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UNION has launched CodeGUARD 5, an access control device to meet the new BS 8607 grade 5 standards. Those standards provide, the branch of physical security product manufacturer Assa Abloy says, the most stringent level of security and access control for mechanical push button locks to date.
Grade 4 – previously the highest level – could only meet the required standard with the help of an extra integral locking unit. A grade 5 device delivers what the product firm calls ‘one-stop’ security and access control, where the latch and lock are integrated and tested together. The product offers an automatic deadlocking unit, whereas a grade 4 product is reliant on key holders to lock a door.
Featuring BSI Kitemark certification, CodeGUARD 5 features a 20mm deadlocking latch. This means it will not succumb to the kind of physical attacks that mechanical push button locks typically undergo, such as a crowbar being placed between a frame and lock to force a door open. The mechanical push button lock is secured through more than 2,000 code combinations. The unit is also always supplied to customers with a passcode different to the standard factory settings.
The product has undergone a salt spray test for 240 hours to show corrosion resistance. It’s suitable it’s claimed for perimeter security. Described as suitable for 30- and 60-minute timber fire doors, and 240-minute metal fire doors, the device is offered with a three-year guarantee and universal handing and fixings, for ordering and specifying.
Karen Hubbard, Product Manager at UNION, said: “Whatever the application, CodeGUARD 5 delivers unmatched strength and durability. Building on our reputation and heritage, which dates back to 1840, CodeGUARD 5 is the toughest push button lock available, meeting the latest grade 5 standards for BS 8607. The solution brings together security and access control as has never been seen before – protecting people and assets even under determined and prolonged attack. CodeGUARD 5 comes with more than 2,000 code combinations, offering a huge advantage over many competitor products where pre-set factory codes have been a real weakness in the past.
“This is all complemented with a smart and stylish finish, with CodeGUARD 5 featuring an ergonomically-designed handle that would suit any modern environment. There is no other mechanical push button lock available that comes close in terms of strength and robustness. As such, CodeGUARD 5 is ready to set a new benchmark for mechanical access control.”