It is an unfortunate reality in our lives today- the need of better security in our schools, day cares and other public places. The news is filled with stories of schools, universities and day cares that have had to be locked down for one reason or another. Our kids security during school hours has become a concern for parents, teachers, administrators and kids alike over the past several years. Assisted living facilities and hospitals are also having to deal with heightened security needs and lock down capability.
We here at 1 Able Locksmith understand that effective lock down solutions must be fast, simple and easy to deploy. There are many factors to consider when choosing the lock down system that will works for your particular needs. For example it is important to consider who will be initiating a lock down in your building and what method that person or persons will use. Will they use an authorized key or code? How many doors will need to be locked down in a single action? Is it one door, several doors or the entire campus and where will the lock down be initiated- at the door, locally or remotely?
Previously, options have been limited to two choices. Mechanical keys or centralized access control systems. Today, however, there is a third choice. The new Schlage CO-220 is a cost effective way to remotely activate a lockdown through the use of a remote fob that can be given to teachers, day care, hospital or nursing staff to be worn around their necks or wrists to give them immediate lock down capability from anywhere in the room. This new lock down solution from Schlage includes an indicator light that gives visual assurance that the room or building is locked down at a glance. This standalone solution can be quicker than mechanical lockdown options while still providing control from within the classroom instead of from a centralized location as with networked solutions. Lockdown is initiated by simply pressing the button on the fob from up to 75 feet away on the interior side of the door and 25 feet away from the outside of the door. This helps staff assist students or patients seek shelter in a safe place away from the door while initiating the lockdown. The multi-door feature of the Schlage CO-220 lets a single fob simultaneously lockdown up to 10 doors within range of the fob.
This lock was developed specifically for emergency lockdowns; the fob has one function-to lock down the door. This is important because when you need to initiate a lockdown, you don’t want the fob to inadvertently initiate any other function. Only an authorized Pass Through credential carried by a senior staff or emergency responders will allow momentary access to this lock while in lockdown mode. The lock also provides free egress, even in lockdown mode.
CO-220 offers expanded credential compatibility. This allows administrators to issue PINs, magnetic stripe or proximity cards instead of keys, depending on individual needs. It works with the proximity cards and magnetic stripe cards manufactured by the most popular vendors so if the facility is already using proximity or magnetic stripe cards there is a very good chance that the present system will work well with the CO-220. You can also manually program pin codes using the keypad or use offline access control software to manage a database of access users, set auto lock and unlock schedules and capture audit trails from the lock.
These locks have been tested to the highest standards in the industry and is ANSI/BHMA A156.25 and is grade 1 certified and UL fire rated. The battery life is up to two years. It provides a cost effective way to add quick and effective lockdown solutions. While this lock is specifically designed for the classroom setting, we see this as a convenient way to secure other applications requiring lockdown capability as well.
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