Author: Rachel Pilgren-Kane

My name is Rachel Kane, and I love a good story – especially when it involves innovative technology. Follow along with me as I post information on new product launches, application design solutions using our engineered access hardware technology, tips and tricks, and commentary on industry news and trends. Do you have a Southco story to share? Email me at rkane@southco.com

Bluetooth Controller Allows Smartphones To Be Used As Keys

Southco has recently expanded its line of Electronic Access Solutions with an access controller that allows Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to be used as a key. Southco’s EA-BT BLUETOOTH® Lock Controller provides a breakthrough, disruptive technology for remotely controlling and monitoring physical access wirelessly, without any physical network connection. With our new BLUETOOTH® Controller, access can be issued to individuals in real time, from anywhere in the world, simply by using a cloud-based web portal to send virtual keys to a smartphone.

The BT BLUETOOTH® Controller provides wireless control and monitoring of intelligent locks without having to physically connect to a network, or install, manage and maintain software. When combined with any of Southco’s intelligent electronic locking solutions, the BLUETOOTH® Controller provides a completely concealed physical security solution using BLUETOOTH® LE for user access, and a remote web portal for credential management and audit trail monitoring.

The system features multi-level encryption, simple set up and installation, and the ability to read a smartphone from 30 feet away. When combined with the BT BLUETOOTH® Controller, intelligent, concealed electronic locks can protect and secure valuable information and assets with a digital record of access, which can be used to demonstrate compliance with regulations such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

Virtual keys can be assigned and managed with the VIZpin® application, which provides a secure, cloud-based platform for remote management of user access to Southco’s BT BLUETOOTH® Controller. Time-based virtual keys can be sent wirelessly to a free smartphone application via VIZpin’s cloud-based web portal. When logged into the secure web portal the admin can add or delete electronic keys in real time, granting access to authorized users – and only during a specified time frame.

To learn more about Southco’s comprehensive line of Electronic Access Solutions visit our Electronic Access Solutions page on the Southco Resource Center.

New Low Profile Captive Screw Designed For Tight Spaces

Southco has recently expanded its Captive Screw offering with a low profile version designed for applications where installation space is extremely limited. The 52 Miniature Captive Screw Low Profile series features a 25% reduction in installation height compared with Southco’s standard 52 Miniature series, enabling captive fastening in the tightest spaces

New Height Adjustable, Vertically Articulating Arms

Southco has expanded its AV Display Mount offering with two new versions that allow the height of a monitor or display to be precisely adjusted according to end user preferences. The expanded AV-D32 Series includes a vertically articulating Tilt, Swivel and Swing Mount (V Series) and Dual Extension Mount (W Series) designed with Southco integrated Positi

Rotary Latch Features Integrated Cable Mounting Bracket

Southco has recently expanded its successful line of rotary latching solutions with the launch of the R4-10 Rotary Latch with Integrated Bracket. The newest addition to the R4-10 Rotary Latch series features an integrated cable mounting bracket, eliminating the need for secondary components during installation. The integrated bracket design of Sout

New Cable Splitter Provides Timed Release Of Rotary Latches

Southco’s newest addition to its successful line of Rotary Latch solutions allows multiple connected rotary latches to be triggered from a single actuation point. The AC Cable Splitter features built in adjustability and timed release, allowing cialis ou viagra greater flexibility in the design and integration of rotary latch systems into applications

Rotary Latch Features Direct, Cable-free Actuation

Southco’s newest rotary latch can be triggered directly via push button or lever-style actuator, without the need for connected cable or rod. A rubber covered trigger alleviates potential noise between the latch and actuator during operation. The R4-10 with Direct Actuation offers a simplified solution for access in applications where a short distance m

Padlockable Compression Latch Offers Enhanced Security

Southco has expanded its successful E3 VISE ACTION® Compression Latch series with an ergonomic T-handle version that features an integrated padlockable design. The padlockable E3 VISE ACTION® series combines ergonomic operation with enhanced security to provide vibration resistant latching in rugged environments. Constructed of robust stainless steel, t

Southco Apprentice Wins Best of British Engineering Award From Semta

Southco apprentice Philippa Dressler-Pearson was recently awarded the UK Apprentice of the Year and Best of British Engineering at the Semta Skills Awards ceremony in London, UK. Semta (The Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) is a not-for-profit organization committed to developing engineering talent in the UK's most advanced sec

New Counterbalance System Neutralizes Weight of Heavy Doors and Covers

Southco has recently expanded its Positioning Technology portfolio with the addition a system designed to neutralize the weight of heavy doors and covers. The CB Lift-A-SYST® series combines assisted lifting force and positional stability through the full range of motion for opening and closing to make equipment operation safe and reliable. Southco’s L

Countering the Threat of Physical Security Breaches in Colocation Centers

In today’s world, data is fast becoming the new global currency and as data volumes continue to grow at an exponential rate, the issue of data security continues to cause concern within the industry. While there is widespread awareness of the many digital attacks that compromise data, less is said about the physical threats to information stored in data ce