Before I left the world of specwriting to focus full-time on codes, I worked on countless projects that also had a security consultant on the team.  And I’ll say without hesitation, it was always a much better experience working with a security consultant than working without one.

By then, most of my projects had some sort of access control, from an elementary school with a simple intercom and electric strike at the main entrance, to a state-owned data center with multiple-door interlocks and vascular biometrics.  It was always refreshing to sit at the table with someone who spoke my language and didn’t look at me like I was from Venus.  Well, except for the security meeting at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston that was held on the due date for my 3rd child.  Everyone at the table was looking at me funny that day.

Coordinating the hardware specification and hardware sets with the security plan and specification was always a challenge, but it was definitely preferable to the projects where the access control was provided after the fact.  As the hardware consultant on those projects, I had no idea which doors would end up with readers or how the hardware would need to function, but somehow I still got the call when something wasn’t working right on move-in day.

I’m thinking about security consultants and integrators today for two reasons.  First, I’m working on a webinar about codes that will be part of our Security in 30 series.  A half-hour is not a long time when I’m talking about codes (that’s an understatement), so I’m open to suggestions on what a security consultant or integrator would want to learn in that amount of time.

Second, an article from Security Info Watch just arrived in my inbox, and it was written by Brian Coulombe of DVS, a division of Ross and Baruzzini.  (Coincidentally, DVS was the security consultant on the aforementioned MFA project with the security meeting on my daughter’s due date.)  The article, entitled Tech Trends: The Door Hardware Dilemma, begins…

Door hardware is a tough subject: limitless part numbers, an evolving technology landscape, and a library of jargon unto itself make understanding the intricacies of door hardware seem like a PhD-level exercise. As security consultants and engineers, the onus is, of course, on us to make sure door hardware is coordinated with the security access control and alarm monitoring design.

EXACTLY!  But the most exciting part is that Brian’s article is about how Allegion’s Overtur software helps to manage the door hardware information for any project and enables real-time collaboration between the project team and the door hardware consultant.  YES!  Imagine the impact that improved communication and coordination can have on the doors and hardware!

You can read Brian’s article about Overtur here, and learn more at

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