andy Howland, sales director of GEZE UK.
“It is a simple yet ground-breaking solution which will make life much easier for the end user. Thanks to its compact dimensions the double-sided door damper can be installed in almost any standard door leaf and is hardly visible which make it ideal for high-quality living room doors through to office environments.”



The ActiveStop comes in a fine silver finish as standard. To see it in action view the video above or visit www.activestop.geze.com

For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic operators, manual door closers and window technology products call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk.



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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Ready for a good read of our Winter 2016 issue?



The Winter 2016 Issue of The Door Industry Journal has been published and it's crammed with articles, case studies and product news from each sector of the door and gate industry.

In my welcome address in the summer issue, you may remember I talked about the consequences of Brexit for the door industry. I also promised you some more information on the subject. I’m as good as my word – on page 16 you’ll find an article by Mark McEvoy, commercial director for Garage Door Systems in Ballymena, that analyses the fallout from Brexit and what it means for your business. I do urge you to read this, as Brexit will undoubtedly have an effect.

You may have noticed that post-referendum price increases are already being felt by the industry as a whole. As Mark says in his article, this is no time to adopt a ‘close your eyes and wait and see’ attitude – we all need to understand what’s happening and adapt accordingly.

On page 6 you’ll find another cautionary tale, as the company responsible for the metal door that injured Harrison Ford at Pinewood Studios a couple of years ago, has been heavily fined. DHF CEO Bob Perry offers his analysis of the case and its implications.

You’ll also find Bob on page 9, warning companies to be ‘compliant not complacent’ when it comes to supply and installation of doors and gates. This is reiterated and expanded upon on page 65, where you can read some valuable guidance from the DHF on how to comply when fitting a new powered roller garage door, as well as the safety issues to watch out for.

Finally, (if it's not too soon) I would like to say thank you to all our readers, advertisers and contributors for your support throughout 2016. I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year.

I hope you enjoy your read.

Kind regards,

Derek Hibbart
Editor, Door Industry Journal



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Monday, 28 November 2016

Market leader, Britalia Door Products, launches new first-of-its-kind DC motor


Britalia Door Products, a market leader in the manufacture of industrial shutters and doors and the production and distribution of motors, remote controls and accessories, has recently introduced their new, innovative range of DC motors. 

The 24v DC motor, complete with control panel, has been designed using precision engineering and the latest technology.

Unlike more traditional tubular motors, the DC motor is user-friendly and easy to install. It boasts a host of new features which have been specifically designed to meet industry needs and customer demands: audio/visual alarm, deadman descent, split drop delay, volt-free fire alarm connection, to name but a few.

Mike Hinton, Sales Manager, Britalia Door Products said:
“As a company, we heavily invest in R&D. We innovate safely and successfully - meeting current and future industry needs and customer demands.
“Tubular motors are nothing new. But, five years ago, we saw a need to develop a more efficient, environmentally friendly tubular motor which would work for a wide range of fire related uses, from fire curtains and fire shutters to high usage doors and installations near water.
“Since then, we have developed, tested and patented the new DC motor to ensure we are bringing a superior, more cost-effective product to market.” 


The DC motor is designed with no thermal limits which means that that it cannot overheat. If the power supply fails, the batteries operate the fire curtain for up to four days.

If the batteries deplete, the fire curtain will operate under controlled descent to its fire ready position, on the gravity failsafe model.  The fire curtain remains in this position until the power supply has been restored.
Mike continued: “Unlike other gravity failsafe systems, the new DC motor is specifically engineered to lift heavier curtains and close them in an emergency by controlled descent. This means that manufactures can build larger doors using a single barrel.” 
The DC motor is available as either a standard or gravity failsafe model. The control panel is also suitable for integration into a building management system.

The launch of the DC motor and control panel is another milestone for the Cardiff-based company in terms of development of leading-edge products that are able to compete with the best in their class.

Last month, Britalia Door Products showcased the new DC motor at the Equipbaie 2016 trade show in Paris held between the 15th and 19th November.

To find out more about Britalia Door Products and the DC motor please visit www.britaliadoors.co.uk/





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Sunday, 27 November 2016

COP THAT! Police Try The Ford Focus RS

Ford RS models 30 years apart

The world’s most exclusive ‘police-car’ – based on the multi-award-winning Ford Focus RS – has been on test with police forces across the UK. The £31,250, four-wheel-drive, front-engined hyper hatch reaches 60mph from a standing start in under five seconds.

This special version of the Focus RS – on trial exactly 30 years after a Ford RS200 police car was put to the test - could be voted a ‘stunning hit’ by expert traffic policemen lucky enough to get behind the wheel, and is sure to intimidate would-be speeders.

The Focus RS includes the practicalities expected of a police patrol car

Powered by a 2.3-litre turbocharged, 16-valve, four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine, the Focus RS develops 345bhp in standard road-going form – meaning that even the fastest Ford RS models of 30 years ago are no match for the Ford RS police cars of today.

The body was designed by Ford of Europe Design’s Ernesto Rupar, while the mechanical design and development was the responsibility of Ford Performance’s chief engineer, Tyrone Johnson. The Focus RS has won a host of awards since its launch, including Top Gear Magazine’s Car of the Year 2016.

The Focus RS on trial 30 years after a Ford RS200 police car

Law-breakers would be relieved to learn that, due to limited production numbers, Ford does not expect many police forces to offer a patrol car capable of catching anything on the road. “But until they have tried it we won’t know whether it meets any specialist need”, said Terry Adams, Ford’s police sales manager.

1986 press release announcing the RS200
Most forces will continue to rely on the standard Ford Focus and Ford’s biggest-selling police vehicle, the Transit Custom, for patrol duties. Ford supplies more than 1,500 vehicles to Britain’s police forces across the country, including the Ford Kuga and Ford Ranger in rural areas.

Unlike the RS200, the Focus RS includes most practicalities expected of a police patrol car, including rear doors for suspected criminal accommodation and a boot large enough for traffic cones.

www.ford.co.uk




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Saturday, 26 November 2016

‘Belgium doors’ from SWA members soar in popularity


Steel windows have remained an enduring element in both domestic and commercial buildings for centuries due to their slim sight-lines combined with rugged performance; yet they, like many building products, are subject to trends in styles and application. 

Most recently, members of the Steel Window Association have reported a resurgence in the popularity of steel framed entrance screens and partitions; normally featuring a pair of double doors flanked by fixed lights, and referred to as Belgium Doors. These are most commonly installed as the outer door to a porch area, offering excellent weather protection while admitting the maximum amount of natural light.  

While these screen assemblies are revisiting a long-established arrangement of steel sections, the availability of modern systems and enhanced glazing options means that contemporary installations can significantly outperform those projects that provide inspiration to today’s customers and their consultants.

Darren Lloyd of Govette Windows, an SWA member, reports:
“We, and a number of other association members, have been asked to quote on these types of screens – for both interior and exterior use – over the last couple of years; and it seems they are really starting to make a comeback. This has applied to both new build and refurbishment projects. 
“The “Belgium Doorset” contains a pair of side-hung opening doors together with side-lights forming a larger run. The design preference is to have two sets of horizontal bars running right the way across and producing equal pane sizes. They are proving popular with customers who might previously have purchased timber or aluminium bi-folding doors.  We can compete on both price and performance with the steel option offering far better security and enhanced light transmission.”

For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk or call 020 8543 2841.




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Friday, 25 November 2016

Video support from GfA UK Ltd


In a bid to make technical support and product details more readily available GfA UK Ltd has launched a You Tube video channel.

The 20 short videos on the channel provide technical advice and support for setting up GfA products and help with fault diagnostics.

“The videos are designed to provide support for fitters and maintenance engineers as well as provide information on the range of GfA products and product features,” explains GfA UK Managing Director Andrew Collett.

“The videos tackle everything from setting the maintenance counter on GfA TS Control Panel to choosing a safety device and understanding various fault codes.”


Members of the GfA technical team, Robert Booth and Howard Weaver, identified the most common product settings and commissioning questions from customers. The videos tackle these points – putting a GfA technical expert in your pocket (via a web enabled mobile and the GfA You Tube channel).

You can view the Tech Tips playlist of 13 short videos here.


Fault codes

Ideal for onsite engineers and fitters these videos explain the most common TS Control Panel Fault Codes and provide advice on rectifying the fault. You can view our Fault Code Playlist here.



GfA ELEKTROMATEN UK Ltd

www.gfa-elektromaten.co.uk

Telephone: 01926 452452. 




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Thursday, 24 November 2016

IronmongeryDirect Launches Sector’s First Animated TV Ad


IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products, has partnered with Stone Productions to create its first ever animated TV advert. 

The campaign, designed to highlight IronmongeryDirect’s commitment to supporting the trade, features an animated character aptly called Ron Mongery, inspired by real customers. The character will subsequently be rolled out to feature across all marketing collateral and channels.

The firm launched the advert this month with Sky Adsmart as its tailored approach targets specific audiences, allowing IronmongeryDirect to reach tradesmen all over the UK.

Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director at IronmongeryDirect, said:
“We wanted to create a unique ad that portrays a strong brand image and grabs the attention of tradespeople. The use of animation is an eye-catching way to market some of our great offerings, such as next day delivery and our excellent Trustpilot customer review rating of 9.6/10.
“Also, by using Sky Adsmart we are able to specifically reach our target market in order to raise greater awareness around the quality and expertise that underpins everything we do.”
 The advert first aired on Tuesday 1st November and will run until Wednesday 30th November, 2016.

To view the advert, visit www.IronmongeryDirect.co.uk

IronmongeryDirect has been supplying architectural ironmongery to tradesmen for over 40 years. Starting out as a traditional shop, today customers can browse over 15,000 products in the catalogue and online.

Orders can be placed as late as 8pm for fast next working day delivery, and by 3pm on a Saturday for Sunday delivery, plus all ironmongery products are covered by a minimum 5-year guarantee. And if customers need any advice or technical support, they are able to contact IronmongeryDirect’s skilled and highly knowledgeable team of specialists.

Customers can now take advantage of the mobile site which makes it even easier for tradesmen on-the-go to search for products, place orders and track their delivery status. If for any reason a product needs to be returned customers can utilise the pre-paid returns label provided with the order.

With the UK’s biggest range of quality products in stock for next day delivery as standard, an award-winning service and low trade prices, IronmongeryDirect is proud to be the masters of their trade.

IronmongeryDirect
Scimitar Park
Basildon
Essex
SS13 1ND
W: www.IronmongeryDirect.co.uk
T: 0808 168 28 28
E: sales@IronmongeryDirect.co.uk



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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Don’t panic – Guaranteed Delivery takes the drama out of Exit Door Hardware


A new delivery guarantee and quick buyer’s guide to choosing the right panic and emergency door hardware have been launched by HOPPE (UK) Ltd.

Door fabricators, architectural ironmongers and others specifying door hardware will now be able to rely on HOPPE for next day delivery on selected panic and emergency exit hardware products, including HOPPE’s best-selling panic latches and panic bolts.

Panic and emergency exit door hardware has a critical safety function. All HOPPE products in this range are CE marked and certified in line with British Standards EN 1125 or EN 179. HOPPE’s new buyer’s guide gives advice on how and where panic and emergency exit hardware should be used to adhere to these standards.

Andy Matthews, HOPPE’s head of sales for UK and Ireland, said:
“Last year alone we sold about 12,000 units of panic hardware throughout the UK, Ireland and export markets. This year we are introducing the new next day guarantee on our main product lines to ensure that our delivery service has the same fantastic reputation as our products.”  

The HOPPE range of panic and emergency exit door devices includes push pads, latches and outside access devices. As one of the original ARRONE ranges, every product has been tried and tested for over 25 years and is suitable to be used on both timber and steel doors.

The products covered by the delivery guarantee include the:

AR880-SE ARRONE single panic bolt
AR882-SE ARRONE single panic latch
AR883-SE ARRONE single push pad
AR888-SE ARRONE combination unit for double rebated doors
AR885-SE ARRONE single lift pad outside access device
AR885K-SE ARRONE single hexagonal turn outside access device


HOPPE (UK) Ltd is a market leader in the field of door and window hardware. The company is part of the family-owned HOPPE Group, and was established in the UK in 1988. Based in Wolverhampton, the specialist manufacturer operates from a purpose built, state-of-the-art distribution centre. HOPPE is committed to providing products that have been tested to meet the latest European and British standards, offering both quality and innovation to all sectors of the market.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Comelit opens innovative new, hands-on “experience space”


Comelit UK is proud to announce the successful launch of its new central London offices in Queen Elizabeth Street, near Tower Bridge. 

The newly refurbished facility, which hosted more than 100 guests at a busy mid-week opening event in early November, also includes an innovative state-of-the-art “experience space” designed to showcase Comelit’s class-leading video door entry panels and monitors, HD CCTV surveillance solutions, access control and home automation systems.

Among the attendees at the launch event were security installers, consultants, architects and property developers, who all came to celebrate the opening of Comelit’s new facilities and to see the company’s equipment working in a real-life situation.

Inside the converted Victorian warehouse building, a detailed, full-scale recreation of a modern apartment has been built and fully kitted out to demonstrate how easily Comelit’s products and systems can be installed and operated. Serving as a blueprint for system design, the experience space also helps illustrate how the company’s end-to-end product portfolio can be integrated and conveniently controlled on one device.

Francesca Boeris, Managing Director of Comelit, said:
“We are thrilled to have opened our second location in the UK. We were particularly delighted with the high turnout on the day as it shows just how useful this kind of hands-on demonstration is, both for installers and end-users. We’ve put a lot of effort and hard work into this project. It demonstrates our commitment and investment in the UK market and is the result of continued strong growth during 2016.”

Francesca continued, “This is a full-on immersive experience and not just a selection of products on a display board. The demonstrations we’re now able to offer will help existing and potential clients to use and test our products in configurations they hadn’t previously thought possible. In addition to the experience space, there are two meeting areas where the whole buying chain is free to use the new facilities. Installers, consultants, end-users and specifiers all are welcome.”


Visitors are able to view and control these products and services using Icona Manager

Residents increasingly want to be able to control and monitor their own home environment, whether it’s heating, water and electricity consumption or lighting. Comelit’s award-winning SimpleHome system makes all of this possible with a single control panel that uses smart metering as well as offering the ability to monitor and control a video door entry or CCTV system. Icona Manager is so easy to use it can even distribute audio to predefined zones within the home. Visitors are also able to control the whole system remotely using a smartphone or tablet.

Comelit’s innovative new experience space is now officially open and bookings for demonstrations can be made by contacting Comelit staff to make an appointment. There are also breakout areas for seminars and meetings, which can be booked in advance.

If you are interested in making an appointment, please contact Comelit UK on 01707 377 203 or email specifications@comelitgroup.co.uk for more information.



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Monday, 21 November 2016

Woodrite Launches New Sectional Door Brochure and Timber Gate Range


A dozen styles form Woodrite's Kielder range of sectional garage doors. The designs include the popular equivalents of steel sectional doors - Georgian and horizontal ribbed styles to designs that only timber can bring to life with vertical ribbed and glazing.

Greenhaugh Sectional Overhead Door
The range also includes the Greenhaugh style that is a "design your own door".

You decide where and how many grooves you want, Woodrite provide a confirmation drawing and make your door.

Perfect for matching to architectural details and window lines or entrance doors.

The Greenhaugh style only hints at the bespoke opportunities for design - something Woodrite has always been keen to accommodate for its customers.

Hethpool Sectional Overhead Door
The Kielder range of doors is available in Accoya(r) or cedar.

Accoya(r) brings the advantage of exceptional durability and comes with a 10 year warranty on finish.

Hot on the heels of the Kielder sectional garage door range comes Woodrite’s Kinver range of driveway gates.




Woodrite’s Kinver range of driveway gates

Built with the same attention to detail that has made Woodrite’s reputation for quality on garage doors second to none, the Kinver range is available in cedar, iroko, idigbo and Accoya®. 

The classic flat and arched designs are available in solid and railed versions and there is also a 5-bar design to complete the line up. The gates are available base-coated or fully finished in the same wide range of colours as the garage door ranges.

Size for the gates are up to 2400mm high and 4800mm wide as a pair of leaves. The gates can also made as a single leaf for sliding operation. Matched side gates for pedestrian access are also available.

Woodrite is also able to build gates to match any of its garage door styles for a complete driveway package.

“We know no one else does this, but we’re confident of the demand for a matched garage door and gate package. We’ll be adding the option of a matched gate to our garage door brochures at the next reprint” commented John Brooks, Woodrite’s CEO.
Contact Sharon Cleaver at Woodrite on 01280 841010 for details of the Woodrite sectional range and the Woodrite gate range.

Woodrite Doors Limited,
Unit G2 Borough Road,
Buckingham Road Industrial Estate,
Brackley,
Northants
NN1 7BE

Tel 01280 841010

Fax 01280 843180

Email sales@woodritedoors.co.uk

Web www.woodritedoors.co.uk




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Sunday, 20 November 2016

The ‘New Original’: Jaguar XKSS Makes World Debut in Los Angeles


The first genuine Jaguar XKSS to be built in almost 60 years was given its world debut presentation at the Petersen Museum, Los Angeles by Jaguar Classic on November 16th.  

The stunning XKSS, finished in Sherwood Green paint, has been created by the Jaguar Classic engineering team ahead of the production of nine cars for delivery to customers across the globe in 2017.

Often referred to as the world’s first supercar, the XKSS was originally made by Jaguar as a road-going conversion of the Le Mans-winning D-type, which was built from 1954-1956. In 1957, nine cars earmarked for export to North America were lost in a fire at Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory in the British Midlands; meaning just 16 examples of XKSS were built.


Earlier this year Jaguar announced that its Classic division would build the nine ‘lost’ XKSS sports cars for a select group of established collectors and customers. The new one-off XKSS presented in Los Angeles is the summation of 18 months of research and will be used as a blueprint from which the nine continuation cars are built.

The nine cars will be completely new, with period chassis numbers from the XKSS chassis log. All cars are now sold at a price in excess of £1million each. The XKSS is the second continuation car to be created by Jaguar, following on from the six Lightweight E-types that were built in 2014. This project helped the team learn to engineer cars that are faithful to the specifications to which they were built in period, and this knowledge has been enhanced in creating the ‘new original’ XKSS.


The XKSS unveiled in Los Angeles is a period correct continuation, built using a combination of original drawings from Jaguar’s archive and modern technology. The Jaguar Classic engineering team scanned several versions of the 1957 XKSS to help build a complete digital image of the car, from the body to chassis, and including all parts required.

The body of the XKSS is made from magnesium alloy, as it was in 1957, and because the original styling bucks do not exist, Jaguar Classic produced a new, bespoke styling buck based on the original bodies from the 1950s. The bodies of the nine new cars will be formed on this buck, using a traditional process called hand-wheeling.


Jaguar Classic’s expert engineers worked with the original frames and from there produced CAD to support build of the chassis. In partnership with the Classic team, frame maker Reynolds – famous for their 531 tubing – was briefed

to craft bespoke new parts using imperial measurements, rather than metric. The frames are bronze welded in the same way as the period XKSS chassis tubing.

The continuation cars feature period specification four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes with a Plessey pump, and Dunlop tyres with riveted two-piece magnesium alloy wheels.



Under the bonnet, the XKSS is supplied with a 262hp 3.4-litre straight six-cylinder Jaguar D-type engine. The engine features completely new cast iron blocks, new cast cylinder heads and three Weber DC03 carburetors.

Inside, the ‘new original’ XKSS features perfect recreations of the original Smiths gauges. Everything from the wood of the steering wheel, to the grain of the leather seats, through to the brass knobs on the XKSS dashboard, is precisely as it would have been in 1957.

Minor specification changes have been made only to improve driver and passenger safety. The fuel cell, for example, uses robust, modern materials to support throughput of modern fuels.
Customer vehicles will be hand-built beginning this year, and it is estimated that 10,000 man hours will go into building each of the new XKSS cars.



Kev Riches, Jaguar Classic Engineering Manager, said:
“The XKSS is one of the most important cars in Jaguar’s history, and we are committed to making the ‘new original’ version absolutely faithful to the period car in every way.

“From the number, type and position of all the rivets used – there are more than 2,000 in total – to the Smiths gauges on the dashboard, everything is the same as the original cars, because that is the way it should be.”

Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said:
“The XKSS continuation programme underlines the world-class expertise we have at Jaguar Land Rover Classic. We are committed to nurturing the passion and enthusiasm for Jaguar’s illustrious past by offering exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences.

“Jaguar Land Rover Classic is perfectly positioned to cater for this growing love for classics, with a new
£7.5m global headquarters set to open in Coventry in 2017. We are looking forward to growing this business, supporting our existing customers and engaging with a whole new generation of global enthusiasts.”


www.jaguarusa.com



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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Homeless Charity chooses Intratone for London-based properties


An innovative access control system, manufactured by Intratone, one of Europe’s largest access control specialists, is helping to protect residents within properties managed by Brick By Brick, a London-based charity that provides permanent and temporary housing for people with homeless status. 

The cloud-based fob-reader system, installed by Delta Security into the charity’s Old Kent Road and Queen’s Road sites, and head office, has significantly enhanced control over who has access, for how long and to which properties. Because it is cloud-based, changes made to key fobs are immediate and can be facilitated from anywhere.

Isabelle Gravenstein, General Manager, Brick By Brick, says a primary focus for installing the new system was to simplify key management, especially when granting access to contractors: 

“Previously, management was required to escort all contractors onto sites, which could be very inconvenient. Now we know exactly where they are and when, and can control their access accordingly. The new system is simple to use and has made our lives as managers much easier.”

The system has also enabled the charity to police suspected tenant subletting, which is not permitted in their contracts: “It is not possible to clone these fobs, so we know there is only one per flat,” explains Isabelle. “If a tenant loses a fob, we are able to check that the fob is in fact no longer being used, as well as cancel its functionality.”

Dave Mundy, Operations Manager at Delta Security, says:

“The package includes ten years’ of data, which helps to provide cost transparency: “It means the customer does not have to take out extra data contracts, which, especially for a charity, is extremely useful in providing an upfront cost.”

Anthony Plasse, UK Sales Manager for Intratone, says the cloud-based fob reader system is ideal for multi-tenanted, managed properties:

“The system provides best-in-class security, alongside flexibility and ease of use. We are extremely pleased that the installation is serving as a good example of how access control can make life easier for managers and residents alike.”

Intratone is an entrepreneurial manufacturer with a 25-year pedigree. It was the first to launch a fob-based access control system for multi-residential premises and today more than 10 million of its fobs are in use in France, making it one of Europe’s largest players. Its innovative systems are designed specifically for the social housing/private housing market and sold through distribution and via Partner Installers.

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Friday, 18 November 2016

Gingers Spark Reveals The Smallest And Safest Magnetic Lock On The Market


A new magnetic lock from Gingers Spark - the SDGi Micro Power Lock (MPL) - is offering an innovative and user-friendly solution to magnetic door locking.


The MPL is small, unobtrusive and has no sharp edges - in stark contrast to the big, bulky and sharp-edged magnetic locks that dominate the market. Not only is this aesthetically pleasing, but it’s an important safety consideration, as – in the event of incorrect installation – it can’t seriously hurt anyone if it falls off the transom.

The small size of the MPL makes it ideal for automatic doors where the space between the operators is too narrow for conventional magnetic locks, or where the armature intrudes on the safety sensor position. However, there is no compromise on strength, as the lock boasts a high holding force of 1500lbs (680kg).


Also – unlike any other mag lock on the market - it is fully adjustable from every perspective, making it very quick and simple to install.

Standard finish for the MPL is black or silver and there are several models available, so it covers a wide range of different door setups.

Mike Gillespie of Gingers Spark says:
“The SDGi Micro Power Lock is unique. It’s smaller, lighter, safer and easier to install than anything else on the market. It also has a very low current draw of .14A at 24v. Unsurprisingly, we’re dealing with a lot of interest from door installers and these locks are selling like hot cakes!”
To find out more about the SDGi Micro Power Lock, contact Mike Gillespie on 0161 483 4747, or email mike@gingersspark.co.uk  or visit www.gingersspark.co.uk .




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Thursday, 17 November 2016

EMKA – Taking Security to the Server Rack

EMKA BioLock – Biometric Technology at the server rack

Access security experts at EMKA point out that current data centre security practices rely on three things to ensure the protection of data. 

First, keeping a thief out of the building; second, monitoring the system to detect the removal of a hard drive; finally, encrypting the data on that hard drive so that if the first two fail, the hardware is still useless to the thief.

Despite these efforts, data theft still occurs with some frequency, which is why companies need to consider a change in their strategy, such as biometric security.

EMKA believe that by implementing biometric technology at a different level of operations, such as the server rack itself, companies can optimize their security and establish a new line of defence that doesn't interrupt workflow. 

Installing a fingerprint scanner on the server rack door handle won't affect building access or other factors, but ensures that only authorised personnel can actually open the rack and remove hardware. This ensures security regardless of whether a thief manages to bypass the other security measures.

Furthermore, it protects a company from theft by its own employees – one of the leading causes of data breaches seen worldwide.

Of course, as firms deploy server rack security solutions they may see other ways to improve their building access control with biometrics. By starting at a basic point of entry and deploying a high-quality biometric solution, a company can see the results and build from there, implementing biometrics where needed and avoiding a single large-scale investment that may not be cost effective immediately.

EMKA/Digitus Biometric solutions offer top of the line security for any company, but in the data centre it is particularly beneficial, providing front line protection for valuable or critical with information which is quickly becoming the currency of this digital age.

Further information on EMKA products can be found on the EMKA website - www.emka.co.uk and the latest information and news on the EMKA blog – www.emkablog.co.uk .




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