Volume 44, Issue 4 - April 2009

Hardware Focus

National School Safety Study Says Proper Locks, Equipment are Important

School administrators across the United States take seriously their responsibility for ensuring school security, which was demonstrated by the recent release of the 2008 National School Safety Study, a joint project of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), in consultation with RETA Security Inc. The study assesses the status of security in the nation’s K-12 public schools, based on a survey of school leaders nationwide. 

Among the study’s findings:

• While half of all schools lock public entrances to buildings, one-third of exterior doors are occasionally or often propped open; and 
• No respondents reported the ability to quickly lock down classroom, office and gathering-area doors electronically in the event of an emergency; however, 58 percent report that all doors can be manually locked from the inside and 41.3 percent report all doors can be manually locked, but only from the outside.

As a follow-up to the study, AASA, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies and RETA Security Inc. are discussing how to best leverage the results of the study to the advantage of America’s school communities. Potential plans include regional training initiatives for AASA members, which also will encompass actionable programming for areas that need no additional financial resources.

“Ingersoll Rand undertook this initiative in keeping with our corporate stewardship responsibility,” says Beverly Vigue, vice president of the company’s Education Solutions group. 

“The Risk Mitigation Assessment as a tool to help our nation’s public schools is an excellent example of the ways public-private partnerships can be used for the common good. There’s also tremendous value in getting the most accurate pulse on trends in school security in order to remain at the forefront in developing truly effective solutions that keep learning environments safe and productive.” 

company news
Interlock USA Partners with European Hardware Manufacturers 

Interlock USA, an ASSA ABLOY Group company based in Reno, Nev., has announced a strategic partnership with the Siegenia-Aubi group, consisting of the companies SIEGENIA-AUBI KG and KFV Karl Fliether GmbH & Co. KG, two hardware manufacturers based in Germany. 

Interlock USA will begin immediate distribution. The new product line includes Siegenia-Aubi’s latest hardware solutions for tilt and turn windows, tilt and slide doors, lift and slide doors and ventilation systems. The hardware offers various degrees of corrosion resistance.

The expanded product offering from Interlock USA also features KFV’s latest offerings in multi-point locking systems, electronic locking solutions and a variety of products for glass doors. The solutions feature a high level of security and protection against forced entry. In addition, the corrosion-resistant hardware has been hurricane tested and designed for optimal performance in coastal regions. 


product news
DORMA’s Operator Hits the Floor 

With a floor-installed, sealed compartment for its electrical and mechanical components, the new ED400-IG automatic operator from DORMA Entrance Systems in Reamstown, Pa., is suitable for glass doors in all-glass storefronts as well as other swing door applications that demand clean aesthetics. The unobtrusive placement of the components makes the product suitable for uniquely shaped doors that would be difficult to accommodate with conventional overhead automatic hardware.

The ED400-IG operator features a compact 32- by 6- by 7-inch deep compartment that’s recessed in a weatherproof steel container and secured in the floor. The operator’s drive unit can accommodate doors up to 800 pounds. The drive directs energy to the door’s pivot in a rotating motion. This enables a consistent, smooth opening and closing action. Appropriate for ADA-compliant applications, the ED400-IG can operate in a low-energy mode, and offers functionality such as push and go, power close and a lock interface. www.dorma-usa.com 

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