Highfield Extends Line Of Smart, Programmable Locks For Vending

Highfield Manufacturing Co., a leading global producer of high-quality security products, extends its e-lectroloc™ smart, programmable locking system line to include padlocks, puck locks and T-handle core locks. These new locks are designed to help end users control access to their facilities and protect critical assets in a wide range of institutions and industries, such as vending.

“The e-lectroloc system gives managers flexibility and control in assigning codes and tracking usage across their organization,” said Ed Cirella, Highfield’s national sales director, in a prepared statement. “Also, because the locks and keys can be re-programmed and re-used indefinitely, they eliminate the need for replacement, lowering the total cost of ownership over time.”

Access to every lock is controlled by the e-lectroloc system’s smart key. When the key connects with the lock, it identifies access privileges and activates patented technology to open the lock. No key to insert into a lock and no key rotation is required for the lock to operate.

One of the key’s important features allows the user to set a pre-determined operating time or disable the key if it’s lost or stolen. This is especially useful when managing keys given to multiple contractors. 

The smart key gives users an audit trail that documents when a lock is opened, by whom and when, including unauthorized attempts. It stores more than 1,000 audit trail events that it uploads from the locks. With its rugged, ergonomic design the key stands up to frequent use and has a rechargeable lithium battery with more than 500 uses per charge.

The padlock, puck lock and T-handle core locks’ pick-proof design features a solid and sealed cylinder lock core and sturdy construction that has no insertion points or contact points that can be contaminated to make the lock inoperable. Without a keyway, the weak spot of traditional mechanical locks, the e-lectroloc is virtually impossible to penetrate with normal hand tools and can withstand tampering, as well as the effects of harsh environments.

The e-lectroloc is easy to use and requires no power or battery. The locks are available in stainless steel and hardened carbon steel. They are designed to meet UL 437 rating for lock integrity and do not require a cap or a plug to achieve Ingress IP 68 rating, the highest standard for dust, dirt and water resistance.

The system is managed centrally by e-lectrosoft™, Highfield’s easy-to-use, proprietary software system, which gives users the flexibility to control lock access, assign, program, re-program keys and run audit trail reports. According to the company, users will appreciate e-lectrosoft’s helpful getting-started manual, as well as its intuitive grid system, which makes it easy to assign keys to locks in multiple territories and routes, as needed. The software is available in a standalone package or over a server for multiple users. Also included is an optional remote data transfer device that can communicate with e-lectrosoft via Wi-Fi and can also charge keys.

Highfield’s is exhibiting at the NAMA OneShow, April 9 to 11 in Chicago, Ill. - Booth No. 1068.

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