Electronic Hardware & Access Control Solutions

Gone is the age-old process of handing out (and documenting) hundreds of mechanical keys for your employees. Electronic hardware helps streamline your business operations by allowing multiple entry and exit options, establishing employee credentials, and creating locking schedules to ensure the highest level of safety, security, and convenience.

At Design Supply Doors, we work with commercial facilities and company integrators across a variety of industries to protect and preserve their most precious items: their employees and their business.

Using our many years of experience and our in-depth understanding of stringent International Building Codes, we help teams find the appropriate electronic access control systems for their specific business at the best price possible.

Types of Electronic Locks & Hardware

We offer a wide variety of door access control systems, like electronic door locks and electric panic doors, that help keep unwanted intruders out, promote safe and secure movement inside, and allow for automatic emergency response if the need arises.

Delayed Egress Systems

Prevent theft, abduction, and more with delayed egress systems. These systems are designed to delay the exit of a building for 15 or 30 seconds to allow for a proper response if necessary. Delayed egress systems are ideal for hospitals and nursing homes, retail facilities, daycare buildings, and more.

Electric Strikes

Electric strike door locks are locks that are connected to a power supply. Electric strikes use a system to allow controlled access into a facility, like a keypad, buzzer, or card swipe, while ensuring the door locks immediately behind each person who enters.

Electrified Latch Retention Panics

Typically used on exit doors, electrified latch panics allow for locked doors to automatically be reverted to a push-pull application during an emergency, like a fire or intruder. This is a convenient alternative to manually dogging all exit doors in the case of an emergency.

Electrified Locks

Electrified, often battery-powered, locks are one of the most common applications for electronic door hardware and are used in a variety of ways. These can be easily installed in place of the existing hardware on your door to provide more streamlined entry and exit of your facilities.

Electromagnetic Locks

This type of controlled access is designed for interior doors or low-security doors. Also great for doors that don’t have natural places for locks, electromagnetic locks offer protection when the design is the highest priority. They operate like two large magnets, using a powerful electromagnet at the top of the frame and a metal plate on the door itself. These are typically seen in office buildings, like on glass conference room doors.

Power Supply Boxes

A power supply is a low voltage (12 or 24 volt, between 1 – 15 Amps) box that supplies power to electronic components that can’t be powered by batteries. These are often used as back-ups for crucial structures like fire alarm systems or monitor switches.

REX Locks and Panics

Request-to-exit (REX) locks and panics control the exit functions of doors to allow for easier egress. Push-to-exit buttons are very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways, like in a memory care ward to ensure at-risk residents don’t try to exit the facility.

Built-in RFID Reader Door Lock

New technologies have allowed locks to include RFID readers, as opposed to having it exist as a separate piece of technology. These new RFID door lock systems allow for greater security and flexibility in terms of installation and design.

Standalone Keypad Locks

Standalone electronic keypads don’t require an entire system for operation. Instead, they’re a standalone system that is extremely versatile and can be added to nearly any type of door in any type of facility. Most electronic keypad door locks are weather-resistant and extremely durable, making them an excellent and economical choice for outdoor uses as well.

Benefits of Electronic Door Hardware

Heightened Protection

Many thieves have perfected the art of picking a lock. But electronic hardware like electronic keypads and RFID readers make it a lot harder to break into a secure facility. These systems also let you know who enters your building and at what time for more informative protection.

Enhanced Compliance

Some areas of your facility may require more stringent levels of security or entry audits. From lab facilities with hazardous or delicate materials to stairwells that must remain locked for code compliance, electronic hardware helps enforce regulations and rules.

Streamlined Emergency Plans

Worry less about emergencies with automatic locks and panic door hardware systems. These systems can be designed to automatically lock and unlock a variety of doors in the case of an emergency or an alarm. This can be especially useful in places like hospitals, schools, and retail stores.

Improved Remote Control

Some systems allow specific users to monitor and activate locks from wherever they are. This can be a useful tool for companies that expect off-hour deliveries or maintenance and don’t want to waste employee time or overtime pay to make sure the doors are locked after completion.

This can all be very complicated—and you have to make sure you comply with Life Safety Building codes while making your facility secure.

Not sure where to begin? Let our team help guide you. As Life Safety Building experts, we have worked with a variety of industries to design customized, code-compliant protection systems that are within budget and make sense for business operations.