Thursday, 29 October 2020

iLOQ delivers its 1000th iLOQ S5 Digital Locking System


iLOQ’s mission is to transform mechanical locks into digital and mobile access management. 

At the end of 2019, the company took advantage of the opportunities offered by digitalization and the Internet of Things and built on the knowledge gained from the introduction, 15 years ago, of the ground-breaking iLOQ S10 to release the revolutionary iLOQ S5.

iLOQ S5 offers a range of unique features that provide even more added value to its users. Like all iLOQ’s environmentally friendly solutions, the S5 is battery-free. A major new development, unseen before in the locking industry, is that it enables device-to-device communication. 

This advanced feature allows a vast amount of data to be remotely updated and then shared between readers, keys and locks in a building. Information, such as access rights, time limitations, a list of blocked keys and audit trails, is quickly shared between the devices before the door is unlocked.

With no need for additional wiring, iLOQ S5’s standard, open application programming interface (API) allows integration with modern information-sharing and booking systems. 

This next-generation innovation brings high data security and unparalleled access management, along with competitive lifecycle costs and significant savings, to building owners, users and key holders. And, less than a year after its introduction to the market, the 1000th iLOQ S5 system has already been delivered.

“iLOQ is continually striving to bring innovations to the locking industry that maximize security, minimize administration time and impact on the environment, drive down lifecycle costs and boost the value of properties. The iLOQ S5 is another demonstration of how we are leading the way in the locking industry and motivated to make life accessible for businesses and users alike,” states iLOQ President and CEO, Heikki Hiltunen.

iLOQ in brief

iLOQ is a rapidly growing Finnish company that is leading the technological revolution in the digital locking industry. iLOQ transforms mechanical locks into digital and mobile access management. 

iLOQ solutions are based on technologies developed and patented by the company, enabling electronic and mobile locking without batteries or cables. 

iLOQ replaces mechanical and electromechanical locking systems with environmentally friendly solutions that solve the problems of lost or copied keys, reduce lock maintenance and minimize lifecycle costs. 

Read more about iLOQ S5 here.





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Wednesday, 28 October 2020

The Handle of Excellence – A History of Hoppe

Ged Ryan, Chief Executive of HOPPE (UK)

HOPPE prides itself on being a brand that communicates quality with just one touch. Ged Ryan, CEO of HOPPE (UK), looks back at the company’s journey to becoming the trusted brand the UK door and window industry knows today.

HOPPE (UK) has been established in the UK for over 30 years but benefits from almost 70 years’ experience in the architectural ironmongery sector gained in many other countries across the world. 

The HOPPE Group was founded in Germany by Friedrich Hoppe in 1952. HOPPE (UK) was primarily set up to distribute HOPPE handles but when Charter Hardware was acquired in 1997, the HOPPE (UK) offering was extended to include associated door hardware. That’s when the ARRONE brand was born. 
HOPPE (UK) today 

Our relationships with employees, customers and suppliers are based on mutual trust. By creating a working environment where people feel valued, we’re building a team that genuinely wants to do well for the company and its customers.

We want all our people to be able to help all our customers. We make a huge investment in training to make sure staff are multiskilled, including helping staff achieve the widely respected qualifications from the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers and continuously updating their knowledge via CPD.

Nearly a third of the UK team has been with the business for over 10 years, with two staff achieving their 25 years’ service award this year. The loyalty of the HOPPE (UK) team is at the heart of our success.   
 
We sit down with our customers throughout the year to review how our partnership is working and make sure that every order is receiving the highest level of care and attention. Based on the feedback we get, we’re achieving that.

HOPPE eHandle HandsFree
Products and innovation

HOPPE (UK) and ARRONE have dedicated teams who look at the needs of the market and develop our product offering in line with demand. 

Our aim is to add value to the supply chain by ensuring we are providing a comprehensive package of useful products at an appropriate range of price points, complete with the right technical attributes and testing. We want customers to know that when they fit HOPPE and ARRONE hardware, that the product will deliver as promised. Ultimately, we want them to be confident they can trust our brands.

This year, HOPPE has launched the eHandle HandsFree, eHandle AutoLock for windows, and eHandle ConnectHome to offer homeowners a more secure, practical solution for external doors and windows. It builds on HOPPE’s existing range of mechatronic hardware for smart homes and smart buildings, including the FingerScan, HandsFree and SecuSignal eHandles. 

All HOPPE and ARRONE products are fully tested to legal requirements, as would be expected, but are also checked by third party certification bodies such as Certifire and Certisecure. We also test relevant security products to standards recommended by Secured by Design: Annex A of PAS24:2016 and TS007. This is part of HOPPE’s commitment to creating high quality products that deliver customers the best value long term.





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Tuesday, 27 October 2020

New weather shield adds dual protection to Codelocks products


Codelocks releases PINGuardTM by Codelocks, a weather shield designed to improve weather resistance and provide extra security for its mechanical and electronic locks. 

Made from a flexible polymer material, PINGuardTM by Codelocks protects the lock from rain and shields the keypad from view.

PINGuardTM by Codelocks fits behind the lock, improving the gasket seal and preventing water ingress. It has the added benefit of improving security, as the cowl keeps the keypad hidden when a code is being entered.

Colin Campbell, Managing Director at Codelocks said: 
“Our new PINGuardTM product is ideal for outdoor applications such as gates, sheds and outbuildings. Adding PINGuardTM to a new or existing lock extends the life of the lock by protecting it from rain exposure and sub-zero temperatures.
“It’s designed to shield your code from prying eyes, as well as protecting the lock from harsh weather – so it is especially useful for construction sites or entry gates to the workplace, where you need to enter your code in a public place.”


PINGuardTM by Codelocks is suitable for both new and existing lock installations. There are two products in the PINGuardTM by Codelocks range: the XT1 and the XT2. 

The XT1 is compatible with Codelocks’ CL100 and CL200 mechanical lock range and the electronic CL2000 range. Codelocks’ mechanical locks offer ease of use and are ideal for situations where a single, changeable code is required. The CL2000 electronic lock range can be easily programmed on the door and are an upgrade from a mechanical lock with added features and benefits.

The larger XT2 PINGuardTM by Codelocks is suitable for the CL500 mechanical lock range, which are heavy duty keyless locks designed for use on primary doors. Combining the XT2 with one of the locks in the CL500 range offers an extra layer of security for your business or residential property.
 
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Monday, 26 October 2020

Hands-free solutions to help limit the spread of Covid-19


With the outbreak of Covid-19, reducing touchpoints wherever possible throughout a building is front of mind for many businesses, building owners and facilities managers. 

Fortunately, there are a range of hands-free door opening solutions – available to suit all budgets and needs – that can help minimise the spread of infection, says the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group.

Doors and their hardware are the first and last touchpoints when entering or exiting a building, or when moving between different rooms. However, there are options available that can either limit the amount of direct contact with ironmongery and doors or offer an anti-bacterial solution.


Eryl Jones, Managing Director at the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group, comments: 

“Doors are the one item we all touch every day; a physical barrier to keep us secure and safe. But with the increased risk that touching a door now poses, what can we do to overcome this challenge?

“When looking to limit the spread of infection from doors and kill germs, the first place to start is to make sure existing door hardware is being cleaned properly. As one of the most commonly touched surfaces in a building, it is vital that a regular cleaning routine is established. First, hardware should be cleaned with a mild, non-abrasive anti-bacterial detergent and water solution, using a soft cloth. Then, using water and a soft cloth only, surfaces should be wiped to remove any remaining detergent residue. The treated surface should appear visibly wet then allowed to air dry.

“Further advice on how to clean door hardware properly can be found on our website at www.assaabloyopeningsolutions.co.uk.


“For those seeking a more secure solution in areas with high traffic, decision makers might want to consider products that allow doors to be opened without a person having to use their hands. For instance, arm and foot pulls are an easy and cost-effective door furniture solution that limits the level of contact an individual has with a door.

“Alternatively, sites might want to think about products that feature anti-microbial surfaces. Hardware treated in this way, or that use materials such as copper, can effectively reduce the risk of transmission. To meet this need, UNION has launched GripSafe, an anti-viral copper door handle tape that simply wraps around a clean door handle and has been proven to inactivate 99.98 per cent of corona viruses. This offers a simple solution that can make a big difference.

“The next step up would be to look at hold-open door controls, which can help keep doors open at all times, except in the case of an emergency. For instance, ASSA ABLOY offers its DC300G-HF door closer, which holds doors open in medium to high traffic corridors, allowing people to pass through without touching the doors. Meeting the demands of BS 8300:2018-2 for inclusive design, it offers unrivalled performance when compared with other door closers on the market. UNION also offers DoorSense, a safe and legal means of keeping fire doors open, but which enables a fire door to close automatically in the event of an alarm. 


“For those after a completely hands-free solution, there are a range of access control devices that simply require the wave of a hand to open. These are fitted with motion-sensing technology, and ideally suited to sensitive applications such as bathrooms, and environments such as hospitals, laboratories and schools.

“Finally, there’s also the option of access control solutions that use personalised keys. Sharing keys between personnel can quickly increase the spread of bacteria and germs. An access control system that employs individual keys puts a stop to this, while simplifying key management throughout a site and saving personnel valuable time and money. Solutions such as ASSA CLIQ® Remote, which is a mechatronic locking system that assigns access rights to a key, allows users to have their own personalised keys for all doors and eliminates the need to share keys. This reduces the risk of bacteria and germs spreading.

“By taking these steps and considering the door hardware options available to them, decision makers can help make sure our buildings mitigate the risk of germs and stop the spread of infections, ensuring everyone feels as safe and comfortable as possible in these spaces.”

Find out more about how the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group can help by visiting www.assaabloyopeningsolutions.co.uk 

To speak to an expert about the range of hands-free solutions available, email AASS-Forum@assaabloy.com or call 0845 223 2124.






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Sunday, 25 October 2020

Clock change cancellation could save UK economy £160m a year


Based on previous Government estimates that 80 lives a year could be saved by scrapping the October clock change, the UK could reduce the number of people killed on our roads by four and a half per cent and save the economy £160m.

This is what the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart says, who is calling on the Government to stop the practice. The charity believes that moving to a permanent daylight-saving system would significantly improve road safety, especially for vulnerable road users such as children, pedestrians and cyclists.

Neil Greig, Policy and Research Director at IAM RoadSmart commented:
“Every year there are unnecessary victims of road collisions throughout the winter months during commutes to work or school which could easily be avoided if the Government scrapped the process of changing the clocks.
“Young pedestrians under 15 are already a huge ‘at risk’ group for road safety, and that risk becomes even greater as the nights draw in. 
“Stopping the change of clocks would be easy to implement and, without question, would save lives – there are no good road safety reasons why this isn’t happening. The UK should at least set up a two-year trial to prove the benefits once and for all.”
Indeed, in November and December 2019, the number of pedestrian and cyclist deaths and injuries rose by 344 (from 6,787 to 7,131 representing a five per cent increase) compared with the two months prior to the clock change. 

Well-established figures prove that casualty rates rise between 3pm and 7pm as the days shorten. IAM RoadSmart warns that the dark afternoons are an especially dangerous time for youngsters coming home, with less supervision and individuals heading off to different activities at different times during this key period.

To facilitate the improvement, IAM RoadSmart recommended earlier this year that to allow extra daylight in the afternoons, we should not put the clocks back this winter, then next March move one hour ahead – and then go back one hour in October 2021 – a so called ‘double British summer time’.
Neil concluded: “Clearly it is now unfortunately too late to do anything ahead of this weekend, but we urge the Government to reconsider its policy ahead of next March. Road safety is now about small incremental gains from a number of policy changes and daylight saving could play its part in helping break the current flat lining in road deaths we are seeing in this country.” 
In 1968, the UK Government carried out a three-year experiment which saw the clocks not being put back from March until October 1971, essentially staying in summer time for three years. Throughout the experiment figures were collected at peak times which revealed that around 2,500 fewer people were killed or injured during the winters where the clocks weren’t put back, this represented a reduction of nearly 12 per cent.

To find out more about IAM RoadSmart products and services visit:www.iamroadsmart.com





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Saturday, 24 October 2020

At Last, The Perfect Cuppa In A Box – By a Tradesman, for Tradesmen


Introducing the Builder’s Tea Box, the trade-focused solution to forever solve the problem of broken cups, missing kettle-bases, and the eternal hunt for a spoon. 

Built by a tradesman, for the trade industry, you’ll never be without essentials for tea or coffee again.

Invented by 34-year old electrician Dan Anderson, the Builder’s Tea box is a one-stop-shop for tradesmen on the go. 

All items you need fit snuggly together, can be thrown into the back of the van without fear, and keep all the tea-break nitty-gritties in one place. 

Weighing only 2kg and consisting of a sturdy outer carry case, inside you’ll find everything you need for a proper brew…

  • CE compliant cordless kettle with automatic switch
  • 2 enamel cups
  • 2 enamel containers to store tea, coffee, or sugar
  • 1 stainless steel spoon
  • Custom-moulded, hard-wearing carry case and shoulder strap for ease of use.

Dan, Founder of btbproducts, the company behind the Builder’s Tea Box says:
“I invented the Builder’s Tea Box after losing the base of the kettle in the back of the van under some materials and tools (not for the first time!), and it always caused an inconvenience.
“On top of that, workmates would always ask to use the kettle or to grab a tea bag and none of us were ever quite prepared for a hot drink. The Builder’s Tea Box has finally put an end to the hassle and lets us get on with our work!”

The Builder’s Tea Box is £39.99 + £8.39 delivery via www.btbproducts.co.uk or via selected retailers and Amazon for £49.99




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Friday, 23 October 2020

Winkhaus renew membership with Secured by Design


Winkhaus is one of the latest companies to renew their membership with Secured by Design (SBD), the official police security initiative.

Winkhaus UK are part of the 160 year old worldwide Winkhaus Group, with over 2,000 employees worldwide.  

Leading manufacturers of high security locking systems for doors and windows, Winkhaus offer a premium and cutting edge product range graduating from lift lever locks through to automatic and electronic locks.

Winkhaus recently became the first long-standing SBD member company to hold the latest dual compliance for both Q Mark Fire BS EN 1634 and PAS24 enhanced security on both their SBD-accredited composite and timber fire and security doorset solutions.

Winkhaus’ test evidence and accreditation underwent rigorous third-party certification by a UKAS-accredited body to ensure compliance with the latest 2020 MHCLG Government guidance document Building a Safer Future: An Implementation Plan advice note 16 in Annex B, as well as SBD’s ‘Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorset requirements.’

The Winkhaus Fire & Security Doorset solution utilises their AV2 and AV3 range of multi-point autoLocks with Winkhaus’ fully-finished and low-maintenance frame system, FireFrame® for composite doorsets, or a timber frame for timber doorsets.

The system offers specifiers and fabricators a choice of FD30 and FD60 composite and timber door assemblies. Its versatility allows a choice of doorset styles, including solid and glazed versions with or without fanlights.


You can find out more about Winkhaus and their range of SBD accredited products here .  

SBD Development Officer Doug Skins said: 
"Winkhaus were one of the first members of SBD with their door and window hardware back in 1999 and have been supporters of the work we do since then. 
“It is great that they have renewed their membership with SBD and I look forward to working with them over the coming years”.

SBD is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI), a police owned organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service to deliver a wide range of crime prevention and demand reduction initiatives across the UK. PCPI is a not-for-profit organisation and Board Members include senior police officers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who control and direct the work PCPI carries out on behalf of the Police Service.

SBD plays a significant crime prevention role in the planning process to design out crime in a wide range of building sectors. It has achieved some significant success including one million homes built to SBD standards with reductions in crime of up to 87%. 

SBD have many partner organisations, ranging from the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and the Police Service through to local authorities, housing associations, developers and manufacturers and work closely with standards and certification bodies to ensure that their publicly available standards actually meet the needs of the police and public alike. 

Products must be subject to rigorous testing and additionally be fully certificated by an independent, third-party certification body accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) before being allowed to carry the SBD logo - this is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.

Winkhaus UK Ltd -  www.winkhaus.co.uk 
Secured by Design - www.securedbydesign.com





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Thursday, 22 October 2020

MTL™300: Mul-T-Lock’s high-security, patented locking solution


Security specialist Mul-T-Lock has launched MTL™300, a high-security yet affordable locking solution for both residential and small-to-medium business customers.

The new cylinder platform is based on field-proven technology that enables it to be patented from day one, all the way through to 2033. As MTL™300 is based on existing technology, it also saves locksmiths expenses traditionally associated with launching new-patented platforms.


Ideal for residential and small-to-medium business customers, MTL™300 is an entry-level locking solution that goes beyond the standard, offering advanced, patented technology and protection that complies with international standards. 

A restricted key copy system enables locksmiths to access exclusive keying profiles using six different special cut types while guaranteeing protection against unauthorised key duplication. 

MTL™300’s Master Key Systems (MKS) are supported by "Masterpiece" software, so locksmiths can plan and assemble their own MKS and continue to use the same key cutting machines and pinning kits as with Integrator®. 

The combined use of the patented key and key blank, together with the Mul-T-Lock key cutting control system, provides locksmiths with advanced key copy protection, promoting security and trust.


Roy Zadikov, Director of Product Management for Mul-T-Lock says: 
“Like Integrator®, MTL™300 aims to satisfy the needs of consumers and small-to-medium businesses, providing convenience and efficiency, while integrating new and more innovative products and capabilities.
“Many of our locksmith customers have been crying out for a high-security, patented locking system developed by a worldwide leader, marketed at an affordable price, and this is what we’re offering with MTL™300.”

To learn more about Mul-T-Lock’s MTL™300 high-security, patented locking solution, please call 01902 364200, email internalsales@mul-t-lock.co.uk or visit www.mul-t-lock.co.uk.





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Wednesday, 21 October 2020

SWA member helps to create Spectacular Visuals for Private Pool and Gym Building


When Mr & Mrs Braithwaite envisioned the plans for this brand-new private swimming pool and gym building, Steel Window Association member, Cotswold Casements was called on to supply the steel windows and doors. 

Cotswold Casements is an expert in the field of the repair, refurbishment, replacement and installation of steel windows and doors. This enviable reputation is endorsed by the final result of this truly captivating building and the appealing aesthetic created with its impressive fenestration.

The project was overseen by Adrian Aldred from Building Design; Cotswold Casements supplied and installed new small paned windows and doors, the arched door and window areas having been incorporated within the design. 

The project took around six months - from the initial quotation and design stages to the finished installation. The final effect has been achieved by implementing five sets of double doors, a single door and several large fixed screens. 

The windows and doors were manufactured with a W20 suite of sections and a black polyester paint finish. The versatile W20 portfolio remains a popular choice owing to its records of impressive durability. 

The windows and doors were also glazed with toughened sealed units secured with a bead system, for longevity, hardiness and practicality. Steel window and door frames are a popular choice not just for the looks but also for the inherent strength of the frame which will now add a robust layer of security to the building. 

Trevor Woskett from Cotswold Casement’s has complimented the appealing design of the building which made the incorporation of the steel frames an appealing process. 

The combination of the chosen bricks, the slate roofing and the black colour of the windows and doors creates a visually striking end result. 

The colour contrast is complemented even further by the spectacular size of the windows which fully capitalise on natural light. It is easy to see why Cotswold Casement’s has heralded the project as ‘one of those that stays with you’.

For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk or call 020 3475 8049





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Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Garador Wins Yeovil Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

David Woan (Yeovil Chamber of Commerce President)
and Neil Discombe (Garador’s Managing Director)

One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of garage doors, Garador, have just won “Manufacturing and Engineering Business of the Year” at the Yeovil Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

The Yeovil-based manufacturer was originally formed as part of Westland's Engineers Ltd in 1948, as part of a diversification strategy away from military products, Garador Limited was setup to manufacture one piece garage doors. 

Over the years, they have developed a heavily automated manufacturing facility which produces thousands of garage doors each year.


Garador’s Managing Director, Neil Discombe comments: 
“We are delighted to have received this award. Garador has a long history of manufacturing quality products and it is nice to receive recognition for the excellent work we do.”
The company produces up & over, sectional, roller and side-hinged garage doors, with all these products made within their own group, ensuring product quality can be maintained at all times. 

Garador have one of the most modern garage door manufacturing facilities in Europe. Today they are a market leading force in the UK building industry, with a strong brand in the UK domestic garage door market. 

Find out more about Garador and their range of garage doors by visiting www.garador.co.uk or calling 01935 443701.





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