Teachers Gain Ability to Lockdown from Anywhere in Classroom with New Schlage CO-220

Press Release from Allegion

CARMEL, IND., September 17, 2013 – Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies today announced an affordable, standalone lockdown solution that lets teachers press a button on a remote fob to initiate immediate lockdown in time of crisis from anywhere in their classroom. The remote fob can be conveniently worn around the neck or on the wrist so that it is immediately accessible by teachers and staff. Like many other lockdown solutions from Ingersoll Rand, the Schlage CO-220 Standalone classroom security lock provides visual lockdown indication from inside the classroom. When the remote fob is pressed a red flashing light on the inside of the CO-220 lock indicates the lock is secure.

"The new CO-220 Classroom Lockdown Solution is the latest addition to our popular CO-Series locks, which provide the security, efficiency and convenience of electronic access control without the cost or complexity of a fully networked system," said Karen Keating, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies portfolio manager, electronic locks and system components. "The CO-220 is an affordable solution for schools that want the ability to initiate lockdown immediately from inside the classroom. This standalone solution can be quicker than mechanical lockdown options and provides control from within the classroom instead of from a centralized location as with networked solutions."

The pairing of the lock and remote fob is always done at the lock and up to ten fobs can be paired in the field to one lock. Likewise, up to ten locks can be paired to one fob. When the fob is pressed for two seconds, it locks down the lock closest in range to avoid accidently locking another door. The typical range is up to 75 feet.

The CO-220 classroom security lock is available with a variety of options to meet the specific needs of a school or district. Schools can assign PIN numbers, magnetic stripe or proximity cards to staff members instead of keys for access. For small campuses, the CO-220 lock can be manually programmed letting them add or delete users at the lock. Larger campuses can use offline access control software to manage a database of access users, set auto lock and unlock schedules, and capture audit trails from the lock. A "how to" video is also available that offers simple, precise instructions.

Cylindrical and mortise chassis options are available as well as a wide variety of finishes and lever styles to suite with existing hardware. Mechanical key override is standard and compatible with multiple cylinder types. The locks have been tested to the highest standards in the industry. The CO-Series is ANSI/BHMA A156.25 and is ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 certified and UL fire rated.

Only an authorized Pass Through credential carried by senior staff or maintenance personnel will allow momentary access to the new CO-220 lock while in lockdown mode. The CO-220 lock also provides free egress even in lockdown mode so children and staff can escape swiftly when the opportunity arises.

The CO-220 is part of a continuum of Schlage lockdown solutions that are available to keep students and staff safe. From mechanical access control to the new CO-220 to networked wireless locks that will lockdown all doors centrally via a networked access control system, schools have a variety of effective solutions that meets their specific needs and budget.

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