Every week is safe schools week in our book, but in1984 the National School Safety Center (NSSC) designated a special week to recognize the successes of quintessential school, district, state, and national programs.
Per the NSSC website, the goal of this campaign is to “motivate key education and law enforcement policymakers, as well as students, parents and community residents, to vigorously advocate school safety. School safety includes keeping campuses free from crime and violence, improving discipline, and increasing student attendance.”
Doors, with the correct hardware, play an essential role in providing safety and security to students, teachers, and personnel. Have you ever thought about how many doors you walk through when you enter a school? Was there an open gate when you entered the campus? Was the building’s perimeter door unlocked, so you were able to walk right in? How many doors did you pass before you reached the office? Recently constructed schools are designed to direct the flow of visitors to help control access to the campus. Often, older schools were built to be more accessible, allowing opportunities for non-authorized people to enter freely, without having visitors check-in.
This article appears in the October issue of the DHI Security + Safety Magazine and is reprinted here with their permission.
Historic buildings pose a unique security challenge. By their very nature they are outdated – from the original materials to antique hardware, they exist to showcase just how different things used to be. However, progress has often happened for a reason, and one of the leading reasons is security.
Antique door hardware may have been built to last, manufactured from heavy-duty metals, but modern security issues require more than physical strength. Access credentials, controlled entry, and electronic logging are all emerging as security necessities. Fortunately, electronic access control systems are built to seamlessly and almost invisibly integrate into projects, including historic buildings where authenticity is paramount.
There are several access control systems that feature scalable parts that integrate wirelessly into a central control system with queriable reports, but when the time came to upgrade the Hager headquarters, the obvious choice was HS4, Hager powered by Salto, the security system recently rolled out by Hager Companies.
At Hager, we are passionate about door hardware. It’s one of the reasons we added locks, exit devices, and door controls to our product line several years ago. Last year we partnered with Salto Systems to create our Hager powered by Salto electronic access control line. Our goal is to provide our customers with the products, service, knowledge, and partnership to elevate the value they bring to the channel.
Yet, we can’t forget our history so today we are going to throw it back a few decades with a light-hearted post.
These cartoons were created from the “inspired pens of America’s most famous cartoonists” – Tom Henderson, Virgil Partch, Lichty, Irwin Caplan, and Larry Reynolds in 1952 for our “Everything Hinges on Hager” campaign. Let us know if any resonate with you!
Monday was Labor Day which marked the official end of summer, but there is still time to get out and enjoy the sun (make sure to lather up with sunscreen!).
We are pleased to announce the release of the Narrow Stile Wall Reader to add to our growing HS4 electronic access control product line.
The new narrow stile wall reader updates user’s credentials and communicates network updates in both interior and exterior applications. It has the same functions and benefits as our full-size wall readers, but in a petite package to operate in narrow areas such as hollow metal mullions and elevator floor access panels.
To learn more about our Hager powered by Salto HS4 Electronic Access Control product line click here. To find out if the HS4 system is right for your facility contact your local sales representative or email [email protected]
This week has been a special one in St. Louis. The 100th PGA Championship is being held at the Bellerive Country Club. What does this have to do with door hardware you may ask? We’ll get there, you just have to scroll through a lot of golf photos first.
There are a lot of golf fans and players on the Hager team. Many of our customer and sales outings take place on a golf course. When it was announced that the PGA would hold their 100th tournament in St. Louis a cheer went up and plans were made. We have several team members volunteering and attending the event this week. Below are pictures taken through August 9th. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to see photos from the final three days.
This article appears in the August issue of the DHI Security + Safety Magazine and is reprinted here with their permission.
The Life of a Threshold: More Exciting than You Think
Hey, down here at the bottom of the door frame…no, not the welcome mat. It’s me, the threshold! I bet not many of you notice me as you go about your day-to-day business, but I’ve led a more exciting life than you realize.
To start out, where did the name threshold originate? It’s a common term we hear every day without even thinking about what thresh and holding even have to do with doors. The word “threshold” has been with us since the 1500s. It is commonly understood that the term comes from the reeds or rushes, thresh, that were thrown on the floors of simple dwellings in those times. A piece of wood would be installed in the doorway to keep the thresh from falling out of an open door – thus threshold.
The Southerly is a multi-family community that offers a contemporary lifestyle with all the modern conveniences. Besides the high-end amenities like a heated saltwater swimming pool and bocce and cornhole courts, making sure the tenants were safe was a prime consideration when the architects and developer were planning this project.
How did it get to be the middle of July already? Summer is half over and the next school year is just around the corner.
On today’s blog we are highlighting several of our 2018 product launches, just in case you missed the original release.
January 2018 – 3300 Series Grade 3 Tubular Leverset
A great addition for the multi-family and assisted living markets. The 3300 Series is field reversible (exception of 3317 Johnston), has a thru-bolt design for easy installation, and comes standard with a 4-way latch – perfect for most retrofit applications. It meets BHMA ANSI 156.2, Grade 3 test standards and is ADA compliant ANSI A117.1 Accessibility Code. Available functions include passage, privacy, entry and single dummy. Lever options are Archer, August, Johnston, and Withnell.
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.