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dormakaba has launched the latest of its SVP self-locking emergency escape locks. The range is, the physical security product company says, suited for use on emergency exits and escape routes where doors requiring access control can be balanced with safety in an emergency.

The SVP range of locks offers options from mechanical locking with emergency escape function to locks that also feature electronic access control and optional microswitch monitoring functions.

The locks offer two-point locking – deadbolt and clawbolt latch – engaged automatically after closure. The emergency escape function means that the door can be opened in the exit direction by operating the lever handle or panic bar. The products are certified and CE marked in accordance with both EN 179 and EN 1125 standards for emergency exits; and have been type-tested for conformity to the requirements of EN 14846/EN 12209 and are Certifire approved for use on fire doors (refer to the Certifire certificate for details of the specific door type and locks approved.)

As for external doors, they may have to be secured to prevent unauthorised access into the building yet form part of the emergency escape route and thus must provide free movement out of the building. The electro-mechanical lock uses a solenoid to operate the bolt. It also allows the option for the lock to fail-safe or fail-secure in the event of power loss. It also features microswitch monitoring of the latch, deadbolt, cylinder and lever handle, allowing remote verification that the door is secured and a record of authorised and attempted access.

The product includes the option to set an ‘open mode’ where the outside handle is constantly engaged, allowing access without an electronic access key during certain times. This provides the option to have free access during the day and secure the building at night or outside of working hours. The SVP 2000 Dorma Connected Work (DCW) offers the same access control, escape functionality and monitoring capabilities but with the addition of an electric motorised lock that allows remote unlocking via the integrated DCW Bus interface.

The products can be combined with automatic swing door operators such as dormakaba’s ED 100 and ED 250 to provide barrier free access in cases of high use. Different models are the makers add suitable for over-rebated or flush-closing timber/steel doors and also narrow stile doors.

Archie Teagle, Product Marketing Manager at dormakaba said: “Our highly adaptable SVP range of self-locking emergency escape locks has already been used in a wide range of applications. The release of the next generation of products provides improved functionality and greater versatility for building managers and end users.”



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