LONDON (February 2017) The Briton 571 EL – the first Briton electromechanical exit device that integrates with electronic access control whilst meeting panic exit functionality – is set to revolutionise the way we think about securing our doors and buildings, explains Simon Osborne, commercial leader of Allegion in UK and Ireland.
In many parts of the world, the physical security of a building has become a significant focus in recent times, owing largely to high profile and often tragic cases across the globe. However in the UK, we are still a long way off from having he wider public actively thinking about and questioning a building’s security. High profile security breaches and news have not been common occurrences here.
However that’s not to say that we should ignore the dangers being posed to our buildings, assets and, most importantly, our building occupants. We are now living in a world where thieves know that valuable technology live within most commercial and public buildings. They also know that it is much more portable and thus easier to steal, while personal sensitive and valuable data can be gained from these devices and used against its owners. Terror threats too, which were never often spoken about, are more real than they have ever been in a seemingly much more radicalised and extreme climate.
These dangers have culminated in us having to work harder than ever to be clever about our security, and that’s why Allegion has created the Briton 571 EL, a panic exit device that is fully functional, compliant and can be integrated with access control to allow easily monitored safe and secure access.
Working as a normal panic bar from inside the building or room, the Briton 571 EL uses an electronic motor to operate the latch, meaning it can be used with access control systems to ensure the security of the access point isn’t compromised.
What does this mean for facilities and security management, though?
Many entrance points on a building will serve as an exit route out of the building. This means they have to comply with European standards EN1125 for panic applications and EN179 for emergency applications, and be CE marked to satisfy panic exit legislation requirements.
By being able to integrate the panic device with digital access control solutions, we can now give panic exits more purpose and enhance the security. For instance, on a school estate where entrance points aren’t meant to be in use during class time, they can now be automatically locked to stop unwanted intrusion. For the entertainment sector, it stops people from entering the premises after certain hours.
You don’t leave your panic exits to chance, either, by timing when to lock them down after the end of the day’s activities.
Monitor your doors
Monitoring a doorway is a crucial aspect of access control and security management – audit trails can show when doors have been used, who has used them and highlight any anomalies if tracing events backwards.
This is where the Briton 571 EL excels. We can now provide doors with the option of being monitored, where previously it wouldn’t have been available. The ability to tie panic exits to access control systems means any doors that are accessed at certain times they’re not supposed to be accessed can trigger alarm bells for the security manager.
A never-ending battle
Security is a neverending battle and criminals are evolving their techniques just as fast as we are evolving our products.
However, while threats aren’t likely to recede any time soon, we can do our best to protect our buildings and those within them by analysing how our buildings are used, where the potential threats can come from and then using technology and modern door
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