The security week that was: 10/07/11 (Medium security door access)

OK, if you have your PSP, this is probably basic to you, but it might not be if your expertise is more in the video side of our industry. I wanted to run through the basic levels of access control and touch on the concept of “medium” security.

On a mechanical door lock hardware side, you have three basic grades of security that are assigned by the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association, which works with ANSI standards, so these are not grades placed on a whim. I’m not going to try to explain the grades when I can quote Ingersoll Rand/Schlage, so here’s the quick summary on those grades, pulled straight from the Schlage website:

Grade 1 certification – Highest Grade Security. Grade 1 is the strongest grade that ANSI/BHMA will supply for any Residential or Commercial product.

Grade 2 certification - Highest Residential Security. Designed and built to offer excellent security and durability for most residential applications and some light commercial applications.

Grade 3 certification - Basic residential security. Grade 3 is the lowest grade provided by ANSI, the minimal acceptable quality for residential door locks.

OK, so those are your levels of door locks. Personally, I recently upgraded from a Grade 3 to a Grade 2 lock on my house, and it’s good stuff, but I wouldn’t recommend it for most businesses – although plenty of businesses do use Grade 2. If you want more discussion on that, you won’t find it in this column. If you want that, I’ll point you back to Schlage’s professional website which does a nice job talking about key attributes of Grade 1. Now, let’s move beyond Grade 1, 2 and 3, and talk low security vs. high security.

The conversation came up right before the ASIS tradeshow with Martin Huddart, the vice president for electronic access control at ASSA ABLOY. Martin and I were discussing where wireless lock technology (ASSA ABLOY has a significant variety of products in this increasingly popular area) falls into commercial security. The conversation moves beyond ANSI/BHMA grades and becomes a discussion of low security vs. high security and what lies in between. Want to more about what lies in between? It's too long to explain in this newsletter column, so read the full blog post here, in which ASSA ABLOY's Martin Huddart illuminates the concept of medium security.

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Fate of D-Block allocation, Avigilon IPO, more

Worried that a House subcommittee might not include a D-Block allocation provision in its next radio spectrum bill, the Public Safety Alliance held a teleconference this week in which public safety leaders, including former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, expressed their opinions on the subject. … Surveillance solutions manufacturer Avigilon has filed a preliminary prospectus for a proposed initial public offering in Canada where the company is headquartered. … The NFL has implemented a new enhanced screening process for fans to prevent prohibited items from making their way inside stadiums across the country. … A man described as a disgruntled employee allegedly opened fire on co-workers at a limestone quarry in California this week, killing three people and wounding six. … Shoplifting by individuals and organized retail crime groups remains a big problem for retailers, according to the results of a new survey published by the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

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