Locks Merge Physical And Logical Security

Dallas, TX - Assa Abloy, a supplier of locking solutions, and CoreStreet, have developed a line of door locks based on CoreStreet's KeyFast technology. These locks are designed for a centralized system for all security-physical and logical.

The new, intelligent locks cost-effectively extend the reach of existing security infrastructures, enabling connected and disconnected locations such as office buildings, college and university campuses, airplane doors, military bases and even cargo containers, to be centrally managed and secured.

"Assa Abloy and CoreStreet are pioneering a generation of keyless door locks that enable identity management to meet the physical world by extending the reach of physical access systems in a cost-effective way," said Göran Jansson, deputy CEO and chief financial officer of Assa Abloy. "Converging physical and logical security with KeyFast-enabled products represents a great expansion in the security market from physical into overall security."

The White House issued a presidential directive calling for a "Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors." The policy, which was mandated to have been completed by the end of February, 2005, calls for all federal employees and contractors to be able to use a single credential to access both federally-controlled physical locations as well as federally-controlled digital information systems. KeyFast enables federal organizations to meet this directive in a cost-effective manner.

The KeyFast-enabled product line consists of Access Control Units (ACUs) and the corresponding Access Management Server (AMS). Together, the technology extends centrally managed access control to wired and unwired locations such as cargo containers, airplane cockpits and trucks.

Three phases of Access Control Units are in development. The first ACU looks much like a traditional card reader and is mounted near a door where it will send and receive permissions information. The second generation, due out in the first half of 2005, will be an integrated locking system that will include the door lock and the card reader in one unit. As the technology evolves, it will be embedded into an interchangeable core and be the size of a traditional door lock.

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