31.10.2022 • Topstoriesaccess control

Locks with Panic Function 'Made in Germany'

An Upgrade to ÜLock from Südmetall brings security on both sides of the door.

Cards are easy to use and can be flexibly programmed to allow access at certain...
Cards are easy to use and can be flexibly programmed to allow access at certain times of particular days. Image: Südmetall

Südmetall Schließsysteme develops and manufactures electromechanical locks and access solutions ‘Made in Germany’. An experienced and motivated team at the company’s headquarters in Leipzig works together with highly qualified partners on smart solutions for electronic access management. Because needs change over time, Südmetall strives to continuously optimize and improve its products. Their aim is to make life a little more convenient, safer, and therefore easier.

The manufacturer’s main series is a product group of locks with panic function, which are available in several variants: ÜLock-B Cable, ÜLock-B Battery and ÜLock-B Inductive. The last two are ideal for retro-fitting because it is not necessary to run any cables. Brand new on the market is the ÜLock-Z, which is the ÜLock-B with access control on both sides, i. e. without a panic function for particularly sensitive rooms. Here too, there are wired, battery-operated and inductive versions.

Security from Both Sides

ÜLock-B locks provide security on both sides of the door whereby the protection of human life and the protection of property enter into a synergy. A panic function in the direction of the escape route ensures a safe means of escape in an emergency. The self-locking function ensures that the door otherwise always remains locked. From the outside, the lock offers no surface for attack because the electronics are located in the lock case and the lock has a high resistance against mechanical manipulation. In addition, the data transmission between the lock, RFID card and battery-powered RFID reader is encrypted in the best possible way. This provides optimum protection against burglary.

Comfort and Design

The door furniture can be freely selected according to the design requirements of the respective object – additional or new door fittings are not mandatory. Gaining access is also very convenient for the users: a valid card is held in front of the reader and the door can then be opened by pressing the door handle. Thanks to the new battery-powered ÜManagement RFID reader, installation is possible without any wiring, which is particularly interesting for retrofitting. Both the ÜLock and the RFID reader are now available in a wireless battery-powered version. They communicate with each other via encrypted radio. The ‘Data on Card’ access control operating principle eliminates the need for network cabling between the doors and the computer. As only a short time is needed for setup, the new reader is simple to install and commission.

System Management

ÜManagement 2.0 is license-free administration software for access control, with which single objects, but also small to medium-sized hotels or several objects can be administered at the same time. Authorizations and authorization groups/user groups can be assigned to the individual keys via the software. The installation of the software can be either very simple for a single-user version, or on an SQL server for multiple workstations.

The software offers a wide range of features. If a transponder is lost, for example, there is little risk to security because it can be blocked or blacklisted very simply. Individual rights assignment and automatic locking are also useful features. There are no license fees, and house technicians will appreciate the clear layout and flexible functions. While the ‘Management’ operating mode is ideal for small to medium-sized applications thanks to its simple operation, the ‘Professional’ operating mode enables further flexible options for larger applications without having to sacrifice clarity.

Different defined areas can be selected for each time zone, and rooms and apartment doors can be assigned to a building or a corridor, which means that access to the doors does not have to be individually set. Common rooms can be assigned to a door category and a door can be assigned to additional groups, so that it automatically receives authorization to the selected door groups (such as for a swimming pool or a sauna). Time zones also enable automatic unlocking times: for example, the entrance door (multipoint locking) with an electronic cylinder can be automatically unlocked in the morning and locked again in the evening. In the case of an office door fitted with an ÜLock, the door handle can optionally be permanently coupled as long as a person is in the office. The cabinet in the office can be secured with a cabinet lock and retrofitted with very little effort.

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Süd-Metall Beschläge GmbH

Sägewerkstraße 5
83404 Ainring/Hammerau

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