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Supplier News13 November 2005

Onity Electronic Locking Solutions Achieve Prestigious ANSI/BHMA Certification

Onity raises the bar of quality in the hotel security industry as their hospitality electronic locks pass the rigorous testing procedures necessary to become BHMA Certified®.

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ATLANTA | Onity (formerly TESA Entry Systems, Inc.), the leading global provider of electronic control and security solutions for the lodging industry, has announced that their hospitality locking solutions have been certified as compliant with the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA)/American National Standard Institute (ANSI) A156.25 grade 1 standard for electrified locking devices. This prestigious certification has been achieved by both the Onity HT 24 and HT 28 electronic lock models, which are specifically designed for hospitality applications.

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“Onity is extremely proud to have our hospitality electronic locks achieve certified compliance with the tough standards that BHMA demands in this category,” said Adam Yapkowitz, vice president of business development for Onity. “Over the past several years, electronic locks have come to be viewed as a commodity, and as a result, many products of questionable quality and durability have flooded the marketplace. It is imperative to the future of our industry to provide a benchmark of quality that is set by a respected third party. We believe that BHMA’s rigorous standards provide the most reliable assurance to our clients, and we are firmly committed to meeting and exceeding those standards of excellence…both now and in the future.”

BHMA is the trade association for North American manufacturers of commercial builders’ hardware, and is the only U.S. organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop and maintain performance standards for builders’ hardware. BHMA and ANSI work closely together to establish standards for a variety of products in the commercial building products manufacturing industry.

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These ANSI/BHMA standards are written descriptions and criteria that precisely define the operation, performance characteristics, physical properties, test values, usage parameters, and safety criteria of specific types of builders’ hardware products. At present, there are 31 ANSI/BHMA standards, covering everything from hinges to locks to power doors. Many ANSI/BHMA standards further designate products by grades. These product grades (grade 1, 2, or 3 – with grade 1 being the highest) are defined by progressive levels of performance benchmarks in each applicable ANSI/BHMA standard. To become certified as compliant with these standards, products must endure a variety of rigorous tests. The prescribed evaluation for electrified locking devices includes a break-in test, testing for operational function, slam cycle, security strength, high-voltage shock, temperature extremes, corrosion, moisture, dust, and salt spray, as well as a full battery of electrical function tests.

"The escutcheon tension test alone is one that most locks on the market could not come close to passing," said Yapkowitz. "With 3,600 pounds of pressure pulling the lock from the door, that is the equivalent of hanging a Lexus® off the lock."

At the International Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Show, taking place November 12-15 in New York, Onity will hold a special press education event on Sunday, November 13th at 10:30 a.m. in room 2D09 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. This informative overview will provide further information on the importance of ANSI standards in the industry, as well as the rigorous testing procedures that products must endure in order to gain this coveted certification. Demonstrations will also be conducted throughout the show, at Booth # 3338. For more information, please contact Adam Yapkowitz at 770-248-7527, or visit .

About Onity | Onity (formerly TESA Entry Systems, Inc.), the leading global provider of electronic locking systems, offers innovative technological solutions and services for the Hospitality, Corporate, Education, Government and Marine markets. The company’s ever-expanding family of facility management solutions includes electronic locks, in-room safes, and Senercomm® energy-management systems. Onity has R&D and manufacturing operations in Spain, Mexico and the U.S., as well as an extensive sales and service network that spans more than 115 countries around the globe. Onity is wholly owned by United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), alongside companies such as Otis (elevators), Carrier (air conditioning), Sikorsky (helicopters), and Pratt & Whitney (jet engines). For more information, please visit . For information about Onity’s electronic hospitality solutions please visit .

About American National Standard Institute | Founded in 1918, ANSI is a non-profit, privately funded membership organization that coordinates the development of U.S. voluntary national standards and is the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) via the United States National Committee (USNC). The institute services a membership of more than 1400 companies; 250 professional, technical, trade, labor and consumer organizations; and 30 government agencies.

About Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association | For over 80 years, BHMA has been ensuring the quality and performance of builders’ hardware. Founded in 1925 as the Hardware Manufacturers’ Statistical Association, the Association continues to collect proprietary statistics for its member companies. Today however, BHMA is most widely recognized for its leadership role in ensuring the quality and performance of builders’ hardware. More than 80 percent of all U.S. manufacturers of builders’ hardware are BHMA members. Together these companies produce the vast majority of the hardware items used in the nation’s commercial and institutional buildings – from hinges and locks to door controls and exit devices. Any organization that manufactures and sells builders hardware in the United States is eligible for Association membership. For more information, visit the BHMA web site at .

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Onity World Headquarters: Toll-free line 1-800-424-1433; phone 1-770-447-4105;
e-mail: [email protected]For More Information, Contact: Bill Oliver, Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Operations; Phone 1-866-86-ONITY (1-866-866-6489); e-mail [email protected]Asia/Pacific Office: Phone ++61-293-160900; e-mail [email protected]
Europe/Middle East/Africa Office: Phone ++34-943-448300; e-mail [email protected]
Latin America Office: Phone ++55 11 4344 3884; e-mail [email protected]
North America Office: Phone: 1-770-935-4228, e-mail: [email protected]
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Onity (formerly TESA Entry Systems, Inc.), the leading global provider of electronic control and security solutions for the lodging industry, has announced that their hospitality locking solutions have been certified as compliant with the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA)/American National Standard Institute (ANSI) A156.25 grade 1 standard for electrified locking devices. This prestigious certification has been achieved by both the Onity HT 24 and HT 28 electronic lock models, which are specifically designed for hospitality applications.
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