Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies has rolled out a new electronic lock that can be upgraded without ever taking it off the door. The Schlage AD-Series locks will be introduced at the Door & Hardware Institute Exposition Sept. 16-17 in Kissimmee, Fla., and at the ASIS Exposition in Anaheim, Calif., Sept. 21-23.
The modular design of the Schlage AD-Series lets users adapt to new technologies easily, whether changing credential technologies or networking capabilities. Without replacing the lock, users can upgrade readers and network modules to go from an offline to networked solution, change the credentials they are using at any time and use future innovative technologies as they emerge. With its open architecture platform, the AD-Series integrates with Schlage or third-party software and is able to leverage the existing network infrastructure.
Users can customize door openings with options such as credential reader type, networking, finish and levers. As their business needs change, so can their access control solution. Upgrades can be as simple as interchanging a module, said Karen Keating, Schlage electronic locking portfolio marketing manager.
Components that have been traditionally located around the door are now integrated into the lock itself. From large buildings to a small office with only a few openings, AD-Series locks can be configured to create a custom fit right at the lock. For instance, the locks provide multiple, interchangeable credential reader modules as well as interchangeable offline, wired and wireless networking modules so that access control can now be installed at doors previously deemed unfeasible.
Another advantage with the AD-Series is there is now no need to outfit the entire facility at once. Users can start small and add more openings as budgets permit. They can also choose which openings should be offline or networked, managing both types of locks with the same software and database. As a result, a facility can have more locks on more doors to increase security, move more offline doors to a network solution as budget and needs dictate.
The new Schlage AD-Series electronic locks begin shipping in December.