The September issue of Cleaning & Maintenance Management® magazine is now available online, featuring Scott Tobias'' "Unlocking The Mystery" article.
Tobias states that with electronic hardware, you can monitor the state of the opening — whether the door is in the open or closed position — monitor the latchbolt to determine if it is "thrown" properly into the strike, and with the use of electronic keys and software, you can audit the opening to have a record of who unlocked and entered an opening at what time of the day or night.
He notes that with electronic keys, an employee is unable to simply walk into a hardware store and cut extra keys to the office because they are controlled by a computer which is monitored by the person responsible for the maintenance of the system.
Tobias adds that electric strikes or electromagnetic locks can be used to further regulate who passes through access points, providing an even greater level of protection.
According to Tobias, both electric strikes and electromagnetic locks are commonly operated with a push-button switch, making them ideal for personnel-monitored openings, such as office suites and hospital ward entrances.
Scott Tobias, AHC, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, is a regional architectural manager for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions, managing a team of 16 architectural and specification consultants. Scott has spent 20 years in the architectural door and hardware industry and is a past president of the executive board of the New York Chapter of the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI). He continually presents educational workshops at various conventions, conferences, trade shows and architectural offices. Scott can be contacted by telephone at 1-845-742-4827 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view the digital version of the September issue.