The introduction of 50 new products at one show? It’s not a typo but reality as ASSA ABLOY focuses on the integrator and the total opening solution, from mechanical to electro mechanical to wireless and even home control.
“There’s so much added functionality in the complete door opening,” said Thanasis Molokotos, president and CEO of ASSA ABLOY, New Haven, Conn. “We’re pulling new technology together in an exciting way to bring new value to integrators and their customers,” he said.
Martin Huddart, vice president of Electronic Access Control for ASSA ABLOY took press conference attendees through a wide look at the innovation from the firm, from mechanical to electronic to wireless, and how the company is helping it all come together for the industry and assisting them in addressing the medium-security market. “There’s higher security and code compliance and this causes products to evolve,” he said. Urbanization in emerging markets is also causing a shift in products delivered, he added. “Our goal is to be the leader in door opening solutions, which is evident with the new products we are launching,” he said.
Huddart explained that as openings get smarter, products have to communicate with the outside world. “We are also changing how we communicate with other systems,” he said. “Interoperability is becoming extremely important. There’s a different risk behind each door and we are helping integrators go to more of the openings that were considered non-traditional for them, making it easier for them to do installations and take less time, especially with wireless solutions.”
New innovations from the company include: mobile keys that turn smartphones into access credentials, standalone locks that communicate their status to any Web-enabled device, eCylinders that instantly add electronic access control to any opening, locks that connect to building control systems via WiFi networks, IP-enabled locks that plug into an Ethernet and wireless locks that deliver full online access control. ASIS featured brands include: Adams Rite, Abloy, Besam, Corbin Russwin, HES, HID, Medeco, Sargent and Securitron. – Deborah L. O’Mara, editor in chief, Security Dealer & Integrator magazine