12/3/2012<< Back to Facilities Management Press Releases Home
Schneider Electric Integrates Schlage with Andover Continuum Access Suite
Leverages Breadth of Schlage Open Architecture, Modular AD-Series
Electronic Locks’ Features and Benefits
CARMEL, IN – Ingersoll Rand today announced that customers of Schneider Electric’s Andover Continuum Netcontroller II and ACX 57XX family of controllers can now seamlessly integrate wired and/or wireless Schlage AD-Series locks to enhance the cost-effectiveness and scalability of their systems. Within the Continuum Cyberstation, Schlage locking devices look and function like a normal door. An xdriver at the controller level provides access to the locks. Users can remotely administer card access, limiting the need and costs for issuing new cards or programming keypads.
“With the AD-Series, Andover Continuum integrators and end-users can create exactly the access control system that will protect their people and property today while having the flexibility to easily and economically upgrade their systems in the future,” emphasizes Dave Sullivan, vice president of sales at Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. “They provide multiple, interchangeable credential reader modules, interchangeable offline, wired and wireless networking modules, finishes and levers so that access control can now be installed at doors where it had been previously cost prohibitive.”
“It was important to us to broadly and deeply leverage the AD-Series locks to assure that Andover Continuum customers can incorporate all the features that will help them to get the most out of their access control system,” asserts Bob Klein, Vice President, Partners for the Schneider Electric Buildings Business. “Andover Continuum customers can be extremely creative with today’s access control system while facilitating migration to new technologies and needs of tomorrow.”
Klein emphasized that there was a breadth of benefits for Andover Continuum users. For instance, those needing locks for higher security applications could deploy a mortise deadbolt chassis. Others may be using proximity cards today but will be able to switch to smartcards and NFC applications, in which their smart phones will act as the credential, in the future without having to replace or upgrade the reader.
“For those using the wireless AD-Series locks, a Schlage-patent-pending ‘wake up on radio’ feature listens for commands every one to ten seconds and responds,” adds Klein. “Thus, ten seconds is the longest it will take a customer to initiate lockdown or unlock using wireless.”
Contrary to purchasing a reader and a lock, components that have been traditionally located around the door are now integrated into the AD-Series lock itself to yield a smarter solution and more value for the investment. Access control can now be installed at doors where it had been previously unfeasible. The AD-Series electronic locks are available in multiple chassis options, provide a host of power and key cylinder options, and offer field configurable settings.
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About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centers & Networks and Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company’s 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of about 31 billion US dollars (22.4 billion euros) in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.
About Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies’ market-leading products include electronic and biometric access control systems; time-and-attendance and personnel scheduling systems; mechanical locks; portable security; door closers, exit devices, architectural hardware, and steel doors and frames; and other technologies and services for global security markets. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit ingersollrand.com or securitytechnologies.ingersollrand.com.