Integrating Doorways

January 2005
Security: Solutions for Enterprise Security Leaders;Jan2005, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p20
Trade Publication
The article discusses high tech doorways. Doorways have evolved from simple mechanical building components into high-tech access components. The first function of doorways is to limit or control who enters a building. But equally important is the need to get people out of a building, especially in a panic situation such as a fire. An emergency egress lighting system can be built into the door frame and locking hardware and connected to the building's fire alarm. When the alarm is activated the egress system is automatically illuminated, offering pathways to safety. End users now have the choice of selecting doorframes and locking hardware that come prewired with plug-in connectors. With the new system, wiring is completed by simply plugging the connectors to quickly link all the components and create an electrified opening.


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