Lock it down
The latest Lockwood Electric Mortice Lock from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions just works – drama free, writes ANDREW WILLIAMS.
Electric mortice locks have long been a preferred solution for commercial applications where a high-performance lock is required. Previously, however, some electric locks have come in fail safe/fail secure configurations. The Lockwood Selector 3782EL Electric Mortice Lock is something different.
Designed and manufactured in Australia, it has been specifically designed for narrow style aluminium frame glass doors. It sits inside the door and offers hard-wired access control, which means it’s perfect for high-security situations or commercial applications like universities, government buildings, hospitals and also entry doors in multi-residential developments.
The Lockwood Selector 3782EL can be hard-wired into access control systems, but is equally effective when used in standalone applications such as with digital code keypads or intercoms.
Unlike the fail safe/fail secure products that preceded it, the Lockwood Selector 3782EL doesn’t have to be bought to align with the required application. Instead, it is fully field selectable or adaptable with its functional voltage range stretching from nine to 28 volts. This system means that, no matter the voltage, the lock works drama-free. Users don’t need to configure anything separately or order any special extras; they can just install the lock and they’re good to go.
There are two reasons that this is the best all-in-one access control product currently on the market. The first is that it works like a mechanical lock, so if you approach a door, press the handle and find that it’s locked, the handle doesn’t go down. It’s totally intuitive as it has no additional magnet or strike and free egress is mechanically provided from the inside – it’s exactly what you would expect in a mechanical lock.
Secondly, significantly, all monitoring is standardised – including key-override monitoring. This means if someone gets access by using a mechanical key, the control panel immediately detects that this is a legitimate key-override event.
Shine a light
The Lockwood Selector 3782EL Electric Mortice Lock has a big advantage over existing electric mortice locks when it comes to the subject of door status illumination. Previously, it would be necessary to buy extra door furniture with LEDs installed to show the door status. Now, the red and green LEDs are actually embedded in the lock – all that’s needed in the door furniture is a lens to pick up and transmit that light. This eases the installation process, during which components are often damaged, and provides the added bonus of a more contemporary design.
Andrew Williams is the Director of Innovation at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions Australia with over 15 years of industry experience. With several years spent working within product management, Andrew has developed a comprehensive understanding of industry trends and customer needs that drive effective new product development initiatives. Over his time in the industry, Andrew has seen the expansion of electronic based solutions that are increasingly replacing mechanical locking solutions and has played an active role in the development of the latest hard-wired electronic locking products from ASSA ABLOY Openings Solutions Australia, such as the Lockwood Selector 3782EL Short Backset Electric Mortice Lock.
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