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EMKA vehicle door sets

Hardware fittings for specialist vehicles such as caravans, trucks, horseboxes, coaches and similar have very particular requirements in terms of, for example, safety flush fitting and ease of use, or the need to fit within very thin panels – our range of vehicle hardware addresses these requirements.

A good example is the 9301 recessed circular handle for toilet doors which is available with a vandal-resistant push and twist fit cylinder lock. Complimentary latches for internal door use offer wing knob opening or L handle operation, or the 9500 anti-burst latch which also locks onto the door frame to prevent opening by force.

This set of EMKA handles can be produced in customer specific colours to match the vehicle livery or to highlight their position for easy identification.

Low cost FORT locks

EMKA FORT budget locks

We are delighted to have in our portfolio the FORT range of general hardware low cost quarter turn locks for office furniture, cupboards, alarms, lockers, toolboxes etc from the EMKA global group of companies.

The Fort range includes barrels, cam-locks and special locks with the unique and flexible Fort key system and using standard UK mounting hole dimensions of 16.6 x 19.1mm.  There are 500 key combinations available for popular styles such as the K8, K9 and K10 locks.  The range offers many variants of barrel length, cam type and key rotation (¼ or ½ turn) as well as key removal possibilities in four different modes.  These allow the key to be retained or removed in either open, closed or locked positions.

Cylinders may be mounted with a back-nut or by means of a spring slide clip for speed and simplicity.  It is also possible to specify lock barrels sealed against adverse weather conditions.

The full Fort programme includes a number of hand knob latches and recessed cabinet handles.  Made to measure custom barrels are also possible in standard diameters of 10mm, 12mm and 13.5mm. A French language catalogue is available here. For help in selecting a Fort lock to meet your needs please contact us here.

EMKA BioLock - biometric technology at the handle for server security

If you manage your own data centre, colocation facility or technical data repository, then you know how important security is. It is essential that you safeguard sensitive information from physical theft, hacking, data breaches and human error. Fortunately, much has already been written about this topic, but this article is intended help you strengthen your security strategy going forward. Accordingly, EMKA have identified 5 considerations that will help you protect your data centre:

  1. Identify your physical weak points and determine your need

The first thing you need to do is figure out is where your vulnerabilities are. For example it is never a good idea to build a data centre against outside walls, similarly pay attention to what is housed above and below your data storage facility. By securing these weak points, you can eliminate the most obvious threat – someone breaking in. Small data centres especially may be located in a multi-floor building, in which case consider installing physical barriers, cameras and access control systems. Additionally, it is important to examine your operational processes so that visitors and contractors are not let inside your server room accidentally.

  1. Keep track of all your workflow processes

It is critical that you keep track of your operations and compliance-related activities. You want to limit access to your data storage centre to IT staff and organizational stakeholders. As such, you should regularly monitor your access logs and perform audit checks. Keep track of peripherals, servers and data centre management software, looking for any suspicious activity. If your data centre is in a colocation facility, and you have a trusted provider, most likely your assets are safe and well-maintained. However, a prudent strategy should involve regular audits, regardless of where the centre is housed. Remember holding and managing data may well be the very core purpose of your organisation.

  1. Watch out for human error

The most common form of data breach is that committed by insiders. It is now recognised that danger comes in the form of poor engineering, carelessness, or corporate espionage, but in all cases, people working in your facility pose the biggest risk. Accordingly, it is necessary that you implement strong security policies that hold personnel accountable for their access permissions. It is advisable that you pair access cards with biometric security, such as fingerprint scans, for the best possible defence. Biometric security is safer than passwords and much harder to replicate or steal. Employees will be deterred from lending each other access cards, and if one is stolen, it will be useless to the individual who tries to access your server room. It is important to understand that access should never be shared in an organisation.

Upon enrolment, the EMKA/Digitus Biometrics fingerprint reader creates a multi-point schematic of the user’s biometric fingerprint profile, which it stores as a 384-byte fingerprint template. This template will be matched to the user’s live fingerprint each time that user seeks to gain access. At no time is a fingerprint stored in the system. The system only retains the pattern recognition used by its algorithm.

If the fingerprint data perfectly matches the stored fingerprint template, the reader unit sends an encrypted “open door” command to the control unit. The unit then opens the electric lock and logs the date/time of the user entry.

Due to the precision of proprietary fingerprint recognition technology, fake fingers, the wrong finger, or a finger of someone deceased cannot fool the system and open doors to access secured areas. Further the authorized person may place on the reader a “duress finger” programmed into the system to send an alert to security personnel.

  1. Educate your people on security policies

A big part of having a strong security system is staff member training eg explaining to staff why they should not lend each other access cards and instructing them to report any suspicious activity. Additionally, let them understand that for compliance purposes, workflow processes are strictly segregated and monitored. Often, regulatory agencies will want to see who access which piece of information and when. Eliminating duplication of access means that you are able to adhere to compliance standards with greater ease.

  1. Ask your business stakeholders for their feedback

Once you have a security system fully in place, the next thing for you to do is discuss your policies with staff members. Ask them if they agree your assets are secure. Are they accessing data with ease? What are some potential vulnerabilities? It is also a good idea to talk to your IT staff and get their opinion on the matter.

Ultimately, as data becomes more central to business, enterprises will look for better ways to secure data. Biometric access control systems and two or three level extensions of these allow companies that manage data storage centres, colocation facilities, server rooms and the like to maintain better control of perimeter doors, interior rooms, cages and server racks – with one integrated platform. These sophisticated solutions help organizations prevent data breaches, hacking and problems related to human error. Additionally, these solutions reduce costs and simplify the authentication process for entry to secured locations.

Contact us to discuss your data centre security issues.

EMKA special rail transport locks

The lock program at EMKA focuses on many niche sectors – a significant one is the rail transport industry which has some specific needs – for example high speed lock protection, slam locks for internal doors, flush mounted locks for slim doors, locks with visual indication, corrosion resistant locks – eg high performing reinforced polyamide or stainless steel, also compression latches and special lock solutions such as shuttered keys and special escutcheons.

See our specialist Rail Transport section for standard items and/or contact us for your custom requirements.

EMKA cabinet and enclosure hardware developments

Much has happened since the Millennium where the feedback over those years from developing products to keep pace with industrial needs has driven the development of ubiquitous items like quarter-turn locks and latches which form a core range with companies such as EMKA (UK). In the 1990’s a typical ¼ turn lock was IP54 rated - Read more ...

EMKA 1155 combination swinghandle

Our program 1155 swinghandle is an IP65 three-digit combination lock and cylinder key system which offers simple security on two levels. Applications for the 1155 program include storage lockers in factories, schools and colleges as well as outdoor storage facilities and standard electrical enclosures and cabinets. This extremely useful and simple swinghandle unit can be - Read more ...

Stainless steel precision casting for EMKA enclosure hardware

“Everything but the Enclosure” hardware from EMKA is set to be lighter, stronger and better finished in stainless steel thanks to new processes introduced in our manufacturing systems for locks, hinges, swinghandles etc. Precision lost wax casting uses a very fine grain sand and ceramic matrix to faithfully recreate small details and to reduce wall - Read more ...

EMKA HVAC cabinet hardware for insulated products

In support of our widening capability in the HVAC related industries, EMKA recently took part in the 2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas where we showed our range of locks, handles, hinges and gasket designed to meet the present trends in this fast developing marketplace. This meant we were able to exhibit to the 60,000 - Read more ...

EMKA cabinet hinges

Ease of working and accessibility are major factors in the installation of electrical systems in enclosures. Consequently as the UK's premier supplier of enclosure furniture to specialist manufacturers we have made a point of featuring simple door removal in the design and fitment of our many ranges of hinge styles. The comprehensive EMKA hinge program - Read more ...

EMKA external hinges for cabinets and enclosures

We have a complete system of external hinges comprising over 70 types specifically designed for the specialist enclosure and panel manufacturer. Availability is on an ex-stock 24-hour delivery basis, covering standard finishes in black or chrome, with variants in stainless steel for corrosive/biohazard situations. Virtually all imaginable hinge styles are offered, to suit design requirements - Read more ...

EMKA compression locking hinge for HVAC installations

This new concept locking hinge provides HVAC manufacturers with a full multi-function hinge/latch/lock for securing of big air conditioning units and similar. It provides door adjustment for correct sealing, 5mm gasket pull down with pressure relief and the ability to be used as both door lock and hinge. This remarkable new locking hinge provides an independent - Read more ...

EMKA PROflex Inspection Windows for infrequently accessed equipment

Our PROflex 1210 program inspection windows offer a simple and aesthetic way of protecting infrequently accessed equipment such as meters, reset buttons, indicators/lamps and instruments as used on fire alarm and suppression systems or engineering controls. Typical usage may be seen in the gas industry for flare control and monitoring panels as used with gas analysers - Read more ...

EMKA rod locks, 1/4 turns with L and t handles

Locking systems are a significant area of cabinet functionality and cost. Consequently our rod locking system has addressed this by standardising on a single 20.1mm rounded square cutout and by use of an extensive range of compatible components. This minimises tooling, speeds punching and streamlines lock installation irrespective of type or size. The EMKA cutout is - Read more ...

Dual format authentication – the latest in EMKA biometrics

As our complicated world technologically evolves, challenges naturally ensue to harness and properly use the technology. These challenges become much more serious and difficult when the rate of technological change increases. As customers know, significant time is often necessary to understand, implement, experience, and adjust to the new technology if it is to be employed - Read more ...