Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
September 19, 2018

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compliant with BS EN 13637

Abloy UK launches Escape Door System suitable for dynamic lockdown procedures

Abloy UK has launched an Escape Door System (EDS) that purports to offer easy access and egress while promising compliance and the capacity to implement dynamic lockdown procedures.

EDS combines three components required for BS EN 13637 (electronically controlled escape door systems for doors along escape routes) when read-in and read-out access control is specified:

  • Blocking – a fail-unlocked locking element that does not require any mechanical input to operate
  • Intelligent control allows connection to fire alarm systems or other building control systems to allow escape during an emergency
  • And a trigger unit incorporates a key-switch and push button that tells the controller to release the locking mechanism to allow safe escape

These three components must be tested together to ensure compliance with BS EN 13637.

Dynamic lockdown permits potentially at-risk specific zones within the building to be cordoned off, while still allowing escape.

Models available include:

  • EDS 1386 No Delay Terminal, Surface Mounted, Escape door 24 V DC
  • EDS 1386 T1 Delay Terminal, Surface Mounted Escape door 24 V DC

Abloy offers free, hands-on academy courses – including ‘Foundations’ and ‘Foundations Plus’ – on operating compliant locking solutions.

“The importance of emergency escape systems is often underestimated because such events are relatively rare, but getting it wrong can lead to the loss of life, substantial fines and even custodial sentences,” said Caroline Jones, OEM product manager at Abloy UK.

“Security products and systems are always implemented to protect some form of asset, but at Abloy UK we firmly believe that the most valuable asset is life – which is why we offer products such as the EDS as well as pioneering education of life safety standards with our free academy courses.”

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