Fuzzy Credentials

A sales representative was in a customer’s office recently with our 34K Series Standalone lock. The customer was reviewing the brochure when he noted one of the additional features was a “fuzzy credential entry available” and asked what it was.

It’s a good question and the answer may help dispell the image that just popped into your head from hearing the term fuzzy credential.

Introduced in 1965 by Lotfi Zadeh with the proposal of the “fuzzy set theory,” it is a form of “Many-valued logic in which the truth values of variables may be any real number between 0 and 1. It is employed to handle the concept of partial truth, where the truth value may range between completely true and completely false.” ¹

For our standalone 34K Series this means if the lock is in the fuzzy mode it allows a user to enter a random string of numbers that includes the user’s complete access code. This code will grant access as if the user entered just their given access code.

The next logical question is why someone would enter a string of random numbers that includes their code, versus just entering their code to access entry?  If you’re escorting a visitor through the building, you may want to use the fuzzy mode in order to conceal your personal entry code. This will save you from having to change the code to maintain security.  Or, if your entry door with the 34K Series is next to a public area, it would be safer to use the fuzzy code as it is difficult for people to remember a long string of numbers.

The next time you hear the term fuzzy credentials you’ll know what it means!

If you have any questions on our 34K Series standalone lock, fuzzy credentials, or any of our products please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-255-3590.

 

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Case Study – Two Twelve Clayton

This article appears in the June issue of the Door Security + Safety Magazine.

Two Twelve Clayton – St. Louis’s Largest Multi-Use Project in 30 Years

The City of Clayton is situated just west of St. Louis, Mo., making it a suburb of The Gateway City – but it is much more than that. Clayton is the seat of St. Louis County and the activity in and around the courthouse attracts lawyers, county officials and business leaders to its center on a daily basis.

Clayton’s redevelopment efforts began in the early 1990s with the creation of a Downtown Master Plan, which was revised in 2010. The plan’s introduction states, “Over the last decade, Clayton has experienced significant investment in its central business district, ranging from the Crescent to the Centene Headquarters to the MetroLink stations. With several more projects planned or under construction, Downtown Clayton has become an area with the potential for significant real estate development.”

One such project: Two Twelve Clayton

What is Two Twelve Clayton

Located at 212 S. Meramac Ave., this 26-story, 382,666-square-foot mixed-use building boasts 250 units, the largest multifamily building to be constructed in Clayton in the last 30 years. The first floor houses retail space and amenities for the residents. Intended to mirror a boutique hotel, it includes a 24/7 attended lobby, concierge service, and a business center.

Between the second and fifth floors is secured parking, and Floors 6 through 25 are residential levels with a mix of studio and one-, two- and three- bedroom apartment options. The top level is reserved for amenities such as a resort-style rooftop pool deck with a fire pit, state-of-the-art fitness center, chef’s kitchen and recreation rooms. The building also comes with complimentary high-speed WiFi in all common areas.

As with any project, Two Twelve took time to evolve, “Jack Holleran, president of HDA Architects, got into Clayton’s redevelopment conversations early and began sharing ideas with developers in how to redevelop different areas of the city,” recalls Josh Goodman, AIA, Director of Operations for HDA Architects.

In 2010, CA Ventures and White Oak Realty Partners, both from the greater Chicago area, expressed interest in moving into the St. Louis market and ultimately decided to get involved in Two Twelve Clayton. “It’s a great location,” says Goodman. “It’s close to Shaw Park and the Metro line and within walking distance to a variety of restaurants, shops, and a grocery store.”

Because a few national corporations such as Centene Corporation and Enterprise Rent-a-Car call Clayton home, the original thought was that Two Twelve Clayton would attract young professionals to live there. But what HDA Architects found as a pleasant surprise was that there were families interested in living in apartments, too. Goodman noted that the three-bedroom apartments were some of the first to be rented out when units became available in August 2017.

“There’s a mix of singles and married couples with young children already living there,” he said.

Construction Challenges

Two Twelve is positioned on the corner of a busy thoroughfare within the city, and this urban setting presented a host of construction challenges, including site access for material deliveries and construction activity – which meant they needed to be creative. An old police station adjacent to the site was used as the job site office instead of a trailer, and the contractor was able to store the materials needed early on there, as well.

“To address the tight, urban setting, our contractor put together a game plan to sequence deliveries throughout the project, and once we got the garage built, we were able to use that space for storage,” explains Goodman.

Consulting on Hardware Selection and Installation
Sheryl Simon, CSI, CDT, Senior Architectural Specifications Consultant with Hager Companies, joined the Two Twelve Clayton project early on. “We reviewed the project before specifications were written to determine what hardware was needed and where,” she said. She noted that “walking around the project on paper” with the architect is the best way to understand the project and what the owners want. “Otherwise, we are just making assumptions,” Simon added.

“This project was interesting to me says Goodman, “because I’d never done a high-rise project before, and I learned a lot through this process. Stair towers in a 26-story building are much different than they are in a four-story office building and they require different types of door hardware. Sheryl got into the details with me to help me understand what was needed where and why.”

To meet fire code, one of the requirements was to design a lobby at the elevator bank with doors so that in the event of a fire, that area could be sectioned off.

“As architects, we wanted to make the doors as ‘invisible’ as possible. We worked with Sheryl on concepts to design doors that functioned to satisfy code requirements, yet were the least disruptive to the design,” noted Goodman.

During the specification process, Simon helped Goodman identify the door hardware needs for all 26 floors – both for commercial and residential spaces. One feature the building’s owner wanted was electronic card readers.

“She helped me understand how the card readers can be programmed to interact throughout the building – so one card can open their apartment and also provide access to exterior doors, storage areas, the elevator and common areas,” said Goodman.

Coordination between the hardware supplier, who was awarded the project for interior doors of all 250 residential units and the first-floor commercial spaces, and Hager was made easier because of Simon’s involvement on the front-end of the project with the architect.

“A high-rise mixed-use project, such as Two Twelve Clayton, is incredibly complex because there are various building codes that need to be followed,” explained Simon. Currently, the state of Missouri has adopted the 2012 version of the International Building Code (IBC) which incorporates NFPA 70 (National Electrical Code), NFPA 80 (Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives), and ACC A117.1-2017 (Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities), to name a few.

“Hager thoroughly enjoys being a part of these types of projects where we work in tandem with architectural firms to ensure that the door hardware specified not only meets the owner’s vision for the project but also meets all state and local code requirements,” Simon concluded.+

by Ginny Powell, Product Marketing Specialist for Hager Companies

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A Review of DHI ConNextions 2018

Have you had a chance to catch your breath?  What an amazing few days in Baltimore at DHI ConNextions.  One of the best things about being in the Door and Hardware Industry is the fact it’s a relatively small group of people. Typically, at one point or another in our careers, we have either worked with or have known of one another for many years.  So, when we attend and exhibit at ConNextions it really is like a family reunion.

Hager had a lot of representation both from St. Louis headquarters, including the Hager Family, and our wonderful sales representatives.

Wednesday many team members attended the keynote presentation “Beyond Tragedy: Response and Recovery in a School Based Crisis”. The speaker was Michele Gay, a mother and former teacher, who helped founded Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative.  It was a powerful presentation about her day on December 14, 2012, when her daughter was one of 26 people who was shot at Sandy Hook Elementary school.  Her strength and courage were felt throughout the room.  Her words reignited our mission to provide great products at a fair price with exceptional customer service to keep occupants of buildings safe and secure.

Michele Gay with Safe and Sound Schools

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DHI ConNextions 2018 – Booth 319

Next week, several members of the Hager Family and team members will head to Baltimore for the annual DHI ConNextions show.

For the Hager team, this show is all about connecting with our customers.  We want to hear what’s new in their lives and businesses; collaborate our efforts in order to grow their sales; and, of course, showcase our new products. In the last year, we’ve released the following products:

We will also have demonstrations with our HS4 Electronic Access Control products including the newest communication platform BLUEnet. We are especially excited by BLUEnet’s ability to provide a real-time (within 4 seconds) lock communication, keeping people safer in an active shooter situation.

 

If you’d like to attend the show but haven’t purchased a pass yet, we have complimentary VIP Exhibit Hall Passes available. Just click on this link and in the Promo Code box type hagevip.

We look forward to seeing you!


 

 

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School Security and Safety since Columbine

18 years ago the Columbine school shooting shook the world with images of students filing out of school buildings in single file with hands raised, SWAT teams surrounding the school, and the stark terror on the faces of the students and teachers. For the security and safety community, it renewed efforts to keep our most cherished citizens safe.

School security has increased tremendously since the Columbine tragedy. A direct result was the introduction of the classroom security function. In order to secure a traditional classroom function lock, a person had to step out into the hallway from the classroom and use a key to secure the door opening. With the introduction of the classroom security function, the lock is able to be secured from the interior of the room.

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Access Control: Door Hardware and Code Compliance by Brian Clarke DHT, AHC, CDT, CSI

This article was published in the DHI, Door Security + Safety Magazine in January 2018 issue

Keeping occupants safe is a common goal for facility managers and property owners. As the number of break-ins, active shooter incidents and other violent encounters continue to grow, controlling who enters a building has become more vital than ever before.

For healthcare, education and office buildings, standard door and key configurations do not always provide the type of security necessary. This is leading decision-makers to look at more sophisticated access control solutions. The electronic access control market has become more refined in recent years and it is important to know what is available and what may fit the needs of a given facility. Furthermore, the type of hardware chosen must be code-compliant, making proper selection even more important.

In high use buildings, such as a school or office building, access control must allow for a door opening to have free means of egress, during an emergency, along with fire protection and meet accessibility requirements. The International Building Code (IBC) defines an accessible means of egress as a “continued and unobstructed way of egress travel from any point in a building or facility that provides an accessible route to an area of refuge, a horizontal exit or a public way.”

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Come Two by Two. A Look Inside Noah’s Ark

This article was published in the August edition of the DHI Door + Hardware Magazine and reprinted here with permission.

Come Two by Two. A Look Inside Noah’s Ark, by Ginny Powell

Tucked into the “All American City” of Lakeland, Florida, is not just a community, but the realization of a dream initiated by a small group of parents nearly 20 years ago. It’s called The Village at Noah’s Landing.

Nearly two decades ago, a small group of parents of adult children with special needs met while watching their children take part in sporting activities. They began talking with each other about what would happen to their kids if they were no longer around. Who would oversee their care?

Their worries were further reinforced when they discovered that the options for care in and around Lakeland were extremely limited. But instead of becoming defeated, these five sets of parents took action. Big action. In 1997, they created Noah’s Ark of Central Florida.

The first homes were built between 2002 and 2007 and are located near downtown Lakeland. Called Noah’s Nest, this clustering of four houses is home to 17 residents living independently with the support of their fellow residents, family, and friends.

Noah June 2016 -10

A Dream of Building a Community
While Noah’s Nest was a great start, the dream was always to build a bigger community for adults with developmental disabilities. The Villages of Noah’s Landing, with Phase 1 scheduled to open later this summer, is precisely that.

Phase 1 can accommodate up to 132 developmentally disabled residents and only takes up a fraction of the property’s 62 acres. When all phases are complete, the community will offer a wide selection of social, recreational, educational and vocational choices, and provide for the health care needs of its residents.

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UCLA Lockdown

Yesterday there was a lock down on the UCLA campus in the Engineering 4 building. With the use of social media word spread quickly and students definitely took the alert the school sent out seriously.

Several students posted photos on social media showing how they were barricading themselves in rooms including rooms where the doors had no locking devices.  It is difficult to determine from the photos if the rooms are specifically classrooms or not.

UCLA_June_1_2016_P3No indication if the door had locking
hardware on it and this was for reinforcement

UCLA_June_1_2016_P2@Jasonschechter states “doors open outward
and aren’t able to be locked.” Can’t tell from photo if
device is a passage function, classroom function
or if the lock wasn’t operational. If classroom function
the students were smart not to open the door to
lock from exterior side.

UCLA_June_1_2016_P1This room looks like it could be a classroom.
@whydaphnewhy is stating the “doors open outward, no locks.”

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Classroom Barricade Devices

We had another post planned but felt this was more important to share.

This video has surfaced on Facebook. It currently has 3,552,279 views, 122,560 shares, 21,189 likes and 1,153 comments.  These are the type of devices that those of us in the hardware industry are fighting against.

Facebook / Future X - via Iframely

 

From the comments it is evident that people don’t understand the dangers these devices can contribute too. If you have a moment we encourage you to comment on the Facebook post to help education the general population.

Here are links to additional information as to why barricade devices are not a good choice.

National Association of State Fire Marshals – Classroom Door Security Guidelines

Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) – White Paper on Classroom Barricade Devices

Classroom Barricade Devices and why focusing on them makes us vulnerable to threats

Expert says many of these products are not code compliant and could nullify the warrantees of locks and door hardware.

What Price Security?

Classroom Door Security

 

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