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Mul-T-lock Partnership with Carson Helps Close Gap For Managers and Residents

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Paragon Security and Locksmith, a long-time authorized Mul-T-lock product and service provider is thrilled with the partnership and seamless integration of the Carson app into the SMARTair electronic door solutions. As the only one-app experience on the market, through its partnership with Mul-T-Lock, Carson closes the gap for landlords and managers by providing all the functions and added security for property management and residents living in unstaffed buildings.

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Carson, creators of the complete technology service staffed residential buildings, and Mul-T-Lock, an ASSA ABLOY Group Brand, developer of the SMARTair electronic door lock solution, announce a partnership and integration. Staff and residents of multifamily properties using the Carson application can open SMARTair doors seamlessly with the Carson mobile and desktop application.

“We use Carson in many of our properties, providing an amazing experience for residents and more efficient operations for our staff. It allows tremendous functionality for our limited service properties within one application, seamlessly integrated with Yardi and ClickPay.”

Founded in 2017 by successful property management software veterans, Carson has developed a new standard technology for operating unstaffed residential buildings. Carson brings the experience of living at large, staffed residential properties to unstaffed buildings, at an affordable price. Through its 24/7 central station and an intuitive mobile application that integrates with best-in-class access control, electronic locks, cameras, intercoms, payment and back-end accounting systems, Carson enables property management staff and residents to communicate efficiently, make payments, manage guests and visitors’ access, and receive deliveries 24/7 at the buildings.

“Electronic door locks are the future. Mul-T-Lock’s SMARTair is a comprehensive electronic door lock solution that is proven, affordable, and is seamlessly integrated with Carson,” said Guy Blachman, Carson Founder. “ Landlords and managers increasingly expect one app for residents and staff that provides all the functions for living and managing an unstaffed property – including communication, payments, service requests, electronic keys, and a 24/7 remote service center for managing deliveries and visitors. Through the Mul-T-Lock partnership, Carson is the only solution in the market that provides a one-app experience for the end user.”

“We believe in Carson’s vision for one app that provides all the property management and resident living needs in an unstaffed building. We are seeing increasing demand in the market by discerning owners to provide this experience for their residents.” Nava Efrati, president of Mul-T-Lock USA, said. “Our partnership with Carson enables Mul-T-Lock to provide a comprehensive, best-in-class solution. “

“We use Carson in many of our properties, providing an amazing experience for residents and more efficient operations for our staff. It allows tremendous functionality for our limited service properties within one application, seamlessly integrated with Yardi and ClickPay.” Says Robert Morgenstern, Principal at Canvas Property Group. “Added security is a key selling point for incoming tenants, when we move out a resident from Yardi, the Carson app with her physical access to the building front door and her apartment door is instantly disabled.”

Here’s a look at how quick and easy apartment access is compliments of Carson app and Mul-T-lock’s SMARTair electronic door solution.

About Carson

Carson is the new technology standard for managing multiple unstaffed residential properties. The company was founded by seasoned and successful property management software entrepreneurs. Partnered with BuildingLink Carson is at the forefront of enhancing residents’ living experience in unstaffed properties.

About Mul-T-Lock

Mul-T-Lock® is the worldwide leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing High Security products and Access Control solutions to the residential, commercial and institutional markets, for over 45 years. Adhering to the most stringent security standards, Mul-T-Lock® products are sold via 20,000 authorized and trained service centers on every continent. Mul-T-Lock® holds tens of international patents for its innovative products, which provide safety, security and convenience. Mul-T-Lock® in an ASSA ABLOY Group Brand.

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KEY FREE. BE FREE. ENTR® SMART LOCKS

When it comes to protecting your home and family, safety and security are top priority. But let’s face it, you also need a trustworthy solution that easily fits into the routine of your daily life.

Mul-T-Lock ENTR® SMART LOCK SOLUTION

Mul-T-Lock ENTR® is the intelligent locking solution you have been waiting for. ENTR® combines the protection of a mechanical cylinder together with the convenience of advanced technology − without compromising on performance.

Systems such as the ENTR® from Mul-T-Lock allow you to easily upgrade your existing door lock into an electronic smart locking system, eliminating the need for keys. Giving you the freedom to lock your door or create, duplicate and use virtual keys to open your door right from your smartphone, tablet or Bluetooth-enabled device, such as a fingerprint reader, touchpad or remote control.

Simplicity
Imagine that you have a key-based safe in your home, a key for your office, one for your car, one for the front door, another for the back door, one for the dead-bolt and a few keys for exterior buildings, like a garage and a shed. This isn’t a particularly unusual situation, as many homeowners need at least five or six keys in total when you take vehicles into account. Now imagine it is one in the morning and you are coming home from a party during a thunderstorm. Chances are you don’t want to shuffle through your keychain finding the right key for your door and the dead-bolt to get into your home. You may just leave your dead bolt unlocked if you know you’re going to come home in the rain later, right? An electronic lock makes this process much simpler because it can be unlocked with a simple key fob or even your smartphone.

Mobile functionality
Smartphones and tablets make plenty of things easier in life, and getting into or out of the house is one of them. Many electronic locks are accompanied by mobile applications that allow you to control your lock remotely. This lets you, for example, lock your door and dead-bolt from the comfort of your car on a cold winter morning. Furthermore, this eliminates the dependence on keys to get into and out of your house, making it much easier and more convenient to deal with the multiple locks protecting your home.

Mobile capabilities also eliminate many worries that could surround home ownership. For example, if you go on vacation and think you may have left the door unlocked, you can lock the door from your smartphone. Convenience is key when it comes to home security. Electronic locks that can work with mobile devices delivery this ease of use.

Increased security
Plenty of people take shortcuts when it comes to locking their door because it can be annoying to get back in later. Electronic doors eliminate this need because they offer so much convenience that shortcuts become unnecessary. Furthermore, cheap-looking locks can often make your home a target for a criminal. This is especially true if you live in a housing development or area where one contractor built the majority of the homes, as a contractor who is known to cut corners on things like locks. Burglars are quick to notice these kinds of trends and have been known to target homes based on potentially poor lock installations.

An electronic system may seem like too much high-tech hardware for your home, but the technology has evolved substantially in recent years. As a result, you can often get a simple electronic lock system that is cost efficient enough to fit your budget and not so egregiously high-tech that it no longer seems to fit your house. Refined electronic locks are often simple to use, look almost the same as regular locks and provide a vital layer of protection for homeowners that want to combine convenience with high levels of protection.

ENTR Multlock Smart Lock SolutionExciting News: ENTR Smart Lock Solution won the 2015 Digital Home Gadget Award.

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Keyless Access In New York City

Keyless Entry and New York City

Written by By MICHELLE HIGGINS | The New York Times

New York Discovers Keyless Entry Systems

In the next few months, residents at a handful of buildings in the city will be able to walk up to their apartment doors and go inside without fumbling for keys. And if the dog walker or cleaning service comes by while they are out, residents can use an app to let them in remotely. Ditto for deliveries.

Access Control

Keyless entry systems are starting to make their way to your apartment door. While smart locks have been available to individual homeowners for a few years, developers and property management companies have been hesitant to lose the key, citing the cost of upgrading hundreds of locks and the risk of losing money if the technology goes the way of Betamax.

LATCH Access Everywhere.

Latch, a new keyless entry system from a two-year-old start-up with the same name, is being introduced at a range of properties, from a four-unit East Village walk-up to a 431-unit luxury doorman rental in Chelsea, managed by real estate firms that have invested in the technology, like Corigin and Pan Am Equities. KISI, another keyless entry provider that has made strides in offices, is also turning its attention toward residences, with plans to roll out the system at a new 570-unit development on Staten Island in March (installed by Paragon Security).

For residents, especially those who make heavy use of on-demand deliveries, the pitch is control and convenience. Instead of doling out keys to your pet-sitter, contractor or houseguests, you can issue a virtual key. Instead of worrying about extra keys floating around that you lent out but never got back, you can simply disable access.

Landlords and property management companies can track the comings and goings of workers, guests and deliveries. If a tenant moves out, or doesn’t pay his rent, “keys” can be turned off. Access to health clubs, children’s lounges, pools and bike rooms can also be easily added or subtracted.

Designed by Thomas Meyerhoffer, a Swedish-born designer whose early career includes tenure at Apple, Latch is a contemporary take on the classic mortise lock. Perched above the traditional keyhole, a discreet camera sits behind a circular touch screen. Like an unblinking eye, it records who is at the door, so residents can determine whom to let in. Bluetooth technology allows Latch to communicate with your phone.

Once you register and download the app, there are a number of ways to open a door. You can use the app on your smartphone, input a key code on the circular touch pad on the door, or use an old-fashioned key. “We realize that not everyone will want to use it digitally,” said Luke Schoenfelder, the chief executive of Latch. The app can also be configured so that the door unlocks automatically upon sensing the phone in your pocket.

Access via key codes can be issued permanently, temporarily for deliveries or on a set schedule, as for a dog-walker. The system creates a record of every entry so you — and your landlord — can see who has been there and for how long.

Because your custom passcode always lets you in, you won’t get locked out if you leave your phone in a cab. You can also deactivate the code by logging into your account, if your phone is lost or stolen.

KISI Cloud Managed Office Access

KISI, a cloud-based control system, is designed for buildings with doors that are electronically wired. Once it is installed, tenants can download the app to turn their smartphones into their keys. Depending on how the system is configured, tenants either tap a button on the app to enter the building or touch their phone to a reader as they would at an office turnstile. One drawback: Because your phone is now your key, you’ll need to find a workaround if your battery dies before you get home.

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New York Discovers Keyless Entry Systems by Michelle Higgins From The New York Times, Jan 1 © 2016 The New York Times Company . All rights reserved. Used by permission and protected by the Copyright Laws of the United States. The printing, copying, redistribution, or retransmission of this Content without express written permission is prohibited.


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Layered Access Control For NYC Businesses

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Security and regulatory compliance needs create a business environment in which organizations have to carefully control who has access to different types of information. While the focus of such discussions is often on the IT side of data protection, many companies maintain paper records, in-house IT infrastructure and other physical assets that have to be protected. Keeping hackers out of the network is not the only access control concern that organizations have to keep in mind.

Because physical access to records and IT equipment can create major security problems and lead to a regulatory breach, businesses have to build multiple layers of access control into their facilities.

Establishing exterior access control setups
Organizations should have at least two layers of security to prevent individuals from accessing their offices. If a company is in a shared building, the first layer of defense – the parking area and entry points – should be secured by the building owner. However, organizations should be aware of the nuances of the locking system and ensure its employees know the proper ways to enter and secure the building. Companies that own their own facility gain more control of the entry points, but have to be responsible for proper security. Generally speaking, a flexible locking system that allows for easy entry for authorized personnel is needed at this first layer. Having security personnel present can also help since initial entry should rarely be obstructed with locks during normal working hours.

The second layer of entry-point access control has to be put in place at the main entry to corporate offices. If the facilities are inside a shared building, fairly simple locks can be used because easy access is needed during work hours and external security systems should provide more complex protection at other times. In a single-business facility, a more nuanced approach that accounts for authorization for different parts of the office is important.

Dealing with internal access control systems
Once inside the office, the locking system has to be more nuanced. Individual offices and storage rooms should each have their own locks. Only authorized personnel should be able to open these. While a key-based system can work in this type of scenario, it can be unwieldy for individuals that have to access a variety of rooms. An electronic solution, on the other hand, can be more flexible. For example, key cards that store all of an individual’s authorizations enable an individual to carry a single card that lets them get where they need to go, but does not work in doors they are not allowed to open.

Such a system can present risks, however, when extremely high levels of security are needed. In such a setting, biometric scanners and other specialized solutions can pay dividends. Using code-based locks can also help in some circumstances.

However, there is more than just locking offices and storage rooms that has to be considered. For example, an organization that stores key records internally may need to give administrative assistants access to a room where sensitive documents are stored, even if those employees do not have the authorization to view every file. Similarly, an accountant or human resource worker may need to enter the same room, but only be able to access certain files that the assistant cannot see.

These types of nuanced scenarios pose a major challenge that organizations have to keep in mind. Using a combination of safes, specialized file cabinets and even building walls with lockable doors into storage areas may be necessary to properly protect files.

There are many layers to access control in an office, but the right combination of advanced locks can enable organizations to develop a simple, but highly secure system for access control and data protection.


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Intercom Safety For NYC Apartment and Office Buildings

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New Yorkers need to be extra wary of those we give access to our apartment or office building. The majority of time, the intercom is your best friend. It saves you from having to run down to the lobby to let every appointment, delivery person, friend, worker or other visitor in that arrives. Be smart about who you let in and use your intercom as the first line defense against burglars and thieves.

During the busy holiday season, intruders have an increased chance of gaining unauthorized access, putting everyone in the building at risk. In some cases, they may buzz each apartment or office to find out who is home. Or buzz every apartment or office at once hoping for a chance that someone will let them in. Always use the talk and listen feature of your intercom to communicate with each visitor to make sure they are legitimate. Be wary of common excuses they may try to use like claiming to be delivering a package for another tenant who’s not answering or pretending to be a new tenant who’s lost their keys. If you’re expecting someone, don’t assume it’s them when your intercom buzzes.

Report a broken intercom to your landlord immediately. If your intercom doesn’t work, or if you notice that something’s awry with the intercom panel in your building’s lobby, tell your landlord. Remember, an intercom isn’t just a convenience — it’s an important security measure. So, if your buzzer stops working or you have trouble hearing people in your lobby, you should bring this to your landlord’s attention as soon as possible.

If you live or work in NYC and do not currently have an advanced intercom system, now is the time consider installing one.

Many of today’s intercom systems have video capabilities, meaning homeowners can ask for identification to check and see if the person has the right credentials, has a parcel under his or her arm or is empty-handed malevolently looking in the window. Individuals should also think about hiring a professional locksmith to change any delicate locks around the house or consult a trusted security systems provider to leverage a silent alarm and round-the-clock monitoring.

Although this time of year is commonly referred to as the season of giving, home and business owners should not step aside and let their valuable possessions be stolen, vandalized or misused by criminals looking to take advantage of the holiday goodwill.

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Winter poses significant challenges to home security

Frigid weather, icy sidewalks, snow-covered driveways and frozen locks can all create major security problems in winter, especially since many homeowners take security shortcuts when faced with such annoying weather conditions. According to a recent release from SecuritySystemsReviews, there are simple things that consumers can do to ensure they can maintain security despite the challenges presented by winter.

One simple way to improve security is to always clear driveways and sidewalks of snow. The news source said that unplowed areas are a sign of nobody being home to burglars. As a result, individuals who leave their sidewalks and driveways unplowed create an environment where their home could become a target.

Taking the time to properly lock doors when leaving is also important. According to the release, many people get so anxious to get out of the cold when leaving the house that they do not properly lock access points. This can create major problems down the road.

Advanced access control systems, such as mobile applications, can help homeowners overcome this challenge. Mobile security solutions allow individuals to control locks remotely. As a result, a person can quickly go to the car to escape the cold and use the device to lock the door properly.


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Eliminating retail theft with advanced security tools

When most people hear the term “retail security,” they automatically think of theft, people physically stealing items from the store. While that is not wholly inaccurate, return fraud is also among the most common and devastating types of robbery in the retail industry.

Return fraud usually occurs when an individual tries to exchange a stolen item for cash, uses a counterfeit receipt or attempts to get money back when a product is not damaged or malfunctioning in any way. According to a new study by the National Retail Federation, the industry will lose around $8.9 billion in revenue this year due to return fraud, with $2.9 billion in losses taking place solely during the holiday season. This means that more than 4 percent of all returns during the holiday season are scams.

“Even more troubling is the fact that innocent consumers often suffer because companies have to look for ways to prevent and detect all types of crime and fraud in their stores, oftentimes resorting to shorter return windows and limitations on the types of products that can be returned,” said Rich Mellor, vice president of loss prevention at the NRF.

The survey polled 60 executives at varying retail organizations and found that more than 96 percent of respondents lost revenue last year because of fraudulent returns on stolen items. Another 64 percent said their company fell victim to wardrobing – the return of non-defective merchandise – last year, while 45 percent said criminals provided fake receipts to get money back.

“Return fraud in any form is a serious threat, and we know that retailers have made significant strides in their fight against retail crime, and are continuing their efforts working with law enforcement to address this multi-billion dollar problem,” Mellor said.

Fighting fire with fire
Although being more vigilant in the returns department will likely reduce the chance of fraud taking place, retailers need to be proactive in preventing theft from even taking place. To do so, organizations should consider using an advanced integrated security system complete with next-generation alarms and gadgets.

Physical security solutions are no joke; they really work. This was highlighted in a study by University of Florida, which revealed the use of surveillance cameras and other tools reduced theft as a percentage of revenue by 1.41 percent – the equivalent of roughly $2.6 billion in savings.

“The decrease in retail theft can be a direct result of the widespread investment in technologies and integrated solutions by retailers,” security expert Michael Creedon said. “Clearly security solutions are proving to be a solid investment and have saved retailers billions of dollars in losses every year. There are a number of technologies and services available today that can help retailers continue to prevent theft, decrease shrinkage and track merchandise effectively.”

In addition to video surveillance cameras, retailers should consider using access control systems to prevent internal theft and product tracking and monitoring tools to ensure nothing is stolen out of sight.

The holiday season is quickly approaching, meaning retail decision-makers need to put on their game faces. By eliminating theft and being more adamant about a strict return policy, businesses may be able to spread some holiday joy without experiencing unnecessary losses in revenue.

An integrated security system can combine several of the most innovative tools together, giving retailers a leg up over criminals.


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