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ERA unveils the future of keyless entry

ERA, one of the UK’s leading home security and fenestration component providers, is revolutionising the expectations and capabilities of keyless entry with the launch of its versatile door security solution, TouchKey.

TouchKey has been independently tested to BSI’s new Smart Residential Locking Device standard, which was developed in conjunction with ERA and combines the BSI Internet of Things (IoT) Kitemark with TS 621 for mechanical security with smart locking.

A complete door security solution, TouchKey combines a smarter security door handle, an auto-firing multi-point lock, and an anti-bump security cylinder.

Suitable for fabrication with composite or timber entrance doors, TouchKey provides multi-factor authentication for residential door access and is the only system of its kind to combine five different entry methods into a single door handle.

This includes fingerprint access, the smart home app, geolocation technology, voice-activated entry, and manual key override.

Featuring advanced fingerprint technology, up to 50 different fingerprints can be stored directly within the handle to provide users with instant access to the property.

When used with the ERA smart home app, TouchKey can be unlocked with a single touch locally or remotely via the addition of an ERA alarm hub. Digital e-keys that have timed access can also be assigned to individuals, such as family and friends, via the app. Voice command can be utilised via the app to unlock the door on approach, without having to physically use a smartphone.

With geolocation technology, the system can remotely unlock via Bluetooth as a trusted digital e-key grants access to the individual once they are within range of the property, without needing to physically use their smartphone.

 For ultimate peace of mind, TouchKey also contains a hidden manual key override, with three keys supplied as standard.

Containing dynamic smart technology that is combined with mechanical hardware endurance, TouchKey delivers the ultimate standard for security and convenience. The first class mechanical hardware includes a two hook multi-point lock with a central deadbolt, that fires six locking points when engaged, to automatically secure the door on closing.

The anti-bump security cylinder works in conjunction with the TouchKey smarter handle and TouchKey multi-point lock to deliver ease of application, whilst simultaneously providing resistance against forced entry.

An ergonomically designed extended thumbturn with light torque also ensures the door is easy to operate, with a single turn simultaneously retracting all locking points for ease of egress. Upon leaving the property, the door closes automatically and locks securely behind the user for all important peace of mind.

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The smarter handle is built for endurance and security, with the addition of a forged steel backplate and hardened plates that prevent potential attackers from removing the handle to access the lock.

The TouchKey handle also delivers on aesthetics, featuring a sleek, contemporary design that is available in Fab&Fix’s patented Hardex Chrome and Hardex Graphite finishes, complementing over 200 products within the Fab&Fix range, including hinges, letterplates and knockers.

Helen Downer, President of Tyman UK & Ireland (ERA’s parent company), explains: “TouchKey provides fabricators with the next generation in smarter door security, and because it integrates with the wider ERA Protect smart ecosystem, it presents door manufacturers with cross-selling opportunities, whilst providing additional security for customers.

“For over 180 years, ERA has been designing, manufacturing and supplying traditional hardware that provides the highest possible standards of security. TouchKey combines our extensive expertise in mechanical hardware with the very latest advances in smart technology to provide a revolutionary system that sets a new standard for keyless entry.”