Smart Doors

Smart Doors

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Do you consider doors that do what you want, when you want, to be smart? How about a door system that reacts before you do? Imagine doors that are disciplined enough to protect you from harm or respond to your request in an emergency. How does this magic happen?

Smart doors are the result of aligning a series of arrayed sensors and components in constant communication with a computer know as a Programmable Logic Controller or PLC. PLCs play significant roles in our daily lives. They control stop lights, air conditioning (AKA HVAC), nuclear reactors, complex automated factories, and yes, for decades, our interlocking door systems.

PLCs don’t give operating instructions randomly. They are hard wired and pre-programmed with your operating instructions. They’ll transmit your instructions when you want and where, 24/7, every day. BTW, though done serially all this happens in the bat of an eye. We call this the “scenario of operation”.

A simple scenario of operation is “lock door A if door B is unlocked and remains unlocked”. That is a simple but fundamental act for an interlocking door system. Without that logic programmed in, both doors would be open and effectually lose “interlock’ functionality.

Doors can be programmed to work differently based on a multitude of requirements to accommodate a client’s need, and local codes. With the appropriate technologies in place, any operational requirement imaginable can be programmed into a PLC that will make the doors do what you want they and when.

Smart doors can now be controlled. Smart doors can be controlled and monitored from pretty much anywhere via web or cellular connectivity with smart phones, tablets, or dedicated wireless remotes.

Doors exist for a reason, what are yours? Do you need to protect or secure your facility, courthouse, airport, or hospital, but unsure how best to instruct and control your doors? Give us a call or send us a message. We can help.

Call us today at 303.800.3344.

 

Ballistic and Hurricane Resistant Aluminum

Ballistic and Hurricane Resistant Aluminum

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Isotec uses a 6061-T6 aluminum alloy for our doors and frames in our Safety Entrances™. The 6061 alloy has 64% greater strength to weight ratio, 72% greater tensile strength, and 75% greater shear strength than the 6063-T5 alloy used by others.

Strength to weight is a rather self-defined expression. The 6061 alloy weighs less but is stronger than the 6063 alloy. This strength to weight ratio is reflected in the higher tensile and shear strength ratios of the alloy.

Tensile strength is measured by the maximum stress that a material can withstand while being stretched or pulled before breaking. This is important for our structures, doors, and ballistic glass need to withstand the energy generated by gunfire.

Shear strength . A shear load is a force that tends to produce a sliding failure on a material along a plane that is parallel to the direction of the force. In structural and mechanical engineering, the shear strength of a component is important for designing the dimensions and materials to be used for the manufacture or construction of the component like transom, oversized doors and side walls with glass panels that can weigh more 300 pounds.

Most importantly, the 6061-T6 alloy has a greater ballistic resistance than and “wind load” capacity than 6063-T5.  For those of you who live in hurricane areas, you know the importance of having buildings and structures that can stand up to 150mph plus hurricane force winds.

Call us at 303.800.3344 for more specification information.

 

 

Underwriters Laboratory Glass vs. HP White Glass

Underwriters Laboratory Glass vs. HP White Glass

Spall – “flakes of a material that are broken off a larger solid body and can be produced by a variety of mechanisms, including as a result of projectile impact.” – Wikipedia

Spall might not mean much to you. However, spall might be the last thing you’ll see if you’re on the “witness side” of HP White type glass, as you will most likely be blinded and severely scarred. The photos below show shards of spall and the resulting effects from HP White glass. Spall may project shards of glass more than 20’

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Below are photos of Underwriters Laboratory listed glass. Isotec uses only UL Listed Glass in our Safety Entrances. The Happy Face witnesses demonstrate why.

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Low Emissivity Glass – aka “Low E”

Low Emissivity Glass – aka “Low E”

Low E Glass Illustration

 Low E Illustration

Low E glass is reflects heat when temperatures soar and absorbs heat in colder conditions. This value is known as the “R-Value”.The R-value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the building and construction industry. Under uniform conditions it is the ratio of the temperature difference across an insulator and the heat flux (heat transfer per unit area per unit time) through it or. Thermal resistance varies with temperature.

Low E performance standards vary by a region’s building codes, which are more likely to be driven by regional climates and ecological mandates. As extreme examples, city codes in Phoenix, AZ & Palm Springs, CA will have different code requirements than Minneapolis, MN & Montpelier, VT.

There are many types of Low E glass with a multitude of R Values. Check with your city or county code officials for the R Values required in your jurisdiction.

We can help. Isotec is well versed with incorporating UL listed ballistic glass with varieties of Low E glass, to achieve the risk appropriate security while satisfying Low E requirements.

As illustrated above, Low E glass is effective in reflecting heat when temperatures soar and absorbing heat in colder conditions. This value is known as the “R-Value”.

The R-value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the building and construction industry. Under uniform conditions it is the ratio of the temperature difference across an insulator and the heat flux (heat transfer per unit area per unit time) through it or. Thermal resistance varies with temperature.

The performance standards vary by a region’s building codes, which are more likely to be driven by regional climates and ecological mandates. As extreme examples city codes in Phoenix, AZ & Palm Springs, CA will have different code requirements than Minneapolis, MN & Montpelier, VT

There are many types of Low E glass with a multitude of R Values. Check with your city or county code officials for the R Values required in your jurisdiction.

Isotec is well versed on incorporating UL listed ballistic glass with varieties of Low E glass, to achieve the risk appropriate security.

Eliminate the Element of Surprise

Don’t sacrifice highly trained law enforcement, military or security personnel as exposed targets.

Additional personnel at a security entrance or secured site are required due to the already understood, inability for one guard to “contain projected velocity.” Typically and all too late, security personnel react to armed provocation without the strategic advantage of containment. Thus they are a step behind, as it takes the human body 3/4 of a second to effectively react to stimuli.

Even the sharpest of operatives periodically fall victim to complacency and lack of focus. These are but a few reasons, that without the advantage of containment, the first security officer to confront an armed assailant is not only at an extreme disadvantage, but in peril as well.

Conversely, bullet resistant automated security entrances, integrated with screening devices, manned or not, render the same assailant isolated, ineffective and without the element of surprise.

Security personnel recognize that an armed assailant is not deterred by detection. Typically the moment of detection merely becomes the catalyst for the assault to begin.

This is especially so for an organized assault, whereby the first perpetrator, by his actions, activates and identifies security measures for the benefit of a main force. This main group has now gained a tactical advantage as they go unnoticed while they pre-target security forces responding to suppress the immediate threat. The main assault group now has the advantage over the distracted and exposed security force.

By automatically detecting and isolating the first assailant, a proactive security system protects security personnel and denies a broader attack on the entrance from ever occurring.

Isotec Security’s deepest concern is that one day the inherent weakness of reactive vs. proactive security will be exploited at very dear cost to the facility targeted, the security personnel charged with its protection and citizenry. Our mission is to insure that does not happen.

David Barnes
Chief Executive
Isotec Security