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Healthcare organizations migrate from mechanical locks to wireless electronic access control

Allegion : 11 August, 2014  (New Product)
Allegion showed visitors to the American Society for Healthcare Engineering Technical Exhibition (ASHE) annual exhibition in Chicago how easily they can migrate from mechanical locks to electronic access control. Allegion featured ENGAGE technology-enabled Schlage NDE Series wireless electronic locks.
Healthcare organizations migrate from mechanical locks to wireless electronic access control

Through the ENGAGE mobile app, healthcare facility administrators can easily monitor usage and control daily access rights of employees, doctors and visitors. ENGAGE-enabled wireless locks can be integrated into most popular access control systems for even greater capabilities, including real-time control. NDE wireless locks will accommodate multiple credential formats.


 


One issue engineers have focused on recently centres around reducing the noise and disturbances of traditional door exit devices. By incorporating an innovative, mechanical damper technology, most of the noise associated with push pad exit devices has been eliminated with Von Duprin QEL (Quiet Electronic Latch) exit devices.


 


Credentials and ID badges used in hospitals are often not secure and multiple types of credentials are needed to access the different applications needed during a work day. As was shown in the booth, healthcare organisations are learning that they get an attractive return-on-investment with open architecture, contactless smart credentials such as aptiQ smart cards from Allegion. By adding open architecture capability to the mix, hospitals can provide secure access for staff to more applications and add value to an open system without having to go through software and interface tweaks typpical of proprietary credentials.


 


With Near Field Communication(NFC) technology being added to a growing number of mobile handsets, more and more organisations, including healthcare centres, are considering the "bring your own device"(BYOD) trend and allowing users to deploy their own smartphones as their access control credentials. For many employees, including visiting doctors, this is much easier than searching for a card. Allegion demonstrated this capability with its new aptiQmobile NFC system.


 


Infection control is another hot topic in healthcare and touch surfaces play a big role. At the Allegion booth, healthcare facility managers learned how to utilise ActivClean door hardware made with CuVerro bactericidal copper surfaces. ActivClean proactively protects hospital patients and staff from infectious bacteria1 with a copper alloy surface that is proven to continuously kill bacteria1, killing more than 99.9% of bacteria within two hours with regular cleaning.


 


The Allegion booth also featured specialty door hardware that creates a safer and more efficient environment. ADA compliant push/pull hospital latches make it easier for patients and staff members to operate doors when their hands are full. And, specially designed anti-ligature devices help to create a safer space for behavioural health patients. With unique sloped and recessed surfaces, these locks and hinges cannot be used as a ligature point for someone intending to do harm to themselves.

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