WWYD? “Future” Access Control System

Last week I got an email from an architect working on a renovation project at a college. Part of an existing classroom building is being converted into a new administration area, and the project scope includes preparation for an access control system that will be designed later. The electrified hardware was included in the current project, but the access control readers have not yet been added and the system is not powered up...

By |2016-01-18T02:13:23-05:00January 18th, 2016|Electrified Hardware, WWYD?|16 Comments

WWYD? Removable Mullion on a Fire Door Assembly

Sometimes a question crosses my desk that surprises me - it seems like after 6+ years of writing about doors and hardware every day I would have heard them all, but this was a first. I was asked to find out where in the codes it states that a removable mullion is acceptable to use on a fire door assembly...

By |2015-09-02T13:39:27-04:00September 1st, 2015|Fire Doors, WWYD?|26 Comments

WWYD? Cooler Access Control

Securing cooler doors with access control products is likely to become a more common application as facilities become increasingly automated.  Without an access control system it's tough to control what is taken once the door is opened (like the coin-operated newspaper vending machines).  Have any of you seen a system that works well to secure cooler doors and interface with a system like the one pictured here, where supplies are ordered online and then picked up from the cooler?

By |2015-06-09T21:43:53-04:00June 1st, 2015|Electrified Hardware, WWYD?|5 Comments

WWYD? School Security

In addition to providing support and training on door-related code requirements, my job also includes participating in code development - helping to propose changes to the codes that affect our business, and reviewing proposals from others. There is currently research underway that may propose to add school security requirements to a national code...

By |2016-10-23T20:16:55-04:00September 2nd, 2014|Fire Doors, Means of Egress, School Security, WWYD?|10 Comments

WWYD: Accessible Access Control Credentials

I really enjoyed reading everyone's input on my post about emergency exit seals, and since I'm currently in a 3-day class for the NFPA Certified Fire Plan Examiner program and don't have a lot of time for blogging, here's another question for which I have no concrete answer but would love your insight...

By |2017-05-30T16:09:30-04:00February 20th, 2014|Accessibility, Locks & Keys, WWYD?|8 Comments
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