The world has changed in response to COVID-19, and clearly the educational process has been impacted – for students of all ages.  My college kid is back on campus, but finishing her summer classes and starting her job training online.  For the fall semester, all of her classes are online except for one small-group session and…scuba diving (yes, scuba diving).  My other two kids will have their high school classes online until further notice, but my youngest is going into a quarantine pod where she can at least be with other kids safely while studying online.  I’ve been impressed by the ingenuity I’ve seen, as well as people’s ability to adapt.

I think online learning is here to stay.  Which doesn’t mean that we’ll never see each other in person again, but there’s a lot we can learn in the meantime.  Tomorrow is Webinar Wednesday, and here’s the line-up (all times are EST):

10:00am – 11:00am – Electrified Hardware for Access Control Systems and Security

Electrified and electronic hardware can enhance the security and safety of a facility if the hardware selections are made with the facility’s needs in mind. During this session, we’ll talk about the importance of asking questions of your clients to determine how they need openings to function given their access control and security requirements. We’ll have time to discuss some electrified and electronic hardware components commonly in use today and that can grow/adapt as your clients’ needs change.

John Dalrymple, our Electronics Training Manager, will lead this session.


12:00pm – 1:00pm – Code Changes Affecting Classrooms

The 2018 editions of the International Building Code, International Fire Code, and NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code, all include changes specific to classroom doors. A Tentative Interim Amendment was approved in 2019 which further modifies the 2018 edition of NFPA 101. This session will cover the requirements of these model codes as they apply to classroom doors, including how these changes and some states’ legislation impact the types of security devices allowed on classroom doors.

Jeff Tock, our End User Training Manager, will lead this session.


2:00pm – 3:30pm – Decoded 2: Fire Door Assemblies

Fire-rated openings play a critical role in the life safety plan of a building. NFPA 80 – Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives includes detailed information about fire door assemblies. In this presentation, we will focus on fire-rated swinging doors, including where and when they should be used. We will look at a few types of fire-rated hardware that are commonly used and what they do. We also will review the basic rules and requirements for annual fire door inspections. Finally, we’ll discuss criteria and procedures for ensuring the best possible performance from our fire-rated openings.

Shawn Mahoney, our Von Duprin Training Manager, will lead this discussion.


4:00pm – 5:00pm – Basic Hardware – Locks, Closers, and Exit Devices

If you are new to the world of door hardware, this event is for you. Gordon Malczewski, our Schlage Training Manager, will address lock functions and their applications and the basics of panic and fire exit hardware. He will introduce you to key systems.

You can register for these webinars on the Allegion Virtual Event Calendar.


I’m putting the finishing touches on my Security in 30 webinar for security integrators and security consultants, which I’ll be presenting this Friday, August 7th.  The title of the session is “Codes are Crucial” and I will be discussing why it is so important to understand the code implications when designing an access control system, and how to learn more about the requirements of the codes and standards.

The registration link for this webinar (and recordings of past sessions) can be found on Allegion’s Security in 30 page.


If you know of other online classes that should be added to my weekly list, let me know!

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