Volume 44, Issue 3 - March 2009

Hardware Focus

Use of Smart Hardware Continues to Grow Throughout the Country

Smart hardware products are appearing all over, providing new opportunities for hardware suppliers and installers. For starters, the Australian company Bio Recognition Systems (BRS) has secured a multi-million dollar, three-year distribution deal with General Lock in Colorado Springs, Colo., to distribute its fingerprint locks throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

BRS makes biometric door locks that are operated by fingerprint sensors rather than keys using a micro-electronic technology developed by the company in Sydney. The locks can be installed on a single door or networked by a computer to fully secure a home or office building. They can be custom programmed and can recognize up to 100 fingerprint templates when networked. The technology uses a radio frequency high security sensor that reads beneath the skin and checks for blood flow and pulse to ensure fingerprints are genuine.

BRS says that thousands of its fingerprint door security kits have already been installed in residential and business premises in 18 countries across the globe.

Of course, these smart hardware products aren’t just coming in from overseas. For example, ASSA ABLOY in New Haven, Conn., has introduced highly intelligent opening technology for electronic doors. The Hi-O™ door solution was designed to simplify installation, service and upgrade off a building’s security and life-safety system. 

Hi-O connects electronic door components together over a controller area network data network, allowing them to communicate and monitor the opening. Connected devices are able to exchange and share encrypted information. Every device—the lock, exit device, electric strike, proximity reader, door operator, push button, etc.—is connected through a 4-wire cable; two wires for power and two for data communication. The devices can be connected to the network even when powered up. 

And Biometric Access Company (BAC) headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, is offering a new SecureTouch® SmartLock physical access control solution. The biometric-based physical access control solution replaces key-based and ID card-based locks for enhanced security. It ensures only authorized individuals gain access to restricted areas.

Users enroll a master template of their fingerprint in SmartLock, which is then compared to the provided fingerprint image each time they wish to gain access to the restricted area. Admittance is granted only when the template is matched and a positive ID verification is made.

Management Buys Ultra Hardware from Shapes/Arch Holdings

Ultra Hardware Products LLC management has completed a buy-out of this business effective December 31, 2008. President Daniel Carpey teamed up with Dajalis Ltd. in Montreal, a private investment firm owned by Harvey Blatt, and Wells Fargo Business Credit, which provided the credit facility to secure the transaction. The company was previously owned by Shapes/Arch Holdings LLC (see October 2008 USGlass, page 42, for related story). The amount and details of the transaction were not disclosed.

The management team has more than 45 years of combined experience working at Ultra Hardware Products, and Carpey says he hopes to grow the company even in this tough economy. 

“This is something that I have wanted to do for years, and I am happy for our employees, vendors and customers that it has finally happened. Ultra Hardware Products has endured a lot this past year, but our team has been able to sustain itself through the storm, not lose market share and best of all, secure new business for our future,” Carpey says.

To help bolster sales and to create efficiencies, the company has partnered with FASCO Ltd., also owned by Dajalis Ltd., to create a marketing and sourcing alliance that provides hardware products to the door and window industry. Ultra Hardware Products will continue to operate out of its headquarters facility in Pennsauken, N.J., which currently employs 87 people. www.ultrahardware.com 

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